Microscopic mechanisms of sonoporation

P. A. Prentice, J. M. Burns, A. Cuschieri, P. A. Campbell (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Achieving remote and non-invasive molecular delivery to cells is an area of increasing industrial and academic interest. A focus for current research activity involves ultrasound exposure (insonation) in the presence of contrast agent microbubbles, which is known to enhance membrane permeability and lead to molecular uptake from the locale[1]. Under high ultrasound pressures (>0.2MPa), this process (sonoporation) can elicit a number of clinically relevant bioeffects such as direct lysis [1,2] and apoptosis [2-4]. Moreover, promising observations of tumour regression have been demonstrated in murine studies [5,6]. However, whilst speculation regarding the physical mechanisms responsible for membrane permeabilization has been widespread, corroboration has, until very recently [7,8] remained elusive. Here we present further direct observational evidence that illuminates the dynamical processes relating to individual cavitation events near cells and which, we speculate, provides a cogent explanation for previous statistical studies on insonated cell populations using flow cytometry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings
Pages373-376
Number of pages4
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2006
Event2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 7 May 200611 May 2006

Conference

Conference2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period7/05/0611/05/06

Keywords

  • Cavitation
  • Microbubbles
  • Optical trapping
  • Sonoporation
  • Ultrasound

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    Prentice, P. A., Burns, J. M., Cuschieri, A., & Campbell, P. A. (2006). Microscopic mechanisms of sonoporation. In 2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2006 Technical Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 373-376) https://www.nsti.org/publications/Nanotech/2006/pdf/1156.pdf