Lung on a chip: Co-culture of alveolar epithelial cells and bone marrow derived stromal stem cells in a microfluidic system

Marconi, Emanuele; Schoeni, Anna; Barbe, Laurent; Gazdhar, Amiq; Geiser, Thomas; Guenat, Olivier Thierry (2011). Lung on a chip: Co-culture of alveolar epithelial cells and bone marrow derived stromal stem cells in a microfluidic system. European respiratory journal, 38(Suppl 55), P4585. European Respiratory Society

Background: Microfluidics system are novel tools to study cell-cell interactions in vitro. This project focuses on the development of a new microfluidic device to co-culture alveolar epithelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells to study cellular interactions involved in healing the injured alveolar epithelium.

Methods: Microfluidic systems in polydimethylsiloxane were fabricated by soft lithography. The alveolar A549 epithelial cells were seeded and injury tests were made on the cells by perfusion with media containing H2O2 or bleomycin during 6 or 18hrs. Rat Bone marrow derived stromal cells (BMSC) were then introduced into the system and cell-cell interaction was studied over 24 hrs.

Results: A successful co-culture of A549 alveolar epithelial cells and BMS was achieved in the microfluidic system. The seeded alveolar epithelial cells and BMSC adhered to the bottom surface of the microfluidic device and proliferated under constant perfusion. Epithelial injury to mimic mechanisms seen in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis was induced in the microchannels by perfusing with H2O2 or bleomycin. Migration of BMSC towards the injured epithelium was observed as well as cell-cell interaction between the two cell types was also seen.

Conclusion: We demonstrate a novel microfluidic device aimed at showing interactions between different cell types on the basis of a changing microenvironment. Also we were able to confirm interaction between injured alvolar epithelium and BMSC, and showed that BMSC try to heal the injured epitelium.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Pneumology
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Organs-on Chip Technologies

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Marconi, Emanuele, Schöni, Anna, Gazdhar, Amiq, Geiser, Thomas (A), Guenat, Olivier Thierry


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




European Respiratory Society




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04 Oct 2013 14:32

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29 Mar 2023 23:32

URI: (FactScience: 218591)

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