The effect of chitosan on stiffness and glycolytic activity of human bladder cells

Biochim Biophys Acta. 2001 Aug 22;1540(2):127-36. doi: 10.1016/s0167-4889(01)00125-2.


The cell's cytoskeleton together with the cell membrane and numerous accessory proteins determines the mechanical properties of cell. Any factors influencing cell organization and structure can cause alterations in mechanical properties of cell (its ability for deformation and adhesion). The determination of the local elastic properties of cells in their culture conditions has opened the possibility for the measurement of the influence of different factors on the mechanical properties of the living cells. The effect of the chitosan on the stiffness of the non-malignant transitional epithelial cells of ureter (HCV 29) and the transitional cell cancer of urine bladder (T24) was determined using scanning force microscopy. The investigations were performed in the culture medium (RPMI 1640) containing 10% fetal calf serum in the presence of the microcrystalline chitosan of the three different deacetylation degrees. In parallel, the effect of chitosan on production of lactate and ATP level was determined. The results showed the strong correlation between the decrease of the energy production and the increase in Young's modulus values obtained for the cancer cells treated with chitosan.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Membrane / drug effects
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chitin / analogs & derivatives
  • Chitin / pharmacology*
  • Chitosan
  • Cytoskeleton / drug effects
  • Glycolysis / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Microscopy, Atomic Force
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Urinary Bladder / drug effects*


  • Chitin
  • Chitosan