Biocompatible parylene neurocages developing a robust method for live neural network studies
We present a refined method and design for fabricating parylene neurocages for in vitro studies of live neural networks. Parylene neurocages are biocompatible and very robust, making them ideally suited for studying the synaptic connections netween individual neurons to gain insight into learning and memory. The neurocage fabrication process is significantly less complex than earlier versions. Previous neurocage designs achieved limited neuronal outgrowth; however, the long-term cell survival rate was <25%. As outlined here, the incorporation of new materials and different anchoring techniques, in addition to some design modifications, have improved the long-term survival rate to >50%.
Additional Information© 2005 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. This work was funded by the the National Institutes of Health (R01 NSO44134). We would like to thank Trevor Roper, Qing He, and Angelique Johnson for assistance with fabrication and testing.
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