Miniaturized skeletal muscle tissue fabrication for measuring contractile activity

Kantaro Yoshioka, Akira Ito, Md Arifuzzaman, Taichi Yoshigai, Fangming Fan, Kei ichiro Sato, Kazunori Shimizu, Yoshinori Kawabe, Masamichi Kamihira

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The contractile function of skeletal muscle is essential for maintaining the vital activity of life. Muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy severely compromise the quality of life of patients and ultimately lead to death. There is therefore an urgent need to develop therapeutic agents for these diseases. In a previous study, we showed that three-dimensional skeletal muscle tissues fabricated using the magnetic force-based tissue engineering technique exhibited contractile activity, and that drug effects could be evaluated based on the contractile activity of the skeletal muscle tissues. However, the reported method requires a large number of cells and the tissue preparation procedure is complex. It is therefore necessary to improve the tissue preparation method. In this study, a miniature device made of polydimethylsiloxane was used to simplify the production of contracting skeletal muscle tissues applicable to high-throughput screening. The effects of model drugs on the contractile force generation of skeletal muscle tissues prepared from mouse C2C12 myoblast and human induced pluripotent stem cells were evaluated using the miniature muscle device. The results indicated that the muscle device system could provide a useful tool for drug screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-441
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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