13 February 2009 SLIM: multispectral FLIM with wide applications in cell biology
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The fluorescence decay of a fluorophore in many cases does not show a simple monoexponential profile. A very complex situation arises, when more than one compound must be analyzed. A considerable improvement of the measurement could be achieved when time-resolved and spectral-resolved techniques are simultaneously incorporated. SLIM (spectral fluorescence lifetime imaging) is a new technique, which combines both. Time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) enables high counting efficiency for biomedical applications. For spectral resolved detection a polychromator in the detection path together with a 16-channel multianode photomultiplier tube and appropriate TCSPC routing electronics are used as a highly sophisticated system. The various possibilities which SLIM offers to improve molecular imaging in living cells will be discussed as well as successfully realized applications. These include FRET (resonant energy transfer) measurements for protein interactions, related to Alzheimer's disease. Special attention will be focused on molecules involved in the processing and trafficking of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), as trafficking proteins of the GGA family and β-secretase (BACE). Taking into account also the lifetime of the acceptor could enhance reliability of the FRET result.
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A. Rück, A. Rück, F. Dolp, F. Dolp, C. Steinmetz, C. Steinmetz, B. von Einem, B. von Einem, C. A. F. von Arnim, C. A. F. von Arnim, "SLIM: multispectral FLIM with wide applications in cell biology", Proc. SPIE 7183, Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences IX, 71830A (13 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.809101; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.809101


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