Current Imaging in Living Cells
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Cell is a fundamental building block underlying all biological systems. Countless efforts have been made from various fields of science and technology to better understand this complex system. With the existing research tools available today, it has been difficult, if not impossible, to perform nanoscale studies of single living cells. In particular, cellular membrane surfaces are transparent to optical microscopy methods, and too soft to produce any contrast or even endure probing by conventional Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM).
Now, we are opening a new chapter in the study of live cells using Ion Conductance Microscopy (ICM). This technological advancement may provide a unique and unprecedented opportunity in single live cell studies by enabling targeted localized stimulation and non-destructive monitoring of cellular activity heretofore inaccessible to other analytical techniques. In the ICM, a glass nanopipette filled with an electrolyte senses ion current to feedback its position relative to samples completely immersed in a liquid buffer. Since the tip-sample distance is maintained by keeping the ionic current constant instead of applying a physical force to the sample, it is an ideal tool to obtain a stable image of soft biological sample features, such as cellular membranes. Whereas traditional SEM imaging necessitated killing the sample, in ICM biological processes can be observed while in action.
This series of keynote and invited and contributed talks will cover the recent advances in live cell measurements using Ion Conductance Microscopy (ICM) techniques, as well as the state of the art SPM studies of various biological systems. The meeting will also include an equipment lab for demonstration of the XE-Bio and various ICM imaging techniques. Ultimately, our goal is to build a network of scientists centered on the applications of ICM and topromote dissemination of theoretical knowledge, experimental protocols, and novel technique development in this rapidly growing area.
Nanolab, Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM),
Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Live Cell Measurements by Ion Conductance Microscopy
Prof. Irmgard Dietzel-Meyer,University of Bochum
Prof. Tilman Schaffer,University of Erlangen
Raimon Zoetemelk (Introduction of Park Systems' AFM)
Prof. Sylvia Speller
Dr. Sang-Joon Cho (ParkSystems' XE-Bio)
You can register already by mailing your name and address to email@example.com.
On the workshop there will be the possibility to present a poster or a short presentation, please mention the title of your communication.
The workshop is organized by the University of Nijmegen (Scanning Probe Microscopy) and Park Systems.
Prof Dr SylviaSpeller
Scanning Probe Microscopy / NanoLab Nijmegen
Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM)
Radboud University Nijmegen
Heyendaalse Weg 135
6525 AJ Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 24 365 2369
Fax: +31 24 365 2190