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High-Intensity Pulsed Electromagnetic Field-Mediated Gene Electrotransfection In Vitro

Kranjc, Matej, Dermol-Cerne, Janja, Potočnik, Tjaša, Novickij, Vitalij and Miklavčič, Damijan (2022) High-Intensity Pulsed Electromagnetic Field-Mediated Gene Electrotransfection In Vitro. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23 (17). p. 9543. ISSN 1422-0067


A high-intensity pulsed electromagnetic field (HI-PEMF) is a non-invasive and non-contact delivery method and may, as such, have an advantage over gene electrotransfer mediated by conventional electroporation using contact electrodes. Due to the limited number of in vitro studies in the field of gene electrotransfection by HI-PEMF, we designed experiments to investigate and demonstrate the feasibility of such a technique for the non-viral delivery of genetic material into cells in vitro. We first showed that HI-PEMF causes DNA adsorption to the membrane, a generally accepted prerequisite step for successful gene electrotransfection. We also showed that HI-PEMF can induce gene electrotransfection as the application of HI-PEMF increased the percentage of GFP-positive cells for two different combinations of pDNA size and concentration. Furthermore, by measuring the uptake of larger molecules, i.e., fluorescently labelled dextrans of three different sizes, we showed endocytosis to be a possible mechanism for introducing large molecules into cells by HI-PEMF

Item Type: Article
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 00:45
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 00:45


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