Versatile Horizontal Force Probe for Mechanical Tests on Pipette-Held Cells, Particles, and Membrane Capsules

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We present a multipurpose nanomechanical force probe that combines a sideways-mounted elastic cantilever and an optical-lever detection module with automated micropipette manipulation. It allows us to apply and measure compression, stretching, adhesion, and dissociation forces in the horizontal direction while providing a “side view” of ongoing experiments. The integrated micropipette setup facilitates the easy manipulation and mechanical interrogation of individual cells, functionalized particles, and synthetic membrane capsules. Pipette-held test objects are translated perpendicularly to and...
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