SOLUTION OF THE CROSS-TALK PROBLEM IN CELL IMPEDANCE ANALYSIS OF CARDIAC MYOCYTES

Matej Hoťka, Ivan Zahradník

Abstract


Membrane capacitance is a fundamental electrical characteristic of the surface membrane of living cells. The membrane capacitance is quantitatively related to the surface area, thickness and dielectric properties of the cell membrane and thus provides valuable information about the state of the cell. A generally accepted method for measuring membrane capacitance is based on stimulation of the cell with rectangular voltage pulses and approximation of the recorded membrane current by a mono-exponential decay function. We found that in cardiac muscle cells this method provides high variability of the measured capacitance and large cross-correlation among parameters of the measured circuit. In this study we focused on the elimination of cross-correlation error between the membrane capacitance, the membrane resistance, and the access resistance of the recording set-up. We showed how the use of the standard approximation model affects the level of crosstalk between estimates of these parameters. We proposed a modified model and tested its applicability on simulated and experimental data. The results revealed that the crosstalk error can be reduced by three orders of magnitude, well below the natural variability of membrane capacitance arising from biological reasons in cardiac myocytes.

Keywords


membrane capacitance; cardiac myocyte; impedance measurement; crosstalk

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ISSN 0301-5491 (Print)
ISSN 2336-5552 (Online)
Published by the Czech Society for Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics and the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague.