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Measuring the Elastic Properties of Living Cells with Atomic Force Microscopy Indentation

June 3, 2017

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a powerful and versatile tool for probing the mechanical properties of biological samples. This chapter describes the procedures for using AFM indentation to measure the elastic moduli of living cells. We include step-by-step instructions for cantilever calibration and data acquisition using a combined AFM/optical microscope system, as well as a detailed protocol for data analysis. Our protocol is written specifically for the BioScope™ Catalyst™ AFM system (Bruker AXS Inc.); however, most of the general concepts can be readily translated to other commercial systems.

Source: http://www.springerprotocols.com/Abstract/doi/10.1007/978-1-62703-056-4_15

Posted in: Imaging/Radiology

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