- Revealing Capillarity in AFM Indentation of Cells by Nanodiamond-Based Nonlocal Deformation Sensing doi link

Auteur(s): Cui Yue, Leong Weng-Hang, Liu Chu-Feng, Xia Kangwei, Feng Xi, Gergely C., Liu Ren-Bao, Li Quan

(Article) Publié: Nano Letters, vol. p. (2022)

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c05037
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Nanoindentation based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) can measure the elasticity of biomaterials and cells with high spatial resolution and sensitivity, but relating the data to quantitative mechanical properties depends on information on the local contact, which is unclear in most cases. Here, we demonstrate nonlocal deformation sensing on biorelevant soft matters upon AFM indentation by using nitrogen-vacancy centers in nano-diamonds, providing data for studying both the elasticity and capillarity without requiring detailed knowledge about the local contact. Using fixed HeLa cells for demonstration, we show that the apparent elastic moduli of the cells would have been overestimated if the capillarity was not considered. In addition, we observe that both the elastic moduli and the surface tensions are reduced after depolymerization of the actin cytoskeleton in cells. This work demonstrates that the nanodiamond sensing of nonlocal deformation with nanometer precision is particularly suitable for studying mechanics of soft biorelevant materials.