Tuning the Music: Acoustic Force Spectroscopy (AFS) 2.0

D. Kamsma, R. Creyghton, G. Sitters, G.J.L. Wuite, E.J.G. Peterman

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AFS is a recently introduced high-throughput single-molecule technique that allows studying structural and mechanochemical properties of many biomolecules in parallel. To further improve the method, we developed a modelling tool to optimize the layer thicknesses, and a calibration method to experimentally validate the modelled force profiles. After optimization, we are able to apply 350 pN on 4.5 μm polystyrene beads, without the use of an amplifier, at the coverslip side of the AFS chip. Furthermore, we present the use of a transparent piezo to generate the acoustic force and we show that AFS can be combined with high-NA oil or water-immersion objectives. With this set of developments AFS will be applicable to a broad range of single-molecule experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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