Establishment of Microfluidic Spheroid Cultures for Biomedical Applications

  • Karina Kwapiszewska
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1771)


Multicellular spheroid is a three-dimensional (3D) cell culture model that mimics cancer tumor environment. Its widespread use for anticancer therapy evaluation is nowadays limited by accessibility of 3D compatible assays. Here, a microfluidic system for spheroid formation, culture and analysis is presented. The system is compatible with standard microplate readers. The microfluidic chip enables long-term 3D cell culture and in situ monitoring of cellular viability. Moreover, design of the assay enables observation of delayed type of toxicity or application of repeated doses of a drug.

Key words

3D cell culture Spheroid Cancer Anticancer drug screening In vivo mimicking Long-term cell culture Microplate reader Fluorometry alamarBlue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karina Kwapiszewska
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  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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