A microfluidic array for quantitative analysis of human neural stem cell self-renewal and differentiation in three-dimensional hypoxic microenvironment

Kisuk Yang, Sewoon Han, Yoojin Shin, Eunkyung Ko, Jin Kim, Kook In Park, Seok Chung, Seung Woo Cho

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We report a microfluidic array for investigating and quantitatively analyzing human neural stem cell (hNSC) self-renewal and differentiation in an invivo-like microenvironment. NSC niche conditions, including three-dimensional (3D) extracellular matrices and low oxygen tension, were effectively reconstituted in the microfluidic array in a combinatorial manner. The array device was fabricated to be detachable, rendering it compatible with quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction for quantifying the effects of the biomimetic conditions on hNSC self-renewal and differentiation. We show that throughput of 3D cell culture and quantitative analysis can be increased. We also show that 3D hypoxic microenvironments maintain hNSC self-renewal capacity and direct neuronal commitment during hNSC differentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6607-6614
Number of pages8
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep 1



  • Differentiation
  • Hypoxia
  • Microfluidic array
  • Neural stem cells
  • Self-renewal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials

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