Oriented and vectorial patterning of cardiac myocytes using a mlcrofluidic dlelectrophoresis chip - Towards engineered cardiac tissue with controlled macroscopic anisotropy

Mo Yang, C. C. Lim, R. Liao, X. Zhang

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Recently, the ability to create engineered heart tissues with a preferential cell orientation has gained much interest. Here, we present a novel method to construct a cardiac myocyte tissue-like structure using a combination of dielectrophoresis and electro-orientation via a microfluidic chip. Using the interdigitated-castellated microelectrodes, the induction of a mutually attractive dielectrophoretic force between cardiac myocytes can lead the cells moving close to each other and forming a tissue-like structure with orientation along the AC electric field between the electrode gaps. Both experimental results and theoretical analysis have indicated that a large orientation torque and force can be achieved by choosing an optimal frequency and decreasing the conductivity of the medium to a low level, where the orientation torque weakly depends on the frequency. In this paper, electromechanical experiments were performed to demonstrate the structural and functional anisotropy of the electro-oriented structure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event19th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 22 Jan 200626 Jan 2006


Conference19th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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