Nonlinear electro-mechanobiological behavior of cell membrane during electroporation

Peigang Deng, Yi-Kuen Lee, Ran Lin, Tong-Yi Zhang

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A nonlinear electroporation (EP) model is proposed to study the electro-mechanobiological behavior of cell membrane during EP, by taking the nonlinear large deformation of the membrane into account. The proposed model predicts the critical transmembrane potential and the activation energy for EP, the equilibrium pore size, and the resealing process of the pore. Single-cell EP experiments using a micro EP chip were conducted on chicken red blood cells at different temperatures to determine the activation energy and the critical transmembrane potential for EP. The experimental results are in good agreement with the theoretical predictions. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)053702
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 30 2012
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): SA-C0040/UK-C0016
Acknowledgements: This research was partially supported by a Hong Kong RGC grant (No. 615907) and by an award from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST Award No. SA-C0040/UK-C0016).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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