FAST Lab-on-a-Disk Enables Early Detection of Metastatic Disease

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  February 9, 2017 at 6:54 AM Cancer News
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Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) are cells that have detached from a primary tumor and are carried by the bloodstream. Studies have shown that these individual cancer cells play an important role in the metastatic spread of cancer. Therefore, detecting CTCs in time can aid the early detection and monitoring of metastatic disease.
 FAST Lab-on-a-Disk Enables Early Detection of Metastatic Disease
FAST Lab-on-a-Disk Enables Early Detection of Metastatic Disease

However, a major setback is that the concentration of CTCs inside a blood sample is rather low. A blood volume of about one milliliter contains only dozens of CTCs, which makes it harder to detect. By contrast with the presence of billions of red blood cells and millions of white blood cells in the same amount of blood.

The conventional CTC detection requires complex preprocessing methods, as well as expensive blood samples. In addition, the method of using proteins on the surface of CTCs may reduce the accuracy of the test results. There was also a technique that filters CTCs, but there was a problem with clogging, which resulted in reduced separation efficiency.

A new research, published in the journal Analytical Chemistry, revealed the development of a new technique that separates circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from whole blood at a liquid-liquid interface.

In the study, UNIST Professor Yoon-Kyoung Cho, one of the group leaders at IBS Research Center for Soft and Living Matter (CSLM), reported a technique to capture 95% of CTCs in the blood within one minute using a stand-alone lab-on-a-disc system equipped with Fluid Assisted Separation Technology (FAST). In this work, inspired by antifouling membranes with liquid-filled pores in nature, clog-free, highly sensitive, selective, rapid, and label-free isolation of viable CTCs from whole blood without prior sample treatment is achieved.

"FAST Lab-on-a-Disk is able to separate cells smoothly and efficiently by using centrifugal force-based fluid control technology," says Minji Lim of Biomedical Engineering, a joint first author of the paper. She also emphasized that "the efficiency of separating blood cells and CTC is the highest level in the world".

Using the technique, the researchers performed blood tests of 142 patients with various cancers and 50 healthy people and tested CTC detection performance. In particular, CTC, which was isolated from the blood of patients with lung cancer, was able to identify the same genetic information as in histologic examination. It shows that this technology can be used for molecular diagnosis or customized medical treatment.

"This technology can be directly used by hospitals because it uses small equipment and is very simple to use," says Professor Cho. "This will enable early diagnosis of metastatic cancer as well as patient-tailored cancer treatment."

Source: Eurekalert

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