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AcCELLoMatrix with Team Freiburg

At the iGEM meetup in Munich in May , members of both of our teams realized that our projects share a common objective: Analyzing 2-dimensional, visual signals. For the following months, we stayed in contact and developed a concept to encode information in 384-well plates in the form of data matrix codes.

At the beginning of September, Michael spontaneously took a train to Freiburg and we met face-to-face for several hours to exchange details on our cooperation and general iGEM experiences.

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Spontaneous group photo
Freíburg iGEMers and Michael (right) meeting to discuss our cooperation

Data Matrix Masks

We decided to use masks to locally induce the cells in 384-well plates in a data matrix pattern. To enable us to quickly design masks for different data to be encoded, we wrote a software to easily generate SVG-files for a laser cutter.

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Making a datamatrix mask
Upon entering a string, the software predicts if the datamatrix will fit into a 384-well plate.

After a string has been entered in the designer, an SVG-file can be saved and used for laser cutting the mask:

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Cut Lines
This AcCELLoMatrix mask can be lasercut and placed below a 384-well plate.

Get the DatamatrixMaskDesigner to make you own AcCELLoMatrixes! (requires Windows 7/8)

You can also download the full source code and compile or modify it with Visual Studio (Express) 2013.

For the first experiments, we cut two different data matrix patterns from polypropylen foil. The masks can be used to cover the plates from the top or from the bottom.

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AcCELLoMatrix masks
These masks can be placed on top or beneath 384-well plates to facilitate localized illumination of wells.

AcCELLoMatrix Reader App

After mask have been designed and the information was encoded into the well plate by selectively illuminating the cells, how do you get it out again? We made an app for that: the AcCELLoMatrix Reader for Windows Phone 8.

We designed the app to be easy to use: A user can simply open the app

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Usage of AcCELLoMatrix Reader
(1) Start the app and read through some brief instructions (2). Then start scanning and aim for a datamatrix in the wild (3). As soon as a datamatrix is detected in the preprocessed frames (4, small rectangle) by the ZXing algorithm, the decoded text is displayed to the user (5).


Due to the circumstance that this collaboration was started relatively late, we have not been able to test the decoding of real AcCELLoMatrixes. But we are confident, that with some threshold adjustments to the AcCELLoMatrixes Reader app and maybe the hole-size of the polypropylen masks, the coding and decoding of short text information in the genetic state of mammalian cells in a 384-well plate is perfectly possible.


Characterization of our OD measurement device

As we were helping the Freiburg team out with the encoding/decoding of text as datamatrixes, they also wanted to help us in a useful way. Our team was committed to characterize the OD measurement device, so we sent them one of prototypes and asked them to try a measurement of their mammalian cells.

They prepared a dilution series with biological triplicates of their NIH3T3 mouse fibroblasts.