The SlideReactor - A simple hollow fiber based bioreactor suitable for light microscopy

Igor M. Sauer, Ruth Schwartlander, Jochen Schmid, Ekaterina Efimova, Florian W R Vondran, Daniel Kehr, Gesine Pless, Antonio Spinelli, Börries Brandenburg, Eberhardt Hildt, Peter Neuhaus

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Most bioartificial liver support systems are based on hollow fiber capillaries within modified dialysis cartridges or more sophisticated bioreactor constructions. Due to their design microscopic follow-up of reorganization and growth of tissue between the hollow fibers is not possible. The SlideReactor is a simple hollow fiber based bioreactor construction suitable for light microscopy and time-lapse video observation. The SlideReactor offers a cell compartment separated from a medium inflow and outflow compartment. Cell compartment access ports enable easy filling of the cell compartment with cell suspension, as well as fixation of the tissue. For more complex procedures or full access to all the cells, the bioreactor can be opened easily by cutting the silicone seal with a scalpel. Due to its simple design and the utilization of standard materials, it could serve as a suitable, cost-efficient tool to evaluate the behavior of cells cultured between hollow fiber capillaries. The paper describes the production process: similar to open source projects in software engineering, we would like to propose the concept as an open platform to anyone interested in hollow fiber based cell culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-267
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial Organs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • Bioreactor
  • Cell culture
  • Hollow fibers
  • Microscopy
  • Time-lapse video microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics


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