Breast Cancer Cells Spread Over a Textured Surface, Image #1


Submitted by Julio M. D'Arcy, Erik C. Dreaden, and Paula T. Hammond of the Koch Institute


Julio M. D'Arcy, Erik C. Dreaden, Paula T. Hammond
Hammond Laboratory, Koch Institute
Electron Microscopy

"This image shows two human breast cancer cells spreading over a porous and texturized surface. These cells are supported on nanofibers of an electrically conducting plastic serving as a scaffold for probing cellular growth. These nanofibers can be designed of different sizes and shapes and allow cells to be punctured in order to inject them with a variety of chemicals that are capable of killing them.

I collected this image in order to study the interaction between a porous polymeric nanofibrillar surface and human cancer breast cells. I was trying to study how fast these cells would spread on a highly doped conducting polymer surface such as 3,4-polyethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT)."