DOI: 10.1002/mabi.202300267 ISSN:

Straightforward Cell Patterning with Ultra‐Low Background Using Polydimethylsiloxane Through‐Hole Membranes

Yujie Zhou, Meilin Sun, Tingting Xuanyuan, Jinwei Zhang, Xufang Liu, Wenming Liu
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology


Micropatterning is becoming an increasingly popular tool to realize microscale cell positioning and decipher cell activities and functions under specific microenvironments. However, a facile methodology for building a highly precise cell pattern still remains challenging. In this study, A simple and straightforward method for stable and efficient cell patterning with ultra‐low background using polydimethylsiloxane through‐hole membranes is developed. The patterning process is conveniently on the basis of membrane peeling and routine pipetting. Cell patterning in high quality involving over 97% patterning coincidence and zero residue on the background is achieved. The high repeatability and stability of the established method for multiple types of cell arrangements with different spatial profiles is demonstrated. The customizable cell patterning with ultra‐low background and high diversity is confirmed to be quite feasible and reliable. Furthermore, the applicability of the patterning method for investigating the fundamental cell activities is also verified experimentally. The authors believe this microengineering advancement has valuable applications in many microscale cell manipulation‐associated research fields including cell biology, cell engineering, cell imaging, and cell sensing.

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