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In this study we have employed atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) techniques to study the effect of the interaction between human keratinocytes (HaCaT) and electromagnetic fields at low frequency. HaCaT cells were exposed to a sinusoidal magnetic field at a density of 50 Hz, 1 mT. AFM analysis revealed(More)
The infrared (IR) absorption of a biological system can potentially report on fundamentally important microchemical properties. For example, molecular IR profiles are known to change during increases in metabolic flux, protein phosphorylation, or proteolytic cleavage. However, practical implementation of intracellular IR imaging has been problematic because(More)
Human skin cell culture (HaCaT) that has been exposed to an AC magnetic field undergoes detectable changes in its biochemical properties and shapes. Such changes were observed by infrared wavelength-selective scanning near-field optical microscopy with a resolution of 80-100 nm. We specifically investigated the changes in the distribution of the inner(More)
Cervical cancer remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality among women, especially in the developing world. Increased synthesis of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids is a pre-condition for the rapid proliferation of cancer cells. We show that scanning near-field optical microscopy, in combination with an infrared free electron laser (SNOM-IR-FEL), is(More)
Using a scanning near-field optical microscope coupled to an infrared free electron laser (SNOM-IR-FEL) in low-resolution transmission mode, we collected chemical data from whole cervical cells obtained from 5 pre-menopausal, non-pregnant women of reproductive age, and cytologically classified as normal or with different grades of cervical cell dyskaryosis.(More)
Human HaCaT cells, exposed for 24 h to a 1 mT (rms) 50 Hz sinusoidal magnetic field in a temperature-regulated solenoid, suffer detectable changes in their biochemical properties and shapes. By using infrared wavelength-selective scanning near-field optical microscopy, we observed changes in the distribution of the inner chemical functional groups and in(More)
Porous glass-ceramics is an extremely important material to be used in combination with metallic nanolayers as a Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate for biological and chemical analysis, demonstrating excellent biocompatibility and chemical inertness. These materials show their own Raman background signal lateral distribution, mostly from(More)
The optical properties of metal nanoparticles play a fundamental role for their use in a wide range of applications. In hyperthermia treatment, for example, gold nanoshells (NSs, dielectric core+gold shell) pre-embedded in a cancer cell absorb energy when exposed to appropriate wavelengths of a laser beam and heat up, thereby destroying the cancer cell. In(More)
Densely packed epitaxial Mn-doped Si(0.3)Ge(0.7) nanodots self-assembled on Si(100) have been obtained. Their structural properties were studied using reflection high-energy electron diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, extended x-ray absorption fine structure measurements and high-resolution transmission electron(More)