Gethin Rh Owen

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Surface topography and (bio)chemistry are key factors in determining cell response to an implant. We investigated cell adhesion and spreading patterns of epithelial cells, fibroblasts and osteoblasts on biomimetically modified, smooth and rough titanium surfaces. The RGD bioactive peptide sequence was immobilized via a non-fouling(More)
The staining of intracellular antigenic sites in postembedded samples is a challenging problem. Deterioration of antigenicity and limited antibody accessibility to the antigen are commonly encountered on account of processing steps. In this study preservation of the antigen was achieved by fixing the tissues with mild fixatives, performing partial(More)
Guided tissue regeneration (GTR), in periodontal therapy, involves the placement of a barrier membrane, to ensure the detached root surface becomes repopulated with periodontal ligament cells capable of regenerating this attachment. GTR procedures exhibit large variability in surgical outcome as a consequence of poor membrane performance. The objective of(More)
Immunolabeling two different antigens using the indirect approach with antibodies from the same species is not possible as secondary antibodies can bind to either primary target antibodies. In this study, we describe how preformed complexes of primary and secondary labeled antibodies can be used in such circumstances. In this situation, the first antigen is(More)
Extracellular vesicles released from cells regulate many normal and pathological conditions. Little is known about the role of epidermal keratinocyte microvesicles (KC-MVs) in epithelial-stromal interaction that is essential for wound healing. We investigated, therefore, whether MV-like structures are present in human wounds and whether they affect wound(More)
Desmosomes are a complex assembly of protein molecules that form at the cell surface and mediate cell-cell adhesion. Much is known about the composition of desmosomes and there is an established consensus for the location of and interactions between constituent proteins within the assembly. Furthermore, X-ray crystallography has determined atomic structures(More)
The quantification of focal adhesion sites offers an assessable method of measuring cell-substrate adhesion. Such measurement can be hindered by intra-sample variation that may be cell cycle derived. A combination of autoradiography and immunolabelling techniques, for scanning electron microscopy (SEM), were utilised simultaneously to identify both S-phase(More)
Barrier membranes are used in periodontal applications with the aim of supporting bone regeneration by physically blocking migrating epithelial cells. We report a membrane design that has a surface topography that can inhibit epithelial cell migration and proliferation on one side and a topography that guides osteoblast migration to a desired area. A PLGA(More)
Investigations of the micromorphology of rabbit tibial articular cartilage using scanning and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the collagenous elements in the tissue form fluid-containing tubular structures. The commonly described radial or deep zone longitudinal fibres were found to be tubular structures with internal diameters of 1-2 microm.(More)
Kindlin-1 is an intracellular focal adhesion protein that regulates the actin cytoskeleton. Patients suffering from Kindler syndrome have a homologous mutation of the kindlin-1 gene and develop skin blisters, periodontal disease, and intestinal complications because of deficient adhesion of the basal epithelial cells. We investigated kindlin-1 localization(More)