Institute of Functional Interfaces

Impact of adjustable cryogel properties on the performance of prostate cancer cells in 3D

  • chair:

    Bäcker, A. / Göppert, B. / Sturm, S. / Abaffy, P. / Sollich, T. / Gruhl, F. J. (2016) 

  • place:

    SpringerPlus, 2016, 5, 902, DOI: 10.1186/s40064-016-2629-z 

  • Date: Juni 2016


Insufficient porosity in combination with a brittle nature affects cell growth negatively. Spheroid size was reduced by porosity, elasticity as well as by the absence of the cell adhesive motif composed of arginine, glycine und aspartic acid (RGD). Localization of AR indicates its activity and should be under normal culture conditions in the nucleus.

But in this study, we could investigate for the first time that AR remains in the cytoplasm when AR positive prostate cancer cells are cultured in scaffolds without RGD as well as in case of an insufficient pore network (total porosity under 10 %) and a too less stiffness of around 10 kPa.The results indicate that for getting a reliable preclinical drug screening a three-dimensional prostate model system with appropriate biochemical and physical surrounding is needed.