Surface-patterned electrode bioreactor for electrical stimulation

We present a microscale cell culture system with an interdigitated microarray of excimer-laser-ablated indium tin oxide electrodes for electrical stimulation of cultured cells. The system has been characterized in a range of geometeries and stimulation regimes via electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and used to culture primary cardiomyocytes and human adipose derived stem cells. Over 6 days of culture with electrical stimulation (2 ms duration, 1 Hz, 180 μm wide electrodes with 200 μm spacing), both cell types exhibited enhanced proliferation, elongation and alignment, and adipose derived stem cells exhibited higher numbers of Connexin-43-composed gap junctions

Tandon, N., A. Marsano, R. Maidhof, K. Numata, C. Montouri-Sorrentino, C. Cannizzaro, J. Voldman, G. Vunjak-Novakovic

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10 (6)

692 - 700




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