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dc.contributor.authorBoas, Liliana Vilaspor
dc.contributor.authorFaustino, Verapor
dc.contributor.authorLima, Rui Alberto Madeira Macedopor
dc.contributor.authorMiranda, João Máriopor
dc.contributor.authorMinas, Graçapor
dc.contributor.authorVeiga Fernandes, Carla Sofiapor
dc.contributor.authorCatarino, Susana Oliveirapor
dc.identifier.citationBoas, L., Faustino, V., Lima, R., Miranda, J., Minas, G., Fernandes, C., & Catarino, S. (2018). Assessment of the deformability and velocity of healthy and artificially impaired red blood cells in narrow polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannels. Micromachines, 9(8), 384por
dc.description.abstractMalaria is one of the leading causes of death in underdeveloped regions. Thus, the development of rapid, efficient, and competitive diagnostic techniques is essential. This work reports a study of the deformability and velocity assessment of healthy and artificially impaired red blood cells (RBCs), with the purpose of potentially mimicking malaria effects, in narrow polydimethylsiloxane microchannels. To obtain impaired RBCs, their properties were modified by adding, to the RBCs, different concentrations of glucose, glutaraldehyde, or diamide, in order to increase the cells' rigidity. The effects of the RBCs' artificial stiffening were evaluated by combining image analysis techniques with microchannels with a contraction width of 8 mu m, making it possible to measure the cells' deformability and velocity of both healthy and modified RBCs. The results showed that healthy RBCs naturally deform when they cross the contractions and rapidly recover their original shape. In contrast, for the modified samples with high concentration of chemicals, the same did not occur. Additionally, for all the tested modification methods, the results have shown a decrease in the RBCs' deformability and velocity as the cells' rigidity increases, when compared to the behavior of healthy RBCs samples. These results show the ability of the image analysis tools combined with microchannel contractions to obtain crucial information on the pathological blood phenomena in microcirculation. Particularly, it was possible to measure the deformability of the RBCs and their velocity, resulting in a velocity/deformability relation in the microchannel. This correlation shows great potential to relate the RBCs' behavior with the various stages of malaria, helping to establish the development of new diagnostic systems towards point-of-care devices.por
dc.description.sponsorship- This work results of the project NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-028178, MalariaChip, supported by Programa Operacional Regional do Norte-Norte Portugal Regional Operational Programme (NORTE 2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 Partnership Agreement, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by Fundacao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (FCT), IP. Work also supported by Fundacao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (FCT) with the reference project UID/EEA/04436/2013, by FEDER funds through the COMPETE 2020-Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalizacao (POCI) with the reference project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006941; and by project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016861 (with associated reference PTDC/QEQ-FTT/4287/2014). S.O. Catarino thanks the FCT for the SFRH/BPD/108889/2015 grant, supported by national funds from Ministerios da Ciencia, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior and by FSE through the POCH-Programa Operacional Capital Humano.por
dc.subjectRed blood cellspor
dc.titleAssessment of the deformability and velocity of healthy and artificially impaired red blood cells in narrow polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannelspor
dc.subject.fosEngenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia Eletrotécnica, Eletrónica e Informáticapor
dc.subject.wosScience & Technology-
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