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Chinese Science Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
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Journal Cover Biomedical Microdevices
  [SJR: 0.805]   [H-I: 66]   [9 followers]  Follow
    
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   ISSN (Print) 1572-8781 - ISSN (Online) 1387-2176
   Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2353 journals]
  • All-in-one low-intensity pulsed ultrasound stimulation system using
           piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (pMUT) arrays for
           targeted cell stimulation
    • Authors: Wonjun Lee; Seungjun Yoo; Joontaek Jung; Woojin Kang; Wei Wang; Cheil Moon; Hongsoo Choi
      Abstract: Abstract A novel cell-stimulation system was fabricated using 10 × 29 piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (pMUT) arrays for targeted ultrasonic cell stimulation. Both the diameter of a single pMUT element and the edge-to-edge gap were 120 μm, and the size of a pMUT array was 2.27 × 6.84 mm, to be placed at the bottom of a Transwell. The measured resonance frequency of a single pMUT element was 1.48 ± 0.13 MHz and the measured acoustic intensity of the pMUT array was 0.15 ± 0.03 MPa at 1 mm away from the transducer. A pMUT array was mounted on a print circuit board (PCB), which was designed in accordance with the size of a 12-well Transwell. The Transwell was placed on the PCB and wire bonding was performed to electrically connect the PCB and pMUT arrays. After wiring, the PCB and pMUT arrays were coated with 2.6-μm thick parylene-C to ensure biocompatibility and waterproofing. PC12 cells were used for ultrasonic cell stimulation tests to examine the proposed all-in-one low-intensity pulsed ultrasound stimulation system. Various stimulation times and duty cycles were used simultaneously for cell proliferation in a confined cell culture environment. All stimulation groups showed increased cell proliferation rates, in the range 138–166%, versus the proliferation rate of the control group.
      PubDate: 2017-09-19
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0228-6
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Embryonic body culturing in an all-glass microfluidic device with
           laser-processed 4 μm thick ultra-thin glass sheet filter
    • Authors: Y. Yalikun; N. Tanaka; Y. Hosokawa; T. Iino; Y. Tanaka
      Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we report the development and demonstration of a method to fabricate an all-glass microfluidic cell culturing device without circulation flow. On-chip microfluidic cell culturing is an indispensable technique for cellular replacement therapies and experimental cell biology. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) have become a popular material for fabricating microfluidic cell culture devices because it is a transparent, biocompatible, deformable, easy-to-mold, and gas-permeable. However, PDMS is also a chemically and physically unstable material. For example, PDMS undergoes aging easily even in room temperature conditions. Therefore, it is difficult to control long term experimental culturing conditions. On the other hand, glass is expected to be stable not only in physically but also chemically even in the presence of organic solvents. However, cell culturing still requires substance exchanges such as gases and nutrients, and so on, which cannot be done in a closed space of a glass device without circulation flow that may influence cell behavior. Thus, we introduce a filter structure with micropores onto a glass device to improve permeability to the cell culture space. Normally, it is extremely difficult to fabricate a filter structure on a normal glass plate by using a conventional fabrication method. Here, we demonstrated a method for fabricating an all-glass microfluidic cell culturing device having filters structure. The function of this all-glass culturing device was confirmed by culturing HeLa, fibroblast and ES cells. Compared with the closed glass devices without a filter structure, the numbers of cells in our device increased and embryonic bodies (EBs) were formed. This method offers a new tool in microfluidic cell culture technology for biological analysis and it expands the field of microfluidic cell culture.
      PubDate: 2017-09-19
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0227-7
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Analyzing polymeric matrix for fabrication of a biodegradable microneedle
           array to enhance transdermal delivery
    • Authors: Kuo-Yuan Hwa; Vincent H. S. Chang; Yao-Yi Cheng; Yue-Da Wang; Pey-Shynan Jan; Boopathi Subramani; Min-Ju Wu; Bo-Kai Wang
      Abstract: Abstract Traditional drug delivery systems, using invasive, transdermal, and oral routes, are limited by various factors, such as the digestive system environment, skin protection, and sensory nerve stimulation. To improve the drug delivery system, we fabricated a polysaccharide-based, dissolvable microneedle-based array, which combines the advantages of both invasive and transdermal delivery systems, and promises to be an innovative solution for minimally invasive drug delivery. In this study, we designed a reusable aluminum mold that greatly improved the efficiency and convenience of microneedle fabrication. Physical characterization of the polysaccharides, individual or mixed at different ratios, was performed to identify a suitable molecule to fabricate the dissolvable microneedle. We used a vacuum deposition-based micro-molding method at low temperature to fabricate the model. Using a series of checkpoints from material into product, a systematic feedback mechanism was built into the “all-in-one” fabrication step, which helped to improve production yields. The physical properties of the fabricated microneedle were assessed. The cytotoxicity analysis and animal testing of the microneedle demonstrated the safety and compatibility of the microneedle, and the successful penetration and effective release of a model protein.
      PubDate: 2017-09-19
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0224-x
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • A flexible cell concentrator using inertial focusing
    • Authors: Chunglong Tu; Jian Zhou; Yitao Liang; Bobo Huang; Yifeng Fang; Xiao Liang; Xuesong Ye
      Abstract: Abstract Cell concentration adjustment is intensively implemented routinely both in research and clinical laboratories. Centrifuge is the most prevalent technique for tuning biosample concentration. But it suffers from a number of drawbacks, such as requirement of experienced operator, high cost, low resolution, variable reproducibility and induced damage to sample. Herein we report on a cost-efficient alternative using inertial microfluidics. While the majority of existing literatures concentrate on inertial focusing itself, we identify the substantial role of the outlet system played in the device performance that has long been underestimated. The resistances of the outlets virtually involve in defining the cutoff size of a given inertial filtration channel. Following the comprehensive exploration of the influence of outlet system, we designed an inertial device with selectable outlets. Using both commercial microparticles and cultured Hep G2 cells, we have successfully demonstrated the automated concentration modification and observed several key advantages of our device as compared with conventional centrifuge, such as significantly reduced cell loss (only 4.2% vs. ~40% of centrifuge), better preservation of cell viability and less processing time as well as the increased reproducibility due to absence of manual operation. Furthermore, our device shows high effectiveness for concentrated sample (e.g., 1.8 × 106 cells/ml) as well. We envision its promising applications in the circumstance where repetitive sample preparation is intensely employed.
      PubDate: 2017-09-11
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0223-y
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • An exploration of the reflow technique for the fabrication of an in vitro
           microvascular system to study occlusive clots
    • Authors: Yang Li; Chuer Pan; Yunfeng Li; Eugenia Kumacheva; Arun Ramachandran
      Abstract: Abstract Embolic ischemia and pulmonary embolism are health emergencies that arise when a particle such as a blood clot occludes a smaller blood vessel in the brain or the lungs, and restricts flow of blood downstream of the vessel. In this work, the reflow technique (Wang et al. Biomed. Microdevices 2007, 9, 657) was adapted to produce a microchannel network that mimics the occlusion process. The technique was first revisited and a simple geometrical model was developed to quantitatively explain the shapes of the resulting microchannels for different reflow parameters. A critical modification was introduced to the reflow protocol to fabricate nearly circular microchannels of different diameters from the same master, which is not possible with the traditional reflow technique. To simulate the phenomenon of occlusion by clots, a microchannel network with three generations of branches with different diameters and branching angles was fabricated, into which fibrin clots were introduced. At low constant pressure drop (ΔP), a clot blocked a branch entrance only partially, while at higher ΔP, the branch was completely blocked. Instances of simultaneous blocking of multiple channels by clots, and the consequent changes in the flow rates in the unblocked branches of the network, were also monitored. This work provides the framework for a systematic study of the distribution of clots in a network, and the rate of dissolution of embolic clots upon the introduction of a thrombolytic drug into the network.
      PubDate: 2017-09-08
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0213-0
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Development of a shear stress-free microfluidic gradient generator capable
           of quantitatively analyzing single-cell morphology
    • Authors: David Barata; Giulia Spennati; Cristina Correia; Nelson Ribeiro; Björn Harink; Clemens van Blitterswijk; Pamela Habibovic; Sabine van Rijt
      Abstract: Abstract Microfluidics, the science of engineering fluid streams at the micrometer scale, offers unique tools for creating and controlling gradients of soluble compounds. Gradient generation can be used to recreate complex physiological microenvironments, but is also useful for screening purposes. For example, in a single experiment, adherent cells can be exposed to a range of concentrations of the compound of interest, enabling high-content analysis of cell behaviour and enhancing throughput. In this study, we present the development of a microfluidic screening platform where, by means of diffusion, gradients of soluble compounds can be generated and sustained. This platform enables the culture of adherent cells under shear stress-free conditions, and their exposure to a soluble compound in a concentration gradient-wise manner. The platform consists of five serial cell culture chambers, all coupled to two lateral fluid supply channels that are used for gradient generation through a source-sink mechanism. Furthermore, an additional inlet and outlet are used for cell seeding inside the chambers. Finite element modeling was used for the optimization of the design of the platform and for validation of the dynamics of gradient generation. Then, as a proof-of-concept, human osteosarcoma MG-63 cells were cultured inside the platform and exposed to a gradient of Cytochalasin D, an actin polymerization inhibitor. This set-up allowed us to analyze cell morphological changes over time, including cell area and eccentricity measurements, as a function of Cytochalasin D concentration by using fluorescence image-based cytometry.
      PubDate: 2017-09-07
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0222-z
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Development of a novel intra-abdominal pressure transducer for large scale
           clinical studies
    • Authors: Stefan Niederauer; Johanna de Gennaro; Ingrid Nygaard; Tomasz Petelenz; Robert Hitchcock
      Abstract: Abstract Intra-abdominal pressure may be one of the few modifiable risk factors associated with developing a pelvic floor disorder. With one in eight women having surgery to correct a pelvic floor disorder in their lifetimes, intra-abdominal pressure may be a key to understanding the disease etiology and how to mitigate its occurrence and progression. Many traditional methods of intra-abdominal pressure measurement have limitations in data quality, environment of use, and patient comfort. We have modified a previously reported intravaginal pressure transducer that has been shown to overcome other intra-abdominal pressure measurement technique limitations (Coleman et al. 2012). Our modifications to the intravaginal pressure transducer make it easier to use, less costly, and more reliable than previous designs, while maintaining accuracy, integrity, and quality of data. This device has been used in over 400 participants to date as part of one of the most comprehensive studies examining the relationship between intra-abdominal pressure and pelvic floor disorders.
      PubDate: 2017-08-26
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0211-2
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Development of a biodegradable flow resisting polymer membrane for a novel
           glaucoma microstent
    • Authors: Stefan Siewert; Karen Falke; Frank Luderer; Thomas Reske; Wolfram Schmidt; Sylvia Pfensig; Michael Stiehm; Ulf Hinze; Boris Chichkov; Niels Grabow; Rudolf Guthoff; Klaus-Peter Schmitz
      Abstract: Abstract Within this paper we analyzed the technical feasibility of a novel microstent for glaucoma therapy. For lowering of intraocular pressure, the flexible polyurethane (PUR) implant is designed to drain aqueous humour from the anterior chamber of the eye into subconjunctival, or alternatively suprachoroidal, space. The microstent includes a biodegradable, flow resisting polymer membrane serving as temporary flow resistance for the prevention of early postoperative hypotony. A biodegradable local drug delivery (LDD)-device was designed to prevent fibrous encapsulation. Biodegradable components were made of flexible, nonwoven membranes of Poly(4-hydroxybutyrate) (P(4HB)). Polymer samples and microstent prototypes were manufactured by means of dip coating, electrospinning and femtosecond-laser micromachining and characterized in vitro with regard to structural and fluid mechanical properties, degradation behavior and drug release. Bending stiffness of PUR-tubing (62.53 ± 7.57 mN mm2) is comparable to conventional glaucoma drainage devices in a tube-plate design. Microstent prototypes yield a flow resistance of 2.4 ± 0.6 mmHg/μl min−1 which is close to the aspired value corresponding to physiological pressure (15 mmHg) and aqueous humour flow (2 μl min−1) conditions inside the eye. Degradation of electrospun P(4HB) specimens was found to be almost completely finished after six months in vitro. Within this time frame, flow capacity of the microstent increases, which is beneficial to compensate potentially increasing flow resistance of fibrous tissue in vivo. Fast drug release of the LDD-device was found. One microstent prototype was implanted into a porcine eye ex vivo. Future preclinical studies will allow further information about Microstent performance.
      PubDate: 2017-08-26
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0218-8
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Wireless induction coils embedded in diamond for power transfer in medical
           implants
    • Authors: Md. Kabir Uddin Sikder; James Fallon; Mohit N. Shivdasani; Kumaravelu Ganesan; Peter Seligman; David J. Garrett
      Abstract: Abstract Wireless power and data transfer to medical implants is a research area where improvements in current state-of-the-art technologies are needed owing to the continuing efforts for miniaturization. At present, lithographical patterning of evaporated metals is widely used for miniature coil fabrication. This method produces coils that are limited to low micron or nanometer thicknesses leading to high impedance values and thus limiting their potential quality. In the present work we describe a novel technique, whereby trenches were milled into a diamond substrate and filled with silver active braze alloy, enabling the manufacture of small, high cross-section, low impedance microcoils capable of transferring up to 10 mW of power up to a distance of 6 mm. As a substitute for a metallic braze line used for hermetic sealing, a continuous metal loop when placed parallel and close to the coil surface reduced power transfer efficiency by 43%, but not significantly, when placed perpendicular to the microcoil surface. Encapsulation of the coil by growth of a further layer of diamond reduced the quality factor by an average of 38%, which can be largely avoided by prior oxygen plasma treatment. Furthermore, an accelerated ageing test after encapsulation showed that these coils are long lasting. Our results thus collectively highlight the feasibility of fabricating a high-cross section, biocompatible and long lasting miniaturized microcoil that could be used in either a neural recording or neuromuscular stimulation device.
      PubDate: 2017-08-26
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0220-1
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Polymer-based interconnection cables to integrate with flexible
           penetrating microelectrode arrays
    • Authors: Keonghwan Oh; Donghak Byun; Sohee Kim
      Abstract: Abstract There have been various types of interconnection methods for neural interfacing electrodes, such as silicon ribbon cables, wire bonding and polymer-based cables. In this study, interconnection cables were developed for integration with a Flexible Penetrating Microelectrode Array (FPMA) that was previously developed for neural signal recording or stimulation. Polyimide and parylene C were selected as base materials for the interconnection cables as both materials can preserve the flexibility of the FPMA better than other interconnection methods such as silicon ribbon cable or wire bonding. We conducted durability tests to determine if the interconnection cables were suitable for in-vivo implantation, by long-term soaking of the cables in phosphate buffered saline solution. We measured the changes in impedance over time, and equivalent circuit models were used to analyze the electrochemical phenomena on the surface of the cables. Lastly, we implanted the cable-integrated electrodes device onto rabbit’s sciatic nerve and recorded neural signals to prove the feasibility of the developed FPMA integration system.
      PubDate: 2017-08-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0217-9
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • PDMS based multielectrode arrays for superior in-vitro retinal stimulation
           and recording
    • Authors: Satarupa Biswas; Debdeep Sikdar; Debanjan Das; Manjunatha Mahadevappa; Soumen Das
      Abstract: Abstract Understanding of the neural response to electrical stimulation requires simultaneous recording from the various neurons of retina. Electrodes form the physical interface with the neural or retinal tissue. Successful retinal stimulation and recording demands conformal integration of these electrodes with the soft tissue to ensure establishment of proper electrical connection with the excitable tissue. Mechanical impedance of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) being compliant with that of retinal tissue, offers excellent potential as a substrate for metal electrodes. In this paper, Cr/Au micro electrodes with 200 μm diameter were fabricated on rigid and flexible PDMS substrates under crack free condition. Spontaneous buckling of thin films over PDMS substrates improved electrode performance circumventing the fabrication issues faced over a buckled surface. Individual electrodes from the multielectrode arrays (MEAs) were examined with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Controlled fabrication process as described here generates buckles in the metal films leading to increased electrode surface area that increases the charge storage capacity and decreases the interface impedance of the metal electrodes. At 1 kHz, impedance was reduced from 490 ± 27 kΩ to 246 ± 19 kΩ and charge storage capacity was increased from 0.40 ± 0.87 mC/cm2 to 2.1 ± 0.87 mC/cm2. Neural spikes recorded with PDMS based electrodes from isolated retina also contained less noise as indicated by signal to noise ratio analysis. The present study established that the use of PDMS as a substrate for MEAs can enhance the performance of any thin film metal electrodes without incorporation of any coating layers or nanomaterials.
      PubDate: 2017-08-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0221-0
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • MEMS measurements of single cell stiffness decay due to cyclic mechanical
           loading
    • Authors: Bruno Barazani; Stephan Warnat; Andrew J. MacIntosh; Ted Hubbard
      Abstract: Abstract The goal of this study was to measure the mechanical stiffness of individual cells and to observe changes due to the application of repeated cell mechanical loads. 28 single baker’s yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) were fatigue tested and had their stiffness measured during repetitive loading cycles performed by a MEMS squeezer in aqueous media. Electrothermal micro-actuators compressed individual cells against a reference back spring; cell and spring motions were measured using a FFT image analysis technique with ~10 nm resolution. Cell stiffness was calculated based on measurements of cell elongation vs. applied force which resulted in stiffness values in the 2–10 N/m range. The effect of increased force was studied for cells mechanically cycled 37 times. Cell stiffness decreased as the force and the cycle number increased. After 37 loading cycles (~4 min), forces of 0.24, 0.29, 0.31, and 0.33 μN caused stiffness drops of 5%, 13%, 31% and 41% respectively. Cells force was then set to 0.29 μN and cells were tested over longer runs of 118 and 268 cycles. After 118 cycles (~12 min) cells experienced an average stiffness drop of 68%. After 268 cycles (~25 min) cells had a stiffness drop of 77%, and appeared to reach a stiffness plateau of 20–25% of the initial stiffness after approximately 200 cycles.
      PubDate: 2017-08-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0219-7
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Fabrication and characterization of low-cost, bead-free, durable and
           hydrophobic electrospun membrane for 3D cell culture
    • Authors: Hajar Moghadas; Mohammad Said Saidi; Navid Kashaninejad; Amir Kiyoumarsioskouei; Nam-Trung Nguyen
      Abstract: Abstract This paper reports the fabrication of electrospun polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membranes/scaffolds that are suitable for three-dimensional (3D) cell culture. Through modification the ratio between PDMS and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as carrier polymer, we report the possibility of increasing PDMS weight ratio of up to 6 for electrospinning. Increasing the PDMS content increases the fiber diameter, the pore size, and the hydrophobicity. To our best knowledge, this is the first report describing beads-free, durable and portable electrospun membrane with maximum content of PDMS suitable for cell culture applications. To show the proof-of-concept, we successfully cultured epithelial lung cancer cells on these membranes in a static well plate without surface modification. Surprisingly, due to three-dimensional (3D) and hydrophobic nature of the electrospun fibers, cells aggregated into 3D multicellular spheroids. These easily detachable and cost-effective scaffolds with controllable thicknesses and high tensile strength are good candidates for cell-stretching devices, organ-on-a-chip devices, tissue engineering and studies of non-adherent mammalian cancer stem cells.
      PubDate: 2017-08-22
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0215-y
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Hands-free smartphone-based diagnostics for simultaneous detection of
           Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue at point-of-care
    • Authors: A. Ganguli; A. Ornob; H. Yu; G. L. Damhorst; W. Chen; F. Sun; A. Bhuiya; B. T. Cunningham; R. Bashir
      Abstract: Abstract Infectious diseases remain the world’s top contributors to death and disability, and, with recent outbreaks of Zika virus infections there has been an urgency for simple, sensitive and easily translatable point-of-care tests. Here we demonstrate a novel point-of-care platform to diagnose infectious diseases from whole blood samples. A microfluidic platform performs minimal sample processing in a user-friendly diagnostics card followed by real-time reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) on the same card with pre-dried primers specific to viral targets. Our point-of-care platform uses a commercial smartphone to acquire real-time images of the amplification reaction and displays a visual read-out of the assay. We apply this system to detect closely related Zika, Dengue (types 1 and 3) and Chikungunya virus infections from whole blood on the same pre-printed chip with high specificity and clinically relevant sensitivity. Limit of detection of 1.56e5 PFU/mL of Zika virus from whole blood was achieved through our platform. With the ability to quantitate the target nucleic acid, this platform can also perform point-of-care patient surveillance for pathogen load or select biomarkers in whole blood.
      PubDate: 2017-08-22
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0209-9
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • Biocontractile microfluidic channels for peristaltic pumping
    • Authors: Angelina V. Shutko; Vasily S. Gorbunov; Konstantin G. Guria; Konstantin I. Agladze
      Abstract: Abstract Bio-actuated micro-pumps do not need any external power source and pose no risk of electrical or heat shock for the biological materials in lab-on-chip systems. Several different designs of bio-actuated micro-pumps based on the use of the contractile force of cultured cardiomyocites have been proposed earlier. Here we present a novel type of a bio-actuated micro-pump representing a microfluidic channel with a contractile wall. The flow inside the channel is generated by the peristaltic movement of its wall caused by the propagation of an excitation-contraction wave along the channels surface. The directional flow generated by the pump was demonstrated by tracking of polystyrene microspheres, moving in the direction of the propagation of the excitation-contraction wave with an average velocity of 6–8 μm/min. The suggested design of a micro-pump allows the control of pumping direction, which might be useful for targeted delivery of fluids and substances in lab-on-chip systems. Prospects of future development and implementation of this kind of bio-actuated peristaltic pumps are discussed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0216-x
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)
       
  • A multiscale fluidic device for the study of dendrite-mediated cell to
           cell communication
    • Authors: Sean McCutcheon; Robert Majeska; Mitchell Schaffler; Maribel Vazquez
      Abstract: Abstract Many cell types communicate by means of dendritic extensions via a multi-tiered set of geometric and chemical cues. Until recently, mimicking the compartmentalized in vivo cellular environment of dendrite-expressing cells such as osteocytes and motor neurons in a spatially and temporally controllable manner was limited by the challenges of in vitro device fabrication at submicron scales. Utilizing the improved resolution of current fabrication technology, we have designed a multiscale device, the Macro-micro-nano system, or Mμn, composed of two distinct cell-seeding and interrogation compartments separated by a nanochannel array. The array enables dendrite ingrowth, while providing a mechanism for fluidic sequestration and/or temporally-mediated diffusible signaling between cell populations. Modeling of the Mμn system predicted the ability to isolate diffusible signals, namely ATP. Empirical diffusion studies verified computational modeling. In addition, cell viability, dendrite interaction with the nanoarray, and cellular purinergic response to heat shock were experimentally evaluated within the device for both osteocytes and motor neurons. Our results describe a novel in vitro system in which dendrite-expressing cell types can be studied within nano-environments that mimic in vivo conditions. In particular, the Mμn system enables real-time observation of cell to cell communication between cell populations in distinct, but fluidically coupled regions.
      PubDate: 2017-08-08
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0212-1
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 3 (2017)
       
  • Development of a co-culture device for the study of human tenocytes in
           response to the combined stimulation of electric field and platelet rich
           plasma (PRP)
    • Authors: Chih-Hao Chiu; Kin Fong Lei; Wen-Ling Yeh
      Abstract: Abstract One of the objectives of rotator cuff repairs is to achieve biological healing and recovery in the tendon-bone zone. Some clinical evaluations reported the feasibility of tendon healing based on the stimulations of electric field and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). However, because of lack of appropriate tool for in vitro primary culture under complicated conditions, the efficacy and standard protocol of these healing approaches are still controversial among clinical experts. In this study, a novel co-culture device was developed for the study of tenocytes proliferation under single and combined stimulations of electric field and PRP. The device was a culture well divided into three sub-chambers separated by a barrier and embedded with a pair of parallel plate electrodes. Tenocytes and PRP gel could be respectively loaded into the sub-chambers and cultured with interlinked medium. Hence, tenocytes could concurrently receive a uniform electric field and platelet-derived growth factors by diffusion. Results revealed that the proliferation of tenocytes could be significantly enhanced by these stimulations. The device provides a precise and practical approach for the in vitro study of tendon healing, especially for PRP study. Moreover, optimization of the conditions of electric field and PRP could be determined by in vitro screening procedure before surgery to provide a personalized therapy.
      PubDate: 2017-08-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0214-z
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 3 (2017)
       
  • Rapid prototyping and parametric optimization of plastic acoustofluidic
           devices for blood–bacteria separation
    • Authors: R. Silva; P. Dow; R. Dubay; C. Lissandrello; J. Holder; D. Densmore; J. Fiering
      Abstract: Abstract Acoustic manipulation has emerged as a versatile method for microfluidic separation and concentration of particles and cells. Most recent demonstrations of the technology use piezoelectric actuators to excite resonant modes in silicon or glass microchannels. Here, we focus on acoustic manipulation in disposable, plastic microchannels in order to enable a low-cost processing tool for point-of-care diagnostics. Unfortunately, the performance of resonant acoustofluidic devices in plastic is hampered by a lack of a predictive model. In this paper, we build and test a plastic blood–bacteria separation device informed by a design of experiments approach, parametric rapid prototyping, and screening by image-processing. We demonstrate that the new device geometry can separate bacteria from blood while operating at 275% greater flow rate as well as reduce the power requirement by 82%, while maintaining equivalent separation performance and resolution when compared to the previously published plastic acoustofluidic separation device.
      PubDate: 2017-08-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0210-3
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 3 (2017)
       
  • Combination of antibody-coated, physical-based microfluidic chip with
           wave-shaped arrays for isolating circulating tumor cells
    • Authors: Hongmei Chen; Baoshan Cao; Hongda Chen; Yu-Sheng Lin; Jingjing Zhang
      Abstract: Abstract Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are found in the peripheral blood of patients with metastatic cancers, which have critical significance in cancer prognosis and diagnostics. Enumeration is significantly valuable since number of CTCs is strongly correlated to severity of disease. This article is proposed and demonstrated an antibody-coated, size-based microfluidic chip with wave-shaped arrays could efficiently capture CTCs combining two separation methods of both size- and deformability-based and affinity-based segregation. Utilizing immunocapture of capture chemistry of Epithelial Cell Adhension Molecule (EpCAM), tumor cells could be captured by narrow gaps or have a friction with microposts edges to realize both immune-affinity and size capture. This wave-shaped layout of microfluidic chip with varying gaps between adjacent circular microposts can generate perpendicular velocities to the fluidic direction. This oriented fluidic direction will carry cells to next smaller neighboring gap and then be captured gradually. The experiment results indicate capture efficiency is ~90% and viability is ~95% after extracted and cultured 3 days. Furthermore, this chip has been validated for whole blood with cancer cell lines and mimic patient blood. This study demonstrates feasibility using our microfluidic chip for CTCs research, monitoring cancer progress and evaluating therapeutic treatment.
      PubDate: 2017-08-03
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0202-3
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 3 (2017)
       
  • An array of porous microneedles for transdermal monitoring of
           intercellular swelling
    • Authors: Kuniaki Nagamine; Jun Kubota; Hiroyuki Kai; Yoshinobu Ono; Matsuhiko Nishizawa
      Abstract: Abstract An array of porous microneedles was developed for minimally-invasive transdermal electrolytic connection through the human skin barrier, the stratum corneum. The length of microneedle was designed to be 100 μm so that it penetrates into the epidermis layer without pain. Each microneedle was supported by a thicker cylindrical post protruding from a planar substrate to realize its effective penetration even into elastic human skin. Since this support (post and substrate) was equally porous as the needles, the needle chip was entirely permeable for electrolyte. This ion-conductive porous microneedle array was applied to the transdermal conductometry with small direct current for local monitoring of intercellular swelling, edema. The porous needle-based electrode system could be a platform for various transdermal electrical diagnosis and treatments.
      PubDate: 2017-08-03
      DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0207-y
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 3 (2017)
       
 
 
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