Nanotech 2012 Vol. 2
Nanotech 2012 Vol. 2
Nanotechnology 2012: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational (Volume 2)

Micro & Nano Fluidics Chapter 5

New microfluidic chip for the production of spherical gelled capsule for cell encapsulation

Authors: P. Dalle, S. Morales, J. Berthier, P-Y. Benhamou, A. Bellemin Comte, F. Boizot, G. Costa, F. Rivera

Affilation: CEA/LETI, France

Pages: 298 - 301

Keywords: microfluidic, alginate, pancreatic islet, encapsulation, automation, phase transfer

Abstract:
Implantation of Langerhans islet in alginate shell is an alternative for the treatment of diabetes type 1. Finding an adapted process for cell encapsulation is a challenge. The process must product spherical and monodisperse capsules in a limited time with a good reproducibility. Up to now conventional systems are mainly manual which induces batch disparities and do not provide repeatable clinical results. In this paper, we report a novel microfluidic device coupling a production of alginate droplets in an oil flow and a phase transfer module, that automatically transfers the capsules in an aqueous phase. This module allows a 100% extraction of alginate capsule from the oil phase to a calcium gelling solution. Gelled spherical capsules are directly retrieved in an aqueous phase. The entire process is done at physiological pH without any surfactant.


ISBN: 978-1-4665-6275-2
Pages: 878
Hardcopy: $209.95