AMSBIO copolymer used to generate cell repellent surfaces in microfluidic devices

AMSBIO report that researchers from the Medical University of Vienna, have used Lipidure – CM5206
to coat channels in their novel microfluidic devices, to prevent cell adhesion.

Lipidure-CM5206 is a biocompatible and hydrophilic white copolymer made up of repeating units of 2-(methacryloyoxy) ethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC). Lipidure-CM5206 is designed to mimic the cell membrane surface and its molecular structure is the key for its highly hydrophilic nature and extremely low toxicity.

The aim of the research by the Medical University of Vienna was to create physiologicalrelevant in vitro tissue models that offer better predictability and the potential to improve drug screening outcomes in pre-clinical studies. Despite the advances of spheroid models in pharmaceutical screening applications, variations in spheroid size and consequential altered cell responses traditionally have led to nonreproducible and unpredictable results. Having developed a novel microfluidic multisize spheroid array – the researchers characterized it using liver, lung, colon, and skin cells as well as a tripleculture model of the blood-brain barrier to assess the effects of spheroid size on anticancer drug toxicity and compound penetration. The reproducible on-chip generation of 360 spheroids of five dimensions is demonstrated in a recently published paper [1].

Dr Mario Rothbauer, a Group Leader at the Medical University of Vienna commented: “I’ve worked with anti-fouling surfaces for cell-based applications my entire career and so far, the Lipidure-CM5206 has proved to be the most reliable and straight-forward approach for generation of cell repellent surfaces on microtitre plates, as well as more the complex culture environments of microfluidic, lab-on-a-chip and organ-on-achip systems. For our latest project we screened a panel of primary and cancer cell lines including lung, liver, gut, dermal fibro-blasts and brain endothelial cells; Lipidure-CM5206 did not let us down a single time throughout those many years.”

Lipidure coating of microtitre plates and microfluidic devices provides a superior low attachment surface for the production of state-of-the-art 3D cell culture. Formation of organoids, spheroids, tumourspheres, embryoid bodies and neurospheres using Lipidure coated microtitre plates have been demonstrated for cell types including ES and iPS (human and mouse), NIH3T3, preadipocytes, HepG2 and other cancer cell lines as well as primary neuronal cells.

Reference: 1. Rothbauer M., et. al. A Microfluidic
Multisize Spheroid Array for Multiparametric
Screening of Anticancer Drugs and Blood–Brain
Barrier Transport Properties. Advanced Science.