Plasma generated in culture medium induces damages of HeLa cells due to flow phenomena

Yusuke Sato, Takehiko Sato, Daisuke Yoshino

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Plasma in a liquid has been anticipated as an effective tool for medical applications, however, few reports have described cellular responses to plasma generated in a liquid similar to biological fluids. Herein we report the effects of plasma generated in a culture medium on HeLa cells. The plasma in the culture medium produced not only heat, shock waves, and reactive chemical species but also a jet flow with sub millimeter-sized bubbles. Cells exposed to the plasma exhibited detachment, morphological changes, and changes in the actin cytoskeletal structure. The experimental results suggest that wall shear stress over 160 Pa was generated on the surface of the cells by the plasma. It is one of the main factors that cause those cellular responses. We believe that our findings would provide valuable insight into advancements in medical applications of plasma in a liquid.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125402
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 5


  • cellular damage
  • culture medium
  • jet flow
  • plasma in liquid
  • wall shear stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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