On-chip neural cell cultivation using agarose-microchamber array constructed by a photothermal etching method

Hiroyuki Moriguchi, Kazunori Takahashi, Yoshihiro Sugio, Yuichi Wakamoto, Ippei Inoue, Yasuhiko Jimbo, Kenji Yasuda

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Abstract

We have developed a novel method for on-chip cultivation of neural cells in a flexible agarose-microchamber array on a glass slide. The agarose microchamber is a micrometer-order cavity constructed on the surface of an agarose layer by molding a 50-μm-high square/circular micro-cast of thick SU-8 photoresist. In addition, the shape of the agarose microchamber was rearranged by using the photothermal etching method, in which we used an infrared (1064-nm) focused laser beam as the heat source to melt and remove a portion of agarose gel at the heating spot. With the photothermal etching method, we can also manufacture narrow tunnel-shaped channels between microchambers. When nerve cells were cultured on the agar-microchamber array chip, the nerve cells in two adjacent microchambers connected through the photothermal-etched channel after 48 hours of cultivation. Those results suggest the potential of an agarose-microchamber array integrated with the photothermal etching method for the next stage of single cell cultivation and measurement of nerve cells, such as real-time control of cell interactions during cultivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalElectrical Engineering in Japan (English translation of Denki Gakkai Ronbunshi)
Volume146
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 30
Externally publishedYes

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Infrared radiation
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Glass

Keywords

  • Agarose
  • Microchamber array
  • Nerve cell
  • Photothermal etching
  • Shape rearrangement during cultivation

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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On-chip neural cell cultivation using agarose-microchamber array constructed by a photothermal etching method. / Moriguchi, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Kazunori; Sugio, Yoshihiro; Wakamoto, Yuichi; Inoue, Ippei; Jimbo, Yasuhiko; Yasuda, Kenji.

In: Electrical Engineering in Japan (English translation of Denki Gakkai Ronbunshi), Vol. 146, No. 2, 30.01.2004, p. 37-42.

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Moriguchi, Hiroyuki ; Takahashi, Kazunori ; Sugio, Yoshihiro ; Wakamoto, Yuichi ; Inoue, Ippei ; Jimbo, Yasuhiko ; Yasuda, Kenji. / On-chip neural cell cultivation using agarose-microchamber array constructed by a photothermal etching method. In: Electrical Engineering in Japan (English translation of Denki Gakkai Ronbunshi). 2004 ; Vol. 146, No. 2. pp. 37-42.
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