Impacts of low concentration surfactant on red blood cell dielectrophoretic responses.

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Cell dielectrophoretic responses have been extensively studied for biomarker expression, blood typing, sepsis, circulating tumor cell separations, and others. Surfactants are often added to the analytical buffer in electrokinetic cellular microfluidic systems to lower surface/interfacial tensions. In nonelectrokinetic systems, surfactants influence cell size, shape, and agglomeration; this has not been systematically documented in electrokinetic systems. In the present work, the impacts of the Triton X-100 surfactant on human red blood cells (RBCs) were explored via ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and dielectrophoresis (DEP) to compare nonelectrokinetic and electrokinetic responses, respectively. The UV-Vis spectra of Triton X-100 treated RBCs were dramatically different from that of native RBCs. DEP responses of RBCs were compared to RBCs treated with low concentrations of Triton X-100 (0.07-0.17 mM) to ascertain surfactant effects on dielectric properties. A star-shaped electrode design was used to quantify RBC dielectric properties by fitting a single-shell oblate cell model to experimentally-derived DEP spectra. The presence of 0.07 and 0.11 mM of Triton X-100 shifted the RBC's DEP spectra yielding lower crossover frequencies

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