Technology to Manipulate Cellular Functions Using a Nano-heater : Cellular Thermodynamics Engineering

2018-0927-01
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Analytical chemistry,Chemical biology,Bio-related chemistry
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background

● Taking look into a single cell at the microscopic level, we realize that the temperature is a most fundamental factor that affects all cellular activities. If we achieve to heat up intracellular targeted areas or molecules, we would obtain a tool to manipulate cellular functions based on thermodynamic law, named Cellular Thermodynamics Engineering.

summary

● We proposed the method that allows quantitative heating at the nanoscale in live cells with monitoring the temperature change on the heat spot (Nano Heater). 

predominance

● Allows tuning of cellular functions as we want while previous ones  only does  on/off  switching.
● Applicable for wide-ranging species such as animals and plants by its virtue of the principle based on universal thermodynamic law
● NOT requires genetic engineering technique.

application/development

● Next generation heat therapy at the cellular level (not only cancer therapy, but the other diseases related to muscle and neuron dysfunctions.  
● Modification of cellular functions to improve Bioengineering process  (for example, factory).
● Element technology for single-cell analysis (healthcare, diagnosis) .

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posted: 2018/09/27