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[Conference] Mechanical characterization of cyanobacteria under osmotic stress


Abstract:

We report the evaluation results of mechanical characterization of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. We have constructed the force measurement system using the microfluidic chip on the microscope with optical tweezers. Indentation and force sensor probes are integrated into the microfluidic chip. Using the constructed system, we evaluated the Young's modulus of two cell groups of wild type and mutant type, which was knocked out mechanosensitive channels. They are placed in two different mediums; normal and high-osmolality condition. While there was no significant difference of stiffness between two groups in normal medium, the average value and the standard deviation of Young's modulus were different in high-osmolality condition. These results indicate the basic function of mechanosensitive channels, because there was clear relationship between the stiffness and the osmotic stress. We confirmed that the measurement system will contribute to clarify unknown function of ion channels of cyanobacteria based on relationship between environmental stress and mechanical characteristics on single cell level.

Published in: Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), 2017 IEEE 30th International Conference on MEMS

Date of Conference: 22-26 Jan. 2017

Date Added to IEEE Xplore: 28 February 2017

DOI: 10.1109/MEMSYS.2017.7863643

S. Sahuma

Department of Micro-Nano Systems Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

D. Chang

Department of Micro-Nano Systems Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

F. Arai

Department of Micro-Nano Systems Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

K. Kera

Department of Biomolecular Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

N. Uozumi

Department of Biomolecular Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Link: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7863643/

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