Continuous ES/feeder cell-sorting device using dielectrophoresis and controlled fluid flow

Yuuwa Takahashi, Shogo Miyata

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Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are considered as being an important cell source for regenerative medicine. The culture of PSCs usually requires a feeder cell layer or cell adhesive matrix coating such as Matrigel, laminin, and gelatin. Although a feeder-free culture using a matrix coating has been popular, the on-feeder culture is still an eective method for the fundamental study of regenerative medicine and stem cell biology. To culture PSCs on feeder cell layers, the elimination of feeder cells is required for biological or gene analysis and for cell passage. Therefore, a simple and cost-eective cell sorting technology is required. There are several commercialized cell-sorting methods, such as FACS or MACS. However, these methods require cell labeling by fluorescent dye or magnetic antibodies with complicated processes. To resolve these problems, we focused on dielectrophoresis (DEP) phenomena for cell separation because these do not require any fluorescent or magnetic dyes or antibodies. DEP imposes an electric force on living cells under a non-uniform AC electric field. The direction and magnitude of the DEP force depend on the electric property and size of the cell. Therefore, DEP is considered as a promising approach for sorting PSCs from feeder cells. In this study, we developed a simple continuous cell-sorting device using the DEP force and fluid-induced shear force. As a result, mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) were purified from a mixed-cell suspension containing mESCs and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) using our DEP cell-sorting device.

Original languageEnglish
Article number734
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug


  • Cell sorting
  • Dielectrophoresis
  • Feeder cell
  • Fluid-induced shear force
  • Pluripotent stem cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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