Analysis of a Dual Shock-Wave and Ultrashort Electric Pulsing Strategy for Electro-Manipulation of Membrane Nanopores

Qin Hu, S Hossain, Ravindra Joshi

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Abstract

Electric pulse driven membrane poration finds applications in the fields of biomedical engineering and drug/gene delivery. Shock waves are known to permeabilize cell membranes as well. Here we focus on and analyze the synergistic effects of both inputs in concert based on molecular dynamics simulations. Our results show that shockwaves could be used for pretreating cell membranes for electroporation. The dual strategy would either reduce the external voltage requirements (leading to more compact external circuitry) or help create larger pores. Furthermore, shockwaves could form pores at any desired membrane site location, and suitable combinations of nanojets and electric pulses would help control the aspect ratio and size as desired.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285403 (1-8)
JournalJournal of Physics D
StatePublished - Jun 25 2018

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