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Title: Modeling Lysis Dynamcis Of Pore Forming Toxins And Determination Of Mechanical Properties Of Soft Materials
Authors: Vaidyanathan, M S
Advisors: Ayappa, K Ganapathy
Keywords: Cell Biotechnoloy
Cell Lysis
Pore Forming Toxins
Cytolysin A Toxins - Lysis
Pore Forming Toxins - Lysis Dynamics - Modeling
Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscope
Soft Materials - Mechanical Properties
Cell Micrbiology
Cells - Mechanical Properties
Cytolysin A (ClyA)
Submitted Date: Nov-2012
Series/Report no.: G25602
Abstract: Pore forming toxins are known for their ability to efficiently form transmembrane pores which eventually leads to cell lysis. PFTs have potential applications in devel-oping novel drug and gene delivery strategies. Although structural aspects of many pore forming toxins have been studied, very little is known about the dynamics and subsequent rupture mechanisms. In the first part of the thesis, a combined experimental and modeling study to understand the lytic action of Cytolysin A (ClyA) toxins on red blood cells (RBCs) has been presented. Lysis experiments are carried out on a 1% suspension of RBCs for different initial toxin concentrations ranging from 100 – 500 ng/ml and the extent of lysis is monitored spectrophotometrically. Using a mean field approach, we propose a non – equilibrium adsorption-reaction model to quantify the rate of pore formation on the cell surface. By analysing the model in a pre-lysis regime, the number of pores per RBC to initiate rupture was found to lie between 400 and 800. The time constants for pore formation are estimated to lie between 1-25 s and monomer conformation time scales were found to be 2-4 times greater than the oligomerization times. Using this model, we are able to predict the extent of cell lysis as a function of the initial toxin concentration. Various kinetic models for oligomerization mechanism have been explored. Irreversible sequential kinetic model has the best agreement with the available experimental data. Subsequent to the mean field approach, a population balance model was also formulated. The mechanics of cell rupture due to pore formation is poorly understood. Efforts to address this issue are concerned with understanding the changes in the membrane mechanical properties such as the modulus and tension in the presence of pores. The second part of the thesis is concerned with using atomic force microscopy to measure the mechanical properties of cells. We explore the possibility of employing tapping mode AFM (TM-AFM) to obtain the elastic modulus of soft samples. The dynamics of TM-AFM is modelled to predict the elastic modulus of soft samples, and predict optimal cantilever stiffness for soft biological samples. From experiments using TM-AFM on Nylon-6,6 the elastic modulus is predicted to lie between 2 and 5 GPa. For materials having elastic moduli in the range of 1– 20 GPa, the cantilever stiffness from simulations is found to lie in the range of 1 – 50 N/m. For soft biological samples, whose elastic moduli are in the range of 10-1000 kPa, a narrower range of cantilever stiffness (0.1 – 0.6 N/m), should be used.
Abstract file URL: http://etd.ncsi.iisc.ernet.in/abstracts/3181/G25602-Abs.pdf
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2005/2466
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