Karl Kadler, BSc PhD
Collagen fibrils

My laboratory is focused on understanding the elusive mechanisms whereby cells make soft viscoelastic tissues.

Viscoelasticity is most evident in young skin, tendons and ligaments that return to their original state when deformed.  Loss of these mechanical properties occurs with age, scarring, vascular disease, and occurs in some heritable disorders of connective tissues.  We have developed methods of measuring the viscoelastic properties of tissue equivalents grown in the laboratory. We can also regulate gene expression in these equivalents and use microscopy techniques to examine cell migration and tissue formation. We are combining these techniques to identify the genes responsible for establishing and maintaining the mechanical properties of soft tissues. Our aim is to translate our discoveries into treatments for fibrosis, scarring, and vascular disease, and to improve healing of soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin.

Recent discoveries

Recent key publications

Pringel, J., Lu, Y., Starborg, T., Fredberg, U., Langberg, H., Nedergaard, A., Eyre, D., Kjær, M. and Kadler, K. E. (2014). Cell and matrix buckling in overload-induced tendinopathy. J Anatomy. ePub

Kalson, N.S., Starborg, T., Lu, Y., Mironov, A., Humphries, S.M., Holmes, D.F. and Kadler, K.E. (2013) Non-muscle myosin II powered transport of newly-formed collagen fibrils at the plasma membrane. PNAS. 110, E4743-52. PubMed

Starborg, T.,  Kalson, N.S., Lu, Y., Mironov, A., Cootes, T.F., Holmes, D.F. and Kadler, K.E. (2013). Collagen fibril size and three-dimensional organization by electron microscopy: a protocol for TEM and 3View. Nat Protoc. 8, 1433-1448. PubMed

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