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Eva Degerman

Eva Degerman

Professor

Eva Degerman

Airborne cell analysis

Author

  • Sabina Santesson
  • Martin Andersson
  • Eva Degerman
  • Thomas Johansson
  • Johan Nilsson
  • Staffan Nilsson

Summary, in English

A miniaturized analysis system for the study of living cells and biochemical reactions in microdroplets was developed. The technique utilizes an in-house-developed piezoelectric flow-through droplet dispenser for precise reagent supply and an ultrasonic levitator for contactless sample handling. A few-cell study was performed with living primary adipocytes. Droplets (500 nL) containing 3-15 individual cells were acoustically levitated. The addition of beta-adrenergic agonists into the levitated droplet using the droplet dispenser stimulated adipocyte lipolysis, leading to free fatty acid release and a consequent pH decrease of the surrounding buffer. The addition of insulin antagonized lipolysis and hence also the decrease in pH. The changes in pH, i.e., the cell response in the droplet, were followed using a pH-dependent fluorophore continuously monitored by fluorescence imaging detection. An image analysis computer program was employed to calculate the droplet intensities. To counteract droplet evaporation, found to affect the fluorescence intensities, a separate dispenser was used to continually add water, thus keeping the droplet volume constant.

Department/s

  • Centre for Analysis and Synthesis
  • Insulin Signal Transduction
  • Atomic Physics
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering

Publishing year

2000

Language

English

Pages

3412-3418

Publication/Series

Analytical Chemistry

Volume

72

Issue

15

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

The American Chemical Society (ACS)

Topic

  • Analytical Chemistry

Status

Published

Research group

  • Insulin Signal Transduction

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1520-6882