Self-assembled peptide nanofibers form three-dimensional networks that are quite similar to fibrous extracellular matrix (ECM) in their physical structure. By incorporating short peptide sequences derived from ECM proteins, these nanofibers provide bioactive platforms for cell culture studies. This protocol provides information about preparation and characterization of self-assembled peptide nanofiber scaffolds, culturing of neural stem cells (NSCs) on these scaffolds, and analysis of cell behavior. As cell behavior analyses, viability and proliferation of NSCs as well as investigation of differentiation by immunocytochemistry, qRT-PCR, western blot, and morphological analysis on ECM mimetic peptide nanofiber scaffolds are described.
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B.M. is supported by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) grant number 111M410. M.O.G and A.B..T. acknowledge support from the Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award (TUBA-GEBIP).
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