MEMS-assisted spatially homogeneous endothelialization of a high length-to-depth aspect ratio microvascular network

Nisarga Naik, Vivek Kumar, Elliot L. Chaikof, Mark G. Allen

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Abstract

The endothelialization of an engineered microvascular network is constrained by the mass transport of the endothelial cells through high length-to-depth (l/d) aspect ratio microchannels. This paper presents a deformable, reentrant microvascular scaffold as a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-assisted approach for spatially homogeneous endothelial cell seeding of high l/d (200) aspect ratio microvasculature. Nickel electroplating and micromolding were employed for the fabrication of the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) reentrant microvascular scaffold. A stretch-seed-seal (3S) operation was implemented for uniform incorporation of endothelial cells on the luminal surface of the elastomeric constructs. Confocal microscopy was utilized to establish the uniformity of endothelialization and to demonstrate the feasibility of this strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011
Pages290-293
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Aug 30 2011Sep 3 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period8/30/119/3/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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