Long-term three-dimensional cell culture and anticancer drug activity evaluation in a microfluidic chip

Karina Kwapiszewska , Agnieszka Stelmachowska , Radosław Kwapiszewski , Michał Chudy , Artur Dybko , Zbigniew Brzózka


In this work, we present a microfluidic array of microwells for long-term tumor spheroid cultivation and anticancer drug activity evaluation. The three-dimensional microfluidic system was obtained by double casting of poly(dimethylsiloxane). Spheroids of HT-29 human carcinoma cells were cultured in the microsystem for four weeks. After two weeks of the culture growth slowdown and stop were observed and high cell viability was determined within next two weeks. The characteristics of a homeostasis-like state were achieved. A cytostatic drug (5-fluorouracil) was introduced into the microsystem with different frequency (every day or every second day) and different concentrations. The geometry and construction of the microsystem enables flushing away of unaggregated (including dead) cells while viable spheroids remain inside microwells and decreasing spheroid diameter can be observed and measured as an indicator of decreasing cell viability. The results have shown differences in response of spheroids to different concentrations of 5-fluorouracil. It was also observed, that higher frequency of drug dosing resulted in more rapid spheroid diameter decrease. The presented microfluidic system is a solution for cell-based studies in an in vivo-like microfluidic environment. Moreover, observation of decreasing spheroid dimensions is a low-cost, label-free and easy-to-conduct mean of a quantitative determination of a 3D cellular model response to a applied drug. It is suitable for long-term observation of spheroid response, in a contrary to other viability assays requiring termination of a culture.
Author Karina Kwapiszewska (FC / IBC / DM)
Karina Kwapiszewska,,
- Department Of Microbioanalytics
, Agnieszka Stelmachowska (FC / IBC / DM)
Agnieszka Stelmachowska,,
- Department Of Microbioanalytics
, Radosław Kwapiszewski (FC / IBC / DM)
Radosław Kwapiszewski,,
- Department Of Microbioanalytics
, Michał Chudy (FC / IBC / DM)
Michał Chudy,,
- Department Of Microbioanalytics
, Artur Dybko (FC / IBC / DM)
Artur Dybko,,
- Department Of Microbioanalytics
, Zbigniew Brzózka (FC / IBC / DM)
Zbigniew Brzózka,,
- Department Of Microbioanalytics
Journal seriesBiosensors & Bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishAnticancer drugs, Long-term cell culture, Microfluidics, Repeated doses, Three-dimensional cell culture, Tumor spheroid
ASJC Classification1603 Electrochemistry; 2204 Biomedical Engineering; 2700 General Medicine; 1304 Biophysics; 1305 Biotechnology
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956566312003764
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 08-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 40.0, 08-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 50; GS Citations = 23.0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 1.718; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 6.451 (2) - 2013=6.054 (5)
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