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Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces. 2008 Jul 15;64(2):260-8. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2008.02.010. Epub 2008 Mar 10.

Catch and release cell sorting: electrochemical desorption of T-cells from antibody-modified microelectrodes.

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 451 East Health Sciences Street #2619, Davis, CA 95616, United States.


The development of integrated microsystems capable of interrogation, characterization and sorting of mammalian cells is highly significant for further advancement of point-of-care diagnostics and drug discovery fields. The present study sought to design a novel strategy for releasing antibody-bound cells through electrochemical disruption of the underlying antibody (Ab) layer. A microsystem for selective capture and release of cells consisted of an array of individually addressable gold microelectrodes fabricated on a glass substrate. Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel photolithography was employed to make the glass regions non-fouling, thus, ensuring selective localization of proteins and cells on the microelectrodes. The gold surfaces were decorated with anti-CD4 Ab molecules using standard alkanethiol self-assembly and carbodiimide coupling approaches. The Ab-functionalized electrodes selectively captured model T-lymphocytes (Molt-3 cells) expressing CD4 antigen while minimal cell adhesion was observed on PEG hydrogel-modified glass substrates. Importantly, application of a reductive potential (-1.2V vs. Ag/AgCl reference electrode) resulted in release of surface-bound T-cells from the electrode surface. Cyclic voltammetry and fluorescence microscopy were employed to verify that the detachment of captured T-cells was indeed due to the electrochemical disruption of the underlying alkanethiol-Ab layer. In the future, the cell sorting approach described here may be combined with microfluidic delivery to enable Ab-mediated capture of T-lymphocytes or other cell types followed by release of select cells for downstream gene expression studies or re-cultivation.

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