Geometric correction factor for transepithelial electrical resistance measurements in transwell and microfluidic cell cultures

Translated title of the contribution: Geometric correction factor for transepithelial electrical resistance measurements in transwell and microfluidic cell cultures

J. Yeste, X. Illa, C. Gutiérrez, M. Solé, A. Guimerà, R. Villa

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Abstract

© 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd. Transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) measurements are regularly used in in vitro models to quantitatively evaluate the cell barrier function. Although it would be expected that TEER values obtained with the same cell type and experimental setup were comparable, values reported in the literature show a large dispersion for unclear reasons. This work highlights a possible error in a widely used formula to calculate the TEER, in which it may be erroneously assumed that the entire cell culture area contributes equally to the measurement. In this study, we have numerically calculated this error in some cell cultures previously reported. In particular, we evidence that some TEER measurements resulted in errors when measuring low TEERs, especially when using Transwell inserts 12 mm in diameter or microfluidic systems that have small chamber heights. To correct this error, we propose the use of a geometric correction factor (GCF) for calculating the TEER. In addition, we describe a simple method to determine the GCF of a particular measurement system, so that it can be applied retrospectively. We have also experimentally validated an interdigitated electrodes (IDE) configuration where the entire cell culture area contributes equally to the measurement, and it also implements minimal electrode coverage so that the cells can be visualized alongside TEER analysis.
Translated title of the contributionGeometric correction factor for transepithelial electrical resistance measurements in transwell and microfluidic cell cultures
Original languageMultiple languages
Article number375401
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Volume49
Issue number37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • electrical impedance spectroscopy
  • geometric correction factor
  • interdigitated electrodes
  • microfluidics
  • transepithelial electrical resistance
  • transwell

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