Biomedical Microdevices

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 161–166

Insect Cell Culture in Microfluidic Channels


  • G.M. Walker
    • Department of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin—Madison
  • M.S. Ozers
    • PanVera Corporation
  • D.J. Beebe
    • Department of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin—Madison

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016088128057

Cite this article as:
Walker, G., Ozers, M. & Beebe, D. Biomedical Microdevices (2002) 4: 161. doi:10.1023/A:1016088128057


Microfluidic channels were constructed out of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and used as culture vessels for ovary cells from the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, (Sf9). PDMS allows cells to be visually inspected and provides excellent permeability to oxygen and carbon dioxide. Cells were grown in static culture conditions and observed every 24 hours for seven days. The growth rate in microchannels of varying volume (2.8 μl to 0.6 μl) was significantly slower in two sets of experiments (P<0.05 and P<0.001) than in a 25 ml tissue culture flask.

microchannelcell culturemicrofluidicsPDMSmicromolding

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