Faculty Advisor

Ambady, Sakthikumar

Faculty Advisor

Page, Raymond L.

Abstract

We examined the differentiation characteristics of C2C12 mouse myoblasts on polyacrylamide hydrogels of varying stiffness’ in comparison to widely used polystyrene tissue culture plates. The benchmarks we used included formation of myotube fibers, BrdU incorporation, myosin heavy chain expression, and fiber contraction. As a method of observing fiber contraction, we designed, built, and used an electrical stimulation device which allowed us to run a current through the cells after they had differentiated while viewing and recording the cells in real time. The data suggest that cells grown on hydrogels proliferate less but differentiate more similar to those in vivo.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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