Interfacing Lab-on-a-Chip Embryo Technology with High-Definition Imaging Cytometry
- Zhu, F., Hall, C.J., Crosier, P.S., Wlodkowic, D.
- Zebrafish 12(4): 315-8 (Journal)
- Registered Authors
- Crosier, Phil, Hall, Chris
- MeSH Terms
- Animals, Genetically Modified/embryology
- Animals, Genetically Modified/genetics
- Animals, Genetically Modified/growth & development
- Drug Discovery/instrumentation
- Drug Discovery/methods*
- Embryo, Nonmammalian/embryology
- Embryonic Development*/genetics
- Image Cytometry/instrumentation
- Image Cytometry/methods*
- Lab-On-A-Chip Devices*
- 26132783 Full text @ Zebrafish
Zhu, F., Hall, C.J., Crosier, P.S., Wlodkowic, D. (2015) Interfacing Lab-on-a-Chip Embryo Technology with High-Definition Imaging Cytometry. Zebrafish. 12(4):315-8.
To spearhead deployment of zebrafish embryo biotests in large-scale drug discovery studies, automated platforms are needed to integrate embryo in-test positioning and immobilization (suitable for high-content imaging) with fluidic modules for continuous drug and medium delivery under microperfusion to developing embryos. In this work, we present an innovative design of a high-throughput three-dimensional (3D) microfluidic chip-based device for automated immobilization and culture and time-lapse imaging of developing zebrafish embryos under continuous microperfusion. The 3D Lab-on-a-Chip array was fabricated in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) transparent thermoplastic using infrared laser micromachining, while the off-chip interfaces were fabricated using additive manufacturing processes (fused deposition modelling and stereolithography). The system's design facilitated rapid loading and immobilization of a large number of embryos in predefined clusters of traps during continuous microperfusion of drugs/toxins. It was conceptually designed to seamlessly interface with both upright and inverted fluorescent imaging systems and also to directly interface with conventional microtiter plate readers that accept 96-well plates. Compared with the conventional Petri dish assays, the chip-based bioassay was much more convenient and efficient as only small amounts of drug solutions were required for the whole perfusion system running continuously over 72 h. Embryos were spatially separated in the traps that assisted tracing single embryos, preventing interembryo contamination and improving imaging accessibility.
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Human Disease / Model
Sequence Targeting Reagents
Engineered Foreign Genes