Spheroids are 3D cellular systems largely adopted as model for high-throughput screening of molecules and diagnostics tools. Furthermore, those cellular platforms also represent a model for testing new delivery carries for selective targeting. The coupling between the 3D cell environment and the nanovectors can be explored at the macroscale by optical microscopy. However, the nanomaterial-cell interplay finds major action at the single cell and extracellular matrix level with nanoscale interactions. Electron microscopy offers the resolution to investigate those interactions; however, the specimen preparation finds major drawbacks in its operation time and preciseness. In this context, focused ion beam and scanning electron microscopy (FIB–SEM) allows for fast processing and high resolution of the cell-nanomaterial interface. Here, in fact, a novel approach is shown to prepare large-area 3D spheroid cell culture specimens for FIB–SEM. Sectioning procedures are explored to preserve the peculiar structure of spheroids and their interaction with magnetic nanovectors. The results pave the way for advanced investigations of 3D cellular systems with nano and micromaterials relevant to tissue engineering, bioelectronics, and diagnostics.
Probing the Ultrastructure of Spheroids and Their Uptake of Magnetic Nanoparticles by FIB–SEM / Mollo, V.; Scognamiglio, P.; Marino, A.; Ciofani, G.; Santoro, F.. - In: ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES. - ISSN 2365-709X. - STAMPA. - 5:3(2020), p. 1900687.
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|Titolo:||Probing the Ultrastructure of Spheroids and Their Uptake of Magnetic Nanoparticles by FIB–SEM|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/admt.201900687|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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