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Measuring dynamic membrane fluctuations in cell membrane using quantitative phase imaging (Conference Presentation)

Paper Abstract

There is a strong correlation between the dynamic membrane fluctuations and the biomechanical properties of living cells. The dynamic membrane fluctuation consists of submicron displacements, and can be altered by changing the cells’ pathophysiological conditions. These results have significant relevance to the understanding of RBC biophysics and pathology, as follows. RBCs must withstand large mechanical deformations during repeated passages through the microvasculature and the fenestrated walls of the splenic sinusoids. This essential ability is diminished with senescence, resulting in physiological destruction of the aging RBCs. Pathological destruction of the red cells, however, occurs in cells affected by a host of diseases such as spherocytosis, malaria, and Sickle cell disease, as RBCs depart from their normal discoid shape and lose their deformability. Therefore, quantifying the RBC deformability insight into a variety of problems regarding the interplay of cell structure, dynamics, and function. Furthermore, the ability to monitor mechanical properties of RBCs is of vital interest in monitoring disease progression or response to treatment as molecular and pharmaceutical approaches for treatment of chronic diseases. Here, we present the measurements of dynamic membrane fluctuations in live cells using quantitative phase imaging techniques. Measuring both the 3-D refractive index maps and the dynamic phase images of live cells are simultaneously measured, from which dynamic membrane fluctuation and deformability of cells are precisely calculated. We also present its applications to various diseases ranging from sickle cell diseases, babesiosis, and to diabetes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10074, Quantitative Phase Imaging III, 100740K (24 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2261690
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SangYun Lee, KAIST (Korea, Republic of)
Kyoohyun Kim, KAIST (Korea, Republic of)
YongKeun Park, KAIST (Korea, Republic of)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10074:
Quantitative Phase Imaging III
Gabriel Popescu; YongKeun Park, Editor(s)

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