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Microfluidic device for axonal elongation control

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2 Author(s)
Nakashima, Y. ; Graduate Sch. of Life Sci. & Syst. Eng., Kyushu Inst. of Technol., Kitakyushu, Japan ; Yasuda, T.

This paper presents a novel microfluidic device for controlling axonal elongation dynamically by releasing nerve growth factor (NGF) onto a nerve cell. The presented device consists of nano-holes for NGF release and a micro valve for its release control. The amount of NGF that stimulate cells can be controlled very precisely by opening and closing the microvalve. Experiments using a fluorescent solution showed that constant chemical release through the nano-holes was successfully controlled by opening and closing the microvalve at about 2 Hz. This result indicates that the switching control of the microvalve will generate desired concentration of chemicals released from the nano-holes. Moreover, axonal guidance was tested on the fabricated device. We succeeded in guiding an axon of the cell in the direction of the nano-hole array along the NGF concentration gradient.

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Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, 2005. Digest of Technical Papers. TRANSDUCERS '05. The 13th International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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5-9 June 2005