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Assembly of Multi‐Spheroid Cellular Architectures by Programmable Droplet Merging

Cui, Haijun; Wang, Xianxian; Wesslowski, Janine; Tronser, Tina; Rosenbauer, Jakob; Schug, Alexander; Davidson, Gary; Popova, Anna A.; Levkin, Pavel A.

Artificial multicellular systems are gaining importance in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Reconstruction of complex tissue architectures in vitro is nevertheless challenging, and methods permitting controllable and high‐throughput fabrication of complex multicellular architectures are needed. Here, a facile and high‐throughput method is developed based on a tunable droplet‐fusion technique, allowing programmed assembly of multiple cell spheroids into complex multicellular architectures. The droplet‐fusion technique allows for construction of various multicellular architectures (double‐spheroids, multi‐spheroids, hetero‐spheroids) in a miniaturized high‐density array format. As an example of application, the propagation of Wnt signaling is investigated within hetero‐spheroids formed from two fused Wnt‐releasing and Wnt‐reporter cell spheroids. The developed method provides an approach for miniaturized, high‐throughput construction of complex 3D multicellular architectures and can be applied for studying various biological processes including cell signaling, cancer invasion, embryogenesis, and neural development.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000129405
Veröffentlicht am 05.02.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Biologische und Chemische Systeme (IBCS)
Institut für Organische Chemie (IOC)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 01.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0935-9648, 1521-4095
KITopen-ID: 1000129405
HGF-Programm 47.01.01 (POF III, LK 01) Biol.Netzwerke u.Synth.Regulat. ITG+ITC
Erschienen in Advanced materials
Verlag Wiley
Band 33
Heft 4
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 2006434
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 16.12.2020
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