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Oxygen-Sensing Microfluidic Scaffolds

[+] Author Affiliations
Nak Won Choi, Scott S. Verbridge, Rebecca M. Williams, Warren R. Zipfel, Claudia Fischbach, Abraham D. Stroock

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Kang-Yeol Park

Samsung Cheil Industries Incorporation, Uiwang, Republic of Korea

Paper No. ICNMM2009-82292, pp. 1185-1189; 5 pages
doi:10.1115/ICNMM2009-82292
From:
  • ASME 2009 7th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • ASME 2009 7th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels
  • Pohang, South Korea, June 22–24, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4349-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3850-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME

abstract

Oxygen in living tissues is a key soluble factor in normal as well as pathological processes. In relation to cancer, the development of oxygen-depleted tumor niches is thought to play an important role in tumor growth and metastasis. An outstanding challenge remains to develop an in vitro system where one can control and monitor oxygen concentration in a spatiotemporal manner within a three-dimensional (3-D) cell-seeded tissue scaffold. We propose the development of oxygen-sensing microfluidic scaffolds, which meet this challenge. Our strategies include 1) the synthesis of oxygen-sensing microbeads, 2) characterization of the beads via both direct imaging of phosphorescence and measurement of phosphorescence lifetime, and 3) visualization and measurement of oxygen-depletion lengths in a simple microfluidic tumor model.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Microfluidics , Oxygen

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