Muscle tissue actuator driven with light-gated ion channels channelrhodopsin

Masahiro Shimizu, Kota Miyasaka, Koichiro Miyamoto, Toshifumi Asano, Tatsuo Yoshinobu, Hiromu Yawo, Toshihiko Ogura, Akio Ishiguro, Koh Hosoda

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The authors aim to develop muscle cell actuators driven by a photostimulation. Recently, bioactuators that exhibit self-organization have been attracting a lot of attention, because biological devices are expected to have significant abilities such as self-reproduction, self-repair, self-assembly. This study intends to create a Bio-robotic hybrid system which expresses the inherent superior characteristics of a living organism with less invasive control method. To do so, we develop an actuator for a robot with a muscle tissue of developing chick embryos. We observed that the muscle cell actuator is contracted by a blue light stimulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event1st CIRP Conference on BioManufacturing, BioM 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2013 Mar 32013 Mar 5


  • Bio-actuator
  • Bio-robotic hybrid system
  • Cell stretching
  • Channelrhodopsin-2
  • Chick embryos


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