Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Nature Publishing Group

Place of Publication

United Kingdom

School

School of Engineering

Comments

Originally published as: Hassanzadeh-Barforoushi, A., Shemesh, J., Farbehi, N., Asadnia, M., Yeoh, G. H., Harvey, R. P., . . . Warkiani, M. E. (2016). A rapid co-culture stamping device for studying intercellular communication. Scientific Reports, 6, 35618. doi:10.1038/srep35618. Available here.

Abstract

Regulation of tissue development and repair depends on communication between neighbouring cells. Recent advances in cell micro-contact printing and microfluidics have facilitated the in-vitro study of homotypic and heterotypic cell-cell interaction. Nonetheless, these techniques are still complicated to perform and as a result, are seldom used by biologists. We report here development of a temporarily sealed microfluidic stamping device which utilizes a novel valve design for patterning two adherent cell lines with well-defined interlacing configurations to study cell-cell interactions. We demonstrate post-stamping cell viability of >95%, the stamping of multiple adherent cell types, and the ability to control the seeded cell density. We also show viability, proliferation and migration of cultured cells, enabling analysis of co-culture boundary conditions on cell fate. We also developed an in-vitro model of endothelial and cardiac stem cell interactions, which are thought to regulate coronary repair after myocardial injury. The stamp is fabricated using microfabrication techniques, is operated with a lab pipettor and uses very low reagent volumes of 20 μl with cell injection efficiency of >70%. This easy-to-use device provides a general strategy for micro-patterning of multiple cell types and will be important for studying cell-cell interactions in a multitude of applications.

DOI

10.1038/srep35618

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