Adhesion of rat hepatocytes to collagen

Kristofer Rubin, Åke Oldberg, Magnus Höök, Björn Öbrink

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Rat hepatocytes, freshly isolated with a collagenase perfusion technique, were found to attach within 1 h on collagen substrates and on culture dishes coated with cold insoluble globulin (CIG) or asialoceruloplasmin (AC). Spreading was observed on collagen and CIG but not on AC. Both attachment and spreading occurred in a simple balanced salt solution in the absence of serum. In the absence of serum no attachment was observed on plain plastic dishes or on dishes coated with serum albumin or other plasma proteins, unless divalent manganese ions were present. In the presence of manganese the hepatocytes attached to all surfaces tested, but no spreading occurred. Attachment to collagen occurred equally well to collagens type I or type III both in the native, fibrillar state and in the denatured state. Collagen attachment required magnesium ions but did not appear to involve the collagen-linked carbohydrates. Different mechanisms were found to operate in hepatocyte attachment to collagen and to AC; the latter is most likely mediated by the hepatocyte surface receptor involved in recognition and uptake of asialoglycoproteins. The role of CIG in hepatocyte attachment to collagen was investigated. Data are presented suggesting that this glycoprotein, which mediates the adhesion of fibroblasts to collagen, is not required for hepatocyte attachment to collagen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalExperimental Cell Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1978

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  • Cell Biology


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