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An Optical Tweezers, Epi-Fluorescence/Spinning disk confocal- and microfluidic-setup for synchronization studies of glycolytic oscillations in living yeast cells

Conference paper
Authors Martin Mojica Benavides
Amin A Banaeiyan
David D van Niekerk
Jacky L Snoep
Anna-Karin Gustavsson
Caroline B. Adiels
Mattias Goksör
Published in Proceedings SPIE 9922, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII. San Diego; USA. 28 August -1 September 2016
ISBN 978-1-5106-0235-9
Publisher SPIE
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Physics (GU)
Language en
Keywords Microfluidic chamber, glycolysis, optical trapping, concentration gradient, laser
Subject categories Physical Sciences


Due to the significant importance of glycolytic oscillations studies and the recent breakthroughs on single cell analysis, a further interest arrives with intracellular and intercellular responses. Understanding cell-cell communication can give insight to oscillatory behaviors in biological systems, such as insulin secretion from pancreatic beta-cells. The aim of this work consists on the manipulation of living yeast cells to study propagation and synchronization of induced glycolytic oscillations. A setup, consisting of an optical tweezers system and microfluidic devices coupled with fluorescence imaging was designed to perform a time dependent observation during artificially induced glycolytic oscillations. Multi-channel flow devices and diffusion chambers were fabricated using soft lithography. Automatized pumps controlled specific flow rates of infused glucose and cyanide solutions, used to induce the oscillations. Flow and diffusion in the microfluidic devices were simulated to assure experimentally the desired coverage of the solutions across the yeast cells, a requirement for time dependent measurements. Using near infrared optical tweezers, yeast cells were trapped and positioned in array configurations, ranging from a single cell to clusters of various symmetries, in order to obtain information about cell-cell communications during the metabolic cycles. Confocal illumination of an entire focal plane using a spinning disk, will allow acquirement of NADH periodic fluorescence signals during glycolytic oscillations. This method permits an improvement of the 2D projection images obtained with wide field microscopy to a tomographic description of the subcellular propagation of the oscillations.

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