human gingival fibroblasts
statistics of directional data
Life and Medical Sciences
Occupational Health and Environmental Toxicology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Uniform electrical fields have been applied to human gingival fibroblasts by means of uniform ionic currents passed through a thin chamber. Cells were observed to align in fields between 0.1 and 1.5 V/mm but did not display directed motion toward the anode or the cathode of the chamber. Statistical analysis of directional data was used to distinguish threshold levels of orientation at low field intensities, to quantify the dependence of alignment on time and field intensity, and to analyze differences between alignment of cells treated with the Ca2+ transport modifiers A23187, verapamil, and lanthanum. Alignment occurred at a steady rate and was dependent in a saturating fashion on field strength. The Ca2+ ionophore A23187 had a significant inhibitory effect on cell alignment in applied electrical fields; however, the Ca2+ channel blockers lanthanum and verapamil did not have a significant effect on alignment.
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