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A Microfluidic Cell Stretch Device to Investigate the Effects of Stretching Stress on Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

by Kae Sato 1,*, Manami Nitta 1 and Aiko Ogawa 2
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Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Japan Women’s University, 2-8-1 Mejirodai, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-8681, Japan
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Division of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Department of Clinical Science, National Hospital Organization Okayama Medical Center, 1711-1 Tamasu, Kita, Okayama 701-1192, Japan
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Inventions 2019, 4(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions4010001
Received: 27 November 2018 / Revised: 19 December 2018 / Accepted: 21 December 2018 / Published: 26 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microfluidics and Nanofluidics)
A microfluidic cell stretch device was developed to investigate the effects of stretching stress on pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) proliferation in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The microfluidic device harbors upper cell culture and lower control channels, separated by a stretchable poly(dimethylsiloxane) membrane that acts as a cell culture substrate. The lower channel inlet was connected to a vacuum pump via a digital switch-controlled solenoid valve. For cyclic stretch at heartbeat frequency (80 bpm), the open or close time for each valve was set to 0.38 s. Proliferation of normal PASMCs and those obtained from patients was enhanced by the circumferential stretching stimulation. This is the first report showing patient cells increased in number by stretching stress. These results are consistent with the abnormal proliferation observed in PAH. Circumferential stretch stress was applied to the cells without increasing the pressure inside the microchannel. Our data may suggest that the stretch stress itself promotes cell proliferation in PAH. View Full-Text
Keywords: pulmonary arterial hypertension; smooth muscle cell; microfluidic cell stretch device pulmonary arterial hypertension; smooth muscle cell; microfluidic cell stretch device
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Sato, K.; Nitta, M.; Ogawa, A. A Microfluidic Cell Stretch Device to Investigate the Effects of Stretching Stress on Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Inventions 2019, 4, 1.

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