Research Papers: Imaging

Spectral wide-field microscopic fluorescence resonance energy transfer imaging in live cells

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Lili Zhang, Guiqi Qin, Liuying Chai, Jiang Zhang, Fangfang Yang, Tongsheng Chen

South China Normal University, College of Life Science, MOE Key Laboratory of Laser Life Science and Institute of Laser Life Science, Guangzhou 510631, China

Hongqin Yang, Shusen Xie

Fujian Normal University, Institute of Laser and Optoelectronics Technology, Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Science and Technology for Medicine of Ministry of Education, Fuzhou 350007, China

J. Biomed. Opt. 20(8), 086011 (Aug 17, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.8.086011
History: Received April 30, 2015; Accepted July 21, 2015
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Abstract.  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.

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Lili Zhang ; Guiqi Qin ; Liuying Chai ; Jiang Zhang ; Fangfang Yang, et al.
"Spectral wide-field microscopic fluorescence resonance energy transfer imaging in live cells", J. Biomed. Opt. 20(8), 086011 (Aug 17, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.20.8.086011


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