Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 37(6), 803 (2021).

Selective Trapping and Retrieval of Single Cells Using Microwell Array Devices Combined with Dielectrophoresis
Misaki HATA, Masato SUZUKI, and Tomoyuki YASUKAWA
Graduate School of Science, University of Hyogo, 3-2-1 Kouto, Kamigori, Ako, Hyogo 678-1297, Japan
We proposed selective manipulation techniques for retrieving and retaining target cells arrayed in microwells based on dielectrophoresis (DEP). The upper substrate with microband electrodes was mounted on the lower substrate with microwells based on the same design of microband electrodes by 90 degree relative to the lower substrate. A repulsive force of negative dielectrophoresis (n-DEP) was employed to retrieve the target cells from the microwell array selectively. Furthermore, the target cells were retained in the microwells after other cells were removed by n-DEP. Thus, the system described in this study could make it possible to retrieve and recover single target cells from a microwell array after determining the function of cells trapped in each microwell.