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Characterization and optimization of a miniaturized microscope-integrated bioreactor for the generation of functional engineered cardiac tissues

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Characterization and optimization of a miniaturized microscope-integrated bioreactor for the generation of functional engineered cardiac tissues.

Rel. Umberto Morbiducci, Diana Nada Caterina Massai. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Biomedica, 2018

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Abstract:

In this master thesis, the characterization and the optimization of a miniaturized microscope-integrated bioreactor for mechanical training of engineered cardiac tissues (ECT) is presented. The bioreactor design was conceived to be characterized by a miniaturized and modular architecture to allow meso-scale cardiac tissue culturing and training, and in order to guarantee the ease of microscopy monitoring and analysis. The physical characterization of the main device’s modules of functioning has concerned (i)the system implemented to apply mechanical stimulation to the heart tissue and (ii)the system exploited to functionalize the ECT and to analyse the biological response of it. The optimization of the design has permitted to combine quasi-static and dynamic contraction on the cardiac tissue, as well as its electrical parameters evaluation. Furthermore, the thesis presents the implementation and the results of the biological validation of the bioreactor. The mentioned validation was conceived as a proof of concept of the device and it has shown the capability of the bioreactor in the cardiac tissue engineering field.

Relators: Umberto Morbiducci, Diana Nada Caterina Massai
Academic year: 2017/18
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 108
Subjects:
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Biomedica
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-21 - BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Ente in cotutela: Department of Biomedicine - Universitaetsspital Basel (SVIZZERA)
Aziende collaboratrici: Universitaetsspital Basel
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/7992
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