05 Dec Cell mechanobiology made easier using microfluidic reconstruction of whole-cell stiffness maps
“Accurate assessment of cell stiffness distribution is essential due to the critical role of cell mechanobiology in regulation of vital cellular processes like proliferation, adhesion, migration, and motility. Stiffness provides critical information in understanding onset and progress of various diseases, including metastasis and differentiation of cancer. Atomic force microscopy and optical trapping set the gold standard in stiffness measurements. However, their widespread use has been hampered with long processing times, unreliable contact point determination, physical damage to cells, and unsuitability for multiple cell analysis. Here, we demonstrate a simple, fast, label-free, and high-resolution technique using acoustic stimulation and holographic imaging to reconstruct stiffness maps of single cells. We used this acousto-holographic method to determine stiffness maps of HCT116 and CTC-mimicking HCT116 cells and differentiate between them. Our system would enable widespread use of whole-cell stiffness measurements in clinical and research settings for cancer studies, disease modeling, drug testing, and diagnostics.”
Figures and the abstract are reproduced from Varol, R., Karavelioglu, Z., Omeroglu, S. et al. Acousto-holographic reconstruction of whole-cell stiffness maps. Nat Commun 13, 7351 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-35075-x under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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