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JRM Vol.34 No.2 pp. 316-318
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2022.p0316
(2022)

Letter:

Neural Interface for Biohybrid Prosthetic Hands to Realize Sensory and Motor Functions

Tohru Yagi, Zugui Peng, and Shoichiro Kanno

Tokyo Institute of Technology
2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan

Received:
September 20, 2021
Accepted:
November 4, 2021
Published:
April 20, 2022
Keywords:
neural interface, DNA nanotechnology, axon guidance, prosthetic arm
Abstract
Neural Interface for Biohybrid Prosthetic Hands to Realize Sensory and Motor Functions

Schematic image of biohybird prosthetic arm

A neural interface is a technology that facilitates communication between the brain and external devices. One potential clinical application of a neural interface is in prosthetic arms. These devices can realize motor and sensory functions, enabling amputee patients to perform daily tasks. However, such prosthetic arms are still challenging because of the poor resolution of conventional neural electrodes and the difficulty in sorting the motor and sensory nerve cells. In this study, we attempt to utilize deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) nanotubes to develop a novel intracellular electrode with high resolution. Our results indicate that DNA nanotubes can transport ions, such as Ca2+. Moreover, a microchannel device for sorting motor and sensory nerves is introduced.

Cite this article as:
Tohru Yagi, Zugui Peng, and Shoichiro Kanno, “Neural Interface for Biohybrid Prosthetic Hands to Realize Sensory and Motor Functions,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.34, No.2, pp. 316-318, 2022.
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