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Bioengineering 2018, 5(2), 29;

A 3D Microfluidic Model to Recapitulate Cancer Cell Migration and Invasion

Department of Biomedical Engineering, 4 Engineering Drive, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117853, Singapore
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR, The Nanos, #04-01, 31 Biopolis Way, Singapore 138669, Singapore
Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), 6 Serangoon North Avenue 5, Singapore 554910, Singapore
Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, MD9-04-11, 2 Medical Drive, Singapore 117597, Singapore
Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore, T-Lab, #05-01, 5A Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117411, Singapore
Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, 1 CREATE Way, #10-01 CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602, Singapore
NUS Graduate Programme in Bioengineering, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117597, Singapore
Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Gastroenterology Department, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, China
Division of Biotechnology, IFM, Linköping University, Linköping 58183, Sweden
Department of New Biology, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Daegu 42988, Korea
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Received: 14 March 2018 / Revised: 3 April 2018 / Accepted: 4 April 2018 / Published: 8 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Micro-Bioreactor Design for Organ Cell Studies)
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We have developed a microfluidic-based culture chip to simulate cancer cell migration and invasion across the basement membrane. In this microfluidic chip, a 3D microenvironment is engineered to culture metastatic breast cancer cells (MX1) in a 3D tumor model. A chemo-attractant was incorporated to stimulate motility across the membrane. We validated the usefulness of the chip by tracking the motilities of the cancer cells in the system, showing them to be migrating or invading (akin to metastasis). It is shown that our system can monitor cell migration in real time, as compare to Boyden chambers, for example. Thus, the chip will be of interest to the drug-screening community as it can potentially be used to monitor the behavior of cancer cell motility, and, therefore, metastasis, in the presence of anti-cancer drugs. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D cell culture; microfluidics; cell migration; cell invasion; metastasis 3D cell culture; microfluidics; cell migration; cell invasion; metastasis

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Toh, Y.-C.; Raja, A.; Yu, H.; Van Noort, D. A 3D Microfluidic Model to Recapitulate Cancer Cell Migration and Invasion. Bioengineering 2018, 5, 29.

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