[Biomedical Microdevices] Construction of 3D multicellular microfluidic chip for an in vitro skin mo
Current in vitro skin models do not recapitulate the complex architecture and functions of the skin tissue. In particular, on-chip construction of an in vitro model comprising the epidermis and dermis layer with vascular structure for mass transport has not been reported yet. In this study, we aim to develop a microfluidic, three-dimensional (3D) skin chip with fluidic channels using PDMS and hydrogels. Mass transport within the collagen hydrogel matrix was verified with fluorescent model molecules, and a transport-reaction model of oxygen and glucose inside the skin chip was developed to aid the design of the microfluidic skin chip. Comparison of viabilities of dermal fibroblasts and HaCaT cultured in the chip with various culture conditions revealed that the presence of flow plays a crucial role in maintaining the viability, and both cells were viable after 10 days of air exposure culture. Our 3D skin chip with vascular structures can be a valuable in vitro model for reproducing the interaction between different components of the skin tissue, and thus work as a more physiologically realistic platform for testing skin reaction to cosmetic products and drugs.
Sojin LeeSeon-Pil JinYeon Kyung KimGun Yong SungJin Ho ChungJong Hwan SungEmail author First Online: 03 April 2017 DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0156-5 Cite this article as: Lee, S., Jin, SP., Kim, Y.K. et al. Biomed Microdevices (2017) 19: 22. doi:10.1007/s10544-017-0156-5