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A microfluidic device for tissue biopsy culture and interrogation

Webster, Abigail; Dyer, Charlotte E.; Haswell, Stephen J.; Greenman, John


Abigail Webster

Stephen J. Haswell


This communication reports the development of a microfluidic device capable of maintaining the long-term culture of viable tissue biopsies. Tissue-based models will enable evaluation of cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions within multi-cellular systems. The device demonstrated is a prototype, fabricated with the capacity to receive biopsy samples up to 2 mm(3), from various tissue sources. Presently, this system has been tested with human colorectal tissue biopsies, for periods in excess of 3 days. The response of normal colorectal tissue and neoplastic biopsies to hypoxia was assayed by the release of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) into the media, which was measured off-chip. As anticipated, the hypoxia induced a greater VEGF response in the tumour biopsies than the nonmalignant tissue.


Webster, A., Dyer, C. E., Haswell, S. J., & Greenman, J. (2010). A microfluidic device for tissue biopsy culture and interrogation. Analytical Methods, 2(8), 1005-1007.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 5, 2010
Publication Date Aug 1, 2010
Print ISSN 1759-9660
Electronic ISSN 1759-9679
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 8
Pages 1005-1007
Keywords endothelial growth-factor microenvironment microfabrication expression perfusion chamber
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