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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 10269–10277

Three dimensional live cell lithography

Anna Linnenberger, Martha I. Bodine, Callie Fiedler, Justine J. Roberts, Stacey C. Skaalure, Joseph P. Quinn, Stephanie J. Bryant, Michael Cole, and Robert R. McLeod  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 10269-10277 (2013)

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We investigate holographic optical trapping combined with step-and-repeat maskless projection stereolithography for fine control of 3D position of living cells within a 3D microstructured hydrogel. C2C12 myoblast cells were chosen as a demonstration platform since their development into multinucleated myotubes requires linear arrangements of myoblasts. C2C12 cells are positioned in the monomer solution with multiple optical traps at 1064 nm and then encapsulated by photopolymerization of monomer via projection of a 512x512 spatial light modulator illuminated at 405 nm. High 405 nm sensitivity and complete insensitivity to 1064 nm was enabled by a lithium acylphosphinate (LAP) salt photoinitiator. These wavelengths, in addition to brightfield imaging with a white light LED, could be simultaneously focused by a single oil immersion objective. Large lateral dimensions of the patterned gel/cell structure are achieved by x and y step-and-repeat process. Large thickness is achieved through multi-layer stereolithography, allowing fabrication of precisely-arranged 3D live cell scaffolds with micron-scale structure and millimeter dimensions. Cells are shown to retain viability after the trapping and encapsulation procedure.

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OCIS Codes
(170.1420) Medical optics and biotechnology : Biology
(220.3740) Optical design and fabrication : Lithography
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: February 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 6, 2013
Published: April 18, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Anna Linnenberger, Martha I. Bodine, Callie Fiedler, Justine J. Roberts, Stacey C. Skaalure, Joseph P. Quinn, Stephanie J. Bryant, Michael Cole, and Robert R. McLeod, "Three dimensional live cell lithography," Opt. Express 21, 10269-10277 (2013)

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