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2D multiforce optical tweezers to investigate cell adhesion strengthening in living cells
Author(s): Valentina Emiliani; Daniele Sanvitto; Christiane Durieux
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Paper Abstract

We present the multi trap optical tweezers system that enables to generate two-dimensional dynamical configurations of focal spot where the trapping force of each element can be individually changed. We apply the system to investigate how substrate rigidity affects the strength of the integrin-extracellular matrix adhesion in living cells. Adhesion sites of different rigidity are mimicked by simultaneously attaching on cell cortex beads held by optical traps of different stiffness. We monitor the effect induced by the local rigidity on cell adhesion by looking at vinculin recruitment in GFP-Vin transfected HeLa cell. To this end the optical tweezers system is inserted in an epifluorescence inverted microscope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6195, Nanophotonics, 619508 (20 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.661733
Show Author Affiliations
Valentina Emiliani, Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS, Univ. P6/P7 (France)
Daniele Sanvitto, Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS, Univ. P6/P7 (France)
Christiane Durieux, Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS, Univ. P6/P7 (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6195:
David L. Andrews; Jean-Michel Nunzi; Andreas Ostendorf, Editor(s)

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