Dielectrophoresis-Based Discrimination of Bacteria at the Strain Level Based on Their Surface Properties
Author(s)Willner, Dana; Hugenholtz, Philip; Rabaey, Korneel; Buie, Cullen R.; Braff, William
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Insulator-based dielectrophoresis can be used to manipulate biological particles, but has thus far found limited practical applications due to low sensitivity. We present linear sweep three-dimensional insulator-based dielectrophoresis as a considerably more sensitive approach for strain-level discrimination bacteria. In this work, linear sweep three-dimensional insulator-based dielectrophoresis was performed on Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14 along with six isogenic mutants as well as Streptococcus mitis SF100 and PS344. Strain-level discrimination was achieved between these clinically important pathogens with applied electric fields below 10 V/mm. This low voltage, high sensitivity technique has potential applications in clinical diagnostics as well as microbial physiology research.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Braff, William A., Dana Willner, Philip Hugenholtz, Korneel Rabaey, and Cullen R. Buie. “Dielectrophoresis-Based Discrimination of Bacteria at the Strain Level Based on Their Surface Properties.” Edited by Arum Han. PLoS ONE 8, no. 10 (October 16, 2013): e76751.
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