The use of iron oxide nanoparticles to manipulate cell migration

M. Bradshaw, D. Ho, L. Gutiérrez, F.J. Lázaro, T. Clemons, T.G. St. Pierre, M.W. Fear, F.M. Wood, K. Swaminathan Iyer
University of Western Australia, AU

Keywords: magnet, cell migration, skin, nanoparticles


Impregnating magnetic nanoparticles within skin cells can affect their migration properties, both in 2D and 3D. A static magnetic field can induce greater cell migration through the magnetic gradient and toward the region of greatest magnetic field strength. This adds an extra level of control over how cells will migrate, leading to a wound environment which can heal more efficiently.