Integrated SICM-AFM-optical microscope to measure forces due to hydrostatic pressure applied to a pipette
Authors: Pellegrino M., Orsini P., Pellegrini M., Baschieri P., Dinelli F., Petracchi D., Tognoni E., Ascoli C.
Autors Affiliation: Università di Pisa, Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiologiche, Pisa, Italy; Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Pisa, Italy; Istituto Nazionale di Ottica del CNR, Pisa, Italy
Abstract: Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) is a scanning probe microscopy particularly suitable for the investigation of living biological specimens due to its low invasivity. Recently, this technique has been used not only to perform 3D-imaging, but also to stimulate and guide neuronal growth cones. In particular, it has been demonstrated that one can guide the cone growth for tens of micrometres by means of recurrent and non-contact SICM scanning along a defined line, with a pipette having an internal hydrostatic pressure. Accurate measurements of the mechanical forces acting on the cell membrane in these stimulation protocols are essential to explain the biological mechanisms involved. Herein a setup specifically developed for this purpose, combining together SICM, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and inverted optical microscopy is described. In this configuration, a SICM pipette can be approached to an AFM cantilever while monitoring the cantilever deflection as a function of the hydrostatic pressure applied to the pipette and the relative distance. In this way, one can directly measure mechanical forces down to 20 pN. The same apparatus is thus sufficient to calibrate a given pipette and immediately use it to study the hydrostatic pressure effects on living cells.
Journal/Review: MICRO & NANO LETTERS
Volume: 7 (4) Pages from: 317 to: 320
KeyWords: ION CONDUCTANCE MICROSCOPY; NEURONAL GROWTH CONES; LIVING CELLS; AXON; Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM)DOI: 10.1049/mnl.2011.0670Citations: 11data from “WEB OF SCIENCE” (of Thomson Reuters) are update at: 2019-09-15References taken from IsiWeb of Knowledge: (subscribers only)Connecting to view paper tab on IsiWeb: Click hereConnecting to view citations from IsiWeb: Click here