Tomokazu Matsue

Tohoku University, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: We have developed a large-scale integrated (LSI) complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)- based amperometric sensor array system called “Bio-LSI” as a platform for electrochemical bio-imaging and multi-point biosensing with 400 measurement points. In this study, we newly developed a Bio-LSI chip with a light-shield structure and a mode-selectable function with the aim of extending the application range of Bio-LSI. The light shield created by the top metal layer of the LSI chip significantly reduces the noise generated by the photocurrent, whose value is less than 1% of the previous Bio-LSI without the light shield. The mode-selectable function enables the individual operation of 400 electrodes in off, electrometer, V1, and V2 mode. The off-mode cuts the electrode from the electric circuit. The electrometer-mode reads out the electrode potential. The V1-mode and the V2-mode set the selected sensor electrode at two different independent voltages and read out the current. We demonstrated the usefulness of the Q4 mode-selectable function. First, we displayed a dot picture based on the redox reactions of 2.0 mM ferrocenemethanol at 400 electrodes by applying two different independent voltages using the V1 and V2 modes. Second, we carried out simultaneous O2 and H2O2 detection using the V1 and V2 modes. Third, we used the off and V1 modes for the modification of the osmium-polyvinylpyridine gel polymer containing horseradish peroxidase (Os-HRP) at the selected electrodes, which act as sensors for H2O2. These results confirm that the advanced version of Bio-LSI is a promising tool that can be applied to a wide range of analytical fields.
    Lab on a Chip 11/2014; · 5.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intercalation and deintercalation of lithium ions at electrode surfaces are central to the operation of lithium-ion batteries. Yet, on the most important composite cathode surfaces, this is a rather complex process involving spatially heterogeneous reactions that have proved difficult to resolve with existing techniques. Here we report a scanning electrochemical cell microscope based approach to define a mobile electrochemical cell that is used to quantitatively visualize electrochemical phenomena at the battery cathode material LiFePO4, with resolution of ~100 nm. The technique measures electrode topography and different electrochemical properties simultaneously, and the information can be combined with complementary microscopic techniques to reveal new perspectives on structure and activity. These electrodes exhibit highly spatially heterogeneous electrochemistry at the nanoscale, both within secondary particles and at individual primary nanoparticles, which is highly dependent on the local structure and composition.
    Nature Communications 11/2014; 5:5450. · 10.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Engineered muscle tissues demonstrate properties far from native muscle tissue. Therefore, fabrication of muscle tissues with enhanced functionalities is required to enable their use in various applications. To improve the formation of mature muscle tissues with higher functionalities, we co-cultured C2C12 myoblasts and PC12 neural cells. While alignment of the myoblasts was obtained by culturing the cells in micropatterned methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) hydrogels, we studied the effects of the neural cells (PC12) on the formation and maturation of muscle tissues. Myoblasts cultured in the presence of neural cells showed improved differentiation, with enhanced myotube formation. Myotube alignment, length and coverage area were increased. In addition, the mRNA expression of muscle differentiation markers (Myf-5, myogenin, Mefc2, MLP), muscle maturation markers (MHC-IId/x, MHC-IIa, MHC-IIb, MHC-pn, α-actinin, sarcomeric actinin) and the neuromuscular markers (AChE, AChR-ε) were also upregulated. All these observations were amplified after further muscle tissue maturation under electrical stimulation. Our data suggest a synergistic effect on the C2C12 differentiation induced by PC12 cells, which could be useful for creating improved muscle tissue. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 11/2014; · 4.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, various amounts of oxygen were added to Ti-10Cr (mass%) alloys. It is expected that a large changeable Young's modulus, caused by a deformation-induced ω-phase transformation, can be achieved in Ti-10Cr-O alloys by the appropriate oxygen addition. This "changeable Young's modulus" property can satisfy the otherwise conflicting requirements for use in spinal implant rods: high and low moduli are preferred by surgeons and patients, respectively. The influence of oxygen on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the alloys was examined, as well as the bending springback and cytocompatibility of the optimized alloy. Among the Ti-10Cr-O alloys, Ti-10Cr-0.2O (mass%) alloy shows the largest changeable Young's modulus following cold rolling for a constant reduction ratio. This is the result of two competing factors: increased apparent β-lattice stability and decreased amounts of athermal ω phase, both of which are caused by oxygen addition. The most favorable balance of these factors for the deformation-induced ω-phase transformation occurred at an oxygen concentration of 0.2mass%. Ti-10Cr-0.2O alloy not only exhibits high tensile strength and acceptable elongation, but also possesses a good combination of high bending strength, acceptable bending springback and great cytocompatibility. Therefore, Ti-10Cr-0.2O alloy is a potential material for use in spinal fixture devices. Copyright © 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Acta biomaterialia 10/2014; · 5.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: NAD(P)H: quinone oxidoreductase (NQO) activity of single HeLa cells were evaluated by using the menadione-ferrocyanide double mediator system combinded with scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM).
    Analytica Chimica Acta 09/2014; · 4.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have developed a novel method for detection of endotoxin with extra-high sensitivity by using substitutional stripping voltammetry (SSV). In this method, a p-aminophenol (pAP) conjugated peptide (Boc-Leu-Gly-Arg-pAP; LGR-pAP) was used as a substrate for a protease, which is activated at the last step of the endotoxin-induced Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) cascade reaction. Extra-highly sensitive detection of pAP liberated by the endotoxin-induced LAL reaction was successfully realized with SSV, based on the accumulation of an amperometric signal owing to exchange of the oxidation current of pAP generated at an electrode in a reaction cell with silver deposition on another electrode in a deposition cell. This reaction is driven by the difference in the redox potential between pAP/quinoneimine and silver/silver ion. The amount of the deposited silver is quantified by anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV). This SSV-based endotoxin assay was performed with a chip device comprising two cells, each of which was connected via a liquid junction made of Vycor® glass. The reaction cell and the deposition cell contained a standard endotoxin sample with LAL regents containing LGR-pAP and AgNO3 solution, respectively. After the cells were electrically connected for 60 min, ASV was conducted in the deposition cell to quantify the total electrical charge derived by the oxidation of free pAP in the reaction cell. The ASV signal increased with the increase of the endotoxin concentration in the sample solution in the range of 0.5-1000 EU L(-1).
    The Analyst 08/2014; 139:5001-5006. · 3.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Electrically conductive reinforced hydrogels offer a wide range of applications as three-dimensional scaffolds in tissue engineering. We report electrical and mechanical characterization of methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) hydrogel, containing palladium-based metallic glass nanofibers (MGNF). Also we show that the fibers are biocompatible and C2C12 myoblasts in particular, planted into the hybrid hydrogel, tend to attach to and elongate along the fibers. The MGNFs in this work were created by gas atomization. Ravel of fibers were embedded in the GelMA prepolymer in two different concentrations (0.5 and 1.0 mg/ml), and then the ensemble was cured under UV light, forming the hybrid hydrogel. The conductivity of the hybrid hydrogel was proportional to the fiber concentration.
    08/2014; 2014:5276-9.
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    ABSTRACT: In this manuscript we demonstrate the rapid formation of three-dimensional (3D) embryonic stem cell (ESC) aggregates with controllable sizes and shapes in hydrogels using dielectrophoresis (DEP). The ESCs encapsulated within a methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) prepolymer were introduced into the DEP device and, upon applying an electric field and crosslinking the GelMA hydrogel, formed 3D ESC aggregates. Embryonic bodies (EBs) fabricated using this method showed high cellular viability and pluripotency. The proposed technique enables production of EBs on a large-scale and in a high-throughput manner for potential cell therapy and tissue regeneration applications.
    Lab on a Chip 07/2014; · 5.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reports a novel approach for the simple detection of cell apoptosis using an electrochemical technique. This method uses caspase-3 activity as an indicator of apoptosis. Caspase-3 activity was detected with differential plus voltammetry (DPV) as an alternative to conventional spectrometry. In this method, p-nitroaniline (pNA) released from Asp-Glu-Val-Asp-pNA by caspase-3 enzyme reaction was measured with DPV by using a glassy carbon electrode. Using this method, we successfully detected cell apoptosis occurring inside living HepG2 cells without the need for a cell lysis step. This method provides an easy assay procedure and, more importantly, allows a live cell apoptosis detection format. This novel electrochemical apoptosis assay using living cells instead of typically used cell lysates will expand the applicable range of the apoptosis assay to include cell activity assays for drug discovery and cell transplantation medicine.
    Analytical Chemistry 05/2014; 56:4723-4728. · 5.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, gene analysis using siRNAs for cell differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells was performed using an LSI-based amperometric sensor array (Bio-LSI). CITED2 and WNT11 were silenced using siRNA, and then the effect of these genes on the differentiation of ES cells into cardiomyocytes was evaluated. For the evaluation, endogenous ALP activity and sarcomeric α-actinin were electrochemically detected using the Bio-LSI system. These results show the crucial role of these genes in determining the fate of differentiation of ES cells. These results also show that the Bio-LSI is a great tool for cell analysis.
    Analytical methods 04/2014; · 1.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We propose a novel application of dielectrophoresis (DEP) to make three-dimensional (3D) methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) hydrogels with gradients of micro- and nanoparticles. DEP forces were able to manipulate micro- and nanoparticles of different sizes and materials (i.e., C2C12 myoblasts, polystyrene beads, gold microparticles, and carbon nanotubes) within GelMA hydrogels in a rapid and facile way and create 3D gradients of these particles in a microchamber. Immobilization of drugs, such as fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran (FITC-dextran) and 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), on gold microparticles allowed us to investigate the high-throughput release of these drugs from GelMA-gold microparticle gradient systems. The latter gradient constructs were incubated with C2C12 myoblasts for 24h to examine the cell viability through the release of 6-OHDA. The drug was released from the microparticles in a gradient manner, inducing a cell viability gradient. This novel approach to create 3D chemical gradients within hydrogels is scalable to any arbitrary length scale. It is useful for making anisotropic biomimetic materials and high-throughput platforms to investigate cell-microenvironment interactions in a rapid, simple, cost-effective, and reproducible manner.
    Biosensors & Bioelectronics 03/2014; 59C:166-173. · 6.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Biological scaffolds with tunable electrical and mechanical properties are of great interest in many different fields, such as regenerative medicine, biorobotics, and biosensing. In this study, dielectrophoresis (DEP) was used to vertically align carbon nanotubes (CNTs) within methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) hydrogels in a robust, simple, and rapid manner. GelMA-aligned CNT hydrogels showed anisotropic electrical conductivity and superior mechanical properties compared with pristine GelMA hydrogels and GelMA hydrogels containing randomly distributed CNTs. Skeletal muscle cells grown on vertically aligned CNTs in GelMA hydrogels yielded a higher number of functional myofibers than cells that were cultured on hydrogels with randomly distributed CNTs and horizontally aligned CNTs, as confirmed by the expression of myogenic genes and proteins. In addition, the myogenic gene and protein expression increased more profoundly after applying electrical stimulation along the direction of the aligned CNTs due to the anisotropic conductivity of the hybrid GelMA-vertically aligned CNT hydrogels. We believe that platform could attract great attention in other biomedical applications, such as biosensing, bioelectronics, and creating functional biomedical devices.
    Scientific Reports 03/2014; 4:4271. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A new local redox cycling-based electrochemical (LRC-EC) device integrated with many electrochemical sensors has been developed into a small chip device. The LRC-EC chip device was successfully applied for the detection of alkaline phosphatase and horseradish peroxidase activity based on substrate generation/chip collection (SG/CC) and extended feedback modes, respectively. The new imaging approach with extended feedback mode was particularly effective for sharpening of the image, because this mode used feedback signals and minimizes the undesired influence of diffusion. The LRC-EC chip device is considered to be a useful tool for bioanalysis.
    Analytical Chemistry 03/2014; · 5.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A rapid, ultra-sensitive, and practical label-free impedimetric immunoassay for measuring trace levels of total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in insulating oil was developed. First, we developed a novel monoclonal antibody (RU6F9) for PCBs by using a designed immunogen and characterized its binding affinity for a commercial mixtures of PCBs, and its main congeners. A micro comb-like gold electrode was fabricated, and the antibody was covalently immobilized on the electrode through a self-assembled monolayer formed by dithiobis-N-succinimidyl propionate. The antigen-binding event on the surface of the functionalized electrode was determined as the change in charge transfer resistance by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The resulting impedimetric immunoassay in aqueous solution achieved a wide determination range (0.01-10 µg/L) and a low detection limit (LOD) of 0.001 µg/L, which was 100-fold more sensitive than a conventional flow-based immunoassay for PCBs. By combining the impedimetric immunoassay with a clean-up procedure for insulating oil utilizing a multilayer clean-up column followed by DMSO partitioning, an LOD of 0.052 mg/kg-oil was achieved, which satisfied the Japanese regulation criterion of 0.5 mg/kg-oil. Finally, the immunoassay was employed to determine total PCB levels in actual used insulating oils (n = 33) sampled from a used transformer containing trace levels of PCBs, and the results agreed well with the Japanese official method (HRGC/HRMS).
    Analytical Chemistry 02/2014; · 5.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: As a complementary tool to nanofluidics, biomolecular based transport is envisioned for nanotechnological devices. We report a new method for guiding microtubule shuttles on multi-walled carbon nanotube tracks, aligned by dielectrophoresis on a functionalized surface. In the absence of electric field and in fluid flow, alignment is maintained. The directed translocation of kinesin propelled microtubules has been investigated using fluorescence microscopy. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of microtubules gliding along carbon nanotubes.
    Nano Letters 02/2014; · 13.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A flexible sensor based on SU-8 photoresist was fabricated and its electrochemical performance was investigated using cyclic voltammetry. The device consisted of interdigitated array (IDA) electrodes on an SU-8 layer. It exhibited a clear electrochemical response during redox cycling of ferrocenemethanol at the IDA electrodes. Since the device was flexible, it could be inserted into a narrow bent space to monitor electrochemical responses. The observed electrochemical behavior was found to be consistent with that predicted by simulations based on redox compound diffusion.
    Analytical Sciences 01/2014; 30(2):305-9. · 1.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We propose a novel application of dielectrophoresis (DEP) to make three-dimensional (3D) methacrylated gelatin (GelMA) hydrogels with gradients of micro- and nanoparticles. DEP forces were able to manipulate micro- and nanoparticles of different sizes and materials (i.e., C2C12 myoblasts, polystyrene beads, gold microparticles, and carbon nanotubes) within GelMA hydrogels in a rapid and facile way and create 3D gradients of these particles in a microchamber. Immobilization of drugs, such as fluorescein isothiocyanate–dextran (FITC–dextran) and 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), on gold microparticles allowed us to investigate the high-throughput release of these drugs from GelMA-gold microparticle gradient systems. The latter gradient constructs were incubated with C2C12 myoblasts for 24 h to examine the cell viability through the release of 6-OHDA. The drug was released from the microparticles in a gradient manner, inducing a cell viability gradient. This novel approach to create 3D chemical gradients within hydrogels is scalable to any arbitrary length scale. It is useful for making anisotropic biomimetic materials and high-throughput platforms to investigate cell-microenvironment interactions in a rapid, simple, cost-effective, and reproducible manner.
    Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 01/2014; 59:166–173.
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    ABSTRACT: Tissue engineering (TE) is a multidisciplinary research area that combines medicine, biology, and material science. In recent decades, microtechnology and nanotechnology have also been gradually integrated into this field and have become essential components of TE research. Tissues and complex organs in the body depend on a branched blood vessel system. One of the main objectives for TE researchers is to replicate this vessel system and obtain functional vascularized structures within engineered tissues or organs. With the help of new nanotechnology and microtechnology, significant progress has been made. Achievements include the design of nanoscale-level scaffolds with new functionalities, development of integrated and rapid nanotechnology methods for biofabrication of vascular tissues, discovery of new composite materials to direct differentiation of stem and inducible pluripotent stem cells into the vascular phenotype. Although numerous challenges to replicating vascularized tissue for clinical uses remain, the combination of these new advances has yielded new tools for producing functional vascular tissues in the near future.
    Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 01/2014; 14(1):487-500. · 1.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Electrical properties of cells determine most of the cellular functions, particularly ones which occur in the cell's membrane. Manipulation of these electrical properties may provide a powerful electrotherapy option for the treatment of cancer as cancerous cells have been shown to be more electronegative than normal proliferating cells. Previously, we used an electrical impedance sensing system (EIS) to explore the responses of cancerous SKOV3 cells and normal HUVEC cells to low intensity (<2 V/cm) AC electric fields, determining that the optimal frequency for SKOV3 proliferation arrest was 200 kHz, without harming the non-cancerous HUVECs. In this study, to determine if these effects are cell type dependant, human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MCF7) were subjected to a range of frequencies (50 kHz-2 MHz) similar to the previously tested SKOV3. For the MCF7, an optimal frequency of 100 kHz was determined using the EIS, indicating a higher sensitivity towards the applied field. Further experiments specifically targeting the two types of cancer cells using HER2 antibody functionalized gold nanoparticles (HER2-AuNPs) were performed to determine if enhanced electric field strength can be induced via the application of nanoparticles, consequently leading to the killing of the cancerous cells without affecting non cancerous HUVECs and MCF10a providing a platform for the development of a non-invasive cancer treatment without any harmful side effects. The EIS was used to monitor the real-time consequences on cellular viability and a noticeable decrease in the growth profile of the MCF7 was observed with the application of the HER2-AuNPs and the electric fields indicating specific inhibitory effects on dividing cells in culture. To further understand the effects of the externally applied field to the cells, an Annexin V/EthD-III assay was performed to determine the cell death mechanism indicating apoptosis. The zeta potential of the SKOV3 and the MCF7 before and after incorporation of the HER2-AuNPs was also obtained indicating a decrease in zeta potential with the incorporation of the nanoparticles. The outcome of this research will improve our fundamental understanding of the behavior of cancer cells and define optimal parameters of electrotherapy for clinical and drug delivery applications.
    Theranostics 01/2014; 4(9):919-30. · 7.83 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 01/2014; · 1.92 Impact Factor

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3k Citations
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Institutions

  • 1979–2014
    • Tohoku University
      • • Graduate School of Environmental Studies
      • • Department of Bioengineering and Robotics
      • • Graduate School of Engineering
      • • Department of Applied Bioorganic Chemistry
      • • Department of Chemical Engineering
      • • School of Engineering
      • • Department of Applied Chemistry
      Japan
  • 2009–2011
    • National Institute for Environmental Studies
      Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
    • National Cheng Kung University
      • Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBE)
      Tainan, Taiwan, Taiwan
  • 2009–2010
    • University of Hyogo
      • Graduate School of Material Science
      Kōbe-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan
  • 2008
    • University of Southampton
      Southampton, England, United Kingdom
  • 2005
    • Kumamoto University
      Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 2002
    • University of Glasgow
      • Division of Electronics and Electrical Engineering
      Glasgow, SCT, United Kingdom
  • 1987
    • University of Delaware
      • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
      Newark, DE, United States