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Fungal growth in confined microfabricated networks
Author(s): Kristi L. Hanson; Luisa Filipponi; Abraham Phillip Lee; Dan V. Nicolau
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Paper Abstract

The understanding and control of cell growth in confined microenvironments has application to a variety of fields including cell biosensor development, medical device fabrication, and pathogen control. While the majority of work in these areas has focused on mammalian and bacterial cell growth, this study reports on the growth behavior of fungal cells in three-dimensionally confined PDMS microenvironments of a scale similar to that of individual hyphae. The general responses of hyphae to physical confinement included continued apical extension against barriers, resultant filament bending and increased rates of subapical branching with apparent directionality towards structure openings. Overall, these responses promoted continued extension of hyphae through the confined areas and away from the distal regions of the fungal colony. The induction of branching by apical obstruction provides a means of controlling the growth and branching of fungal hyphae through purposefully designed microstructures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5699, Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules and Cells: Fundamentals and Applications III, (29 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.600228
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Kristi L. Hanson, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)
Luisa Filipponi, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)
CRC for Microtechnology (Australia)
Abraham Phillip Lee, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
Dan V. Nicolau, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5699:
Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules and Cells: Fundamentals and Applications III
Dan V. Nicolau; Dan V. Nicolau; Jörg Enderlein; Ramesh Raghavachari; Robert C. Leif; Daniel L. Farkas, Editor(s)

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