The Journal of Membrane Biology

, Volume 249, Issue 5, pp 691–701 | Cite as

A Microdosimetric Study of Electropulsation on Multiple Realistically Shaped Cells: Effect of Neighbours

  • Agnese Denzi
  • Francesca Camera
  • Caterina Merla
  • Barbara Benassi
  • Claudia Consales
  • Alessandra Paffi
  • Francesca Apollonio
  • Micaela Liberti


Over the past decades, the effects of ultrashort-pulsed electric fields have been used to investigate their action in many medical applications (e.g. cancer, gene electrotransfer, drug delivery, electrofusion). Promising aspects of these pulses has led to several in vitro and in vivo experiments to clarify their action. Since the basic mechanisms of these pulses have not yet been fully clarified, scientific interest has focused on the development of numerical models at different levels of complexity: atomic (molecular dynamic simulations), microscopic (microdosimetry) and macroscopic (dosimetry). The aim of this work is to demonstrate that, in order to predict results at the cellular level, an accurate microdosimetry model is needed using a realistic cell shape, and with their position and packaging (cell density) characterised inside the medium.


Microdosimetry Mesodosimetry Electroporation Nanosecond and microsecond pulsed electric fields Shielding effect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agnese Denzi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francesca Camera
    • 2
  • Caterina Merla
    • 3
    • 4
  • Barbara Benassi
    • 3
  • Claudia Consales
    • 3
  • Alessandra Paffi
    • 2
  • Francesca Apollonio
    • 2
  • Micaela Liberti
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Life Nano Science at SapienzaIstituto Italiano di TecnologiaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication (DIET), Italian Inter-University Centre of Electromagnetic Fields and Bio-Systems (ICEmB)University of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  3. 3.Division of Health Protection Technologies, ENEA-Italian National Agency for New TechnologiesEnergy and Sustainable Economic DevelopmentRomeItaly
  4. 4.Vectorology and Anticancer Therapies, UMR 8203, CNRS, Gustave Roussy, Univ. Paris-SudUniversité Paris-SaclayVillejuifFrance

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