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Determination of living cell characteristics and behavior using biophotonic methods
Author(s): Dominik G. Rabus; Alexander Welle; R. Adam Seger; Yasuhisa Ichihashi; Mathias Bruendel; Jeremy Hieb; Michael Isaacson
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the development of methods for the determination of the characteristics and the behavior of living neural cells. A technology which is used is the deep ultraviolet (DUV) modification of methylmethacrylate polymers which leads to a new surface chemistry affecting the selective absorption of proteins and the adhesion of living cells in vitro. The bi-functionality of the modified polymer chips supporting waveguides and cell anchorage capabilities at the same time provides the opportunity to monitor protein adsorption, cell attachment and spreading processes by evanescent-field techniques. This allows the defined spatial control of a cell/surface interaction and leads to a combination of desired biological and optical properties of the polymer. Among them are the high sensitivity of cultured mammalian cells to, for example, environmental changes and special features of integrated optical waveguides like their online compatibility, minuteness and robustness. The scientific fields, biology and optics, meet at the polymer surface becoming a cell culture substrate together with an optical waveguide by the application of special patterning and fabrication technologies. In addition to the already mentioned fabrication and immobilization technology, the technique proposed also offers the possibility of being able to couple to microstamping processes and to also incorporate electrical measurements on individual cells. Thus, by extending this method and coupling it to the DUV technique described above the possibility is given of being able to simultaneously optically and electrically interrogate individual cellular processes with spatial resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6329, Optofluidics, 63290H (13 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.681015
Show Author Affiliations
Dominik G. Rabus, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Alexander Welle, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany)
R. Adam Seger, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Yasuhisa Ichihashi, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany)
Mathias Bruendel, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany)
Jeremy Hieb, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Michael Isaacson, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6329:
Demetri Psaltis; Yeshaiahu Fainman, Editor(s)

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