• SPM Applications in Biology

    The last two decades of using AFM and related Scanning Probe Microscopy techniques in biology show that their popularity and power continue growing. Numerous reviews, both comprehensive and specialized, cited in the reference list and articles devoted to biological applications of Atomic Force Microscopy prove this fact. The state of today's activities in this field can be seen from the collection of latest abstracts from the Biophysical Journal: What Biologists Are Working On Using SPM?

    In biology Atomic Force Microscopy has traditionally been used to measure topography [22, 357, 721, 905, 959, 1045, 1068, 1574, 1575, 1584] and nanomechanical properties of biological samples, such as elasticity [256, 327, 360, 593, 676, 992, 995, 1569, 1736]. Now the applications of AFM probing are far beyond these initial ones. AFM has been found to be useful in pharmacology [346, 505] biotechnology [360], microbiology [1755, 1768], structural biology [1764, 1787], molecular biology [1375], genetics [1568, 1781] and other biology related fields.

    The variety of objects investigated using Atomic Force Microscopy in biology spans from the smallest biomolecules encompassing proteins, lipids, DNA, RNA and other nucleic acids, to the rather "big" human's platelets, viruses and living cells. The main advantage of AFM in biology as compared to other methods is that it usually does not require specific sample preparation and allows measuring in most of the physiological conditions biological objects are susceptible to. It is the most universal method in the sense that all the media including vacuum can be used for probing. The reason for choosing liquid media instead of air is not only because it is the natural physiological media for biological objects, but also due to the fact that all the interaction forces including unwanted ones are an order of magnitude smaller than in air allowing, for instance, to raise the resolution and to diminish image distortion. Although, it should be noted that measuring in liquids is much more complicated than imaging in air [357].

    Because of their softness it is recommended that biological samples be investigated in intermittent-contact or tapping mode AFM. In this mode the probability of sample damage is lowered drastically compared to imaging in contact mode not excluding, though, it's displacement. Nevertheless, contact mode imaging in the beginning of the 21th century successfully deals with extralow loadings in the order of 100 pN [381]. What is more, the quality of AFM apparatus as well as the imaging techniques and data acquisition improves year after year [22, 905, 979, 984, 1045, 1569, 1572, 1575].

    Along with direct imaging of biological objects Atomic Force Microscopy plays a significant role among numerous biophysical methods for the investigation of specific and non-specific molecular interactions that all the biological processes are governed by [1713, 1728]. These are the protein-protein, enzyme-substrate, antigen-antibody, receptor-ligand interactions, drug-target associations, a diverse number of biocomplexes and many others. Being an instrument of choice for the investigation of biomolecule activities Atomic Force Microscopy is an ideal means for the visualization and real-time imaging of nucleation and crystallization of macromolecular crystals [118, 545, 546, 1703], processes involved in the cell living cycle [357, 959, 960, 968, 969, 975, 979, 992, 1068], and the functioning of biomolecules [427, 1765].

    Because of its capability to monitor biomolecular interactions on biosensor surfaces, Atomic Force Microscopy is applied successfully in biosensing applications [346, 355, 1181, 1592]. The extended force range (theoretical limit estimated to be below 1 fN [360]) allows reaching unprecedented sensitivity at the nanoscale. For example, a special biosensor can be manufactured that is capable of detecting biological species at concentrations of 10-18 mol/l, which is approximately eight orders of magnitude more sensitive compared with conventional techniques [360].

    The high sensitivity achieved so far allows force measurements between individual biomolecules and complexes that have been substantial technical challenge a decade ago. For example, single-molecule atomic force spectroscopy has become standard practice. These advances give rise to developing a novel direction in biosensing techniques based on AFM as mentioned above. Actually, the AFM cantilever itself can be used to serve as the main sensitive element of biosensors. Such force measurements are usually performed using the AFM probe functionalized with a biomolecule of interest and its complementary molecule immobilized onto the sample surface [346, 1725].

    AFM by itself is, no doubt, a powerful instrument to explore micro- and nanoscopic biological objects. But since the early days of AFM the necessity of combining with other methods have been considered (see for instance [997]). For example, in biological applications the initial location of the target object is of great importance and the task of determining its position can be easily performed by conventional optical or fluorescence microscopy. It prevents from unnecessary scans and tip contamination while locating, say, cells or subcell organelles such as chromosomes.

    It is not much of an exaggeration to say that the AFM prospects in biology are immense and who knows, may be some day in the future gene engineering will be provided with a useful tool for easy manipulating of genes inside a chromosome.

    A cumulative list of articles devoted to biological applications of Atomic Force Microscopy and placed in the Biology section including subsections can be downloaded in PDF format:

    Biological Applications of Atomic Force Microscopy (Updated on January 14, 2003

    By now the amount of articles in the list exceeds 1000.

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    ID Reference list (newly come references are marked red)
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    1375 A relocated technique of atomic force microscopy (AFM) samples and its application in molecular biology
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    1703 Atomic force microscopy in the study of macromolecular crystal growth
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    1787 Imaging and manipulation of biological structures with the AFM
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    2355 Progress in the application of scanning probe microscopy to biology
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    2161 High resolution imaging of native biological sample surfaces using scanning probe microscopy
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    2184 Imaging of individual biopolymers and supramolecular assemblies using noncontact atomic force microscopy
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    2381 Scanning force microscopy for imaging biostructures at high-resolution
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    2451 Subpiconewton intermolecular force microscopy
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    2124 Evaluating the interaction of bacteria with biomaterials using atomic force microscopy
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    1890 Analysis of indentation: implications for measuring mechanical properties with atomic force microscopy
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    1921 Atomic force microscopy imaging of dried or living bacteria
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    2023 Chemical Force Microscopy Study of Adhesion and Friction between Surfaces Functionalized with Self-Assembled Monolayers and Immersed in Solvents
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    2352 Probing Nanometer Structures with Atomic Force Microscopy
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    1930 Atomic force microscopy measurements of intermolecular binding strength
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    2058 Cryo-atomic force microscopy
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    2280 Methods for biological probe microscopy in aqueous fluids
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    2455 Supported lipid bilayers as effective substrates for atomic force microscopy
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    2625 Dynamic force microscopy imaging of native membranes
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