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13 September 2006 Determination of living cell characteristics and behavior using biophotonic methods
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Proceedings Volume 6329, Optofluidics; 63290H (2006)
Event: SPIE Optics + Photonics, 2006, San Diego, California, United States
This paper describes the development of methods for the determination of the characteristics and the behavior of living neural cells. A technology which is used is the deep ultraviolet (DUV) modification of methylmethacrylate polymers which leads to a new surface chemistry affecting the selective absorption of proteins and the adhesion of living cells in vitro. The bi-functionality of the modified polymer chips supporting waveguides and cell anchorage capabilities at the same time provides the opportunity to monitor protein adsorption, cell attachment and spreading processes by evanescent-field techniques. This allows the defined spatial control of a cell/surface interaction and leads to a combination of desired biological and optical properties of the polymer. Among them are the high sensitivity of cultured mammalian cells to, for example, environmental changes and special features of integrated optical waveguides like their online compatibility, minuteness and robustness. The scientific fields, biology and optics, meet at the polymer surface becoming a cell culture substrate together with an optical waveguide by the application of special patterning and fabrication technologies. In addition to the already mentioned fabrication and immobilization technology, the technique proposed also offers the possibility of being able to couple to microstamping processes and to also incorporate electrical measurements on individual cells. Thus, by extending this method and coupling it to the DUV technique described above the possibility is given of being able to simultaneously optically and electrically interrogate individual cellular processes with spatial resolution.
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Dominik G. Rabus, Alexander Welle, R. Adam Seger, Yasuhisa Ichihashi, Mathias Bruendel, Jeremy Hieb, and Michael Isaacson "Determination of living cell characteristics and behavior using biophotonic methods", Proc. SPIE 6329, Optofluidics, 63290H (13 September 2006);

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