Pneumatic cell stretching system for cardiac differentiation and culture

Joose Kreutzer, Liisa Ikonen, Juha Hirvonen, Mari Pekkanen-Mattila, Katriina Aalto-Setälä, Pasi Kallio

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This paper introduces a compact mechanical stimulation device suitable for applications to study cellular mechanobiology. The pneumatically controlled device provides equiaxial strain for cells on a coated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane and enables real time observation of cells with an inverted microscope. This study presents the implementation and operation principles of the device and characterizes membrane stretching. Different coating materials are also analyzed on an unstretched membrane to optimize the cell attachment on PDMS. As a result, gelatin coating was selected for further experiments to demonstrate the function of the device and evaluate the effect of long-term cyclic equiaxial stretching on human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). Cardiac differentiation was induced with mouse visceral endoderm-like (END-2) cells, either on an unstretched membrane or with mechanical stretching. In conclusion, hPSCs grew well on the stretching platform and cardiac differentiation was induced. Thus, the platform provides a new possibility to study the effect of stretching on cellular properties including differentiation and stress induced cardiac diseases.
JulkaisuMedical Engineering & Physics
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2014
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