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Mechanical cues trigger neuronal activity and ion channel receptors

Mechanical cues trigger neuronal activity and ion channel receptors

Finally! The latest paper from the Neurophotonics & Mechanical Systems Biology group at ICFO has been published in SCIENCE ADVANCES. In this work entitled “An asymmetric mechanical code ciphers curvature-dependent proprioceptor activity”, the mechanical activation of neuronal activity in C. elegans is studied by means of genome editing, modelling and direct force spectroscopy integrated in SENSOCELL optical tweezers.

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New protocol for the study of subcellular mechanics in confinement

New protocol for the study of subcellular mechanics in confinement

In this work the authors describe in detail a protocol using SENSOCELL optical tweezers to interrogate the mechanical properties of the cell nucleus inside living cells and that can be extended to the study of other subcellular compartments and organelles. As a representative result, the authors used DNA-Hoechst staining to measure the nucleus deformation upon indentation performed by forces of the order of several hundreds of pN.

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Key advances in optical manipulation for biophotonics

Key advances in optical manipulation for biophotonics

In the recent review by Stella Corsetti and Kishan Dholakia: “Optical manipulation: advances for biophotonics in the 21st century”, the IMPETUX’s exclusive technology to measure forces inside living cells and tissues has been considered one of the key advances in the field of optical manipulation of the last decade.

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Rheological measurements to understand Cell-ECM interactions with SENSOCELL

Rheological measurements to understand Cell-ECM interactions with SENSOCELL

An interesting project story: the team led by Dr Pere Roca-Cusachs at IBEC is already achieving important goals and performing amazing experiments. They have been doing rheological measurements to understand Cell-ECM interactions and see how they can alter the mechanical properties of the cell cytoeskeleton with SENSOCELL.

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Here you will find our upcoming and past events

IMPETUX at AQV days 2022

IMPETUX at AQV days 2022

IMPETUX has been kindly invited to participate at the conference: AQV DAYS 2022 : QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES TO LIVING SYSTEMS organized by the Institute Jacques Monod (France). There, we will be able to meet researchers tackling biological questions with methods coming from physics, chemistry, engineering or other sciences. And, don’t tell anybody, but there will be a live demo session of our SENSOCELL system during the conference!

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IMPETUX at MBI 3M 2021

IMPETUX at MBI 3M 2021

IMPETUX will be at the MBI 3M 2021. We will show the advantages of our patented direct force spectroscopy technology and explain how we overcome the classical limitations of optical tweezers turning them into a high-level tool for mechanobiology . Want to join us ?

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