Marta Targosz

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During recent years, atomic force microscopy has become a powerful technique for studying the mechanical properties (such as stiffness, viscoelasticity, hardness and adhesion) of various biological materials. The unique combination of high-resolution imaging and operation in physiological environment made it useful in investigations of cell properties. In(More)
Using atomic force microscopy (AFM) we performed dynamic force measurements of the adhesive forces in two model systems: avidin-biotin and streptavidin-biotin. In our experiments we used glutaraldehyde for immobilization of (strept)avidin on the tip and biotin on the sample surface. Such interface layers are more rigid than those usually reported in the(More)
Introduction: Taurine chloramine (TauCl) and taurine bromamine (TauBr) are the main haloamines produced by activated neutrophils. TauCl exerts both anti-inflammatory and microbicidal activities. Clinical studies showed that TauCl may be useful as an antimicrobial agent in the local treatment of infections. Much less is known about TauBr. Circumstantial(More)
Genetically modified Salmonella typhimurium VNP20009 (VNP) is a useful vehicle for cancer therapy and vaccine development but exhibits limited tumor targeting in vivo. We engineered a novel VNP derivative that expressed carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-specific single chain antibody fragments (scFv) on the cell surface to increase tumor-specific targeting.(More)
In this work we studied interactions between bacterial antigens and receptors on the surface of macrophages using atomic force microscopy (AFM). We used two bacterial cell wall components: lipopolysaccharide (LPS) derived from gram-negative Escherichia coli and exopolysaccharide (EPS) derived from gram-positive Lactobacillus rhamnosus. Interactions between(More)
Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) has recently become the most dynamically developing technique employed in research investigations. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) that uses a digitally-controlled scanner and a cantilever system with a measurement tip shaped as a cone with the apex radius of 2-50 nm and the application force of 10(-10) N, as well as a system(More)
Biological samples can be investigated with atomic force microscopy (AFM) in either of two imaging modes: contact mode or tapping mode. Applications of fluid tapping mode AFM in biology and medical sciences are constantly growing and the data obtained with this technique are improving, especially in terms of resolution. Even dynamic processes can be(More)
At present, there are a lot of biological and medical research fields, where atomic force microscopy (AFM) is being successfully used. AFM has contributed to research in the investigation of DNA, RNA structure, nucleic acid--protein complexes, chromosomes, ligand-receptor binding, cell membranes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, living cells (yeasts,(More)
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