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Analyze Cells with Park Scanning Probe Microscopy

Brian Choi, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Bio-application scientist
Data Reference: Gordon Jung, Application Scientist

Targeted patch clamping (TPC) is a technique combining patch clamping and scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) to guide a pipette to a specific patch-clamping position. The patch clamp is a critical technique for studying excitable cells, such as neurons, cardiomyocites, and muscle fibers, in electrophysiology because it allows the study of single or multiple ion channels in those cells. But it is not possible to use it with small cells or submicron-sized structures in the resolution of the incorporated optical microscope. SICM, however, can identify the cell surface in the submicron scale using the same patch-clamping pipette. In this study, a live ventricular cardiomyocyte cell from a rat was examined by targeted patch clamping using Park SICM. Ion channel signals were successfully recorded at a chosen Z groove location of the ventricular cardiomyocyte.

  • Nanoscale pipette positioning on a cell surface based on an SICM image
  • Perform patch clamping at a subcellular structure of interest in a single cell
  • In tissue (thick and opaque), locate a desirable cell position for patch clamping


targeted-patch-clamping Targeted Patch Clamping


The main idea of targeted patch clamping is to perform patch clamping on small cellular structures in the sub-micron scale detected by SICM. Then, using Park control software (XEP) in SICM imaging mode, high-resolution cell topography is acquired first with a feedback control. Once a suitable structure for patch clamping is identified by SICM imaging, it is approached by the pipette to make a giga-ohm seal, which is positioned by the Z scanner of the ICM. At a certain level, a giga-ohm seal is formed by applying suction. After that, ion channel recording can be performed as in conventional patch clamping.

targeted-patch-clamping-on-cardiomyocyte Targeted Patch Clamping on Cardiomyocyte

 steps-of-targeted-patch-clamping Steps of Targeted Patch Clamping


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