How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success

Täuber S, Schmitz J, Blöbaum L, Fante N, Steinhoff H, Grünberger A (2021)
Biosensors 11(12): 485.

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As a result of the steadily ongoing development of microfluidic cultivation (MC) devices, a plethora of setups is used in biological laboratories for the cultivation and analysis of different organisms. Because of their biocompatibility and ease of fabrication, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-glass-based devices are most prominent. Especially the successful and reproducible cultivation of cells in microfluidic systems, ranging from bacteria over algae and fungi to mammalians, is a fundamental step for further quantitative biological analysis. In combination with live-cell imaging, MC devices allow the cultivation of small cell clusters (or even single cells) under defined environmental conditions and with high spatio-temporal resolution. Yet, most setups in use are custom made and only few standardised setups are available, making trouble-free application and inter-laboratory transfer tricky. Therefore, we provide a guideline to overcome the most frequently occurring challenges during a MC experiment to allow untrained users to learn the application of continuous-flow-based MC devices. By giving a concise overview of the respective workflow, we give the reader a general understanding of the whole procedure and its most common pitfalls. Additionally, we complement the listing of challenges with solutions to overcome these hurdles. On selected case studies, covering successful and reproducible growth of cells in MC devices, we demonstrate detailed solutions to solve occurring challenges as a blueprint for further troubleshooting. Since developer and end-user of MC devices are often different persons, we believe that our guideline will help to enhance a broader applicability of MC in the field of life science and eventually promote the ongoing advancement of MC.
Stichworte
microfluidics; microfluidic cultivation; single-cell cultivation; microfluidic troubleshooting; live-cell imaging; microfluidic case studies
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Biosensors
Band
11
Ausgabe
12
Art.-Nr.
485
eISSN
2079-6374
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2959820

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Täuber S, Schmitz J, Blöbaum L, Fante N, Steinhoff H, Grünberger A. How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success. Biosensors. 2021;11(12): 485.
Täuber, S., Schmitz, J., Blöbaum, L., Fante, N., Steinhoff, H., & Grünberger, A. (2021). How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success. Biosensors, 11(12), 485. https://doi.org/10.3390/bios11120485
Täuber, Sarah, Schmitz, Julian, Blöbaum, Luisa, Fante, Niklas, Steinhoff, Heiko, and Grünberger, Alexander. 2021. “How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success”. Biosensors 11 (12): 485.
Täuber, S., Schmitz, J., Blöbaum, L., Fante, N., Steinhoff, H., and Grünberger, A. (2021). How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success. Biosensors 11:485.
Täuber, S., et al., 2021. How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success. Biosensors, 11(12): 485.
S. Täuber, et al., “How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success”, Biosensors, vol. 11, 2021, : 485.
Täuber, S., Schmitz, J., Blöbaum, L., Fante, N., Steinhoff, H., Grünberger, A.: How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success. Biosensors. 11, : 485 (2021).
Täuber, Sarah, Schmitz, Julian, Blöbaum, Luisa, Fante, Niklas, Steinhoff, Heiko, and Grünberger, Alexander. “How to Perform a Microfluidic Cultivation Experiment—A Guideline to Success”. Biosensors 11.12 (2021): 485.
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