Membrane vesicles: Examination of biophysical properties with atomic force microscopy


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Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are not only intensively studied to increase our fundamental knowledge on their functioning, but also for diagnosis, therapeutics and drug delivery purposes. To improve the current and potential applications of EVs, a fundamental understanding of their stability, structure, and function is crucial. Such studies can be conducted at the single particle level to gain biological and physical information about the vesicles and the particle to particle variability. A suitable technique to investigate EVs under near- to physiological conditions is atomic force microscopy (AFM). Operated in liquid, it provides images of the EVs while mechanical properties of the particles can be obtained as well. Here we present our approach and the latest results in studying the structure and mechanics of these particles.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)44
Aantal pagina's1
TijdschriftJournal of Extracellular Vesicles
Nummer van het tijdschriftSupplement 1
StatusPublished - 15-mei-2017
EvenementISEV 2017 International Society for Extracellular Vesicles - Toronto, Canada
Duur: 18-mei-201721-mei-2017

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