Following fusion between two or more individual cells, the resulting cellular entity must undergo extensive restructuring of its plasma membrane and cytoskeleton in order to maintain its mechanical and physiological function. In artificial cell fusion that is executed by external triggering, such restructuring could be problematic due to the absence of preconditioning biological signals. In this work we study the reorganization of the actin filaments in adenocarcinoma cells that were fused using plasmonic triggering, i.e. the irradiation by resonant femtosecond laser pulses of cells specifically targeted by gold nanoparticles. Time-lapse confocal microscopy of the fusing cells has revealed the formation of large-scale actin networks that preserve the local orientations of the original actin cytoskeletons. The results confirm the local nature of the plasmonic interactions that were confined to the cells’ plasma membranes and would help studying the development and dynamics of actin networks by offering a relatively stable, living cellular environment that supports large-scale actin growth.
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