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A micro device for impedance and mechanical characterization of biological cells

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7 Author(s)
Jian Chen ; Adv. Micro & Nanosystems Lab., Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada ; Yi Zheng ; Qingyuan Tan ; Yan Liang Zhang
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This paper presents a microfluidic device for simultaneous electromechanical characterization of single cells. The device performs two types of cellular characterization (impedance spectroscopy and micropipette aspiration) on a single chip to enable cell electrical and mechanical characterization. To investigate the performance of the device design, electrical and mechanical properties of MC-3T3 osteoblast cells were measured. Based on electrical models, membrane capacitance of MC-3T3 cells was determined to be 3.39±1.23 pF and 2.99±0.82 pF at the aspiration pressure of 50 Pa and 100 Pa, respectively. Cytoplasm resistance values were 110.1±37.7 kΩ (50 Pa) and 145.2±44.3 kΩ (100 Pa). Aspiration length of cells was found to be 0.813±0.351 μm at 50 Pa and 1.771±0.623 μm at 100 Pa. Quantified Young's modulus values were 377±189 Pa at 50 Pa and 344±156 Pa at 100 Pa. Experimental results demonstrate the device's capability for characterizing both electrical and mechanical properties of single cells.

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Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference (TRANSDUCERS), 2011 16th International

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5-9 June 2011