Measuring elastic properties of highly metastatic cells using nano-capillary wrinkling

Nan Iyer, Katelyn Cooper, Jianing Yang, Frederic Zenhausern

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Abstract

Measuring elastic properties of cells has gained importance in the study of malignant transformations. The stiffness of a cell, which is technically referred to as the modulus of elasticity or Young's Modulus, E, is the measure of the amount of cell deformation caused by an applied known force. In vitro studies have shown that cancer cells have much lower elastic stiffness than normal cells. These stiffness measurements and their differences can be used to study the behavioral mechanics of how cancer cells grow, profligate, and die in a patient. Another important use of this difference in elasticity is in cancer detection. In this study, we explore the viability of measuring the elastic modulus of cancer cells by using a method that only requires the use of a low magnification microscope and a digital camera. In particular we are interested in applying the previously reported relationship between the wrinkling of thin films and the elastic properties of freely floating polystyrene (PS) films. Our work extends the scope of previous thin film studies by evaluating wrinkle formation in floating polystyrene films coated with biological cells. Our results show that the wrinkle formation is modified, both in morphology and in size, by the presence of a cellular monolayer on top of the PS film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Pages63-68
Number of pages6
Volume1185
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 14 2009Apr 17 2009

Other

Other2009 MRS Spring Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period4/14/094/17/09

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Polystyrenes
elastic properties
Elastic moduli
cancer
Cells
Stiffness
stiffness
modulus of elasticity
polystyrene
cells
floating
Thin films
Digital cameras
digital cameras
Elasticity
Monolayers
Mechanics
Microscopes
thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Iyer, N., Cooper, K., Yang, J., & Zenhausern, F. (2009). Measuring elastic properties of highly metastatic cells using nano-capillary wrinkling. In Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings (Vol. 1185, pp. 63-68)

Measuring elastic properties of highly metastatic cells using nano-capillary wrinkling. / Iyer, Nan; Cooper, Katelyn; Yang, Jianing; Zenhausern, Frederic.

Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. Vol. 1185 2009. p. 63-68.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Iyer, N, Cooper, K, Yang, J & Zenhausern, F 2009, Measuring elastic properties of highly metastatic cells using nano-capillary wrinkling. in Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. vol. 1185, pp. 63-68, 2009 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States, 4/14/09.
Iyer N, Cooper K, Yang J, Zenhausern F. Measuring elastic properties of highly metastatic cells using nano-capillary wrinkling. In Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. Vol. 1185. 2009. p. 63-68
Iyer, Nan ; Cooper, Katelyn ; Yang, Jianing ; Zenhausern, Frederic. / Measuring elastic properties of highly metastatic cells using nano-capillary wrinkling. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. Vol. 1185 2009. pp. 63-68
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