Friday, June 21, 2013

1306.4709 (Hongzhi Lan et al.)

Lateral migration of living cells in inertial microfluidic systems
explored by fully three-dimensional numerical simulation

Hongzhi Lan, Soojung Claire Hur, Dino Di Carlo, Damir B. Khismatullin
The effects of cell size and deformability on the lateral migration and deformation of living cells flowing through a rectangular microchannel has been numerically investigated and compared with the inertial-microfluidics data on detection and separation of cells. The results of this work indicate that the cells move closer to the centerline if they are bigger and/or more deformable and that their equilibrium position is largely determined by the solvent (cytosol) viscosity, which is much less than the polymer (cytoskeleton) viscosity measured in most rheological systems. Simulations also suggest that decreasing channel dimensions leads to larger differences in equilibrium position for particles of different viscoelastic properties, giving design guidance for the next generation of microfluidic cell separation chips.
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