Life Science Engineering Monday Seminar

​Imaging Individual Receptors While Extracting Kinetic and Thermodynamic Parameters Using FD-based AFM

Speaker: David Alsteens
Affiliation: Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium

"Currently, there is a growing need for methods that can quantify and map the molecular interactions of biological samples, both with high-force sensitivity and high spatial resolution. Force-distance (FD) curve-based atomic force microscopy is a valuable tool to simultaneously contour the surface and map the biophysical properties of biological samples at the nanoscale. This presentation reports the use of advanced FD-based technology combined with chemically functionalized tips to probe the localization of specific sites on single native proteins and on living cells at high-resolution. Using biochemically sensitive tips, we are able to locate specific interaction sites on native protein at unprecedented resolution. We also introduce experimental and theoretical developments that allow force-distance curve-based atomic force microscopy (FD-based AFM) to simultaneously image native receptors in membranes and to quantify their dynamic binding strength to native and synthetic ligands. These binding strengths provide kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of individual ligand-receptor complexes. In a last example, we used FD-based AFM to image virus binding sites on living cells and extract the binding free-energy landscape of the interactions."
Category Seminar
Location: KA
Starts: 20 February, 2017, 12:00
Ends: 20 February, 2017, 13:00

Published: Thu 02 Feb 2017.