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Formation of precisely composed cancer cell clusters using a cell assembly generator (CAGE) for studying paracrine signaling at single-cell resolution
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Gradientech AB, Uppsala, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3117-5367
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
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2019 (English)In: Lab on a Chip, ISSN 1473-0197, E-ISSN 1473-0189, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 1071-1081Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The function and behaviour of any given cell in a healthy tissue, or in a tumor, is affected by interactions with its neighboring cells. It is therefore important to create methods that allow for reconstruction of tissue niches in vitro for studies of cell-cell signaling and associated cell behaviour. To this end we created the cell assembly generator (CAGE), a microfluidic device which enables the organization of different cell types into precise cell clusters in a flow chamber compatible with high-resolution microscopy. In proof-of-concept paracrine signalling experiments, 4-cell clusters consisting of one pancreatic -cell and three breast cancer cells were formed. It has previously been established that extracellular ATP induces calcium (Ca2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to the cytosol before it is cleared back into the ER via sarcoplasmic/ER Ca2+ ATPase (SERCA) pumps. Here, ATP release from the -cell was stimulated by depolarization, and dynamic changes in Ca2+ levels in the adjacent cancer cells measured using imaging of the calcium indicator Fluo-4. We established that changes in the concentration of cytosolic Ca2+ in the cancer cells were proportional to the distance from the ATP-releasing -cell. Additionally, we established that the relationship between distance and cytosolic calcium changes were dependent on Ca2+-release from the ER using 5-cell clusters composed of one -cell, two untreated cancer cells and two cancer cells pretreated with Thapsigargin (to deplete the ER of Ca2+). These experiments show that the CAGE can be used to create exact cell clusters, which affords precise control for reductionist studies of cell-cell signalling and permits the formation of heterogenous cell models of specific tissue niches.

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ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY , 2019. Vol. 19, no 6, p. 1071-1081
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Cell Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381586DOI: 10.1039/c8lc01153bISI: 000462666200012PubMedID: 30783638OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-381586DiVA, id: diva2:1304292
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Swedish Cancer Society, CAN 2017/703EU, Horizon 2020, 642866Swedish Research Council, MH2015-03087Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research in Natural Sciences and MedicineAvailable from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved
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1. Precise cell manipulations and imaging of cellular responses: Methods developed using microfluidic, 3D-printing and microfabrication technologies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Precise cell manipulations and imaging of cellular responses: Methods developed using microfluidic, 3D-printing and microfabrication technologies
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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It is at the heart of biological and medical research to try and understand how cells communicate with each other, and how cells respond to alterations in their environment, including treatment with different drugs. There is in this context a continued need for better methods that allow researchers to precisely manipulate cells and their microenvironment and to study the resulting responses using high-resolution live microscopy. This thesis presents the development and implementation of several devices that addresses these needs.

A novel microfluidic device called the cell assembly generator (CAGE) was created to generate precisely composed cell clusters of different cell types; the first of its kind. Experimental evidence demonstrated that the CAGE chip can be used to study paracrine signalling in tailor-made cancer cell clusters composed of up to five cells.

A high-throughput microfluidic chip for rapid phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility testing was developed and tested using 21 clinical isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli against a panel of antibiotics. Stable minimum inhibitory concentration values were obtained from this system within 2-4 hours with high accuracy to the standard method.

3D-printing was used to create a modular and affordable time-lapse imaging and incubation system, called ATLIS. This system enables researchers to convert simple inverted microscopes into live cell imaging systems, where images and movies of living cells can be recorded using a regular smartphone.

Finally, a strategy was developed for the generation of modular microfluidic systems using 3D-printed moulds for PDMS casting, to enable studies of leukocyte adherence to differentially treated endothelial cell populations in the same field of view and under the same conditions.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2019. p. 57
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1575
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Medical Biotechnology
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382277 (URN)978-91-513-0661-2 (ISBN)
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2019-06-13, B:21, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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