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Yeast Nanometric Scale Oscillations Highlights Fibronectin Induced Changes in C. Albicans

Yeast resistance to antifungal drugs is a major public health issue. Fungal adhesion onto the host mucosal surface is still a partially unknown phenomenon that is modulated by several actors among which fibronectin plays an important role. Targeting the yeast adhesion onto the mucosal surface could lead to potentially highly efficient treatments. *

In the article “Yeast Nanometric Scale Oscillations Highlights Fibronectin Induced Changes in C. Albicans” Anne-Céline Kohler, Leonardo Venturelli, Abhilash Kannan, Dominique Sanglard, Giovanni Dietler, Ronnie Willaert and Sandor Kasas, explore the effect of fibronectin on the nanomotion pattern of different Candida albicans strains by atomic force microscopy ( AFM )-based nanomotion detection and correlated the cellular oscillations to the yeast adhesion onto epithelial cells. *

The authors demonstrate the ability of nanomotion detection to monitor in real time and in a label-free manner cellular activity changes induced by interacting ligands. Activity changes induced by increasing glucose concentration were observed for Escherichia coli in a previous study. This technique opens novel avenues to detect cellular activation or inhibition induced by ligand–receptor interactions. *

The AFM cantilever oscillations were collected in real time using an by the authors in-house developed nanomotion detection device with NANOSENSORS™ tipless uniqprobe SD-qp-CONT-TL AFM probes from the NANOSENSORS Special Developments List. *

The SD-qp-CONT-TL AFM cantilevers with a nominal spring constant of 0.1 N/m and an average resonant peak in liquids of 8 kHz, were coated with 2 mg/mL of concanavalin A (Con A) for 30 min at room temperature. After removing the excess of Con A, the yeast cells were placed in contact with the AFM cantilever for 1 h at room temperature to allow them to attach to its surface. Poorly attached C. albicans cells were removed by washing gently with YPD medium. Finally, the C. albicans covered AFM cantilever was inserted into the analysis chamber containing 2 mL of filtered (0.2 µm syringe filter, YPD medium. The measurements were performed at room temperature in YPD medium and in YPD medium containing 25 µg/mL of fibronectin. Fibronectin was directly added inside the chip reservoir. For the experiments performed with antifungals, caspofungin was diluted in the YPD present in the analysis chamber to reach a final concentration of 100 µg/mL. *

Supplementary Figure S2 from “Yeast Nanometric Scale Oscillations Highlights Fibronectin Induced Changes in C. Albicans” by Anne-Céline Kohler et al.:
Density of yeast cells on cantilever at the start of the experiment (A) and at the end of the experiment (B). The size of the AFM cantilever is 40 by 130 μm. NANOSENSORS tipless uniqprobe SD-qp-CONT-TL AFM probes from the NANOSENSORS Special Developments List were used in the in-house developed nanomotion detection device.
Supplementary Figure S2 from “Yeast Nanometric Scale Oscillations Highlights Fibronectin Induced Changes in C. Albicans” by Anne-Céline Kohler et al.:
Density of yeast cells on cantilever at the start of the experiment (A) and at the end of the experiment (B). The size of the AFM cantilever is 40 by 130 μm.

*Anne-Céline Kohler, Leonardo Venturelli, Abhilash Kannan, Dominique Sanglard, Giovanni Dietler, Ronnie Willaert and Sandor Kasas
Yeast Nanometric Scale Oscillations Highlights Fibronectin Induced Changes in C. Albicans
Fermentation 2020, 6(1), 28
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/fermentation6010028

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Open Access The article “Yeast Nanometric Scale Oscillations Highlights Fibronectin Induced Changes in C. Albicans” by Anne-Céline Kohler, Leonardo Venturelli, Abhilash Kannan, Dominique Sanglard, Giovanni Dietler, Ronnie Willaert and Sandor Kasas is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Spike up a Silicon Nitride AFM tip for high topography biology and life science imaging

Standard SiN AFM probes may have a lot of advantages for using them in your liquid cell measurements. But they also have their limits when it comes to high topographies on cells or other bio samples due to their relatively wide opening angle and the small 3µm tip height.

By teaming up with nanotools in Germany NANOSENSORS is able to offer you a “spiked-up” AFM tip – a silicon nitride probe with a long (10 µm) spike made of high density carbon grown on top of it – called Biotool XXL.

Customized versions such as other tip lengths or other cantilevers are also possible.

For more information please have a look at the NANOSENSORS special developments list or contact us at info@nanosensors.com

Biotool XXL AFM tip for high topography AFM imaging in biology
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Rounded AFM Tips for Nanomechanics and Force Spectroscopy – Special Development List updated

rounded AFM tip for nanomechanics
SD-R30 rounded AFM tip for nanomechanics

NANOSENSORS has added a new type of rounded AFM tips to the Special Development List.
The new rounded AFM tips SD-R30 have a typical tip radius of 30 nm and are available in combination with three different cantilever types. (NCH – standard tapping mode cantilever, FM – force modulation mode cantilever and CONT – contact mode cantilever).
Similar to the already established rounded tips of the SD-R150 type the SD-R30 tips are especially tailored for applications such as nanomechanics, examination of local mechanical properties and force spectroscopy.

The rounding of the SD-R30 improves the tip rigidity dramatically and allows reliable and stable measurements on hard surfaces over a long period of time.

To find out more please have a look at our Special Development List or contact us at info@nanosensors.com.