Biomedical Microdevices

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 635–643 | Cite as

Proliferation and migration of tumor cells in tapered channels

  • Yuan Wan
  • Deepika Tamuly
  • Peter B. Allen
  • Young-tae Kim
  • Robert Bachoo
  • Andrew D. Ellington
  • Samir M. Iqbal


Tumor cells depict two deviant tendencies; over-proliferation and vigorous migration. A tapered channel device is designed and fabricated for in vitro studies. We report inhibited proliferation and migration of human glioblastoma (hGBM) cells when exposed to an aptamer that is known to bind epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR). The device is integrated with controlled ambient and microscope for providing real-time and quantitative characterization of the tumor cell behavior. The results show that hGBM cells loose proliferation and motility when exposed to the anti-EGFR aptamer. The aptamer directly inhibits and blocks EGF-induced EGFR phosphorylation. This also reduces the ability of cells to remodel their internal structure for invasion through narrow constrictions. This provides a framework for possible studies on efficacy of other inhibiting molecules.


Inhibition of cancer Microfluidics Tapered channels Aggressive migration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Wan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 10
  • Deepika Tamuly
    • 2
  • Peter B. Allen
    • 4
  • Young-tae Kim
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert Bachoo
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Andrew D. Ellington
    • 4
  • Samir M. Iqbal
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 8
    • 9
  1. 1.Nano-Bio LabUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of BioengineeringUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Nanotechnology Research and Education CenterUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Cell and Molecular BiologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  5. 5.Annette G. Strauss Center for Neuro-OncologyUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  6. 6.Department of NeurologyUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  7. 7.Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  8. 8.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  9. 9.Joint Graduate Committee of Bioengineering Program, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  10. 10.Mawson InstituteUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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