Selective growth of sensory nerve fibers on metal oxide pattern in culture

Keiichi Torimitsu, Akio Kawana

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Metal oxides were used to study how the sensory nerve fibers recognize surface properties. Neurites selectively grow on the metal oxides deposited on silica glass, being guided along the axial direction of the patterns. The guiding ability depends on the electronegativity of the metal in metal oxide. Aluminum oxide or indium oxide patterns showed a remarkable ability to guide the growth direction. Neurites recognize the differences in surface properties (which are reflected by electronegativity) between metal oxides when the metal oxide substrata are only 1 μ in width.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-131
Number of pages4
JournalDevelopmental Brain Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Culture
  • Dorsal root ganglion
  • Metal oxide
  • Nerve cell
  • Neurite outgrowth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental Biology

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