Molly E. Boutin

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Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture is an important tool that facilitates biological discoveries by bridging the divide between standard two-dimensional cell culture and the complex, high-cell-density in vivo environment. Typically, the internal structures of 3D tissue-engineered samples are visualized through an involved process of physical sectioning,(More)
siRNA treatment has great promise to specifically control gene expression and select cell behaviors but has delivery challenges limiting its use. Particularly for applications in regenerative medicine, uniform and consistent delivery of siRNA to control gene expression and subsequent stem cell functions, such as differentiation, is paramount. Therefore, a(More)
Cellular heterogeneity is inherent in most human tissues, making the investigation of specific cell types challenging. Here, we describe a novel, fixation/intracellular target-based sorting and protein extraction method to provide accurate protein characterization for cell subpopulations. Validation and feasibility tests were conducted using homogeneous,(More)
There is a high demand for in vitro models of the central nervous system (CNS) to study neurological disorders, injuries, toxicity, and drug efficacy. Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro models can bridge the gap between traditional two-dimensional culture and animal models because they present an in vivo-like microenvironment in a tailorable experimental(More)
BACKGROUND In vitro three-dimensional neural spheroid models have an in vivo-like cell density, and have the potential to reduce animal usage and increase experimental throughput. The aim of this study was to establish a spheroid model to study the formation of capillary-like networks in a three-dimensional environment that incorporates both neuronal and(More)
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