A single pulse-mediated electrofusion of freely suspending widely separated cells could reduce steps in the protocol. Prediction of such electrofusion is still unsolved. In pre-pulse condition, quantitative estimation with three-layered model cell surface reveals electrostatic repulsion (due to negative surface charge) is the major hindrance to membrane-to-membrane contact. On theoretical grounds we predict that designed single high voltage pulsing on widely separated model cell surface can counteract the non-specific repulsive interaction and favor approach of two apposed membranes. But hydrodynamic modulation of pulse exposed cell surface interaction can hamper approach of membranes contact when cells are held at a gap of more than ~450 A. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science S.A.
- Cell-cell interactions
- Model cell surface
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry