Recent developments in microfluidic synthesis of artificial cell-like polymersomes and liposomes for functional bioreactors
- Recent developments in microfluidic synthesis of artificial cell-like polymersomes and liposomes for functional bioreactors
- Seo, Hanjin; Lee, Hyomin
- Date Issued
- AMER INST PHYSICS
- Recent advances in droplet microfluidics have led to the fabrication of versatile vesicles with a structure that mimics the cellular membrane. These artificial cell-like vesicles including polymersomes and liposomes effectively enclose an aqueous core with well-defined size and composition from the surrounding environment to implement various biological reactions, serving as a diverse functional reactor. The advantage of realizing various biological phenomena within a compartment separated by a membrane that resembles a natural cell membrane is actively explored in the fields of synthetic biology as well as biomedical applications including drug delivery, biosensors, and bioreactors, to name a few. In this Perspective, we first summarize various methods utilized in producing these polymersomes and liposomes. Moreover, we will highlight some of the recent advances in the design of these artificial cell-like vesicles for functional bioreactors and discuss the current issues and future perspectives.
- Article Type
- BIOMICROFLUIDICS, vol. 15, no. 2, 2021-03
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