Single living cell encapsulation in nano-organized polyelectrolyte shells

Alberto Diaspro, Daniela Silvano, Silke Krol, Ornella Cavalleri, Alessandra Gliozzi

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Single living yeast cells have been encapsulated by the alternate adsorption of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. Exploiting fluorescence techniques, we provide evidence of the shell and cell integrity after the coating procedure. The most relevant result, however, is that, after encapsulation, cells preserve their metabolic activities and they are still able to divide. These hybrid polyelectrolyte cells can provide a cheap model system in a wide range of biophysical and biotechnological applications, thanks to the tunable properties of the polyelectrolyte shell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5047-5050
Number of pages4
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jun 25 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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