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Biosens Bioelectron. 2004 Jun 15;19(11):1421-8.

Segmented flow generation by chip reactors for highly parallelized cell cultivation.

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Institute for Bioprocessing and Analytical Measurement Techniques, Heiligenstadt, Germany.

Abstract

Micro system technology offers convenient tools for the production of handling devices for small liquid volumes which can be used in cell cultivation. Here, a modular system for the rapid generation of cell suspension aliquots is presented. The system is used to produce and analyze high numbers of well-separated culture volumes. Selected clones may be retrieved from the system. Therefore, the principle of segmented flow is applied. Portions of aqueous culture medium containing one cell or very small cell ensembles are separated from each other by a nonmiscible liquid like dodecane, tetradecane or mineral oil. In addition, the alkane separates the culture droplets from the innerside of the walls of chip channels and capillaries. This way, compatibility problems between cell wall surfaces and the chemical character of walls are excluded. The separated culture droplets are guided by micro flow transportation in different channel and chamber topologies. The whole system has the character of a serially operating cell processing system. The aliquot generation can be sped up to frequencies of about 30 Hz in each microchannel. That means, that about 10(5) individual cultural volumes can be produced per hour or about 2 million per day. The survival and the growth of microorganisms has been shown for model organisms as well as for organisms from a natural sample (soil).

PMID:
15093213
DOI:
10.1016/j.bios.2003.12.021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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