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12 February 2009 Evaluation of slide based cytometry (SBC) for concentration measurements of fluorescent dyes in solution
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Flow cytometers (FCM) are built for particle measurements. In principle, concentration measurement of a homogeneous solution is not possible with FCM due to the lack of a trigger signal. In contrast to FCM slide based cytometry systems could act as tools for the measurement of concentrations using volume defined cell counting chambers. These chambers enable to analyze a well defined volume. Sensovation AG (Stockach, Germany) introduced an automated imaging system that combines imaging with cytometric features analysis. Aim of this study was to apply this imaging system to quantify the fluorescent molecule concentrations. The Lumisens (Sensovation AG) slide-based technology based on fluorescence digital imaging microscopy was used. The instrument is equipped with an inverted microscope, blue and red LEDs, double band-pass filters and a high-resolution cooled 16-bit digital camera. The instrument was focussed on the bottom of 400μm deep 6 chamber slides (IBIDI GmbH, Martinsried, Germany) or flat bottom 96 well plates (Greiner Bio One GmbH, Frickenhausen, Germany). Fluorescent solutions were imaged under 90% pixel saturation in a broad concentration range (FITC: 0.0002-250 μg/ml, methylene blue (MethB): 0.0002-250 μg/ml). Exposition times were recorded. Images were analysed by the iCys (CompuCyte Corp., Cambridge, MA, USA) image analysis software with the phantom contour function. Relative fluorescence intensities were calculated from mean fluorescence intensities per phantom contours divided by the exposition time. Solution concentrations could be distinguished over a broad dynamic range of 3.5 to 5.5 decades log (range FITC: 0.0002-31.25μg/ml, MethB: 0.0076-31.25μg/ml) with a good linear relationship between dye concentration and relative fluorescence intensity. The minimal number of fluorescent molecules per pixel as determined by the mean fluorescence intensity and the molecular weight of the fluorochrome were about 800 molecules FITC and ~2.000 MethB. The novel slide-based imaging system is suitable for detection of fluorescence differences over a broad range of concentrations. This approach may lead to novel assays for measuring concentration differences in cell free solutions and cell cultures e.g. in secretion assays.
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Arkadiusz Pierzchalski, Monika Marecka, Hans-Willy Müller, József Bocsi, and Attila Tárnok "Evaluation of slide based cytometry (SBC) for concentration measurements of fluorescent dyes in solution", Proc. SPIE 7182, Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues VII, 71821R (12 February 2009);

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