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On-chip ultrasonic sample preparation for cell based assays
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0064-0086
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Proteomics and Nanobiotechnology. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5199-0663
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Proteomics and Nanobiotechnology. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
2015 (English)In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 5, no 91, 74304-74311 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We demonstrate an acoustophoresis method for size-based separation, isolation, up-concentration and trapping of cells that can be used for on-chip sample preparation combined with high resolution imaging for cell-based assays. The method combines three frequency-specific acoustophoresis functions in a sequence by actuating three separate channel zones simultaneously: zones for pre-alignment, size-based separation, and trapping. We characterize the mutual interference between the acoustic radiation forces between the different zones by measuring the spatial distribution of the acoustic energy density during different schemes of ultrasonic actuation, and use this information for optimizing the driving frequencies and voltages of the three utilized ultrasonic transducers attached to the chip, and the flow rates of the pumps. By the use of hydrodynamic defocusing of the pre-aligned cells in the separation zone, a cell population from a complex sample can be isolated and trapped with very high purity, followed by dynamic fluorescence analysis. We exemplify the method's potential by isolating A549 lung cancer cells from red blood cells with 100% purity, 92% separation efficiency, and 93% trapping efficiency resulting in a 130× up-concentration factor during 15 minutes of continuous sample processing through the chip. Furthermore, we demonstrate an on-chip fluorescence assay of the isolated cancer cells by monitoring the dynamic uptake and release of a fluorescence probe in individual trapped cells. The ability to combine isolation of individual cells from a complex sample with high-resolution image analysis holds great promise for applications in cellular and molecular diagnostics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
RSC Publishing, 2015. Vol. 5, no 91, 74304-74311 p.
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Chemical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-166823DOI: 10.1039/c5ra16865aISI: 000361116500020Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84941242035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-166823DiVA: diva2:812495
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Updated from manuscript to article.

QC 20151008

Available from: 2015-05-19 Created: 2015-05-19 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. On-chip Ultrasonic Sample Preparation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On-chip Ultrasonic Sample Preparation
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Acoustofluidics has become a well-established technology in the lab-on-a-chip scientific community. The technology involves primarily the manipulation of fluids and/or particles in microfluidic systems. It is used today for variety of applications such as handling, sorting, washing and separation of cells or micro-particles, and for mixing and pumping of fluids. When such manipulation functions are integrated in micro-devices, the technology has been used for clinical sample preparation as well as for studying various fundamental bio-related questions.

In this doctoral thesis, we have developed different acoustic methods and micro-devices with the aim to create a multi-functional sample preparation platform. We introduced a simple method for in-situ measurements of acoustic energy densities inside a microfluidic channel, from which acoustic pressure amplitudes can be extracted. The method has been used for determining the magnitude of acoustic radiation forces acting on suspended particles and cells inside an acoustofluidic system. For optimization of acoustophoresis (i.e. manipulation of particles into the nodes of standing waves), we have investigated different designs of ultrasonic transducers based on tunable-angle wedges and backing layers attached to glass-silicon microfluidic chips. Furthermore, we have investigated the implementation of frequency-modulated actuation methodology combined with broadbanded ultrasonic transducers, and the implementation of multiple ultrasonic manipulation functions localized to spatially separated zones in a complex microchannel network. We demonstrate two different bio-applications useful for multi-step and multi-functional sample preparation. First, we demonstrate a micro-device for size-based separation, isolation and up-concentration of cells, followed by microscopy-based dynamic monitoring of individual cell properties when introducing different reagents. This holds great promise for use in cellular and molecular diagnostics. Second, we demonstrate an acoustic method for micro-vortexing in µL-volume reaction chambers in disposable polymer chips. The method is used for fast mixing of fluids, for disaggregating and re-suspending magnetically trapped and clumped micro-beads, and for cell lysis followed by DNA extraction. Finally, we demonstrate a temperature-controlled device compatible with high-acoustic-pressure (1 MPa) ultrasonic manipulation of cells, and we demonstrate that cells can be exposed to standing-wave ultrasound at 1 MPa for one hour without compromising the cell viability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. ix, 65 p.
Series
TRITA-FYS, ISSN 0280-316X ; 15:21
Keyword
Ultrasound, Sample preparation, Particle manipulation
National Category
Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics; Biological Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-166746 (URN)978-91-7595-529-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-06-05, FD5 AlbaNova University centrum,, Roslagstullsbacken 21, KTH, Stockholm, 07:14 (English)
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QC 20150519

Available from: 2015-05-19 Created: 2015-05-15 Last updated: 2015-06-04Bibliographically approved
2. Microfluidic based isolation of circulating tumor cells from whole blood for cancer diagnostics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Microfluidic based isolation of circulating tumor cells from whole blood for cancer diagnostics
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Detection of circulating tumor cells (CTC) in peripheral blood is indicative of early recognition of tumor progression and such an important biomarker for early diagnosis, staging, monitoring and prognosis of cancer. However, CTC are found in very low concentrations and reliable isolation of these rare cells is challenging. Microfluidics enables precise manipulation of fluids and cells and is ideal for cell sorting methods for clinical diagnostics. The thesis contributes towards the development of microfluidic based CTC isolation methods from peripheral blood. The methods are based on size and immunoaffinity. The first part of the thesis describes the phenomenon of inertial focusing for size based cell separation at high throughputs. In paper 1, we demonstrate continuous filtration of leukocytes from diluted blood, with an efficiency of 78% at a flow rate of 2.2ml/min. In the paper 2, separation of total and subpopulation of leukocytes with a purity of 86% for granulocytes and 91% for lymphocytes is demonstrated. Furthermore, cancer cells spiked into whole blood could be separated at a yield of 88%. Finally, in paper 3 and 4 we unravel parts of the unexplored elasto-inertial microfluidics and was utilized to precisely focus the cells, as part of an integrated optofluidic micro flow cytometer device, capable to simultaneously measure fluorescence and scattering of cells and particles at a rate of 2500 particles/sec (paper 4). Second part of the thesis focuses on acoustophoresis. In (paper 5), a multifunctional acoustic microdevice was developed for isolation of cancer cells from red blood cells with a separation efficiency of 92.4% and trapping efficiency of 93%. In (paper 6), microbubbles activated acoustic cell sorter was developed for affinity based cell separation. As a proof of principle, cancer cells in a suspension were separated at an efficiency of 75%. In the third part, using cellulose nano fibrils (paper 7), we demonstrate efficiently capture and release of cancer cells at a release efficiency of 95%. Finally, a novel, single step self-assembly of spider silk proteins is introduced inside microfluidic channels for effective capture of cancer cells with 85% capture efficiency and subsequent release of captured cells with 95% release efficiency (paper 8). The novel recombinant silk modified microfluidic device was validated using pancreatic cancer patients. In summary, we have developed different microfluidic based isolation technologies for the capture and characterization of CTC.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 109 p.
Series
TRITA-BIO-Report, ISSN 1654-2312 ; 2017:7
National Category
Medical Engineering Medical Biotechnology
Research subject
Biotechnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-203889 (URN)978-91-7729-311-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-04-13, Gardaulan, Folkhälsomyndigheten, Nobels väg 18, Solna, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework ProgrammeSwedish Childhood Cancer FoundationSwedish Research Council
Note

QC 20170321

Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2017-03-23Bibliographically approved

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