Volume 124, Number 4, November 2018
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||07 December 2018|
A calibration model on dynamic measurements of nanoparticles endocytosis
Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Disaster and Environment in Western China, Ministry of Education, College of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Lanzhou University - Lanzhou, Gansu 730000, China
Received: 1 September 2018
Accepted: 12 November 2018
Recent advances in force tracing technique have revealed that cellular uptake of nanoparticle (NP) is a time-, force- and energy-dependent and cytoskeleton associated process. However, as it remains largely elusive on the role that cytoskeleton remodeling plays during the NP internalization, there are still no existing calibration models that are able to quantitatively relate the experimentally measured driving forces to associated endocytic processes. In this study, we have established a viscoelastic model on the dynamics of NP internalization by accounting contributions of binding energy released from ligand-receptor complexes, viscoelastic deformation of cytoskeleton, and elastic deformations of cell membrane and probe system. Based on this model, we have analytically identified the engulfing driving force associated with the endocytic process, which are found in good agreement with recent experimental measurements through advanced force tracing techniques. This fact confirms that the proposed model can be used to calibrate endocytosis experiments on NPs, and the endocytic dynamics of NPs is indeed regulated by the creep behaviour associated with cytoskeleton remodeling.
PACS: 87.85.Tu – Modeling biomedical systems / 87.15.La – Mechanical properties / 87.17.Aa – Modeling, computer simulation of cell processes
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