Nano Research

, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp 2433–2444 | Cite as

The influence of nanotopography on organelle organization and communication

  • Wen Song
  • Mengqi Shi
  • Bei Chang
  • Mingdong DongEmail author
  • Yumei ZhangEmail author
Research Article


Cellular differentiation can be affected by the extracellular environment, particularly extracellular substrates. The nanotopography of the substrate may be involved in the mechanisms of cellular differentiation in vivo. Organelles are major players in various cellular functions; however, the influence of nanotopography on organelles has not yet been elucidated. In the present study, a micropit-nanotube topography (MNT) was fabricated on the titanium surface, and organelle-specific fluorescent probes were used to detect the intracellular organelle organization of MG63 cells. Communication between organelles, identified by organelle-specific GTPase expression, was evaluated by quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting. Transmission electron microscopy was performed to evaluate the organelle structure. There were no significant differences in organelle distribution or number between the MNT and flat surface. However, organelle-specific GTPases on the MNT were dramatically downregulated. In addition, obvious endoplasmic reticulum lumen dilation was observed on the MNT surface, and the unfolded protein response (UPR) was also initiated. Regarding the relationships among organelle trafficking, UPR, and osteogenic differentiation, our findings may provide important insights into the signal transduction induced by nanotopography.


micro-/nanotopography osteogenic differentiation vesicle trafficking organelle-specific GTPases endoplasmic reticulum stress unfolded protein response 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Military Stomatology & National Clinical Research Center for Oral Diseases & Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, Department of Prosthodontics, School of StomatologyThe Fourth Military Medical UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO)Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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