The mechanical properties of TB/C3 hybridoma cells taken from a continuous culture were measured by micromanipulation. The culture conditions were constant except for the presence or absence of Pluronic F-68 in the medium. It was found that the mean bursting membrane tension and the mean elastic area compressibility modulus of the cells were significantly greater (60% and 120%, respectively) in a medium with 0.05% (w/u) Pluronic F-68 compared to that without Pluronic. Pluronic F-68 therefore affected the strength of the membranes when the cells were exposed to it for a long period of time, i.e., in culture. The short-term effect of Pluronic F-68 on cell strength was also tested by its addition at various levels up to 0.2% (w/v) immediately before the mechanical property measurements. The resulting cell strength depended on the Pluronic concentration, but a significant short-term effect could only be detected above a threshold of 0.1% (w/v). Previous reports on the effect of Pluronic F-68 on animal cell culture are evaluated in the light of these observations.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Enzyme and Microbial Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
- mechanical properties
- Pluronic F-68
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology