Robotic fluidic coupling and interrogation of multiple vascularized organ chips
Somayaji, Mahadevabharath R.
Touloumes, George J.
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CitationNovak, Richard, Miles Ingram, Susan Marquez, Debarun Das, Aaron Delahanty, Anna Herland, Ben M Maoz, et al. 2020. “Robotic Fluidic Coupling and Interrogation of Multiple Vascularized Organ Chips.” Nature Biomedical Engineering 4 (4): 407–20.
AbstractOrgan chips can recapitulate organ-level (patho)physiology, yet pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analyses require multi-organ systems linked by vascular perfusion. Here, we describe an ‘Interrogator’ employing liquid-handling robotics, custom software and an integrated mobile microscope for the automated culture, perfusion, medium addition, fluidic linking, sample collection and in situ microscopic imaging of up to 10 Organ Chips inside a standard tissue-culture incubator. The robotic interrogator maintained the viability and organ-specific functions of eight vascularized, two-channel organ chips (intestine, liver, kidney, heart, lung, skin, blood–brain barrier and brain) for 3 weeks in culture when intermittently fluidically coupled via a common blood substitute through their medium reservoirs and endothelium-lined vascular channels. We used the robotic interrogator and a physiological multi-compartmental reduced-order model of the experimental system to quantitatively predict the distribution of an inulin tracer perfused through the multi-organ Human-Body-on-Chips. The automated culture system allows for the imaging of cells in the organ chips, and for repeated sampling of both the vascular and interstitial compartments
without compromising fluidic coupling.
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