The 470 Myofibril AFM Transducer utilizes atomic force microscopy and the optical beam deflection method to measure the nano Newton forces that arise from single myofibril activation. The myofibril is held between an AFM cantilever, which acts as a highly-sensitive force transducer, and a glass needle, connected to the 340A Piezo Length Controller. Controlling length and measuring force allows the 1700A Myofibril System to provide complete mechanical characterization of the myofibril. Depending on the cantilever used, the full-scale force is 1-10µN with an astounding resolution of 1nN.
Customizable protocols for mechanical characterization of myofibrils can be performed using our 600A Data Acquisition System and when combined with our optional 901D HVSL sarcomere length measurement software, the researcher can control and measure length, force, and sarcomere length.
The 1700A Myofibril System was invented by Dilson Rassier and Aleksander Labuda, McGill University, Montreal, Canada where it was nicknamed “The Penguin”. The 1700A System is Patent Pending (US Patent Application No.: 13/097,197). Aurora Scientific is the exclusive, worldwide, licensee of the 1700A “Penguin” system.