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Probing cell mechanoelastic properties in response to nanosecond pulsed electric fields (Conference Presentation)

Paper Abstract

Nanosecond electric pulses (nsEPs) are known to cause a variety of effects on mammalian cells, ranging from destabilization of cell membranes to changes in cytoskeleton and elastic moduli. Measurement of a cells mechanoelastic properties have previously been limited to only invasive and destructive techniques such as atomic force microscopy or application of optical tweezers. However, due to recent advances, Brillouin spectroscopy has now become viable as a non-contact, non-invasive method for measuring these properties in cells and other materials. Here, we present progress toward applying Brillouin spectroscopy using a unique confocal microscope system for measuring changes in CHO-K1 cells when exposed to nsEPs of 600ns pulse duration with intensity of 10-50 kV/cm. Successful measurement of mechanoelastic changes in these cells will demonstrate Brillouin spectroscopy as a viable method for measuring changes in elastic properties of other cells and living organisms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 2020
Proc. SPIE 11238, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXXI, 112380I (9 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2546364
Show Author Affiliations
Zachary Coker, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Maria Troyanova-Wood, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Vladislav Yakovlev, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Bennett L. Ibey, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11238:
Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXXI
Bennett L. Ibey; Norbert Linz, Editor(s)

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