Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 7, 2021

Focused surface acoustic wave locally removes cells from culture surface

Author affiliations

Abstract

Regenerative medicine and drug development require large numbers of high-quality cells, usually delivered from in vitro culturing. During culturing, the appearance of unwanted cells and an inability to remove them without damaging or losing most if not all the surrounding cells in the culture reduce the overall quality of the cultured cells. This is a key problem in cell culturing, as is the inability to sample cells from a culture as desired to verify the quality of the culture. Here, we report a method to locally remove cells from an adherent cell culture using a 100.4 MHz focused surface acoustic wave (SAW) device. After exposing a plated C2C12 mouse myoblast cell culture to phosphate buffered solution (PBS), ultrasound from the SAW device transmitted into the cell culture via a coupling water droplet serves to detach a small grouping of cells. The cells are removed from an area 6 × 10−3 mm2, equivalent to about 12 cells, using a SAW device-Petri dish water gap of 1.5 mm, a PBS immersion time of 300 s, and an input voltage of 75 V to the SAW device. Cells were released as desired 90% of the time, releasing the cells from the target area nine times out of ten runs. In the one trial in ten that fails, the cells partially release and remain attached due to inter-cellular binding. By making it possible to target and remove small groups of cells as desired, the quality of cell culturing may be significantly improved. The small group of cells may be considered a colony of iPS cells. This targeted cell removal method may facilitate sustainable, contamination-free, and automated refinement of cultured cells.

Graphical abstract: Focused surface acoustic wave locally removes cells from culture surface

Article information


Submitted
21 Dec 2020
Accepted
03 Mar 2021
First published
18 Mar 2021

This article is Open Access

Lab Chip, 2021,21, 1299-1306
Article type
Paper

Focused surface acoustic wave locally removes cells from culture surface

T. Inui, J. Mei, C. Imashiro, Y. Kurashina, J. Friend and K. Takemura, Lab Chip, 2021, 21, 1299 DOI: 10.1039/D0LC01293A

This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence. You can use material from this article in other publications, without requesting further permission from the RSC, provided that the correct acknowledgement is given and it is not used for commercial purposes.

To request permission to reproduce material from this article in a commercial publication, please go to the Copyright Clearance Center request page.

If you are an author contributing to an RSC publication, you do not need to request permission provided correct acknowledgement is given.

If you are the author of this article, you do not need to request permission to reproduce figures and diagrams provided correct acknowledgement is given. If you want to reproduce the whole article in a third-party commercial publication (excluding your thesis/dissertation for which permission is not required) please go to the Copyright Clearance Center request page.

Read more about how to correctly acknowledge RSC content.


Social activity

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements