A reliable elasticity sensing method for analysis of cell entosis using microfluidic cytometer

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175–183
Journal / PublicationBiomedical Engineering Letters
Issue number2
Online published4 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


Cell entosis is a novel cell death process starting from cell-in-cell invasion. In general, cancer cells own higher incidence rate of cell entosis comparing to non-cancerous cells. Studies arguing whether cell entosis is a tumor suppressing process or a tumor accelerating process can deepen our understanding of tumor development. Cell elasticity is recognized as one of tumor malignant biomarkers. There have been some researchers studying cell elasticity in cell entosis. However, existing cell elasticity sensing technique (i.e. micropipette aspiration) can hardly be reliable neither high-throughput. In this work, we introduce an elasticity sensing method for quantifying both cell elasticity in cell-in-cell structures and single floating cells using a microfluidic cytometer. We not only argue our cell elasticity sensing method is reliable for already occurred entosis but also apply such method on predicting the “outer” cells in entosis of different cell types. The elasticity sensing method proposed in this manuscript is able to provide an effective and reliable way to further study deeper mechanism in cell entosis. © Korean Society of Medical and Biological Engineering 2023.

Research Area(s)

  • Cell elasticity sensing, Cell entosis, Microfluidic device