Electroporation of micro-droplet encapsulated HeLa cells in oil phase

Kang Xiao, Mengying Zhang, Shuyu Chen, Limu Wang, Donald Choy Chang, Weijia Wen

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Electroporation (EP) is a method widely used to introduce foreign genes, drugs or dyes into cells by permeabilizing the plasma membrane with an external electric field. A variety of microfluidic EP devices have been reported so far. However, further integration of prior and posterior EP processes turns out to be very complicated, mainly due to the difficulty of developing an efficient method for precise manipulation of cells in microfluidics. In this study, by means of a T-junction structure within a delicate microfluidic device, we encapsulated HeLa cells in micro-droplet of poration medium in oil phase before EP, which has two advantages: (i) precise control of cell-encapsulating droplets in oil phase is much easier than the control of cell populations or individuals in aqueous buffers; (ii) this can minimize the electrochemical reactions on the electrodes. Finally, we successfully introduced fluorescent dyes into the micro-droplet encapsulated HeLa cells in oil phase. Our results reflected a novel way to realize the integrated biomicrofluidic system for EP. © 2010 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3175-3180
Number of pages6
Issue number18
StatePublished - Aug 27 2010
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): SA-C0040, UK-C0016
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge the financial support provided by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Grant No. HKUST 660207. This article is based on the work partially supported by Award No. SA-C0040/UK-C0016 made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The authors thank Dr. Chih-Kuan Tung and Jinbo Wu for their discussions with them.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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