Adhesion and differentiation of adipose-derived stem cells on a substrate with immobilized fibroblast growth factor

Jung Mi Kang, Min Han, In Su Park, Youngmee Jung, Soo Hyun Kim, Sang Heon Kim

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Control of cell-matrix interactions plays a role in the regulation of stem cell function. In this study basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) linked to maltose-binding protein (MBP) was designed as a matrix for cell adhesion. MBP-FGF was immobilized on polystyrene (PS) surfaces by spontaneous adsorption. The amount of MBP-bFGF immobilized on the PS surface increased with increasing protein concentration, being 158 ng cm-2 at 10 μg ml-1 protein. Human adipose-derived stem cell (hASC) adhesion to MBP-bFGF immobilized on a PS surface (PS-MBP-bFGF) was inhibited by heparin. Integrin signaling and cell spreading of hASC on PS-MBP-bFGF were down-regulated compared with those on fibronectin-coated surfaces or tissue culture polystyrene (TCP). hASC differentiated into adipocytes, which stained positive for lipid vacuoles with Oil Red, more readily on PS-MBP-bFGF than on TCP. In contrast, hASC hardly differentiated into osteoblast on PS-MBP-bFGF or on TCP. These results suggest that the mechanism of hASC adhesion to MBP-bFGF immobilized on a PS substrate is mediated by a specific interaction between bFGF and heparin, and that the adhesion mechanism might provide an insight into the design of biomaterials to control the fate of stem cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1759-1767
Number of pages9
JournalActa Biomaterialia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) ( M10641000067 ) and the KIST Project (2E22360).


  • Adipose-derived stem cells
  • Artificial matrix
  • Cell adhesion
  • Cell differentiation
  • Immobilized basic fibroblast growth factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology


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