A microfluidic device for isolation and characterization of transendothelial migrating cancer cells

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  • Xin Cui
  • Weijin Guo
  • Yubing Sun
  • Baoce Sun


Original languageEnglish
Article number14105
Journal / PublicationBiomicrofluidics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017



Transendothelial migration of cancer cells is a critical stage in cancer, including breast cancer, as the migrating cells are generally believed to be highly metastatic. However, it is still challenging for many existing platforms to achieve a fully covering endothelium and to ensure transendothelial migration capability of the extracted cancer cells for analyses with high specificity. Here, we report a microfluidic device containing multiple independent cell collection microchambers underneath an embedded endothelium such that the transendothelial-migrated cells can be selectively collected from only the microchambers with full coverage of an endothelial layer. In this work, we first optimize the pore size of a microfabricated supporting membrane for the endothelium formation. We quantify transendothelial migration rates of a malignant human breast cell type (MDA-MB-231) under different shear stress levels. We investigate characteristics of the migrating cells including morphology, cytoskeletal structures, and migration (speed and persistence). Further implementation of this endothelium-embedded microfluidic device can provide important insights into migration and intracellular characteristics related to cancer metastasis and strategies for effective cancer therapy. VC 2017 Author(s).

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