Influence of fabrication parameters on cellular microarrays for stem cell studies
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Lately there has been an increasing interest in the development of tools that enable the high throughput analysis of combinations of surface-immobilized signaling factors and which examine their effect on stem cell biology and differentiation. These surface-immobilized factors function as artificial microenvironments that can be ordered in a microarray format. These microarrays could be useful for applications such as the study of stem cell biology to get a deeper understanding of their differentia- tion process. Here, the evaluation of several key process parameters affecting the cellular microarray fabrication is reported in terms of its effects on the mesenchymal stem cell culture time on these microarrays. Substrate and pro- tein solution requirements, passivation strategies and cell culture conditions are investigated. The results described in this article serve as a basis for the future development of cellular microarrays aiming to provide a deeper under- standing of the stem cell differentiation process.
CitationRodríguez-Seguí, S. [et al.]. Influence of fabrication parameters on cellular microarrays for stem cell studies. "Journal of materials science. Materials in medicine", 2009, vol. 20, núm. 7, p. 1525-1533.