Survival, proliferation, and migration of human meningioma stem-like cells in a nanopeptide scaffold

Document Type: Original Article


1 Histology and Embryology group, Basic Science Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

2 Shefa Neuroscience Research Center, Khatam Alanbia Hospital, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Neuroscience, School of Advanced Medical Sciences and Technologies, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

4 Pediatric Department, Medical Faculty, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran

5 Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

6 Epilepsy Research Center, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

7 Department of Neurology and Department of Neurosurgery, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

8 Department of Neuroscience, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran


Objective(s): In order to grow cells in a three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment, self-assembling peptides, such as PuraMatrix, have emerged with potential to mimic the extracellular matrix. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of the self-assembling peptide on the morphology, survival, proliferation rate, migration potential, and differentiation of human meningioma stem-like cells (hMgSCs).
Materials and Methods: The efficacy of a novel method for placing hMgSCs in PuraMatrix (the injection approach) was compared to the encapsulation and surface plating methods. In addition, we designed a new method for measurement of migration distance in 3D cultivation of hMgSCs in PuraMatrix.
Results: Our results revealed that hMgSCs have the ability to form spheres in stem cell culture condition. These meningioma cells expressed GFAP, CD133, vimentin, and nestin. Using the injection method, a higher proliferation rate of the hMgSCs was observed after seven days of culture. Furthermore, the novel migration assay was able to measure the migration of a single cell alone in 3D environment.
Conclusion: The results indicate the injection method as an efficient technique for culturing hMgSCs in PuraMatrix. Furthermore, the novel migration assay enables us to evaluate the migration of hMgSCs.


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