17 August 2015 Spectral wide-field microscopic fluorescence resonance energy transfer imaging in live cells
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With its precise, sensitive, and nondestructive features, spectral unmixing-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy has been widely applied to visualize intracellular biological events. In this report, we set up a spectral wide-field microscopic FRET imaging system by integrating a varispec liquid crystal tunable filter into a wide-field microscope for quantitative FRET measurement in living cells. We implemented a representative emission-spectral unmixing-based FRET measurement method on this platform to simultaneously acquire pixel-to-pixel images of both FRET efficiency (E) and acceptor-to-donor concentration ratio (RC) in living HepG2 cells expressing fusion proteins in the presence or absence of free donors and acceptors and obtained consistent results with other instruments and methods. This stable and low-cost spectral wide-field microscopic FRET imaging system provides a new toolbox for imaging molecular events with high spatial resolution in living cells.
Lili Zhang, Guiqi Qin, Liuying Chai, Jiang Zhang, Fangfang Yang, Hongqin Yang, Shusen Xie, Tongsheng Chen, "Spectral wide-field microscopic fluorescence resonance energy transfer imaging in live cells," Journal of Biomedical Optics 20(8), 086011 (17 August 2015). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.20.8.086011 . Submission:
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