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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1993–2008

Artificially-induced organelles are optimal targets for optical trapping experiments in living cells

C. López-Quesada, A.-S. Fontaine, A. Farré, M. Joseph, J. Selva, G. Egea, M. D. Ludevid, E. Martín-Badosa, and M. Montes-Usategui  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 5, Issue 7, pp. 1993-2008 (2014)

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Optical trapping supplies information on the structural, kinetic or rheological properties of inner constituents of the cell. However, the application of significant forces to intracellular objects is notoriously difficult due to a combination of factors, such as the small difference between the refractive indices of the target structures and the cytoplasm. Here we discuss the possibility of artificially inducing the formation of spherical organelles in the endoplasmic reticulum, which would contain densely packed engineered proteins, to be used as optimized targets for optical trapping experiments. The high index of refraction and large size of our organelles provide a firm grip for optical trapping and thereby allow us to exert large forces easily within safe irradiation limits. This has clear advantages over alternative probes, such as subcellular organelles or internalized synthetic beads.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(170.1530) Medical optics and biotechnology : Cell analysis
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Traps, Manipulation, and Tracking

Original Manuscript: April 4, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 25, 2014
Published: May 30, 2014

C. López-Quesada, A.-S. Fontaine, A. Farré, M. Joseph, J. Selva, G. Egea, M. D. Ludevid, E. Martín-Badosa, and M. Montes-Usategui, "Artificially-induced organelles are optimal targets for optical trapping experiments in living cells," Biomed. Opt. Express 5, 1993-2008 (2014)

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