C12M 23/12, C12M 25/02, C12M 23/16
An in vitro microfluidic device includes a device configured to model a blood-brain barrier. The device includes a center well in fluidic communication with each of an inlet and an outlet. Each of the center well, inlet, and outlet includes a porous membrane that separates a âbloodâ portion (a fluid flow portion) from a âbrainâ portion (a fluid containing portion). The porous membrane is seeded with endothelial cells such as the human venule endothelial cells (HUVECs) on the blood side, and with astrocytes on the brain side, to accurately model the blood-brain barrier. Fluid flows between the inlet, the center well, and the outlet to test the permeability of the porous membrane, thereby providing an accurate in vitro model of a blood-brain barrier.
Mohapatra, Subhra; Mohapatra, Shyam S.; Wang, Tao; and Martinez, Taylor, "Microfluidic-coupled in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier" (2021). USF Patents. 1280.
University of South Florida