Objectives. Studies of the mechanoelectrical sensor system of the hair cell bundle in the cochlea require a manipulation device that enables controlled force application and movement of individual stereocilia in the nanometer range. Methods. In our atomic force microscope (AFM) setup, the scan is directly controlled in an upright differential interference contrast (DIC) infrared video microscope with a water immersion objective and in the measured AFM image. Here we present studies on hair cells of the mammalian cochlea. Results and conclusions. The resulting images revealed the tips of individual stereocilia of living sensory cells of the organ of Corti and the typical shape of the ciliary bundle. Scanning electron-microscopic (SEM) images of the identical hair bundles obtained after AFM investigation demonstrated that up to four AFM manipulations on the same cell did not cause obvious damage to the surface morphology of the stereocilia.
|Translated title of the contribution||Atomic force microscope (AFM). Nanomanipulation of individual stereocilia within a hair cell bundle by scanning force microscopy|
|Pages (from-to)||464 - 469|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - May 2002|