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Variation of Mechanical Property of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes-Treated Cells Explored by Atomic Force Microscopy

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With a range of biological properties, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are a promising material for nanobiotechnology. Concerns about their potential effect on human health have led to the interest in understanding the interaction between SWCNTs and cells. There are many reports showing the potential cellular effects of SWCNTs but this issue is quite controversially discussed in the literature. In this study, we used conventional biological evaluation methods and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to compare the effects of SWCNTs on three different cell types: bovine articular chondrocytes, human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells and HeLa cells. No obvious effects of SWCNTs on cell morphology and viability were observed during 3 days in vitro culture. However, SWCNTs significantly increased the Young's modulus of all the three types of cells. The effect of SWCNTs on Young's modulus was in an increasing order of Hela cells < chondrocytes < mesenchymal stem cells. AFM was shown to be a useful tool for investigation of the effect of nanomaterials on mechanical property of cells.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2014

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