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  1. Wavelength dispersive analysis with the synchrotron x ray fluorescence microprobe

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    Rivers, M. L.; Thorn, K. S.; Sutton, S. R.; Jones, K. W.; Bajt, S.

    1993-01-01

    A wavelength dispersive spectrometer (WDS) was tested on the synchrotron x ray fluorescence microprobe at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Compared to WDS spectra using an electron microprobe, the synchrotron WDS spectra have much better sensitivity and, due to the absence of bremsstrahlung radiation, lower backgrounds. The WDS spectrometer was successfully used to resolve REE L fluorescence spectra from standard glasses and transition metal K fluorescence spectra from kamacite.

  2. Development and applications of an epifluorescence module for synchrotron x-ray fluorescence microprobe imaging

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    Miller, Lisa M.; Smith, Randy J.; Ruppel, Meghan E.; Ott, Cassandra H.; Lanzirotti, Antonio

    2005-06-15

    Synchrotron x-ray fluorescence (XRF) microprobe is a valuable analysis tool for imaging trace element composition in situ at a resolution of a few microns. Frequently, epifluorescence microscopy is beneficial for identifying the region of interest. To date, combining epifluorescence microscopy with x-ray microprobe has involved analyses with two different microscopes. We report the development of an epifluorescence module that is integrated into a synchrotron XRF microprobe beamline, such that visible fluorescence from a sample can be viewed while collecting x-ray microprobe images simultaneously. This unique combination has been used to identify metal accumulation in Alzheimer's disease plaques and the mineral distribution in geological samples. The flexibility of this accessory permits its use on almost any synchrotron x-ray fluorescence microprobe beamline and applications in many fields of science can benefit from this technology.

  3. X-ray fluorescence microprobe imaging in biology and medicine.

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    Paunesku, Tatjana; Vogt, Stefan; Maser, Jörg; Lai, Barry; Woloschak, Gayle

    2006-12-15

    Characteristic X-ray fluorescence is a technique that can be used to establish elemental concentrations for a large number of different chemical elements simultaneously in different locations in cell and tissue samples. Exposing the samples to an X-ray beam is the basis of X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM). This technique provides the excellent trace element sensitivity; and, due to the large penetration depth of hard X-rays, an opportunity to image whole cells and quantify elements on a per cell basis. Moreover, because specimens prepared for XFM do not require sectioning, they can be investigated close to their natural, hydrated state with cryogenic approaches. Until several years ago, XFM was not widely available to bio-medical communities, and rarely offered resolution better then several microns. This has changed drastically with the development of third-generation synchrotrons. Recent examples of elemental imaging of cells and tissues show the maturation of XFM imaging technique into an elegant and informative way to gain insight into cellular processes. Future developments of XFM-building of new XFM facilities with higher resolution, higher sensitivity or higher throughput will further advance studies of native elemental makeup of cells and provide the biological community including the budding area of bionanotechnology with a tool perfectly suited to monitor the distribution of metals including nanovectors and measure the results of interactions between the nanovectors and living cells and tissues. PMID:17006954

  4. Synchrotron x-ray fluorescence microprobe: Quantification and mapping of mixed valence state samples using micro-XANES

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    Sutton, S.R. ); Bajt, S. Department of Applied Science, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 ); Delaney, J. ); Schulze, D. ); Tokunaga, T. )

    1995-02-01

    The synchrotron x-ray fluorescence microprobe is a valuable instrument for quantification and mapping of mixed valence state samples with high spatial resolution and elemental sensitivity. A method has been developed for quantifying the proportions of Fe[sup 2+] and Fe[sup 3+] with 100 [mu]m spatial resolution and better than 100 ppm sensitivity using x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES). Applications of valence state mapping have been made to selenium in water-saturated sediments and manganese associated with wheat roots attacked by the take-all fungus.

  5. A High-Speed Detector System for X-ray Fluorescence Microprobes.

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    Siddons,P.D.; Dragone, A.; De Geronimo, g.; Kuczewski, A.; Kuczewski, J.; O

    2006-10-29

    We have developed a high-speed system for collecting x-ray fluorescence microprobe data, based on ASICs developed at BNL and high-speed processors developed by CSIRO. The system can collect fluorescence data in a continuous raster scan mode, and present elemental images in real time using Ryan's Dynamic Analysis algorithm. We will present results from a 32-element prototype array illustrating the concept. The final instrument will have 384 elements arranged in a square array around a central hole.

  6. A hard x-ray scanning microprobe for fluorescence imaging and microdiffraction at the advanced photon source

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    Cai, Z.; Lai, B.; Yun, W.; Ilinski, P.; Legnini, D.; Maser, J.; Rodrigues, W.

    2000-05-01

    A hard x-ray scanning microprobe based on zone plate optics and undulator radiation, in the energy region from 6 to 20 keV, has reached a focal spot size (FWHM) of 0.15 μm(v)×0.6 μm(h), and a photon flux of 4×109photons/sec/0.01%BW. Using a slit 44 meters upstream to create a virtual source, a circular beam spot of 0.15 μm in diameter can be obtained with a photon flux of one order of magnitude less. During fluorescence mapping of trace elements in a single human ovarian cell, the microprobe exhibited an imaging sensitivity for Pt (Lα line) of 80 attograms/μm2 for a count rate of 10 counts per second. The x-ray microprobe has been used to map crystallographic strain and multiquantum well thickness in micro-optoelectronic devices produced with the selective area growth technique.

  7. A hard x-ray scanning microprobe for fluorescence imaging and microdiffraction at the Advanced Photon Source

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    Cai, L.; Lai, B.; Yun, W.; Ilinski, P.; Legnini, D.; Maser, J.; Rodrigues, W.

    1999-11-02

    A hard x-ray scanning microprobe based on zone plate optics and undulator radiation, in the energy region from 6 to 20 keV, has reached a focal spot size (FWHM) of 0.15 {micro}m (v) x 0.6 {micro}m (h), and a photon flux of 4 x 10{sup 9} photons/sec/0.01%BW. Using a slit 44 meters upstream to create a virtual source, a circular beam spot of 0.15 {micro}m in diameter can be obtained with a photon flux of one order of magnitude less. During fluorescence mapping of trace elements in a single human ovarian cell, the microprobe exhibited an imaging sensitivity for Pt (L{sub a} line) of 80 attograms/{micro}m{sup 2} for a count rate of 10 counts per second. The x-ray microprobe has been used to map crystallographic strain and multiquantum well thickness in micro-optoelectronic devices produced with the selective area growth technique.

  8. Using synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microprobes in the study of metal homeostasis in plants

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    Punshon, Tracy; Guerinot, Mary Lou; Lanzirotti, Antonio

    2009-01-01

    Background and Aims This Botanical Briefing reviews the application of synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (SXRF) microprobes to the plant sciences; how the technique has expanded our knowledge of metal(loid) homeostasis, and how it can be used in the future. Scope The use of SXRF microspectroscopy and microtomography in research on metal homeostasis in plants is reviewed. The potential use of SXRF as part of the ionomics toolbox, where it is able to provide fundamental information on the way that plants control metal homeostasis, is recommended. Conclusions SXRF is one of the few techniques capable of providing spatially resolved in-vivo metal abundance data on a sub-micrometre scale, without the need for chemical fixation, coating, drying or even sectioning of samples. This gives researchers the ability to uncover mechanisms of plant metal homeostasis that can potentially be obscured by the artefacts of sample preparation. Further, new generation synchrotrons with smaller beam sizes and more sensitive detection systems will allow for the imaging of metal distribution within single living plant cells. Even greater advances in our understanding of metal homeostasis in plants can be gained by overcoming some of the practical boundaries that exist in the use of SXRF analysis. PMID:19182222

  9. Using Synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence Microprobes in the Study of Metal Homeostasis in Plants

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    Punshon, T.; Guerinot, M; Lanzirotti, A

    2009-01-01

    Background and Aims: This Botanical Briefing reviews the application of synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (SXRF) microprobes to the plant sciences; how the technique has expanded our knowledge of metal(loid) homeostasis, and how it can be used in the future. Scope: The use of SXRF microspectroscopy and microtomography in research on metal homeostasis in plants is reviewed. The potential use of SXRF as part of the ionomics toolbox, where it is able to provide fundamental information on the way that plants control metal homeostasis, is recommended. Conclusions: SXRF is one of the few techniques capable of providing spatially resolved in-vivo metal abundance data on a sub-micrometre scale, without the need for chemical fixation, coating, drying or even sectioning of samples. This gives researchers the ability to uncover mechanisms of plant metal homeostasis that can potentially be obscured by the artefacts of sample preparation. Further, new generation synchrotrons with smaller beam sizes and more sensitive detection systems will allow for the imaging of metal distribution within single living plant cells. Even greater advances in our understanding of metal homeostasis in plants can be gained by overcoming some of the practical boundaries that exist in the use of SXRF analysis.

  10. Applications of synchrotron x-ray fluorescence microprobe techniques to photochromic materials

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    Perry, D.L.

    1996-12-31

    Applications of synchrotron x-ray fluorescence microprobe techniques to photochromic materials are presented regarding dopant metal ions in the crystal matrices. Types of samples that are amenable to the technique will be discussed, along with sample format and experimental conditions. The chemical information that one can obtain from samples will be presented, and examples of copant contaminant studies in crystals will be given. New types of samples that are possible to study using this technique will be presented.

  11. Quantifying trace elements in individual aquatic protist cells with a synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microprobe.

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    Twining, Benjamin S; Baines, Stephen B; Fisher, Nicholas S; Maser, Jörg; Vogt, Stefan; Jacobsen, Chris; Tovar-Sanchez, Antonio; Sañudo-Wilhelmy, Sergio A

    2003-08-01

    The study of trace metal cycling by aquatic protists is limited by current analytical techniques. Standard "bulk" element analysis techniques that rely on physical separations to concentrate cells for analysis cannot separate cells from co-occurring detrital material or other cells of differing taxonomy or trophic function. Here we demonstrate the ability of a synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence (SXRF) microprobe to quantify the elements Si, Mn, Fe, Ni, and Zn in individual aquatic protist cells. This technique distinguishes between different types of cells in an assemblage and between cells and other particulate matter. Under typical operating conditions, the minimum detection limits are 7.0 x 10(-16) mol microm(-2) for Si and between 5.0 x 10(-20) and 3.9 x 10(-19) mol microm(-2) for Mn, Fe, Ni, and Zn; this sensitivity is sufficient to detect these elements in cells from even the most pristine waters as demonstrated in phytoplankton cells collected from remote areas of the Southern Ocean. Replicate analyses of single cells produced variations of <5% for Si, Mn, Fe, and Zn and <10% for Ni. Comparative analyses of cultured phytoplankton cells generally show no significant differences in cellular metal concentrations measured with SXRF and standard bulk techniques (spectrophotometry and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry). SXRF also produces two-dimensional maps of element distributions in cells, thereby providing information not available with other analytical approaches. This technique enables the accurate and precise measurement of trace metals in individual aquatic protists collected from natural environments. PMID:14572047

  12. Quantifying trace elements in individual aquatic protist cells with a synchrotron x-ray fluorescence microprobe.

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    Twining, B. S.; Baines, S. B.; Fisher, N. S.; Maser, J.; Vogt, S.; Jacobsen, C.; Tovar-Sanchez, A.; Sanudo-Wihelmy, S. A.; Experimental Facilities Division; Stony Brook Univ.

    2003-01-01

    The study of trace metal cycling by aquatic protists is limited by current analytical techniques. Standard 'bulk' element analysis techniques that rely on physical separations to concentrate cells for analysis cannot separate cells from co-occurring detrital material or other cells of differing taxonomy or trophic function. Here we demonstrate the ability of a synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence (SXRF) microprobe to quantify the elements Si, Mn, Fe, Ni, and Zn in individual aquatic protist cells. This technique distinguishes between different types of cells in an assemblage and between cells and other particulate matter. Under typical operating conditions, the minimum detection limits are 7.0 x 10{sup -16} mol {mu}m{sup -2} for Si and between 5.0 x 10{sup -20} and 3.9 x 10{sup -19} mol {mu}m{sup -2} for Mn, Fe, Ni, and Zn; this sensitivity is sufficient to detect these elements in cells from even the most pristine waters as demonstrated in phytoplankton cells collected from remote areas of the Southern Ocean. Replicate analyses of single cells produced variations of <5% for Si, Mn, Fe, and Zn and <10% for Ni. Comparative analyses of cultured phytoplankton cells generally show no significant differences in cellular metal concentrations measured with SXRF and standard bulk techniques (spectrophotometry and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry). SXRF also produces two-dimensional maps of element distributions in cells, thereby providing information not available with other analytical approaches. This technique enables the accurate and precise measurement of trace metals in individual aquatic protists collected from natural environments.

  13. Laser-excited fluorescence of rare earth elements in fluorite: Initial observations with a laser Raman microprobe

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    Burruss, R.C.; Ging, T.G.; Eppinger, R.G.; Samson, a.M.

    1992-01-01

    Fluorescence emission spectra of three samples of fluorite containing 226-867 ppm total rare earth elements (REE) were excited by visible and ultraviolet wavelength lines of an argon ion laser and recorded with a Raman microprobe spectrometer system. Narrow emission lines ( 0.9 for Eu2+ and 0.99 for Er3+. Detection limits for three micrometer spots are about 0.01 ppm Eu2+ and 0.07 ppm Er3+. These limits are less than chondrite abundance for Eu and Er, demonstrating the potential microprobe analytical applications of laser-excited fluorescence of REE in fluorite. However, application of this technique to common rock-forming minerals may be hampered by competition between fluorescence emission and radiationless energy transfer processes involving lattice phonons. ?? 1992.

  14. The BioCAT Microprobe for X-Ray Fluorescence Imaging, MicroXAFS and Microdiffraction Studies on Biological Samples

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    Barrea, R.A.; Gore, D.; Kondrashkina, E.; Weng, T.; Heurich, R.; Vukonich, M.; Orgel, J.; Davidson, M.; Collingwood, J.F.; Mikhaylova, A.; Irving, T.C.

    2007-07-31

    Microbeam capabilities have been recently added to the Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT) beamline 18-ID at the Advanced Photon Source to allow x-ray elemental mapping, micro x-ray absorption fine structure and microdiffraction studies on biological samples. The microprobe setup comprises a pair of platinum coated silicon KB mirrors; a sample holder mounted in a high precision positioner (100 nm accuracy); fluorescence detectors including a Si drift detector, Fe and Zn Bent Laue analyzers and a Ge detector; and a CCD detector for micro-diffraction experiments. The energy range of the microprobe is from 3.5 keV up to 17 keV. The fast scanning capabilities of the Bio-CAT beamline facilitate rapid acquisition of x-ray elemental images and micro-XAFS spectra. This paper reports the results of commissioning the KB mirror system and its performance in initial x-ray fluorescence mapping and micro-diffraction studies.

  15. Asymmetric Distribution of Metals in the Xenopus Laevis Oocyte: a Synchrotron X-Ray Fluorescence Microprobe Study

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    Popescu, B.F.Gh.; Belak, Z.R.; Ignatyev, K.; Ovsenek, N.; Nichol, H.

    2009-06-04

    The asymmetric distribution of many components of the Xenopus oocyte, including RNA, proteins, and pigment, provides a framework for cellular specialization during development. During maturation, Xenopus oocytes also acquire metals needed for development, but apart from zinc, little is known about their distribution. Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microprobe was used to map iron, copper, and zinc and the metalloid selenium in a whole oocyte. Iron, zinc, and copper were asymmetrically distributed in the cytoplasm, while selenium and copper were more abundant in the nucleus. A zone of high copper and zinc was seen in the animal pole cytoplasm. Iron was also concentrated in the animal pole but did not colocalize with zinc, copper, or pigment accumulations. This asymmetry of metal deposition may be important for normal development. Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microprobe will be a useful tool to examine how metals accumulate and redistribute during fertilization and embryonic development.

  16. Asymmetri Distribution of Metals in the Xenopus Laevis Oocyte: a Synchrotron X-Ray Fluorescence Microprobe Study

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    Popescu, B.F.G.; Belak, Z.R.; Ignatyev, K.; Ovsenek, N.; Nichol, H.; /Saskatchewan U. /SLAC, SSRL

    2009-04-29

    The asymmetric distribution of many components of the Xenopus oocyte, including RNA, proteins, and pigment, provides a framework for cellular specialization during development. During maturation, Xenopus oocytes also acquire metals needed for development, but apart from zinc, little is known about their distribution. Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microprobe was used to map iron, copper, and zinc and the metalloid selenium in a whole oocyte. Iron, zinc, and copper were asymmetrically distributed in the cytoplasm, while selenium and copper were more abundant in the nucleus. A zone of high copper and zinc was seen in the animal pole cytoplasm. Iron was also concentrated in the animal pole but did not colocalize with zinc, copper, or pigment accumulations. This asymmetry of metal deposition may be important for normal development. Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microprobe will be a useful tool to examine how metals accumulate and redistribute during fertilization and embryonic development.

  17. Assessment of dye distribution in sensitized solar cells by microprobe techniques

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    Barreiros, M. A.; Corregidor, V.; Alves, L. C.; Guimarães, F.; Mascarenhas, J.; Torres, E.; Brites, M. J.

    2015-04-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) have received considerable attention once this technology offers economic and environmental advantages over conventional photovoltaic (PV) devices. The PV performance of a DSC relies on the characteristics of its photoanode, which typically consists of a nanocrystalline porous TiO2 film, enabled with a large adsorptive surface area. Dye molecules that capture photons from light during device operation are attached to the film nanoparticles. The effective loading of the dye in the TiO2 electrode is of paramount relevance for controlling and optimizing solar cell parameters. Relatively few methods are known today for quantitative evaluation of the total dye adsorbed on the film. In this context, microprobe techniques come out as suitable tools to evaluate the dye surface distribution and depth profile in sensitized films. Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA) and Ion Beam Analytical (IBA) techniques using a micro-ion beam were used to quantify and to study the distribution of the Ru organometallic dye in TiO2 films, making use of the different penetration depth and beam sizes of each technique. Different 1D nanostructured TiO2 films were prepared, morphologically characterized by SEM, sensitized and analyzed by the referred techniques. Dye load evaluation in different TiO2 films by three different techniques (PIXE, RBS and EPMA/WDS) provided similar results of Ru/Ti mass fraction ratio. Moreover, it was possible to assess dye surface distribution and its depth profile, by means of Ru signal, and to visualize the dye distribution in sample cross-section through X-ray mapping by EPMA/EDS. PIXE maps of Ru and Ti indicated an homogeneous surface distribution. The assessment of Ru depth profile by RBS showed that some films have homogeneous Ru depth distribution while others present different Ru concentration in the top layer (2 μm thickness). These results are consistent with the EPMA/EDS maps obtained.

  18. X-ray microprobe synchroton radiation X-ray fluorescence application on human teeth of renal insufficiency patients

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    Marques, A. F.; Marques, J. P.; Casaca, C.; Carvalho, M. L.

    2004-10-01

    This work reports on the measurements of elemental profiles in teeth collected from patients with renal insufficiency. Elemental concentrations of Ti, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Se, Br, Rb Sr and Pb in different parts of teeth from patients with renal insufficiency are discussed and correlated with the corresponding values for healthy citizens. Both situations, patients with and without dialysis treatment were studied. The purpose of this work is to point out the influence of renal insufficiency together with long dialysis treatment, on teeth elemental content. An X-ray fluorescence set-up with microprobe capabilities, installed at the LURE synchrotron (France) was used for elemental determination. The resolution of the synchrotron microprobe was 100 μm and the energy of the incident photons was 19 keV. Teeth of citizens with renal insufficiency and those submitted since several years to dialysis treatment show a similar concentration with teeth of healthy subjects in what concerns the elemental distribution for Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn and Sr. However, higher levels of Pb were found in pulp region of diseased citizens when compared to values of healthy people. Very low concentrations of Ti, Co, Ni, Se, Br and Rb were found in all the analysed teeth. No difference was found in patients with and without dialysis treatment.

  19. Proton microprobe and X-ray fluorescence investigations of nickel distribution in serpentine flora from South Africa

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    Mesjasz-Przybyłowicz, J.; Balkwill, K.; Przybyłowicz, W. J.; Annegarn, H. J.

    1994-05-01

    Certain plant species growing on serpentinite soils are hyperaccumulative of Ni. The ability to tolerate high Ni levels may have useful environmental and economic implications. However, the processes of Ni accumulation and tolerance are not well understood. The proton microprobe of the Schonland Research Centre was used in the PIXE mode to map the lateral and cross-sectional distribution of Ni and other elements in the tissue of species from the family Asteraceae, growing on serpentine outcrops in the Barberton district, south-eastern Transvaal. Elemental maps showed that the highest Ni enrichment was in the epidermis. Energy dispersive XRF fluorescence analysis was used for qualitative rapid scanning to select suitable metal-rich plants and for quantitative bulk analyses.

  20. Fast-scanning high-flux microprobe for biological X-ray fluorescence microscopy and microXAS

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    Barrea, R.A.; Gore, D.; Kujala, N.; Karanfil, C.; Kozyrenko, S.; Heurich, R.; Vukonich, M.; Huang, R.; Paunesku, T.; Woloschak, G.; Irving, T.C.

    2010-07-23

    There is a growing interest in the biomedical community in obtaining information concerning the distribution and local chemical environment of metals in tissues and cells. Recently, biological X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) has emerged as the tool of choice to address these questions. A fast-scanning high-flux X-ray microprobe, built around a recently commissioned pair of 200 mm-long Rh-coated silicon Kirkpatrick-Baez mirrors, has been constructed at BioCAT beamline 18ID at the Advanced Photon Source. The new optical system delivers a flux of 1.3 x 10{sup 12} photons s{sup -1} into a minimum focal spot size of {approx}3-5 {micro}m FWHM. A set of Si drift detectors and bent Laue crystal analyzers may be used in combination with standard ionization chambers for X-ray fluorescence measurements. BioCAT's scanning software allows fast continuous scans to be performed while acquiring and storing full multichannel analyzer spectra per pixel on-the-fly with minimal overhead time (<20 ms per pixel). Together, the high-flux X-ray microbeam and the rapid-scanning capabilities of the BioCAT beamline allow the collection of XFM and micro X-ray absorption spectroscopy (microXAS) measurements from as many as 48 tissue sections per day. This paper reports the commissioning results of the new instrument with representative XFM and microXAS results from tissue samples.

  1. Fast-scanning high-flux microprobe for biological X-ray fluorescence microscopy and microXAS.

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    Barrea, R A; Gore, D; Kujala, N; Karanfil, C; Kozyrenko, S; Heurich, R; Vukonich, M; Huang, R; Paunesku, T; Woloschak, G; Irving, T C

    2010-07-01

    There is a growing interest in the biomedical community in obtaining information concerning the distribution and local chemical environment of metals in tissues and cells. Recently, biological X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) has emerged as the tool of choice to address these questions. A fast-scanning high-flux X-ray microprobe, built around a recently commissioned pair of 200 mm-long Rh-coated silicon Kirkpatrick-Baez mirrors, has been constructed at BioCAT beamline 18ID at the Advanced Photon Source. The new optical system delivers a flux of 1.3 x 10(12) photons s(-1) into a minimum focal spot size of approximately 3-5 microm FWHM. A set of Si drift detectors and bent Laue crystal analyzers may be used in combination with standard ionization chambers for X-ray fluorescence measurements. BioCAT's scanning software allows fast continuous scans to be performed while acquiring and storing full multichannel analyzer spectra per pixel on-the-fly with minimal overhead time (<20 ms per pixel). Together, the high-flux X-ray microbeam and the rapid-scanning capabilities of the BioCAT beamline allow the collection of XFM and micro X-ray absorption spectroscopy (microXAS) measurements from as many as 48 tissue sections per day. This paper reports the commissioning results of the new instrument with representative XFM and microXAS results from tissue samples. PMID:20567085

  2. Fast-scanning high-flux microprobe for biological X-ray fluorescence microscopy and microXAS

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    Barrea, R. A.; Gore, D.; Kujala, N.; Karanfil, C.; Kozyrenko, S.; Heurich, R.; Vukonich, M.; Huang, R.; Paunesku, T.; Woloschak, G.; Irving, T. C.

    2010-01-01

    There is a growing interest in the biomedical community in obtaining information concerning the distribution and local chemical environment of metals in tissues and cells. Recently, biological X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) has emerged as the tool of choice to address these questions. A fast-scanning high-flux X-ray microprobe, built around a recently commissioned pair of 200 mm-long Rh-coated silicon Kirkpatrick–Baez mirrors, has been constructed at BioCAT beamline 18ID at the Advanced Photon Source. The new optical system delivers a flux of 1.3 × 1012 photons s−1 into a minimum focal spot size of ∼3–5 µm FWHM. A set of Si drift detectors and bent Laue crystal analyzers may be used in combination with standard ionization chambers for X-ray fluorescence measurements. BioCAT’s scanning software allows fast continuous scans to be performed while acquiring and storing full multichannel analyzer spectra per pixel on-the-fly with minimal overhead time (<20 ms per pixel). Together, the high-flux X-ray microbeam and the rapid-scanning capabilities of the BioCAT beamline allow the collection of XFM and micro X-ray absorption spectroscopy (microXAS) measurements from as many as 48 tissue sections per day. This paper reports the commissioning results of the new instrument with representative XFM and microXAS results from tissue samples. PMID:20567085

  3. Mapping Metal Elements of Shuangbai Dinosaur Fossil by Synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence Microprobe

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    Wang, Y.; Qun, Y; Ablett, J

    2008-01-01

    The metal elements mapping of Shuangbai dinosaur fossil, was obtained by synchrotron x-ray fluorescence (SXRF). Eight elements, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, As, Y and Sr were determined. Elements As and Y were detected for the first time in the dinosaur fossil. The data indicated that metal elements are asymmetrical on fossil section. This is different from common minerals. Mapping metals showed that metal element As is few. The dinosaur most likely belongs to natural death. This is different from Zigong dinosaurs which were found dead from poisoning. This method has been used to find that metals Fe and Mn are accrete, and the same is true for Sr and Y. This study indicated that colloid granule Fe and Mn, as well as Sr and Y had opposite electric charges in lithification process of fossils. By this analysis, compound forms can be ascertained. Synchrotron light source x-ray fluorescence is a complementary method that shows mapping of metal elements at the dinosaur fossil, and is rapid, exact and intuitionist. This study shows that dinosaur fossil mineral imaging has a potential in reconstructing the paleoenvironment and ancient geology.

  4. A multielement Ge detector with complete spectrum readout for x-ray fluorescence microprobe and microspectroscopy (abstract)

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    Rivers, Mark L.; Sutton, Stephen R.; Rarback, Harvey

    1995-02-01

    Multielement Ge and Si(Li) detectors have been used in recent years to improve the increase count rate capability and to improve the solid-angle efficiency in fluorescence x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Such systems have typically been equipped with one or more single-channel analyzers (SCAs) for each detector element. Such SCA-based electronics are sufficient when only the counts in one or two well-resolved peaks are of interest. For the fluorescence (XRF) microprobe at beamline X-26A at the NSLS, SCA-based electronics were not a satisfactory solution for two reasons: (1) for XRF experiments, the entire fluorescence spectrum is required; (2) for micro-XAS studies of trace elements in complex systems, the fluorescence peak often sits on a significant background or partially overlaps another fluorescence peak, requiring software background subtraction or peak deconvolution. An electronics system which permits collection of the entire fluorescence spectrum from each detector element has been designed. The system is made cost-effective by the use of analog multiplexors, reducing the number of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and multichannel analyzers (MCAs) required. The system was manufactured by Canberra Industries and consists of: (1) a 13 element Ge detector (11 mm diameter detector elements), (2) 13 NIM spectroscopy amplifiers with programmable gains, (3) four analog multiplexors with maximum of eight inputs each, (4) four ADCs with programmable offsets and gains and 800 ns conversion time, and (5) two MCAs with Ethernet communications ports and two ADC inputs each. The amplifiers have shaping times which are adjustable from 0.5 to 12 μs. The analog multiplexors were modified to perform pileup rejection. The analog multiplexing does not significantly reduce the count rate capability of the system, even at the shortest amplifier shaping times. The average detector resolution is 170 eV at 12 μs shaping time and 200 eV at 4 μs shaping time. The maximum

  5. PH-sensitive fluorescence detection by diffuse fluorescence tomography

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    Li, Jiao; Gao, Feng; Duan, Linjing; Wang, Xin; Zhang, Limin; Zhao, Huijuan

    2012-03-01

    The importance of cellular pH has been shown clearly in the study of cell activity, pathological feature, drug metabolism, etc. Monitoring pH changes of living cells and imaging the regions with abnormal pH values in vivo could provide the physiologic and pathologic information for the research of the cell biology, pharmacokinetics, diagnostics and therapeutics of certain diseases such as cancer. Thus, pH-sensitive fluorescence imaging of bulk tissues has been attracting great attention in the regime of near-infrared diffuse fluorescence tomography (DFT), an efficient small-animal imaging tool. In this paper, the feasibility of quantifying pH-sensitive fluorescence targets in turbid medium is investigated using both time-domain and steady-state DFT methods. By use of the specifically designed time-domain and continuous-wave systems and the previously proposed image reconstruction scheme, we validate the method through 2-dimensional imaging experiments on a small-animal-sized phantom with multiply targets of distinct pH values. The results show that the approach can localize the targets with reasonable accuracy and achieve quantitative reconstruction of the pH-sensitive fluorescent yield.

  6. Development of a High Resolution-High Sensitivity Ion Microprobe Facility for Cosmochemical Applications

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    McKeegan, Kevin D.

    1998-01-01

    NASA NAGW-4112 has supported development of the CAMECA ims 1270 ion microprobe at UCLA for applications in cosmochemistry. The instrument has been brought to an operational status and techniques developed for accurate, precise microbeam analysis of oxygen isotope ratios in polished thin-sections. We made the first oxygen isotopic (delta(18)O and delta(17)O) measurements of rare mafic silicates in the most chemically primitive meteorites, the a chondrites (Leshin et al., 1997). The results have implications for both high temperature processing in the nebula and low-T aqueous alteration on the CI asteroid. We have performed measurements of oxygen isotopic compositions of magnetite and co-existing olivine from carbonaceous (Choi et al., 1997) and unequilibrated ordinary chondrites (Choi et al., in press). This work has identified a significant new oxygen isotope reservoir in the early solar system: water characterized by a very high Delta(17)) value of approx. 5 % per thousand. We have determined the spatial distributions of oxygen isotopic anomalies in all major mineral phases of a type B CAI from Allende. We have also studied an unusual fractionated CAI from Leoville and made the first oxygen isotopic measurements in rare CAIs from ordinary chondrites.

  7. Isotopic Investigations of Nebular and Parent Body Processes with a High Sensitivity Ion Microprobe

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    McKeegan, Kevin D.

    2005-01-01

    NASA supported the development of the CAMECA ims 1270 ion microprobe at UCLA for applications in cosmochemistry. The primary investigations centered on measuring the microscopic distributions of key isotopic abundances in primitive meteoritic materials as a means of constraining the nature of important thermal and chemical processes in the solar nebula and the timescales associated with those processes. Our prior work on oxygen isotope anomalies in a wide variety of meteoritic materials had led us to a view of a spatially heterogeneous nebula, and in particular, a restricted region for CAI formation that is characterized by O-16-rich gas. Because of its production of CAIs in the energetic local environment near the protosun, the existence of a natural transport mechanism via bipolar outflows, and a general astrophysical plausibility, we were attracted to the fluctuating X-wind model which had been put forward by Frank Shu, Typhoon Lee, and colleagues. With our collaborators, we undertook a series of investigations to test the viability of this hypothesis; this work led directly to the discovery of live Be in CAIs and a clear demonstration of the existence of 160-rich condensates, which necessarily implies an O-16-rich gaseous reservoir in the nebula. Both of these observations fit well within the context of X-wind type models, i.e. formation of CAIs (or condensation of their precursors) in the reconnection ring sunward of the inner edge of the accretion disk, however much work remains to be done to test whether the physical parameters of the model can quantitatively predict not only the thermal histories of CAIs but also their radioactivity. The issue of spatial heterogeneity in the nebula, central to the X-wind model, is also at the heart of any chronology based on short-lived radioisotopes. In this work, we followed up on strong hints for presence of exireme:j: (53 day) short-lived Be-7, and have prepared a manuscript (in revision). We also measured A1-Mg

  8. Position-Sensitive Scanning Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy

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    Skinner, Joseph P.; Chen, Yan; Müller, Joachim D.

    2005-01-01

    Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) uses a stationary laser beam to illuminate a small sample volume and analyze the temporal behavior of the fluorescence fluctuations within the stationary observation volume. In contrast, scanning FCS (SFCS) collects the fluorescence signal from a moving observation volume by scanning the laser beam. The fluctuations now contain both temporal and spatial information about the sample. To access the spatial information we synchronize scanning and data acquisition. Synchronization allows us to evaluate correlations for every position along the scanned trajectory. We use a circular scan trajectory in this study. Because the scan radius is constant, the phase angle is sufficient to characterize the position of the beam. We introduce position-sensitive SFCS (PSFCS), where correlations are calculated as a function of lag time and phase. We present the theory of PSFCS and derive expressions for diffusion, diffusion in the presence of flow, and for immobilization. To test PSFCS we compare experimental data with theory. We determine the direction and speed of a flowing dye solution and the position of an immobilized particle. To demonstrate the feasibility of the technique for applications in living cells we present data of enhanced green fluorescent protein measured in the nucleus of COS cells. PMID:15894645

  9. Development of an x-ray fluorescence microprobe at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory: Early results: Comparison with data from other techniques

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    Smith, J.V.; Rivers, M.L.; Sutton, S.R.; Jones, K.W.; Hanson, A.L.; Gordon, B.M.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical predictions for the detection levels in x-ray fluorescence analysis with a synchrotron storage ring are being achieved experimentally at several laboratories. This paper is deliberately restricted to the state of development of the Brookhaven National Laboratory/University of Chicago instruments. Analyses at the parts per million (ppM) level are being made using white light apertured to 20 ..mu..m and an energy dispersive system. This system is particularly useful for elements with Z > 20 in materials dominated by elements with Z < 20. Diffraction causes an interference for crystalline materials. Development of a focusing microprobe for tunable monochromatic x-rays and a wavelength dispersive spectrometer (WDS) is delayed by problems in shaping an 8:1 focusing mirror to the required accuracy. Reconnaissance analyses with a wiggler source on the CHESS synchrotron have been made in the K spectrum up to Z = 80.

  10. U-Pb geochronology of zircons form lunar Breccia 73217 using a sensitive high mass-resolution ion microprobe

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    Compston, W.; Williams, I. S.; Meyer, C.

    1984-01-01

    U-Pb age determinations on four lunar zircons from existing thin-sections of one highland breccia, 73217, using the recently constructed ion microprobe SHRIMP, are reported. The analytical reproducibility of SHRIMP is demonstrated, and procedures for measuring Pb/U, Th/U, and corecting for initial Pb are explained. Electron microprobe analyses for the zircons are alsoar reported. The results show that the four zircons survived the lunar cataclysm without any identifiable effects on their U-Pb systematics. All four indicate a single age of 4356 +23 or -14 m.y. The zircons have experienced small variable amounts of Pb loss since crystallization, from almost zero up to about 10 percent. If this occurred during one later event, then age of the latter is between 1100 and 2300 m.y.

  11. U-Pb geochronology of zircons form lunar Breccia 73217 using a sensitive high mass-resolution ion microprobe

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    Compston, W.; Williams, I.S.

    1984-02-15

    U-Pb age determinations on four lunar zircons from existing thin-sections of one highland breccia, 73217, using the recently constructed ion microprobe SHRIMP, are reported. The analytical reproducibility of SHRIMP is demonstrated, and procedures for measuring Pb/U, Th/U, and corecting for initial Pb are explained. Electron microprobe analyses for the zircons are also reported. The results show that the four zircons survived the lunar cataclysm without any identifiable effects on their U-Pb systematics. All four indicate a single age of 4356 +23 or -14 m.y. The zircons have experienced small variable amounts of Pb loss since crystallization, from almost zero up to about 10 percent. If this occurred during one later event, then age of the latter is between 1100 and 2300 m.y. 18 references.

  12. U-Pb geochronology of zircons form lunar Breccia 73217 using a sensitive high mass-resolution ion microprobe

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    Compston, W.; Williams, I. S.; Meyer, C.

    1984-02-01

    U-Pb age determinations on four lunar zircons from existing thin-sections of one highland breccia, 73217, using the recently constructed ion microprobe SHRIMP, are reported. The analytical reproducibility of SHRIMP is demonstrated, and procedures for measuring Pb/U, Th/U, and corecting for initial Pb are explained. Electron microprobe analyses for the zircons are also are reported. The results show that the four zircons survived the lunar cataclysm without any identifiable effects on their U-Pb systematics. All four indicate a single age of 4356 +23 or -14 m.y. The zircons have experienced small variable amounts of Pb loss since crystallization, from almost zero up to about 10 percent. If this occurred during one later event, then age of the latter is between 1100 and 2300 m.y.

  13. Spectral light measurements in microbenthic phototrophic communities with a fiber-optic microprobe coupled to a sensitive diode array detector

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    Kuehl, M. ); Joergensen, B.B. )

    1992-12-01

    A diode array detector system for microscale light measurements with fiber-optic microprobes was developed; it measures intensities of 400-900-nm light over >6 orders of magnitude with a spectral resolution of 2-5 nm. Fiber-optic microprobes to measure field radiance or scalar irradiance were coupled to the detector system and used for spectral light measurements in hypersaline microbial mats and in laminated phototrophic communities of coastal sediments. The vertical distribution of major photopigments of microalgae, cyanobacteria, and anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria could be identified from extinction maxima in measured radiance spectra at 430-550 nm (Chl a and carotenoids), 620-625 nm (phycocyanin), 675 nm (Chl a), 745-750 nm (BChl c), 800-810 nm, and 860-880 nm (BChl a). Scalar irradiance spectra exhibited a different spectral composition and a higher light intensity at the sediment surface as compared to incident light. IR light thus reached 200% of incident at the sediment surface. Maximal light penetration was found for IR light, whereas visible light was strongly attenuated in the upper 0-2 mm of the sediment. Measurements of photon scalar irradiance (400-700 nm) were combined with microelectrode measurements of oxygenic photosynthesis in the coastal sediment. With an incident light intensity of 200 [mu]Einst m[sup [minus]2]s[sup [minus]1], photon scalar irradiance reached a maximum of 283 [mu]Einst m[sup [minus]2]s[sup [minus]1] at the sediment surface. The lower boundary of the euphotic zone was 2.2 mm below the surface at a light intensity of 12 [mu]Einst m[sup [minus]2]s[sup [minus]1]. 20 refs., 6 figs.

  14. Novel high-sensitivity fluorescence polarization reader

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    Hoyt, Clifford C.; Levenson, Richard M.; Banks, Peter

    2001-05-01

    We have developed a new fluorescence polarization (FP) reader suitable for high-throughput screening (HST) and ultra-HTS whose assay-performance and sample-throughput are both considerably improved over present state-of-the-art instrumentation. The SymmetryTM reader possesses a number of features that differ from conventional HTS FP readers. These include: laser-based excitation, liquid crystal polarization optics that rapidly and accurately measure polarization states; and CCD detectors to capture emission from multiple wells. We show that the performance in assays relevant to the drug discovery process, such as G- protein coupled receptor-based assays, is significantly enhanced due to a dramatic improvement in precision. Furthermore, the CCD-detection system used can substantially improve sample throughput compared to sequential readers while maintaining high performance.

  15. Ultra-Sensitive Nanofiber Fluorescence Detection in a Microfluidic Chip

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    Li, Zhiyong; Xu, Yingxin; Fang, Wei; Tong, Limin; Zhang, Lei

    2015-01-01

    We report an ultra-sensitive and robust fluorescence sensor made by using a biconical taper with a waist diameter of 720 nm for both excitation and fluorescence collection. To enhance the stability of the fluorescence sensor, the biconical taper has been embedded in a 125 µm wide microchannel with a detection length of 2.5 cm. Investigated by measuring the fluorescence intensity of rhodamine 6G (R6G), the sensor shows a detection limit down to 100 pM, with excellent reversibility in a concentration range of 0–10 nM. The sensor has also been applied to quantum dot (QD)-labeled streptavidin measurements, yielding a detection sensitivity down to 10 pM for QDs. In addition, the small sample volume (ca. 500 nL), high sampling throughput, and seamless connection between the biconical taper and standard optical fibers offer a number of attractive advantages for chemical and biosensing applications. PMID:25808762

  16. Hybrid semiconducting polymer nanoparticles as polarization-sensitive fluorescent probes

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    Zeigler, Maxwell B.; Sun, Wei; Rong, Yu; Chiu, Daniel T.

    2013-01-01

    Much work has been done on collapsed chains of conjugated semiconducting polymers and their applications as fluorescent probes or sensors. On surfaces spin-coated with semiconducting polymers, excitation energy transfer along the polymer backbone can be used to quickly and efficiently funnel energy to chromophores with localized energy minima. If each chromophore is immobilized within its matrix, this can result in large fluorescence anisotropy. Through nanoprecipitation of a matrix polymer blended at low mass ratios with short-chain, hydrophobic, fluorescent semiconducting polymers, we take advantage of this large fluorescence anisotropy to make polarization-sensitive nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are small at approximately 7 nm in diameter; exhibit a high quantum yield of 0.75; and are easily functionalized to bind to protein targets. By exciting the nanoparticles with polarized light on a wide-field fluorescence microscope, we are able to monitor not only protein location, but also changes in their orientation. PMID:23895535

  17. Determination of ethambutol by a sensitive fluorescent probe

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    Wu, Wen-Ying; Yang, Ji-Yuan; Du, Li-Ming; Wu, Hao; Li, Chang-Feng

    2011-08-01

    The competitive reaction between ethambutol and two fluorescent probes (i.e., berberine and palmatine) for occupancy of the cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) cavity was studied by spectrofluorometry. The CB[7] reacts with these probes to form stable complexes, and the fluorescence intensity of the complexes is greatly enhanced. In addition, the excitation and emission wavelengths of their complexes moved to wavelengths of 343 nm and 495 nm, respectively. However, the addition of ethambutol dramatically quenches the fluorescence intensity of the two complexes. Accordingly, a couple of new fluorescence quenching methods for the determination of ethambutol were established. The methods can be applied for quantifying ethambutol. A linear relationship between the fluorescence quenching values (Δ F) and ethambutol concentration exists in the range of 5.0-1000.0 ng mL -1, with a correlation coefficient ( r) of 0.9997. The detection limit is 1.7 ng mL -1. The fluorescent probe of berberine has higher sensitivity than palmatine. This paper also discusses the mechanism of fluorescence indicator probes.

  18. Development of a Laboratory Micron-Resolution X-ray Microprobe to Map Mineralogy and Trace Elements at PPM Sensitivity for Digital Rock, Magma, and Mining Applications

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    Yun, W.; Lewis, S.; Stripe, B.; Chen, S.; Reynolds, D.; Spink, I.; Lyon, A.

    2015-12-01

    We are developing a patent-pending x-ray microprobe with substantially unprecedented performance attributes: <5 μm spot on the sample (with 1 μm targeted), large working distances of >2 cm, narrow spectral bandwidth, and large x-ray flux. The outstanding performance is enabled by: (1) a revolutionary new type of high flux x-ray source designed to be >10X brighter than the brightest rotating anode x-ray source available; (2) an axially symmetric x-ray mirror lens with large solid angle collection and high focusing efficiency; and (3) a detector configuration that enables the collection of 10X more x-rays than current microXRF designs. The sensitivity will be ppm-scale, far surpassing charged particle analysis (e.g. EPMA and SEM-EDS), and >1000X throughput over the leading micro-XRFs. Despite the introduction of a number of laboratory microXRF systems in the past decade, the state-of-the-art has been limited primarily by low resolution (~30 μm) and low throughput. This is substantially attributable to a combination of low x-ray source brightness and poor performance x-ray optics. Here we present our initial results in removing the x-ray source bottleneck, in which we use a novel x-ray source using Fine Anode Array Source Technology (Sigray FAAST™). When coupled with our proprietary high efficiency x-ray mirror lens, the throughput achieved is comparable to that of many synchrotron microXRF beamlines. Potential applications of the x-ray microprobe include high throughput mapping of mineralogy at high resolution, including trace elements, such as rare earth metals, and deposits (e.g. siderite, clays), with ppm sensitivity, providing information for properties such as permeability and elastic/mechanical properties, and to provide compositional information for Digital Rock. Additional applications include those in which the limited penetration of electrons limits achieving adequate statistics, such as determining the concentration of precious minerals in mine

  19. Activatable thermo-sensitive ICG encapsulated pluronic nanocapsules for temperature sensitive fluorescence tomography

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    Kwong, Tiffany C.; Nouizi, Farouk; Sampathkumaran, Uma; Zhu, Yue; Alam, Maksudul M.; Gulsen, Gultekin

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescent tomography has been hindered by poor tissue penetration and weak signal which results in poor spatial resolution and quantification accuracy. Recently, it has been reported that activatable temperature responsive fluorescent probes which respond to focused ultrasound heating can improve the resolution and quantification of fluorescent tomography in deep tissue. This has lead to a new imaging modality, "Temperature-modulated fluorescent tomography." This technique relies on activatable thermo-sensitive fluorescent nanocapsules for whose fluorescence quantum efficiency is temperature dependent. Within a 4-5° C temperature range, the fluorescent signal increase more than 10-fold. In this molecular probe, Indocyanine Green (ICG) is encapsulated inside the core of a thermo-reversible pluronic micelle. Here we show the fluorescence response and temperature range of the nanocapsules which have been optimized for a higher temperature range to be used for in vivo animal imaging. We report on the feasibility of these temperature-sensitive reversible nanocapsules for in vivo applications by studying the pharmacokinetics in a subcutaneous mouse tumor model in vivo.

  20. Materials analysis with a nuclear microprobe

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    Maggiore, C.J.

    1980-01-01

    The ability to produce focused beams of a few MeV light ions from Van de Graaff accelerators has resulted in the development of nuclear microprobes. Rutherford backscattering, nuclear reactions, and particle-induced x-ray emission are used to provide spatially resolved information from the near surface region of materials. Rutherford backscattering provides nondestructive depth and mass resolution. Nuclear reactions are sensitive to light elements (Z < 15). Particle-induced x-ray analysis is similar to electron microprobe analysis, but 2 orders of magnitude more sensitive. The focused beams are usually produced with specially designed multiplets of magnetic quadrupoles. The LASL microprobe uses a superconducting solenoid as a final lens. The data are acquired by a computer interfaced to the experiment with CAMAC. The characteristics of the information acquired with a nuclear microprobe are discussed; the means of producing the beams of nuclear particles are described; and the limitations and applications of such systems are given.

  1. Voltage-Sensitive Fluorescence of Indocyanine Green in the Heart.

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    Martišienė, Irma; Mačianskienė, Regina; Treinys, Rimantas; Navalinskas, Antanas; Almanaitytė, Mantė; Karčiauskas, Dainius; Kučinskas, Audrius; Grigalevičiūtė, Ramunė; Zigmantaitė, Vilma; Benetis, Rimantas; Jurevičius, Jonas

    2016-02-01

    So far, the optical mapping of cardiac electrical signals using voltage-sensitive fluorescent dyes has only been performed in experimental studies because these dyes are not yet approved for clinical use. It was recently reported that the well-known and widely used fluorescent dye indocyanine green (ICG), which has FDA approval, exhibits voltage sensitivity in various tissues, thus raising hopes that electrical activity could be optically mapped in the clinic. The aim of this study was to explore the possibility of using ICG to monitor cardiac electrical activity. Optical mapping experiments were performed on Langendorff rabbit hearts stained with ICG and perfused with electromechanical uncouplers. The residual contraction force and electrical action potentials were recorded simultaneously. Our research confirms that ICG is a voltage-sensitive dye with a dual-component (fast and slow) response to membrane potential changes. The fast component of the optical signal (OS) can have opposite polarities in different parts of the fluorescence spectrum. In contrast, the polarity of the slow component remains the same throughout the entire spectrum. Separating the OS into these components revealed two different voltage-sensitivity mechanisms for ICG. The fast component of the OS appears to be electrochromic in nature, whereas the slow component may arise from the redistribution of the dye molecules within or around the membrane. Both components quite accurately track the time of electrical signal propagation, but only the fast component is suitable for estimating the shape and duration of action potentials. Because ICG has voltage-sensitive properties in the entire heart, we suggest that it can be used to monitor cardiac electrical behavior in the clinic. PMID:26840736

  2. Determination of phenformin hydrochloride employing a sensitive fluorescent probe.

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    Shi, Lin; Xie, Jian-Hong; Du, Li-Ming; Chang, Yin-Xia; Wu, Hao

    2016-06-01

    A complexation of non-fluorescent phenformin hydrochloride (PFH) with cucurbit [7]uril (CB [7]) in aqueous solution was investigated using the fluorescent probe of palmatine (PAL) coupled with CB [7]. The fluorescent probe of CB [7]-PAL exhibited strong fluorescence in aqueous solution, which was quenched gradually with the increase of PFH. This effect is observed because when PFH was added to the host-guest system of CB [7]-PAL, PFH and PAL competed to occupy the CB [7] cavity. Portions of the PAL molecule were expelled from the CB [7] cavity owing to the introduction of PFH. Based on the significant quenching of the supramolecular complex fluorescence intensity, a fluorescence method of high sensitivity and selectivity was developed to determine PFH with good precision and accuracy for the first time. The linear range of the method was 0.005-1.9μgmL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.003μgmL(-1). In this work, association constants (K) of PFH with CB [7] were also determined. KCB [7]-PFH=(2.52±0.05)×10(5)Lmol(-1). The ability of PFH to bind with CB [7] is stronger than that of PAL. The results of a density functional theory calculation authenticated that the moiety of PFH was embedded in the hydrophobic cavity of CB [7] tightly, and the nitrogen atom is located in the vicinity of a carbonyl-laced portal in the energy-minimized structure. The molecular modelling of the interaction between PFH and CB [7] was also confirmed by (1)H NMR spectra (Bruker 600MHz). PMID:26994318

  3. Determination of phenformin hydrochloride employing a sensitive fluorescent probe

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    Shi, Lin; Xie, Jian-Hong; Du, Li-Ming; Chang, Yin-xia; Wu, Hao

    2016-06-01

    A complexation of non-fluorescent phenformin hydrochloride (PFH) with cucurbit [7]uril (CB [7]) in aqueous solution was investigated using the fluorescent probe of palmatine (PAL) coupled with CB [7]. The fluorescent probe of CB [7]-PAL exhibited strong fluorescence in aqueous solution, which was quenched gradually with the increase of PFH. This effect is observed because when PFH was added to the host-guest system of CB [7]-PAL, PFH and PAL competed to occupy the CB [7] cavity. Portions of the PAL molecule were expelled from the CB [7] cavity owing to the introduction of PFH. Based on the significant quenching of the supramolecular complex fluorescence intensity, a fluorescence method of high sensitivity and selectivity was developed to determine PFH with good precision and accuracy for the first time. The linear range of the method was 0.005-1.9 μg mL- 1 with a detection limit of 0.003 μg mL- 1. In this work, association constants (K) of PFH with CB [7] were also determined. KCB [7]-PFH = (2.52 ± 0.05) × 105 L mol- 1. The ability of PFH to bind with CB [7] is stronger than that of PAL. The results of a density functional theory calculation authenticated that the moiety of PFH was embedded in the hydrophobic cavity of CB [7] tightly, and the nitrogen atom is located in the vicinity of a carbonyl-laced portal in the energy-minimized structure. The molecular modelling of the interaction between PFH and CB [7] was also confirmed by 1H NMR spectra (Bruker 600 MHz).

  4. Determination of amantadine and rimantadine using a sensitive fluorescent probe.

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    Wang, Guang-Quan; Qin, Yan-Fang; Du, Li-Ming; Li, Jun-Fei; Jing, Xu; Chang, Yin-Xia; Wu, Hao

    2012-12-01

    Amantadine hydrochloride (AMA) and rimantadine hydrochloride (RIM) are non-fluorescent in aqueous solutions. This property makes their determination through direct fluorescent method difficult. The competing reactions and the supramolecular interaction mechanisms between the two drugs and coptisine (COP) as they fight for occupancy of the cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) cavity, were studied using spectrofluorimetry, (1)H NMR, and molecular modeling calculations. Based on the significant quenching of the supramolecular complex fluorescence intensity, a fluorescent probe method of high sensitivity and selectivity was developed to determine AMA or RIM in their pharmaceutical dosage forms and in urine samples with good precision and accuracy. The linear range of the method was from 0.0040 to 1.0 μg mL(-1) with a detection limit ranging from 0.0012 to 0.0013 μg mL(-1). This shows that the proposed method has promising potential for therapeutic monitoring and pharmacokinetics and for clinical application. PMID:22959366

  5. Determination of amantadine and rimantadine using a sensitive fluorescent probe

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    Wang, Guang-Quan; Qin, Yan-Fang; Du, Li-Ming; Li, Jun-Fei; Jing, Xu; Chang, Yin-Xia; Wu, Hao

    2012-12-01

    Amantadine hydrochloride (AMA) and rimantadine hydrochloride (RIM) are non-fluorescent in aqueous solutions. This property makes their determination through direct fluorescent method difficult. The competing reactions and the supramolecular interaction mechanisms between the two drugs and coptisine (COP) as they fight for occupancy of the cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) cavity, were studied using spectrofluorimetry, 1H NMR, and molecular modeling calculations. Based on the significant quenching of the supramolecular complex fluorescence intensity, a fluorescent probe method of high sensitivity and selectivity was developed to determine AMA or RIM in their pharmaceutical dosage forms and in urine samples with good precision and accuracy. The linear range of the method was from 0.0040 to 1.0 μg mL-1 with a detection limit ranging from 0.0012 to 0.0013 μg mL-1. This shows that the proposed method has promising potential for therapeutic monitoring and pharmacokinetics and for clinical application.

  6. An ultra sensitive fluorescent nanosensor for detection of ionic copper

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    Kacmaz, Sibel; Ertekin, Kadriye; Mercan, Deniz; Oter, Ozlem; Cetinkaya, Engin; Celik, Erdal

    2015-01-01

    A stable and ultra sensitive nano-scale fluorescent chemo-sensor for trace amounts of Cu2+ was proposed. The Cu2+ selective fluoroionophore 2-{[(2-aminophenyl)imino]methyl}-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol (DMK-7) was encapsulated in polymeric ethyl cellulose. The sensing membranes were fabricated in form of nanofibers and thin films. When embedded in polymers, the exploited DMK-7 dye exhibited enhanced photophysical characteristics in absorbance, Stoke's shift, fluorescence quantum yield, and short and long-term photostability with respect to the solution phase. Sensing abilities of the nanofibers and thin films were tested by steady state and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt using the DMK-7-doped electrospun nanofibrous materials for copper sensing. The offered sensor displayed a sensitive response with a detection limit of 3.3 × 10-13 M for Cu2+ ions over a wide concentration range of 5.0 × 10-12-5.0 × 10-5. Additionally, exhibited high selectivity over convenient cations; Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, NH4+ and Ag+, Al3+, Ba2+, Co2+, Cr3+, Fe3+, Fe2+, Hg2+, Li+, Mn2+, Ni2+, Pb2+, Sn2+ and Zn2+.

  7. Coolwater culmination: Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb and isotopic evidence for continental delamination in the Syringa Embayment, Salmon River suture, Idaho

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    Lund, K.; Aleinikoff, J.N.; Yacob, E.Y.; Unruh, D.M.; Fanning, C.M.

    2008-01-01

    During dextral oblique translation along Laurentia in western Idaho, the Blue Mountains superterrane underwent clockwise rotation and impinged into the Syringa embayment at the northern end of the Salmon River suture. Along the suture, the superterrane is juxtaposed directly against western Laurentia, making this central Cordilleran accretionary-margin segment unusually attenuated. In the embayment, limited orthogonal contraction produced a crustal wedge of oceanic rocks that delaminated Laurentian crust. The wedge is exposed through Laurentian crust in the Coolwater culmination as documented by mapping and by sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe U-Pb, Sri, and ??Nd data for gneisses that lie inboard of the suture. The predominant country rock is Mesoproterozoic paragneiss overlying Laurentian basement. An overlying Neoproterozoic (or younger) paragneiss belt in the Syringa embayment establishes the form of the Cordilleran miogeocline and that the embayment is a relict of Rodinia rifting. An underlying Cretaceous paragneiss was derived from arc terranes and suture-zone orogenic welt but also from Laurentia. The Cretaceous paragneiss and an 86-Ma orthogneiss that intruded it formed the wedge of oceanic rocks that were inserted into the Laurentian margin between 98 and 73 Ma, splitting supracrustal Laurentian rocks from their basement. Crustal thickening, melting and intrusion within the wedge, and folding to form the Coolwater culmination continued until 61 Ma. The embayment formed a restraining bend at the end of the dextral transpressional suture. Clockwise rotation of the impinging superterrane and overthrusting of Laurentia that produced the crustal wedge in the Coolwater culmination are predicted by oblique collision into the Syringa embayment. Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.

  8. A Sensitive and Versatile Fluorescent Activity Assay for ABHD12.

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    Savinainen, Juha R; Navia-Paldanius, Dina; Laitinen, Jarmo T

    2016-01-01

    Despite great progress in identifying and deorphanizing members of the human metabolic serine hydrolase (mSH) family, the fundamental role of numerous enzymes in this large protein class has remained unclear. One recently found mSH is α/β-hydrolase domain containing 12 (ABHD12) enzyme, whose natural substrate in vivo appears to be the lysophospholipid lysophosphatidylserine (LPS). In vitro, ABHD12 together with monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) and ABHD6 hydrolyzes also monoacylglycerols (MAGs) such as the primary endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG). Traditional approaches for determining 2-AG hydrolase activity are rather laborious, and often utilize unnatural substrates. Here, we describe a sensitive fluorescent assay of ABHD12 activity in a 96-well-plate format that allows simultaneous testing of inhibitor activities of up to 40 compounds in a single assay. The method utilizes lysates of HEK293 cells transiently overexpressing human ABHD12 as the enzymatic source, and kinetically monitors glycerol liberated in the hydrolysis of 1(3)-AG, the preferred MAG substrate of this enzyme. Glycerol output is coupled to an enzymatic cascade generating the fluorescent end-product resorufin. This methodology has helped to identify the first class of inhibitors showing selectivity for ABHD12 over the other mSHs. PMID:27245904

  9. Iron-sensitive fluorescent probes: monitoring intracellular iron pools.

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    Ma, Yongmin; Abbate, V; Hider, R C

    2015-02-01

    Several iron-sensitive fluorophores have been investigated in a range of cell types in order to quantify iron(II) levels in the cytosol and the cytoplasm. Both iron(II) and iron(III) cause fluorescence quenching of these probes and changes in cytosolic iron levels can be monitored in a reproducible manner. However the precise quantification of iron(II) in the cytosol is complicated by the uncertainty of the structure of many of the quenched species that exist under in vivo conditions. Precise knowledge of these structures is essential for quantitative purposes. The lysosomal and mitochondrial iron pools have only been the subject of relatively few studies at the time of writing. Calcein-AM has been widely adopted for the monitoring of changes in iron levels in a range different cell types. PMID:25315476

  10. Electron microprobe and synchrotron x-ray fluorescence mapping of the heterogeneous distribution of copper in high-copper vineyard soils.

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    Jacobson, Astrid R; Dousset, Sylvie; Andreux, Francis; Baveye, Philippe C

    2007-09-15

    The response of microorganisms to metal contamination of soils varies significantly from one investigation to another. One explanation is that metals are heterogeneously distributed at spatial scales relevant to microbes and that microoorganisms are able to avoid zones of intense contamination. This article aims to assess the microscale distribution of Cu in a vineyard soil. The spatial distribution of Cu was measured at two resolutions (0.3 mm and 20 microm) in thin sections of the surface 4 cm of undisturbed soil by electron microprobe and synchrotron X-ray microfluo-rescence spectroscopy. Bulk physicochemical analyses of Cu, pH, organic matter, texture, and mineralogy were performed. The results indicate that the Cu distribution is strongly heterogeneous at both scales of observation. Entire regions of the thin sections are virtually devoid of Cu, whereas highly localized "hotspots" have Cu signal intensities thousands of times higher than background. The distribution of Rb, or Al and Si, indicators of clay minerals, or Fe (iron (hydr)oxides), show that Cu is not preferentially associated with these mineral phases. Instead, Cu hotspots are associated with particulate organic matter. These observations suggest modification of current sampling protocols, and design of ecotoxicological experiments involving microorganisms, for contaminated soils. PMID:17948777

  11. A CMOS In-Pixel CTIA High Sensitivity Fluorescence Imager

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    Murari, Kartikeya; Etienne-Cummings, Ralph; Thakor, Nitish; Cauwenberghs, Gert

    2012-01-01

    Traditionally, charge coupled device (CCD) based image sensors have held sway over the field of biomedical imaging. Complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) based imagers so far lack sensitivity leading to poor low-light imaging. Certain applications including our work on animal-mountable systems for imaging in awake and unrestrained rodents require the high sensitivity and image quality of CCDs and the low power consumption, flexibility and compactness of CMOS imagers. We present a 132×124 high sensitivity imager array with a 20.1 μm pixel pitch fabricated in a standard 0.5 μ CMOS process. The chip incorporates n-well/p-sub photodiodes, capacitive transimpedance amplifier (CTIA) based in-pixel amplification, pixel scanners and delta differencing circuits. The 5-transistor all-nMOS pixel interfaces with peripheral pMOS transistors for column-parallel CTIA. At 70 fps, the array has a minimum detectable signal of 4 nW/cm2 at a wavelength of 450 nm while consuming 718 μA from a 3.3 V supply. Peak signal to noise ratio (SNR) was 44 dB at an incident intensity of 1 μW/cm2. Implementing 4×4 binning allowed the frame rate to be increased to 675 fps. Alternately, sensitivity could be increased to detect about 0.8 nW/cm2 while maintaining 70 fps. The chip was used to image single cell fluorescence at 28 fps with an average SNR of 32 dB. For comparison, a cooled CCD camera imaged the same cell at 20 fps with an average SNR of 33.2 dB under the same illumination while consuming over a watt. PMID:23136624

  12. Surveillance of Fungal Allergic Sensitization Using the Fluorescent Halogen Immunoassay

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    Green, Brett J.; Tovey, Euan R.; Beezhold, Donald H.; Perzanowski, Matthew S.; Acosta, Luis M.; Divjan, Adnan I.; Chew, Ginger L.

    2010-01-01

    SUMMARY Objective Conidia derived from a small number of common fungal genera are widely accepted as the etiological agents responsible for fungal allergic sensitization. The contribution of fungal conidia, spores, airborne hyphae, and subcellular fragments from other uncharacterized fungal genera remains unclear. In this proof-of-concept study, we examined the composition of mycoaerosols that atopic women were exposed and sensitized to in their own indoor environment using the fluorescent halogen immunoassay (fHIA). Patients and Methods Mycoaerosols were collected onto mixed cellulose ester protein binding membranes (PBMs) for 30 minutes with volumetric air sampling pumps. The PBMs were laminated with an adhesive cover slip and indirectly immunostained with individual patient serum IgE using the fHIA. Samples were examined using confocal laser scanning microscopy and immunostained particles were expressed as a percentage of total particles. Results All air samples contained a broad spectrum of fungal spores, conidia, hyphae, and other fungal particulates. Airborne concentrations varied between individual study participant environments. Positively immunostained conidia belonging to moniliaceous amerospores, Cladosporium, Alternaria, and many unknown species were observed in the majority of air samples. Other fungal genera including Bipolaris, Curvularia, Pithomyces, and Stachybotrys, in addition to, ascospore genera and dematiaceous hyphal fragments released detectable allergen. Twelve percent of all fHIA haloes quantified in the analysis were directed towards fungal particles. No immunostaining was detected to conidia belonging to Epicoccum, Fusarium, and Spegazzinia species. Conclusion In addition to characterized fungal aeroallergens, we observed a wider composition of fungi that bound human IgE. Field surveillance studies that utilize immunodiagnostic techniques such as the fHIA will provide further insight into the diversity of fungi that function as

  13. Fluorescent Probe Encapsulated in SNAP-Tag Protein Cavity To Eliminate Nonspecific Fluorescence and Increase Detection Sensitivity.

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    Zeng, Yan-Syun; Gao, Ruo-Cing; Wu, Ting-Wei; Cho, Chien; Tan, Kui-Thong

    2016-08-17

    Despite the promising improvements made recently on fluorescence probes for the detection of enzymes and reactive small molecules, two fundamental problems remain: weaker fluorescence of many dyes in aqueous buffers and strong nonspecific signals in samples containing high protein levels. In this paper, we introduce a novel fluorescent probe encapsulated in protein cavity (FPEPC) concept as demonstrated by SNAP-tag protein and three environment-sensitive fluorescence probes to overcome these two problems. The probes were constructed by following the current probe design for enzymes and reactive small molecules but with an additional benzylguanine moiety for selective SNAP-tag conjugation. The SNAP-tag conjugated probes achieved quantitative nitroreductase and hydrogen sulfide detection in blood plasma, whereas analyte concentrations were overestimated up to 700-fold when bare fluorescent probes were employed for detection. Furthermore, detection sensitivity was increased dramatically, as our probes displayed 390-fold fluorescence enhancement upon SNAP-tag conjugation, in stark contrast to the weak fluorescence of the free probes in aqueous solutions. Compared with the conventional approaches where fluorescent probes are encapsulated into polymers and nanoparticles, our simple and general approach successfully overcame many key issues such as dye leakage, long preparation steps, inconsistent dye-host ratios, difficulty in constructing in situ in a complex medium, and limited application to detect only small metabolites. PMID:27463260

  14. Mars Microprobe Entry Analysis

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    Braun, Robert D.; Mitcheltree, Robert A.; Cheatwood, F. McNeil

    1998-01-01

    The Mars Microprobe mission will provide the first opportunity for subsurface measurements, including water detection, near the south pole of Mars. In this paper, performance of the Microprobe aeroshell design is evaluated through development of a six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) aerodynamic database and flight dynamics simulation. Numerous mission uncertainties are quantified and a Monte-Carlo analysis is performed to statistically assess mission performance. Results from this 6-DOF Monte-Carlo simulation demonstrate that, in a majority of the cases (approximately 2-sigma), the penetrator impact conditions are within current design tolerances. Several trajectories are identified in which the current set of impact requirements are not satisfied. From these cases, critical design parameters are highlighted and additional system requirements are suggested. In particular, a relatively large angle-of-attack range near peak heating is identified.

  15. On the distribution of uranium in hair: Non-destructive analysis using synchrotron radiation induced X-ray fluorescence microprobe techniques

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    Israelsson, A.; Eriksson, M.; Pettersson, H. B. L.

    2015-06-01

    In the present study the distribution of uranium in single human hair shafts has been evaluated using two synchrotron radiation (SR) based micro X-ray fluorescence techniques; SR μ-XRF and confocal SR μ-XRF. The hair shafts originated from persons that have been exposed to elevated uranium concentrations. Two different groups have been studied, i) workers at a nuclear fuel fabrication factory, exposed mainly by inhalation and ii) owners of drilled bedrock wells exposed by ingestion of water. The measurements were carried out on the FLUO beamline at the synchrotron radiation facility ANKA, Karlsruhe. The experiment was optimized to detect U with a beam size of 6.8 μm × 3 μm beam focus allowing detection down to ppb levels of U in 10 s (SR μ-XRF setup) and 70 s (SR confocal μ-XRF setup) measurements. It was found that the uranium was present in a 10-15 μm peripheral layer of the hair shafts for both groups studied. Furthermore, potential external hair contamination was studied by scanning of unwashed hair shafts from the workers. Sites of very high uranium signal were identified as particles containing uranium. Such particles, were also seen in complementary analyses using variable pressure electron microscope coupled with energy dispersive X-ray analyzer (ESEM-EDX). However, the particles were not visible in washed hair shafts. These findings can further increase the understanding of uranium excretion in hair and its potential use as a biomonitor.

  16. Stardust Interstellar Preliminary Examination VII: Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence analysis of six Stardust interstellar candidates measured with the Advanced Photon Source 2-ID-D microprobe

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    Flynn, George J.; Sutton, Steven R.; Lai, Barry; Wirick, Sue; Allen, Carlton; Anderson, David; Ansari, Asna; Bajt, SašA.; Bastien, Ron K.; Bassim, Nabil; Bechtel, Hans A.; Borg, Janet; Brenker, Frank E.; Bridges, John; Brownlee, Donald E.; Burchell, Mark; Burghammer, Manfred; Butterworth, Anna L.; Changela, Hitesh; Cloetens, Peter; Davis, Andrew M.; Doll, Ryan; Floss, Christine; Frank, David; Gainsforth, Zack; Grün, Eberhard; Heck, Philipp R.; Hillier, Jon K.; Hoppe, Peter; Hudson, Bruce; Huth, Joachim; Hvide, Brit; Kearsley, Anton; King, Ashley J.; Leitner, Jan; Lemelle, Laurence; Leroux, Hugues; Leonard, Ariel; Lettieri, Robert; Marchant, William; Nittler, Larry R.; Ogliore, Ryan; Ong, Wei Ja; Postberg, Frank; Price, Mark C.; Sandford, Scott A.; Tresseras, Juan-Angel Sans; Schmitz, Sylvia; Schoonjans, Tom; Silversmit, Geert; Simionovici, Alexandre; Sol, Vicente A.; Srama, Ralf; Stadermann, Frank J.; Stephan, Thomas; Sterken, Veerle; Stodolna, Julien; Stroud, Rhonda M.; Trieloff, Mario; Tsou, Peter; Tsuchiyama, Akira; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Vekemans, Bart; Vincze, Laszlo; von Korff, Joshua; Westphal, Andrew J.; Wordsworth, Naomi; Zevin, Daniel; Zolensky, Michael E.

    2014-09-01

    The NASA Stardust spacecraft exposed an aerogel collector to the interstellar dust passing through the solar system. We performed X-ray fluorescence element mapping and abundance measurements, for elements 19 ≤ Z ≤ 30, on six "interstellar candidates," potential interstellar impacts identified by Stardust@Home and extracted for analyses in picokeystones. One, I1044,3,33, showed no element hot-spots within the designated search area. However, we identified a nearby surface feature, consistent with the impact of a weak, high-speed particle having an approximately chondritic (CI) element abundance pattern, except for factor-of-ten enrichments in K and Zn and an S depletion. This hot-spot, containing approximately 10 fg of Fe, corresponds to an approximately 350 nm chondritic particle, small enough to be missed by Stardust@Home, indicating that other techniques may be necessary to identify all interstellar candidates. Only one interstellar candidate, I1004,1,2, showed a track. The terminal particle has large enrichments in S, Ti, Cr, Mn, Ni, Cu, and Zn relative to Fe-normalized CI values. It has high Al/Fe, but does not match the Ni/Fe range measured for samples of Al-deck material from the Stardust sample return capsule, which was within the field-of-view of the interstellar collector. A third interstellar candidate, I1075,1,25, showed an Al-rich surface feature that has a composition generally consistent with the Al-deck material, suggesting that it is a secondary particle. The other three interstellar candidates, I1001,1,16, I1001,2,17, and I1044,2,32, showed no impact features or tracks, but allowed assessment of submicron contamination in this aerogel, including Fe hot-spots having CI-like Ni/Fe ratios, complicating the search for CI-like interstellar/interplanetary dust.

  17. Implementation of a new scanning method for high-resolution fluorescence tomography using thermo-sensitive fluorescent agents

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    Nouizi, Farouk; Kwong, Tiffany C.; Cho, Jaedu; Lin, Yuting; Sampathkumaran, Uma; Gulsen, Gultekin

    2016-01-01

    Conventional fluorescence tomography provides images of the distribution of fluorescent agents within highly scattering media, but suffers from poor spatial resolution. Previously, we introduced a new method termed “temperature-modulated fluorescence tomography” (TM-FT) that generates fluorescence images with high spatial resolution. TM-FT first uses focused ultrasound to locate the distribution of temperature-sensitive fluorescence probes. Afterward, this a priori information is utilized to improve the performance of the inverse solver for conventional fluorescence tomography and reveal quantitatively accurate fluorophore concentration maps. However, the disadvantage of this novel method is the long data acquisition time as the ultrasound beam was scanned in a step-and-shoot mode. In this Letter, we present a new, fast scanning method that reduces the imaging time 40 fold. By continuously scanning the ultrasound beam over a 50 mm by 25 mm field-of-view, high-resolution fluorescence images are obtained in less than 29 min, which is critical for in vivo small animal imaging. PMID:26512501

  18. Implementation of a new scanning method for high-resolution fluorescence tomography using thermo-sensitive fluorescent agents.

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    Nouizi, Farouk; Kwong, Tiffany C; Cho, Jaedu; Lin, Yuting; Sampathkumaran, Uma; Gulsen, Gultekin

    2015-11-01

    Conventional fluorescence tomography provides images of the distribution of fluorescent agents within highly scattering media, but suffers from poor spatial resolution. Previously, we introduced a new method termed "temperature-modulated fluorescence tomography" (TM-FT) that generates fluorescence images with high spatial resolution. TM-FT first uses focused ultrasound to locate the distribution of temperature-sensitive fluorescence probes. Afterward, this a priori information is utilized to improve the performance of the inverse solver for conventional fluorescence tomography and reveal quantitatively accurate fluorophore concentration maps. However, the disadvantage of this novel method is the long data acquisition time as the ultrasound beam was scanned in a step-and-shoot mode. In this Letter, we present a new, fast scanning method that reduces the imaging time 40 fold. By continuously scanning the ultrasound beam over a 50 mm by 25 mm field-of-view, high-resolution fluorescence images are obtained in less than 29 min, which is critical for in vivo small animal imaging. PMID:26512501

  19. Fluorescence properties of light-sensitive chromones used in archival polymer recording media

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    Martynov, I. Yu.; Barachevsky, V. A.; Ayt, A. O.; Kobeleva, O. I.; Valova, T. M.; Levchenko, K. S.; Yarovenko, V. N.; Krayushkin, M. M.

    2014-11-01

    The fluorescence properties of compounds formed upon irreversible photochemical transformation of some chromone derivatives in toluene were studied. At the first time, the quantum yields of the photoproducts were measured. The relationship between the fluorescence properties and the structure of these photoproducts was elucidated. It was shown that the properties of some chromones make them suitable for the design of light-sensitive recording media for optical discs with non-destructive fluorescence readout of optical information.

  20. Mechanism of voltage-sensitive fluorescence in a microbial rhodopsin

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    Maclaurin, Dougal; Venkatachalam, Veena; Lee, Hohjai; Cohen, Adam E.

    2013-01-01

    Microbial rhodopsins were recently introduced as genetically encoded fluorescent indicators of membrane voltage. An understanding of the mechanism underlying this function would aid in the design of improved voltage indicators. We asked, what states can the protein adopt, and which states are fluorescent? How does membrane voltage affect the photostationary distribution of states? Here, we present a detailed spectroscopic characterization of Archaerhodopsin 3 (Arch). We performed fluorescence spectroscopy on Arch and its photogenerated intermediates in Escherichia coli and in single HEK293 cells under voltage-clamp conditions. These experiments probed the effects of time-dependent illumination and membrane voltage on absorption, fluorescence, membrane current, and membrane capacitance. The fluorescence of Arch arises through a sequential three-photon process. Membrane voltage modulates protonation of the Schiff base in a 13-cis photocycle intermediate (M ⇌ N equilibrium), not in the ground state as previously hypothesized. We present experimental protocols for optimized voltage imaging with Arch, and we discuss strategies for engineering improved rhodopsin-based voltage indicators. PMID:23530193

  1. A triarylboron-based fluorescent temperature indicator: sensitive both in solid polymers and in liquid solvents.

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    Liu, Xuan; Li, Shayu; Feng, Jiao; Li, Yi; Yang, Guoqiang

    2014-03-14

    A novel triarylboron compound, MPB, exhibiting reversible thermochromic dual-fluorescence in solid-state polymers and in liquid solvents was designed and synthesized. The fluorescent solid-state polymer with MPB can serve as a highly sensitive self-reference temperature indicator with a concentration independent feature. PMID:24481478

  2. Aptamer-Functionalized Fluorescent Silica Nanoparticles for Highly Sensitive Detection of Leukemia Cells

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    Tan, Juntao; Yang, Nuo; Hu, Zixi; Su, Jing; Zhong, Jianhong; Yang, Yang; Yu, Yating; Zhu, Jianmeng; Xue, Dabin; Huang, Yingying; Lai, Zongqiang; Huang, Yong; Lu, Xiaoling; Zhao, Yongxiang

    2016-06-01

    A simple, highly sensitive method to detect leukemia cells has been developed based on aptamer-modified fluorescent silica nanoparticles (FSNPs). In this strategy, the amine-labeled Sgc8 aptamer was conjugated to carboxyl-modified FSNPs via amide coupling between amino and carboxyl groups. Sensitivity and specificity of Sgc8-FSNPs were assessed using flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy. These results showed that Sgc8-FSNPs detected leukemia cells with high sensitivity and specificity. Aptamer-modified FSNPs hold promise for sensitive and specific detection of leukemia cells. Changing the aptamer may allow the FSNPs to detect other types of cancer cells.

  3. Aptamer-Functionalized Fluorescent Silica Nanoparticles for Highly Sensitive Detection of Leukemia Cells.

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    Tan, Juntao; Yang, Nuo; Hu, Zixi; Su, Jing; Zhong, Jianhong; Yang, Yang; Yu, Yating; Zhu, Jianmeng; Xue, Dabin; Huang, Yingying; Lai, Zongqiang; Huang, Yong; Lu, Xiaoling; Zhao, Yongxiang

    2016-12-01

    A simple, highly sensitive method to detect leukemia cells has been developed based on aptamer-modified fluorescent silica nanoparticles (FSNPs). In this strategy, the amine-labeled Sgc8 aptamer was conjugated to carboxyl-modified FSNPs via amide coupling between amino and carboxyl groups. Sensitivity and specificity of Sgc8-FSNPs were assessed using flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy. These results showed that Sgc8-FSNPs detected leukemia cells with high sensitivity and specificity. Aptamer-modified FSNPs hold promise for sensitive and specific detection of leukemia cells. Changing the aptamer may allow the FSNPs to detect other types of cancer cells. PMID:27299653

  4. Intracochlear microprobe analysis

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    Bone, R.C.; Ryan, A.F.

    1982-04-01

    Energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDXA) or microprobe analysis provides cochlear physiologists with a means of accurately assessing relative ionic concentrations in selected portions of the auditory mechanism. Rapid freezing followed by lyophilization allows the recovery of fluid samples in crystalline form not only from perilymphatic and endolymphatic spaces, but also from much smaller subregions of the cochlea. Because samples are examined in a solid state, there is no risk of diffusion into surrounding or juxtaposed fluids. Samples of cochlear tissues may also be evaluated without the danger of intercellular ionic diffusion. During direct visualization by scanning electron microscopy, determination of the biochemical makeup of the material being examined can be simultaneously, assuring the source of the data collected. Other potential advantages and disadvantages of EDXA are reviewed. Initial findings as they relate to endolymph, perilymph, stria vascularis, and the undersurface of the tectorial membrane are presented.

  5. Highly H2O2-sensitive electrospun quantum dots nanocomposite films for fluorescent biosensor.

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    Tan, Longfei; He, Xiaolong; Chen, Dong; Wu, Xiaoli; Li, Hongbo; Ren, Xiangling; Meng, Xianwei; Tang, Fangqiong

    2013-01-01

    Bright CdSe quantum dots (QDs)/polycaprolactone (PCL) nanocomposite fluorescent films were fabricated by electronspinning. By using chloroform and N,N-dimethylformamide as electronspinning solvent, the oil-soluble CdSe QDs were uniformly distributed in PCL fibers, and were directly employed as optical probe without any modification processing. The fluorescences of CdSe QDs/PCL nanocomposite films were quickly quenched when the films were contacted with H2O2, solution. In the presence of glucose oxidase (GOD), the fluorescence intensities of these fluorescent films exhibit a liner change with the concentrations of glucose. The H2O2-sensitive electrospun QDs nanocomposite films are highly uniform and repeatable, demonstrating the potential to fabricate stable, sensitive and recyclable fluorescent biosensor for the detection different H2O2-generating oxidases and their substrates. PMID:23627067

  6. Fluorescence sensitization and quenching in a particulate chlorophyll model system

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    Seely, G.R.; Senthilathipan, V.

    1983-01-01

    The success of photosynthesis as an energy-conversion process is largely owing to the manner in which the light-gathering and reaction center pigments are arranged within the thylakoid membrane. A particularly important condition in the construction of model systems based on these pigments is the need to avoid quenching of fluorescence until useful electron transfer takes place. In the model system under investigation, concentration quenching of chlorophyll is prevented by embedding the pigment molecules, along with certain amphiphiles, in the viscous hydrocarbon surface layer of swollen particles of polyethylene. Triplet state photoreactivity of chlorophyll on these particles can readily be demonstrated. Quinones such as Vitamin K/sub 1/ do not quench the fluorescence of chlorophyll even when incorporated at high concentration in the particles. But specially made amphiphiles, containing an amide group to ligate the Mg of chlorophyll, and a reducible group such as quinone, quench the fluorescence even at modest concentrations. The photochemistry of these systems is under investigation. 6 references, 3 figures.

  7. Fluorescence probe for the convenient and sensitive detection of ascorbic acid

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    Matsuoka, Yuta; Yamato, Mayumi; Yamada, Ken-ichi

    2016-01-01

    Ascorbic acid is an important antioxidant that plays an essential role in the biosynthesis of numerous bioactive substances. The detection of ascorbic acid has traditionally been achieved using high-performance liquid chromatography and absorption spectrophotometry assays. However, the development of fluorescence probes for this purpose is highly desired because they provide a much more convenient and highly sensitive technique for the detection of this material. OFF-ON-type fluorescent probes have been developed for the detection of non-fluorescent compounds. Photo-induced electron transfer and fluorescence resonance energy transfer are the two main fluorescence quenching mechanisms for the detection of ascorbic acid, and several fluorescence probes have been reported based on redox-responsive metals and quantum dots. Profluorescent nitroxide compounds have also been developed as non-metal organic fluorescence probes for ascorbic acid. These nitroxide systems have a stable unpaired electron and can therefore react with ascorbic acid and a strong fluorescence quencher. Furthermore, recent synthetic advances have allowed for the synthesis of α-substituted nitroxides with varying levels of reactivity towards ascorbic acid. In this review, we have discussed the design strategies used for the preparation of fluorescent probes for ascorbic acid, with particular emphasis on profluorescent nitroxides, which are unique radical-based redox-active fluorescent probes. PMID:26798193

  8. Trace Element Zoning and Incipient Metamictization in a Lunar Zircon: Application of Three Microprobe Techniques

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    Wopenka, Brigitte; Jollife, Bradley L.; Zinner, Ernst; Kremser, Daniel T.

    1996-01-01

    We have determined major (Si, Zr, Hf), minor (Al, Y, Fe, P), and trace element (Ca, Sc, Ti, Ba, REE, Th, U) concentrations and Raman spectra of a zoned, 200 microns zircon grain in lunar sample 14161,7069, a quartz monzodiorite breccia collected at the Apollo 14 site. Analyses were obtained on a thin section in situ with an ion microprobe, an electron microprobe, and a laser Raman microprobe. The zircon grain is optically zoned in birefringence, a reflection of variable (incomplete) metamictization resulting from zo- nation in U and Th concentrations. Variations in the concentrations of U and Th correlate strongly with those of other high-field-strength trace elements and with changes in Raman spectral parameters. Concentrations of U and Th range from 21 to 55 ppm and 6 to 31 ppm, respectively, and correlate with lower Raman peak intensities, wider Raman peaks, and shifted Si-O peak positions. Concentrations of heavy rare earth elements range over a factor of three to four and correlate with intensities of fluorescence peaks. Correlated variations in trace element concentrations reflect the original magmatic differentiation of the parental melt approx. 4 b.y. ago. Degradation of the zircon structure, as reflected by the observed Raman spectral parameters, has occurred in this sample over a range of alpha-decay event dose from approx. 5.2 x 10(exp 14) to 1.4 x 10(exp 15) decay events per milligram of zircon, as calculated from the U and Th concentrations. This dose is well below the approx. 10(exp 16) events per milligram cumulative dose that causes complete metamictization and indicates that laser Raman microprobe spectroscopy is an analytical technique that is very sensitive to the radiation-induced damage in zircon.

  9. Sensitive and selective tumor imaging with novel and highly activatable fluorescence strategies

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    Urano, Yasuteru

    2008-02-01

    Nowadays, several tumor imaging modalities such as MRI, PET and fluorescence imaging techniques have been extensively investigated. One of the central problems associated with these conventional tumor-targeted imaging methods, however, is the fact that the signal contrast between tumor and surrounding tissues relies on the efficient targeting to the tumor and the rapid sequestration or excretion of unbound agent. Among these modalities, only fluorescence imaging technique has a significant feature, in that great signal activation could be achieved which potentially leads to the selective imaging of cancer with higher tumor-to-background ratio. In this symposium, I will present some examples of fluorescence cancer imaging based on highly activatable strategies with using precisely designed novel fluorescence probes. Recently, we developed highly sensitive fluorescence probes for β-galactosidase which is applicable for living cell system. By utilizing these probes, we could establish a novel and highly activatable strategy for sensitive and selective optical imaging of imbedded tumor in the peritoneum. We took a two step procedure in that a lectin is used to localize β-galactosidase to cancer cells as an activating enzyme, and subsequent administration of a highly-sensitive fluorescence probe for the enzyme have afforded remarkable fluorescence activation selectively in tumor mass. Since the tumor-targeted enzyme can catalyze numerous substrate turnovers, a great number of fluorescent molecules could be produced and hence the rapid and sensitive detection of tumor in vivo with high tumor-to-background ratio could be achieved. Moreover, the consequent close-up investigation using fluorescence microscopy revealed that cancer microfoci as small as 200 μm could be successfully visualized.

  10. Positron microprobe at LLNL

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    Asoka, P; Howell, R; Stoeffl, W

    1998-11-01

    The electron linac based positron source at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) provides the world's highest current beam of keV positrons. We are building a positron microprobe that will produce a pulsed, focused positron beam for 3-dimensional scans of defect size and concentration with sub-micron resolution. The widely spaced and intense positron packets from the tungsten moderator at the end of the 100 MeV LLNL linac are captured and trapped in a magnetic bottle. The positrons are then released in 1 ns bunches at a 20 MHz repetition rate. With a three-stage re-moderation we will compress the cm-sized original beam to a 1 micro-meter diameter final spot on the target. The buncher will compress the arrival time of positrons on the target to less than 100 ps. A detector array with up to 60 BaF2 crystals in paired coincidence will measure the annihilation radiation with high efficiency and low background. The energy of the positrons can be varied from less than 1 keV up to 50 keV.

  11. Fluorescent Protein Nanowire-Mediated Protein Microarrays for Multiplexed and Highly Sensitive Pathogen Detection.

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    Men, Dong; Zhou, Juan; Li, Wei; Leng, Yan; Chen, Xinwen; Tao, Shengce; Zhang, Xian-En

    2016-07-13

    Protein microarrays are powerful tools for high-throughput and simultaneous detection of different target molecules in complex biological samples. However, the sensitivity of conventional fluorescence-labeling protein detection methods is limited by the availability of signal molecules for binding to the target molecule. Here, we built a multifunctional fluorescent protein nanowire (FNw) by harnessing self-assembly of yeast amyloid protein. The FNw integrated a large number of fluorescent molecules, thereby enhancing the fluorescent signal output in target detection. The FNw was then combined with protein microarray technology to detect proteins derived from two pathogens, including influenza virus (hemagglutinin 1, HA1) and human immunodeficiency virus (p24 and gp120). The resulting detection sensitivity achieved a 100-fold improvement over a commercially available detection reagent. PMID:27315221

  12. An aqueous fluorescent probe for Hg(2+) detection with high selectivity and sensitivity.

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    Fang, Qian; Liu, Qian; Song, Xiangzhi; Kang, Jian

    2015-12-01

    An aqueous fluorescent probe, 1, was developed for the rapid detection of Hg(2+) with high sensitivity and excellent selectivity. Upon the addition of Hg(2+) in pure aqueous media, the Hg(2+)-mediated hydrolysis of vinyl ether and subsequent cyclization reactions converted probe 1 into the corresponding iminocoumarin dye, which is strongly fluorescent when excited. The application of this probe for the detection of intracellular Hg(2+) was successfully demonstrated in living cells. PMID:25761896

  13. Organic light-emitting device with a phosphor-sensitized fluorescent emission layer

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    Forrest, Stephen; Kanno, Hiroshi

    2009-08-25

    The present invention relates to organic light emitting devices (OLEDs), and more specifically to OLEDS that emit light using a combination of fluorescent emitters and phosphorescent emitters. The emissive region of the devices of the present invention comprise at least one phosphor-sensitized layer which has a combined emission from a phosphorescent emitter and a fluorescent emitter. In preferred embodiments, the invention relates to white-emitting OLEDS (WOLEDs).

  14. Sensitivity of in vivo X-ray fluorescence determination of skeletal lead stores

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    Sokas, R.K.; Besarab, A.; McDiarmid, M.A.; Shapiro, I.M.; Bloch, P. )

    1990-09-01

    Eighteen patients with known past occupational lead exposure underwent parenteral diagnostic chelation with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid and x-ray fluorescent determination of in vivo skeletal lead stores at the distal styloid process of the ulna and at the temporal base bone using a cobalt 57 source and measuring lead Ka x-rays. X-ray fluorescent lead measurements in both locations correlated with results of diagnostic chelation. Using a post-chelation urinary excretion of greater than 600 micrograms lead/24 h as the definition of high-lead stores, sensitivity of x-ray fluorescence at the wrist and temple was 56% and 39%, respectively.

  15. A Sensitive Ratiometric Fluorescent Sensor for Zinc(II) with High Selectivity

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    Lv, Yuanyuan; Cao, Mingda; Li, Jiakai; Wang, Junbo

    2013-01-01

    A new fluorescent Zn2+ chemosensor (P1) based on a functionalized porphyrin was synthesized and characterized. P1 displayed dramatic ratiometric variations in absorption and fluorescent emission spectra upon exposure to Zn2+ due to the formation of a 1:1 Zn2+/P1 complex. The sensor also exhibited high selectivity and sensitivity toward Zn2+ over other common metal ions in the physiological pH range with a detection limit of 1.8 μM. The sensor showed fast response times and excellent reproducibility, thus confirming its potential applicability as a fluorescent sensor for Zn2+ sensing. PMID:23467028

  16. A highly sensitive aptasensor for OTA detection based on hybridization chain reaction and fluorescent perylene probe.

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    Wang, Bin; Wu, Yuanya; Chen, Yanfen; Weng, Bo; Xu, Liqun; Li, Changming

    2016-07-15

    An optical aptasensor was developed for ultrasensitive detection of ochratoxin A (OTA) based on hybridization chain reaction (HCR) amplification strategy and fluorescent perylene probe (PAPDI)/DNA composites. Dendritic DNA concatamers were synthesized by HCR strategy and modified on magnetic nanoparticles through aptamer as medium. A large amount of PAPDI probe aggregated under the induction of DNA concatamers and caused fluorescence quenching. In the presence of OTA, the PAPDI/DNA composites were released from magnetic nanoparticles due to the strong affinity between aptamer and OTA. In ethanol, PAPDI monomers disaggregated and produced strong fluorescence. The present method displays excellent sensitivity and selectivity towards OTA. PMID:26938491

  17. Pyoverdine as a fluorescent marker of antibiotic sensitivity of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

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    Sosnin, E. A.; Zhdanova, O. S.; Kashapova, E. R.; Artyukhov, V. Ya.

    2014-12-01

    The electronic structure and physicochemical characteristics of the pyoverdine molecule are studied using the methods of quantum chemistry. The configurations of the absorbing and fluorescing conformers of the pyoverdine molecular fragments are optimized. The time-dependent density-functional theory is used to characterize the electronic-absorption and fluorescence spectra. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of pyoverdine from clinical isolates of P. aeruginosa are experimentally studied. An optical method is proposed to determine the sensitivity of P. aeruginosa to antibiotics using a XeBr excilamp.

  18. Role of anion polarizability in fluorescence sensitization of DNA-templated silver nanoclusters

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    Peng, Jian; Shao, Yong; Liu, Lingling; Zhang, Lihua; Fu, Wensheng; Liu, Hua

    2014-06-01

    Fluorescent silver nanoclusters (Ag NCs) as novel fluorophores have received much attention because of their high brightness, good photostability and widely tunable emissions from the visible to the near-infrared range as a result of their size and existing environment. However, efforts are still needed to find the factors that tune the emission of Ag NCs. In this work, Ag NCs that were size-selectively grown on DNA were used to investigate the effect of the electronic properties of coordinating ligands. Halogen anions were used as the paradigm because of their periodicity in element properties. We found that addition of halogen anions did not alter the emission wavelength of Ag NCs, but the fluorescence intensity showed an initial increase at low concentrations of Cl-, Br- and I- followed by a gradual decrease at high concentrations. No increase in fluorescence was observed for F- at either low or high concentration. Such specific halogen-anion sensitization of the fluorescence of Ag NCs suggests that the binding strength/manner and dipole polarizability of these anions synergistically tune the emission behavior of Ag NCs. Less fluorescence sensitization occurred for the anion having high enough polarizability to form a covalent bond with Ag NCs. The anion polarizability-sensitized fluorescence indicates the role of anion electronic properties in tuning the emission behavior of Ag NCs, which should be seriously considered in designing Ag NC-based sensors and devices.

  19. Sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) detrital zircon geochronology provides new evidence for a hidden neoproterozoic foreland basin to the Grenville Orogen in the eastern Midwest, U.S.A

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    Santos, J.O.S.; Hartmann, L.A.; McNaughton, N.J.; Easton, R. M.; Rea, R.G.; Potter, P.E.

    2002-01-01

    A sensitive high resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) was used in combination with backscattered electron (BSE) and cathodoluminescence (CL) images to determine the age of detrital zircons from sandstones in the Neoproterozoic Middle Run Formation of the eastern Midwest, United States. Eleven samples from seven drill cores of the upper part of the Middle Run Formation contain detrital zircons ranging in age from 1030 to 1982 Ma (84 analyses), with six distinctive modes at 1.96, 1.63, 1.47, 1.34, 1.15, and 1.08 Ga. This indicates that most, but not all, of the zircon at the top of the Middle Run Formation was derived from the Grenville Orogen. The youngest concordant detrital zircon yields a maximum age of 1048 ?? 22 Ma for the Middle Run Formation, indicating that the formation is younger than ca. 1026 Ma minus the added extra time needed for later uplift, denudation, thrusting, erosion, and transport to southwestern Ohio. Thus, as judged by proximity, composition, thickness, and geochronology, it is a North American equivalent to other Neoproterozoic Grenvillian-derived basins, such as the Torridon Group of Scotland and the Palmeiral Formation of South America. An alternate possibility, although much less likely in our opinion, is that it could be much younger, any time between 1048 ?? 22 Ma and the deposition of the Middle Cambrian Mount Simon Sandstone at about 510 Ma, and still virtually almost all derived from rocks of the Grenville Orogen.

  20. Fluorescent polymer coatings with tuneable sensitive range for remote temperature sensing.

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    Barja, Beatriz C; Chesta, Carlos A; Atvars, Teresa D Z; Aramendía, Pedro F

    2013-12-01

    Polymer films of poly(vinyl alcohol) containing the fluorescent dyes 4-aminophthalimide (AP) or 6-propionyl-2-dimethylamino-naphthalene (Prodan) are used as temperature-sensitive fluorescent coatings for remote temperature sensing. Temperature can be obtained by a two-wavelength ratiometric-based emission intensity measurement. The coatings are sensitive in a 100K temperature range that can be tuned by polymer-solute interactions. The usable range is 200-300 K for AP and 280-380 K for Prodan. PMID:23896292

  1. Hybridization chain reaction amplification for highly sensitive fluorescence detection of DNA with dextran coated microarrays.

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    Chao, Jie; Li, Zhenhua; Li, Jing; Peng, Hongzhen; Su, Shao; Li, Qian; Zhu, Changfeng; Zuo, Xiaolei; Song, Shiping; Wang, Lianhui; Wang, Lihua

    2016-07-15

    Microarrays of biomolecules hold great promise in the fields of genomics, proteomics, and clinical assays on account of their remarkably parallel and high-throughput assay capability. However, the fluorescence detection used in most conventional DNA microarrays is still limited by sensitivity. In this study, we have demonstrated a novel universal and highly sensitive platform for fluorescent detection of sequence specific DNA at the femtomolar level by combining dextran-coated microarrays with hybridization chain reaction (HCR) signal amplification. Three-dimensional dextran matrix was covalently coated on glass surface as the scaffold to immobilize DNA recognition probes to increase the surface binding capacity and accessibility. DNA nanowire tentacles were formed on the matrix surface for efficient signal amplification by capturing multiple fluorescent molecules in a highly ordered way. By quantifying microscopic fluorescent signals, the synergetic effects of dextran and HCR greatly improved sensitivity of DNA microarrays, with a detection limit of 10fM (1×10(5) molecules). This detection assay could recognize one-base mismatch with fluorescence signals dropped down to ~20%. This cost-effective microarray platform also worked well with samples in serum and thus shows great potential for clinical diagnosis. PMID:26922047

  2. Molecular imprinting ratiometric fluorescence sensor for highly selective and sensitive detection of phycocyanin.

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    Wang, Xiaoyan; Yu, Jialuo; Kang, Qi; Shen, Dazhong; Li, Jinhua; Chen, Lingxin

    2016-03-15

    A facile strategy was developed to prepare molecular imprinting ratiometric fluorescence sensor for highly selective and sensitive detection of phycocyanin (PC) based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), via a sol-gel polymerization process using nitrobenzoxadiazole (NBD) as fluorescent signal source. The ratio of two fluorescence peak emission intensities of NBD and PC was utilized to determine the concentration of PC, which could effectively reduce the background interference and fluctuation of diverse conditions. As a result, this sensor obtained high sensitivity with a low detection limit of 0.14 nM within 6 min, and excellent recognition specificity for PC over its analogues with a high imprinting factor of 9.1. Furthermore, the sensor attained high recoveries in the range of 93.8-110.2% at three spiking levels of PC, with precisions below 4.7% in seawater and lake water samples. The developed sensor strategy demonstrated simplicity, reliability, rapidity, high selectivity and high sensitivity, proving to be a feasible way to develop high efficient fluorescence sensors and thus potentially applicable for ultratrace analysis of complicated matrices. PMID:26485176

  3. Upconversion fluorescence metal-organic frameworks thermo-sensitive imprinted polymer for enrichment and sensing protein.

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    Guo, Ting; Deng, Qiliang; Fang, Guozhen; Gu, Dahai; Yang, Yukun; Wang, Shuo

    2016-05-15

    A novel fluorescence material with thermo-sensitive for the enrichment and sensing of protein was successfully prepared by combining molecular imprinting technology with upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Herein, the UCNPs acted as signal reporter for composite materials because of its excellent fluorescence property and chemical stability. MOFs were introduced to molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) due to its high specific surface area which increases the rate of mass transfer relative to that of traditional bulk MIP. The thermo-sensitive imprinted material which allows for swelling and shrinking with response to temperature changes was prepared by choosing Bovine hemoglobin (BHB) as the template, N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAAM) as the temperature-sensitive functional monomer and N,N-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA) as the cross-linker. The recognition characterizations of imprinted material-coated UCNPs/MOFs (UCNPs/MOFs/MIP) were evaluated, and the results showed that the fluorescence intensity of UCNPs/MOFs/MIP reduced gradually with the increase of BHB concentration. The fluorescence material was response to the temperature. The adsorption capacity was as much as 167.6 mg/g at 28°C and 101.2mg/g at 44°C, which was higher than that of traditional MIP. Therefore, this new fluorescence material for enrichment and sensing protein is very promising for future applications. PMID:26722764

  4. Magnetic Separation-Assistant Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Inhibition for Highly Sensitive Probing of Nucleolin.

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    Li, Yan-Ran; Liu, Qian; Hong, Zhangyong; Wang, He-Fang

    2015-12-15

    For the widely used "off-on" fluorescence (or phosphorescence) resonance energy transfer (FRET or PRET) system, the separation of donors and acceptors species was vital for enhancing the sensitivity. To date, separation of free donors from FRET/PRET inhibition systems was somewhat not convenient, whereas separation of the target-induced far-between acceptors has hardly been reported yet. We presented here a novel magnetic separation-assistant fluorescence resonance energy transfer (MS-FRET) inhibition strategy for highly sensitive detection of nucleolin using Cy5.5-AS1411 as the donor and Fe3O4-polypyrrole core-shell (Fe3O4@PPY) nanoparticles as the NIR quenching acceptor. Due to hydrophobic interaction and π-π stacking of AS1411 and PPY, Cy5.5-AS1411 was bound onto the surface of Fe3O4@PPY, resulting in 90% of fluorescence quenching of Cy5.5-AS1411. Owing to the much stronger specific interaction of AS1411 and nucleolin, the presence of nucleolin could take Cy5.5-AS1411 apart from Fe3O4@PPY and restore the fluorescence of Cy5.5-AS1411. The superparamagnetism of Fe3O4@PPY enabled all separations and fluorescence measurements complete in the same quartz cell, and thus allowed the convenient but accurate comparison of the sensitivity and fluorescence recovery in the cases of separation or nonseparation. Compared to nonseparation FRET inhibition, the separation of free Cy5.5-AS1411 from Cy5.5-AS1411-Fe3O4@PPY solution (the first magnetic separation, MS-1) had as high as 25-fold enhancement of the sensitivity, whereas further separation of the nucleolin-inducing far-between Fe3O4@PPY from the FRET inhibition solution (the second magnetic separation, MS-2) could further enhance the sensitivity to 35-fold. Finally, the MS-FRET inhibition assay displayed the linear range of 0.625-27.5 μg L(-1) (8.1-359 pM) and detection limit of 0.04 μg L(-1) (0.05 pM) of nucleolin. The fluorescence intensity recovery (the percentage ratio of the final restoring fluorescence intensity

  5. In situ fluorescence imaging of localized corrosion with a pH-sensitive imaging fiber.

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    Panova, A A; Pantano, P; Walt, D R

    1997-04-15

    A fiber-optic pH-imaging sensor array capable of both visualizing remote corrosion sites and measuring local chemical concentrations at these sites was applied to realtime corrosion monitoring. The imaging fiber's distal face, containing an immobilized pH-sensitive fluorescent dye, was brought into contact with metal surfaces submerged in aqueous buffers and fluorescence images were acquired as a function of time. Heterogeneous fluorescence signals were observed due to both pH increases at cathodic surface sites and pH decreases at anodic surface sites. These fluorescence signals showed both localization and rates of corrosion activity. Three corrosion processes were investigated, galvanic corrosion at a copper/aluminum interface and crevice corrosion and pitting at a stainless steel surface. The spatial resolution of the technique was limited by proton/hydroxide diffusion and the diameter of the individually clad optical fibers comprising the imaging bundle. PMID:9109355

  6. Fluorescent-conjugated polymer superquenching facilitates highly sensitive detection of proteases

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    Kumaraswamy, Sriram; Bergstedt, Troy; Shi, Xiaobo; Rininsland, Frauke; Kushon, Stuart; Xia, Wensheng; Ley, Kevin; Achyuthan, Komandoor; McBranch, Duncan; Whitten, David

    2004-05-01

    Sensor formats have been developed for detecting the activity of proteolytic enzymes based on fluorescent conjugated polymer superquenching. These sensors employ a reactive peptide sequence within a tether linking a quencher to a biotin. The peptide binds to sensors containing colocated biotin-binding protein and fluorescent polymer by means of biotin-biotin binding protein interactions, resulting in a strong quenching of polymer fluorescence. Enzyme-mediated cleavage of the peptide results in a reversal of the fluorescence quenching. These assays for protease activity are simple, sensitive, fast, and have the specificity required for screening chemical libraries for novel protease inhibitors in a high-throughput screening assay environment. These assays have been demonstrated for enterokinase, caspase-3/7, and -secretase.

  7. Fluorescent-conjugated polymer superquenching facilitates highly sensitive detection of proteases.

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    Kumaraswamy, Sriram; Bergstedt, Troy; Shi, Xiaobo; Rininsland, Frauke; Kushon, Stuart; Xia, Wensheng; Ley, Kevin; Achyuthan, Komandoor; McBranch, Duncan; Whitten, David

    2004-05-18

    Sensor formats have been developed for detecting the activity of proteolytic enzymes based on fluorescent conjugated polymer superquenching. These sensors employ a reactive peptide sequence within a tether linking a quencher to a biotin. The peptide binds to sensors containing colocated biotin-binding protein and fluorescent polymer by means of biotin-biotin binding protein interactions, resulting in a strong quenching of polymer fluorescence. Enzyme-mediated cleavage of the peptide results in a reversal of the fluorescence quenching. These assays for protease activity are simple, sensitive, fast, and have the specificity required for screening chemical libraries for novel protease inhibitors in a high-throughput screening assay environment. These assays have been demonstrated for enterokinase, caspase-3/7, and beta-secretase. PMID:15136731

  8. A novel dichromate-sensitive fluorescent nano-chemosensor using new functionalized SBA-15.

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    Hosseini, Morteza; Gupta, Vinod Kumar; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza; Rafiei-Sarmazdeh, Zahra; Faridbod, Farnoush; Goldooz, Hassan; Badiei, Ali Reza; Norouzi, Parviz

    2012-02-17

    A novel fluorescence nano-chemosensor for Cr(2)O(7)(2-) anion has been developed by assembly of fluorescent aluminum complex of 8-hydroxyquinoline (AlQ(x)) within the channels of modified SBA-15. SBA-SPS-AlQ(x) shows a fluorescence emission at 486 nm. The observed remarkable fluorescence of SBA-SPS-AlQ(x) quenches in presence of Cr(2)O(7)(2-) anion. The results showed that this fluorescent nano-material can be a useful chemo-sensor for determination of dichromate anions in aqueous solutions. The linear detecting range of fluorescent nano-chemosensor for Cr(2)O(7)(2-) anion was 0.16-2.9 μmol L(-1). The lowest limit of detection (LDL) was also found to be 0.2 ng mL(-1) in aqueous solutions. SBA-SPS-AlQ(x) showed selectively and sensitively fluorescent quenching response toward Cr(2)O(7)(2-) ion in comparison with I(3)(-), NO(3)(-), CN(-), CO(3)(2-), Br(-), Cl(-), F(-), H(2)PO(4)(-) and SO(4)(2-) ions, which was because of the higher stability of its inorganic complex with dichromate ion. PMID:22244170

  9. Oligonucleotide-stabilized fluorescent silver nanoclusters for the specific and sensitive detection of biotin.

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    Xiong, Xiaoli; Tang, Yan; Zhao, Jingjin; Zhao, Shulin

    2016-02-01

    A novel biotin fluorescent probe based on oligonucleotide-stabilized silver nanoclusters (DNA-AgNCs) was synthesized by employing a biotinylated cytosine-rich sequence as a synthesized template. The fluorescence properties of the DNA-AgNCs are related to the modified position of the DNA. When biotin is linked to the middle thymine base of the DNA sequence, the DNA-AgNCs emit the strongest fluorescence. Moreover, the stability of the DNA-AgNCs was affected by avidin through biotin-avidin binding, quenching the fluorescence of the DNA-AgNCs. In contrast, if free biotin is further introduced into this system, the quenching is apparently weakened by competition, leading to the restoration of fluorescence. This phenomenon can be utilized for the detection of biotin. Under the optimal conditions, the fluorescence recovery is linearly proportional to the concentration of biotin in the range of 10 nM-1.0 μM with a detection limit of 6.0 nM. This DNA-AgNCs probe with excellent fluorescent properties is sensitive and selective for the detection of biotin and has been applied for the determination of biotin in wheat flour. PMID:26750716

  10. Electron microprobe mineral analysis guide

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    Brown, R. W.

    1980-01-01

    Electron microprobe mineral analysis guide is a compilation of X-ray tables and spectra recorded from various mineral matrices. Spectra were obtained using electron microprobe, equipped with LiF geared, curved crystal X-ray spectrometers, utilizing typical analytical operating conditions: 15 Kv acceleration potential, 0.02 microampere sample current as measured on a clinopyroxene standard (CP19). Tables and spectra are presented for the majority of elements, fluorine through uranium, occurring in mineral samples from lunar, meteoritic and terrestrial sources. Tables for each element contain relevant analytical information, i.e., analyzing crystal, X-ray peak, background and relative intensity information, X-ray interferences and a section containing notes on the measurement. Originally intended to cover silicates and oxide minerals the tables and spectra have been expanded to cover other mineral phases. Electron microprobe mineral analysis guide is intended as a spectral base to which additional spectra can be added as the analyst encounters new mineral matrices.

  11. Dual-emission of a fluorescent graphene oxide-quantum dot nanohybrid for sensitive and selective visual sensor applications based on ratiometric fluorescence.

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    Zhu, Houjuan; Zhang, Wen; Zhang, Kui; Wang, Suhua

    2012-08-10

    A novel nanohybrid ratiometric fluorescence probe comprised of fluorescent graphene oxide and quantum dots (QDs) has been prepared by bringing CdTe QDs of red fluorescence and fluorescent graphene oxide (FGO) of blue fluorescence together through electrostatic attraction and hydrogen bonding interaction between their surface functional groups including carboxyl and amine groups. The nanohybrid ratiometric fluorescence probe exhibits dual emissions at 450 and 650 nm under a single excitation wavelength and shows high sensitivity for the detection of ferrous ions in the presence of H₂O₂. Ferrous ions reacts with H₂O₂ to generate very reactive hydroxyl radicals which possess a strong oxidizing nature and easily capture the electrons from the surfaces of the CdTe QDs, leading to fluorescence quenching of the QDs and no effect on the fluorescence of the graphene oxide, which hence results in a great change of the fluorescence ratio. Moreover, the ratiometric fluorescence probe is not only extremely sensitive to ferrous ions, but is also selective over other biologically relevant metal cations. The changes of fluorescence colour ratios can be used for visual sensing applications for ferrous ions in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, and can also be used for the indication of the existence of hydrogen peroxide. PMID:22797082

  12. Mn-Cr relative sensitivity factor in ferromagnesian olivines defined for SIMS measurements with a Cameca ims-1280 ion microprobe: Implications for dating secondary fayalite

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    Doyle, Patricia M.; Jogo, Kaori; Nagashima, Kazuhide; Huss, Gary R.; Krot, Alexander N.

    2016-02-01

    The short-lived radionuclide 53Mn, which decays to 53Cr with a half-life of ∼3.7 Myr, is useful for sequencing objects that formed within the first 20 Myr of Solar System evolution. 53Mn-53Cr relative chronology enables aqueously formed secondary minerals such as fayalite and various carbonates in ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites to be dated, thereby providing chronological constraints on aqueous alteration processes. In situ measurements of Mn-Cr isotope systematics in fayalite by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) require consideration of the relative sensitivities of the 55Mn+ and 52Cr+ ions, for which a relative sensitivity factor [RSF = (55Mn+/52Cr+)SIMS/(55Mn/52Cr)true] is defined using appropriate standards. In the past, San Carlos olivine (Fa∼10) was commonly used for this purpose, but a growing body of evidence suggests that it is an unsuitable standard for meteoritic fayalite (Fa>90). Natural fayalite also cannot be used as a standard because it contains only trace amounts of chromium, which makes determining a true 55Mn/52Cr ratio and its degree of heterogeneity very difficult. To investigate the dependence of the Mn-Cr RSF on ferromagnesian olivine compositions, we synthesized a suite of compositionally homogeneous Mn,Cr-bearing liquidus-phase ferromagnesian olivines (Fa31-99). Manganese-chromium isotopic measurements of San Carlos olivine and synthesized ferromagnesian olivines using the University of Hawai'i Cameca ims-1280 SIMS show that the RSF for Fa10 is ∼0.9; it increases rapidly between Fa10 and Fa31 and reaches a plateau value of ∼1.5 ± 0.1 for Fa>34. The RSF is time-dependent: it increases during the measurements of olivines with fayalite content <30 and decreases during the measurements of olivines with fayalite content >50. The RSF measured on ferroan olivine (Fa>90) is influenced by pit shape, whereas the RSF measured on magnesian olivine (Fa10) is less sensitive to changes in pit shape. For these reasons, 53Mn-53Cr

  13. Highly sensitive turn-on biosensors by regulating fluorescent dye assembly on liposome surfaces.

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    Seo, Sungbaek; Kwon, Min Sang; Phillips, Andrew W; Seo, Deokwon; Kim, Jinsang

    2015-06-25

    We developed a new self-signaling sensory system built on phospholipid liposomes having H-aggregated R6G dyes on their surface. Selective molecular recognition of a target by the phospholipid displaces R6G from the liposome surface to turn on fluorescence signal. Selective and sensitive detection of neomycin down to 2.3 nM is demonstrated. PMID:26022090

  14. Sensitive fluorescence response of ZnSe(S) quantum dots: an efficient fluorescence probe

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    Saikia, K.; Deb, P.; Kalita, E.

    2013-06-01

    An efficient fluorescence probe based on ZnSe(S) alloyed quantum dots (QDs) has been reported here. The alloyed QDs were prepared through an aqueous route, where 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) was employed as the effective precursor for both the sulfur source and stabilizer in the development of the alloyed system. Five-fold quantum yield (QY) enhancement was obtained for the ZnSe(S) QDs compared to the ZnSe QDs, formed in the initial stage of the refluxing process. The ultimate alloyed systems retained their high biocompatibility characteristics similar to the conventional ZnSe QDs. The photoluminescence of the ZnSe(S) QDs showed pH dependence, which was also evidenced in mammalian lymphocyte cells suspended in biological buffer over a wide pH range of 4.00-12.00. These characteristics make our prepared ZnSe(S) an efficient system for development of cell tracking, monitoring and sensing intracellular nanoprobes and devices.

  15. Highly Sensitive Determination of Hydrogen Peroxide and Glucose by Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy

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    Watabe, Satoshi; Sakamoto, Yuki; Morikawa, Mika; Okada, Ryuichi; Miura, Toshiaki; Ito, Etsuro

    2011-01-01

    Background Because H2O2 is generated by various oxidase-catalyzed reactions, a highly sensitive determination method of H2O2 is applicable to measurements of low levels of various oxidases and their substrates such as glucose, lactate, glutamate, urate, xanthine, choline, cholesterol and NADPH. We propose herein a new, highly sensitive method for the measurement of H2O2 and glucose using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). Methodology/Principal Findings FCS has the advantage of allowing us to determine the number of fluorescent molecules. FCS measures the fluctuations in fluorescence intensity caused by fluorescent probe movement in a small light cavity with a defined volume generated by confocal illumination. We thus developed a highly sensitive determination system of H2O2 by FCS, where horseradish peroxidase (HRP) catalyzes the formation of a covalent bond between fluorescent molecules and proteins in the presence of H2O2. Our developed system gave a linear calibration curve for H2O2 in the range of 28 to 300 nM with the detection limit of 8 nM. In addition, by coupling with glucose oxidase (GOD)-catalyzed reaction, the method allows to measure glucose in the range of 80 nM to 1.5 µM with detection limit of 24 nM. The method was applicable to the assay of glucose in blood plasma. The mean concentration of glucose in normal human blood plasma was determined to be 4.9 mM. Conclusions/Significance In comparison with commercial available methods, the detection limit and the minimum value of determination for glucose are at least 2 orders of magnitude more sensitive in our system. Such a highly sensitive method leads the fact that only a very small amount of plasma (20 nL) is needed for the determination of glucose concentration in blood plasma. PMID:21850246

  16. A virus-MIPs fluorescent sensor based on FRET for highly sensitive detection of JEV.

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    Liang, Caishuang; Wang, Huan; He, Kui; Chen, Chunyan; Chen, Xiaoming; Gong, Hang; Cai, Changqun

    2016-11-01

    Major stumbling blocks in the recognition and detection of virus are the unstable biological recognition element or the complex detection means. Here a fluorescent sensor based on virus-molecular imprinted polymers (virus-MIPs) was designed for specific recognition and highly sensitive detection of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). The virus-MIPs were anchored on the surface of silica microspheres modified by fluorescent dye, pyrene-1-carboxaldehyde (PC). The fluorescence intensity of PC can be enhanced by the principle of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), where virus acted as energy donor and PC acted as energy acceptor. The enhanced fluorescence intensity was proportional to the concentration of virus in the range of 24-960pM, with a limit of detection (LOD, 3σ) of 9.6pM, and the relative standard deviation was 1.99%. In additional, the specificity study confirmed the resultant MIPs has high-selectivity for JEV. This sensor would become a new key for the detection of virus because of its high sensitive, simple operation, high stability and low cost. PMID:27591625

  17. Thermal Outlining using Focused Ultrasound (TOFU) with reversible temperature sensitive fluorescent probes

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    Kwong, Tiffany C.; Nouizi, Farouk; Lin, Yuting; Zhu, Yue; Sampathkumaran, Uma; Gulsen, Gultekin

    2016-03-01

    Optical imaging has long been hindered by the high absorption and scattering of light in biological tissue. This makes it difficult to probe beyond a few millimeters beneath the surface without sacrificing image resolution and quantitative accuracy. Strong scattering and the inherent nature of the inverse problem makes fluorescence diffuse optical tomography (FT) extremely challenging. To this end, multi-modality techniques that combine anatomical imaging with the functional optical information have been used to improve the resolution and accuracy of FT. Previously, we have reported on the feasibility of a new imaging method, "Thermal Outlining using Focused Ultrasound" (TOFU), which combines the sensitivity of FT with the resolution of focused ultrasound using temperature reversible fluorescent probes. In this method, the position of the temperature reversible fluorescent probes is localized by an increase in fluorescent signal when the hot spot of the focused ultrasound beam is scanned over the medium. This a priori information is then utilized to guide and constrain conventional reconstruction algorithm to recover the position and concentration of the probes more accurately. The small size of the focal spot (~1.4 mm) up to a depth of 6 cm, allows imaging the distribution of these temperature sensitive agents with not only high spatial resolution but also high quantitative accuracy in deep tissue. In this work, the performance of the system will be evaluated using simulation and phantoms to investigate the dependence that size of the fluorescent distribution has on the TOFU system performance.

  18. Ultra-sensitive and selective Hg{sup 2+} detection based on fluorescent carbon dots

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    Liu, Ruihua; Li, Haitao; Kong, Weiqian; Liu, Juan; Liu, Yang; Tong, Cuiyan; Zhang, Xing; Kang, Zhenhui

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Fluorescent carbon dots were efficiently synthesized by one-step sodium hydroxide-assisted reflux method from PEG and demonstrated to show high selectivity toward Hg2+ ions detection. - Highlights: • FCDs were synthesized by one-step sodium hydroxide-assisted reflux method from PEG. • The FCDs emit blue photoluminescence and have upconversion fluorescent property. • The FCDs show ultra-sensitive detective ability for Hg{sup 2+} ions. - Abstract: Fluorescent carbon dots (FCDs) were efficiently synthesized by one-step sodium hydroxide-assisted reflux method from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). The obtained FCDs exhibit excellent water-solubility and high stability. Under the UV irradiation, the FCDs could emit bright blue photoluminescence, and also they were found to show excellent up-conversion fluorescence. It was further demonstrated that such FCDs can serve as effective fluorescent sensing platform for Hg{sup 2+} ions detection with ultra-sensitivity and selectivity. The sensing system achieved a limit of detection as low as 1 fM, which is much lower than all the previous reported sensing systems for Hg{sup 2+} ions detection. This FCDs sensing system has been successfully applied for the analysis of Hg{sup 2+} ions in water samples from river, lake, and tap water, showing good practical feasibility.

  19. A highly sensitive fluorescence probe for metallothioneins based on tiron-copper complex

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    Xiao, Xilin; Xue, Jinhua; Liao, Lifu; Huang, Mingyang; Zhou, Bin; He, Bo

    2015-06-01

    The fabrication of tiron-copper complex as a novel fluorescence probe for the sensitive directly detection of metallothioneins at nanomolar levels was demonstrated. In Britton-Robinson (B-R) buffer (pH 7.50), the interaction of bis(tiron)copper(II) complex cation [Cu(tiron)2]2+ and metallothioneins enhanced the fluorescence intensity of the system. The fluorescence enhancement at 347 nm was proportional to the concentration of metallothioneins. The mechanism was studied and discussed in terms of the fluorescence spectra. Under the optimal experimental conditions, at 347 nm, there was a linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity and the concentration of the metallothioneins in the range of 8.80 × 10-9-7.70 × 10-7 mol L-1, with a correlation coefficient of r = 0.995 and detection limit 2.60 × 10-9 mol L-1. The relative standard deviation was 0.77% (n = 11), and the average recovery 94.4%. The method proposed was successfully reliable, selective and sensitive in determining of trace metallothioneins in fish visceral organ samples with the results in good agreement with those obtained by HPLC.

  20. Highly selective and sensitive nanoprobes for cyanide based on gold nanoclusters with red fluorescence emission

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    Zhang, Guomei; Qiao, Yunyun; Xu, Ting; Zhang, Caihong; Zhang, Yan; Shi, Lihong; Shuang, Shaomin; Dong, Chuan

    2015-07-01

    We report a novel and environmentally friendly fluorescent probe for detecting the cyanide ion (CN-) using l-amino acid oxidase (LAAOx)-protected Au nanoclusters (LAAOx@AuNCs) with red emission. The fluorescence-based sensing behaviour of LAAOx@AuNCs towards anions was investigated in buffered aqueous media. Among the anions studied, CN- was found to effectively quench the fluorescence emission of AuNCs based on CN- induced Au core decomposition. Excellent sensitivity and selectivity toward the detection of CN- in aqueous solution were observed. The CN- detection limit was determined to be approximately 180 nM, which is 15 times lower than the maximum level (2700 nM) of CN- in drinking water permitted by the World Health Organization (WHO). A linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity and CN- concentration was observed in two ranges of CN- concentration, including 3.2 × 10-6 to 3.4 × 10-5 mol L-1 and 3.81 × 10-5 to 1.04 × 10-4 mol L-1. The high sensitivity and selectivity to CN- among the 17 types of anions make the AuNCs good candidates for use in fluorescent nanoprobes of CN-.

  1. Mesoporous structured MIPs@CDs fluorescence sensor for highly sensitive detection of TNT.

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    Xu, Shoufang; Lu, Hongzhi

    2016-11-15

    A facile strategy was developed to prepare mesoporous structured molecularly imprinted polymers capped carbon dots (M-MIPs@CDs) fluorescence sensor for highly sensitive and selective determination of TNT. The strategy using amino-CDs directly as "functional monomer" for imprinting simplify the imprinting process and provide well recognition sites accessibility. The as-prepared M-MIPs@CDs sensor, using periodic mesoporous silica as imprinting matrix, and amino-CDs directly as "functional monomer", exhibited excellent selectivity and sensitivity toward TNT with detection limit of 17nM. The recycling process was sustainable for 10 times without obvious efficiency decrease. The feasibility of the developed method in real samples was successfully evaluated through the analysis of TNT in soil and water samples with satisfactory recoveries of 88.6-95.7%. The method proposed in this work was proved to be a convenient and practical way to prepare high sensitive and selective fluorescence MIPs@CDs sensors. PMID:27315521

  2. High-sensitivity single-molecule fluorescence detection in theory and practice

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    Mathies, R.A.; Peck, K. . Dept. of Chemistry); Stryer, L. . Dept. of Cell Biology)

    1989-01-01

    The number of emitted photons that can be obtained from a fluorophore increases with the incident light intensity and the duration of illumination. However, saturation of the absorption transition and photodestruction place natural limits on the ultimate signal-to-noise ratio that can be obtained. Equations have been derived to describe the fluorescence-to-background-noise ratio in the presence of saturating light intensities and photodestruction. The fluorescence lifetime and the photodestruction quantum yield are the key parameters that determine the optimum light intensity and exposure time. To test this theory we have performed single molecule detection of phycoerythrin (PE). The laser power was selected to give a mean time between absorptions approximately equal to the fluorescence decay rate. The transit time was selected to be nearly equal to the photodestruction time of {approximately}600 {mu}s. Under these conditions the photocount distribution function, the photocount autocorrelation function, and the concentration dependence clearly show that we are detecting bursts of fluorescence from individual fluorophores. A hard-wired version of this single-molecule detection system was used to measure the concentration of PE down to 10{sup {minus}15} M. This single-molecule counter is three orders-of-magnitude more sensitive than conventional fluorescence detection systems. The approach presented here should be useful in the optimization of fluorescence detected DNA sequencing gels. 17 refs., 4 figs.

  3. Highly sensitive and selective fluorescent assay for guanine based on the Cu2 +/eosin Y system

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    Shi, Huimin; Cui, Yi; Gong, Yijun; Feng, Suling

    2016-05-01

    A fluorescent probe has been developed for the determination of guanine based on the quenched fluorescence signal of Cu2 +/eosin Y. Cu2 + interacted with eosin Y, resulting in fluorescence quenching. Subsequently, with the addition of guanine to the Cu2 +/eosin Y system, guanine reacted with Cu2 + to form 1:1 chelate cation, which further combined with eosin Y to form a 1:1 ternary ion-association complex by electrostatic attraction and hydrophobic interaction, resulting in significant decrease of the fluorescence. Hence, a fluorescent system was constructed for rapid, sensitive and selective detection of guanine with a detection limit as low as 1.5 nmol L- 1 and a linear range of 3.3-116 nmol L- 1. The method has been applied satisfactorily to the determination of guanine in DNA and urine samples with the recoveries from 98.7% to 105%. This study significantly expands the realm of application of ternary ion-association complex in fluorescence probe.

  4. Rapid and sensitive determination of clenbuterol in porcine muscle and swine urine using a fluorescent probe

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    Jing, Xu; Bai, Bing; Zhang, Chenxuan; Wu, Wenying; Du, Liming; Liu, Hailong; Yao, Guojun

    2015-02-01

    The feed additive Clenbuterol hydrochloric acid (CLB) is non-fluorescent, thus it is difficult to quantify through direct fluorescent method. Palmatine (PAL) can react with cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) to form stable complexes as a fluorescent probe. Significant quenching of the fluorescence intensity of the CB[7]-PAL complex was observed with the addition of CLB. Based on the significant quenching of the supramolecular complex fluorescence intensity, a novel spectrofluorimetric method with high convenience, selectivity and sensitivity was developed for the determination of CLB. The fluorescence quenching values (ΔF) showed good linear relationship with CLB concentrations from 0.011 μg mL-1 to 4.2 μg mL-1 with a detection limit 0.004 μg mL-1. In this research, an ultrasound treatment replaced the former time-consuming shake method to form stable complexes. The proposed spectrofluorimetric method had been successfully applied to the determination of CLB in porcine muscle and swine urine with good precision and accuracy. The competing reaction and the supramolecular interaction mechanisms between the CLB and PAL as they fight for occupancy of the CB[7] cavity were studied using spectrofluorimetry, 1H NMR, and molecular modeling calculations. Interestingly, results indicate that two stable CB[7]-CLB complexes were formed.

  5. Rapid and sensitive determination of clenbuterol in porcine muscle and swine urine using a fluorescent probe.

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    Jing, Xu; Bai, Bing; Zhang, Chenxuan; Wu, Wenying; Du, Liming; Liu, Hailong; Yao, Guojun

    2015-02-01

    The feed additive Clenbuterol hydrochloric acid (CLB) is non-fluorescent, thus it is difficult to quantify through direct fluorescent method. Palmatine (PAL) can react with cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) to form stable complexes as a fluorescent probe. Significant quenching of the fluorescence intensity of the CB[7]-PAL complex was observed with the addition of CLB. Based on the significant quenching of the supramolecular complex fluorescence intensity, a novel spectrofluorimetric method with high convenience, selectivity and sensitivity was developed for the determination of CLB. The fluorescence quenching values (ΔF) showed good linear relationship with CLB concentrations from 0.011 μg mL(-1) to 4.2 μg mL(-1) with a detection limit 0.004 μg mL(-1). In this research, an ultrasound treatment replaced the former time-consuming shake method to form stable complexes. The proposed spectrofluorimetric method had been successfully applied to the determination of CLB in porcine muscle and swine urine with good precision and accuracy. The competing reaction and the supramolecular interaction mechanisms between the CLB and PAL as they fight for occupancy of the CB[7] cavity were studied using spectrofluorimetry, (1)H NMR, and molecular modeling calculations. Interestingly, results indicate that two stable CB[7]-CLB complexes were formed. PMID:25315870

  6. Evaluation of sensitivity of fluorescence-based asbestos detection by correlative microscopy.

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    Ishida, Takenori; Alexandrov, Maxym; Nishimura, Tomoki; Minakawa, Kenji; Hirota, Ryuichi; Sekiguchi, Kiyoshi; Kohyama, Norihiko; Kuroda, Akio

    2012-01-01

    Fluorescence microscopy (FM) has recently been applied to the detection of airborne asbestos fibers that can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. In our previous studies, we discovered that the E. coli protein DksA specifically binds to the most commonly used type of asbestos, chrysotile. We also demonstrated that fluorescent-labeled DksA enabled far more specific and sensitive detection of airborne asbestos fibers than conventional phase contrast microscopy (PCM). However, the actual diameter of the thinnest asbestos fibers visualized under the FM platform was unclear, as their dimensions were below the resolution of optical microscopy. Here, we used correlative microscopy (scanning electron microscopy [SEM] in combination with FM) to measure the actual diameters of asbestos fibers visualized under the FM platform with fluorescent-labeled DksA as a probe. Our analysis revealed that FM offers sufficient sensitivity to detect chrysotile fibrils as thin as 30-35 nm. We therefore conclude that as an analytical method, FM has the potential to detect all countable asbestos fibers in air samples, thus approaching the sensitivity of SEM. By visualizing thin asbestos fibers at approximately tenfold lower magnifications, FM enables markedly more rapid counting of fibers than SEM. Thus, fluorescence microscopy represents an advanced analytical tool for asbestos detection and monitoring. PMID:21932006

  7. Correlated fluorescence and 3D electron microscopy with high sensitivity and spatial precision

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    Kukulski, Wanda; Schorb, Martin; Welsch, Sonja; Picco, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    Correlative electron and fluorescence microscopy has the potential to elucidate the ultrastructural details of dynamic and rare cellular events, but has been limited by low precision and sensitivity. Here we present a method for direct mapping of signals originating from ∼20 fluorescent protein molecules to 3D electron tomograms with a precision of less than 100 nm. We demonstrate that this method can be used to identify individual HIV particles bound to mammalian cell surfaces. We also apply the method to image microtubule end structures bound to mal3p in fission yeast, and demonstrate that growing microtubule plus-ends are flared in vivo. We localize Rvs167 to endocytic sites in budding yeast, and show that scission takes place halfway through a 10-s time period during which amphiphysins are bound to the vesicle neck. This new technique opens the door for direct correlation of fluorescence and electron microscopy to visualize cellular processes at the ultrastructural scale. PMID:21200030

  8. Ultra-sensitive fluorescence spectroscopy of isolated surface-adsorbed molecules using an optical nanofiber.

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    Stiebeiner, A; Rehband, O; Garcia-Fernandez, R; Rauschenbeutel, A

    2009-11-23

    The strong radial confinement and the pronounced evanescent field of the guided light in optical nanofibers yield favorable conditions for ultra-sensitive surface spectroscopy of molecules deposited on the fiber. Using the guided mode of the nanofiber for both excitation and fluorescence collection, we present spectroscopic measurements on 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride molecules (PTCDA) at ambient conditions. Surface coverages as small as 1 per thousand of a compact monolayer still give rise to fluorescence spectra with a good signal to noise ratio. Moreover, we analyze and quantify the self-absorption effects due to reabsorption of the emitted fluorescence light by circumjacent surface-adsorbed molecules distributed along the fiber waist. PMID:19997412

  9. Simple and sensitive fluorescent and electrochemical trinitrotoluene sensors based on aqueous carbon dots.

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    Zhang, Lingling; Han, Yujie; Zhu, Jinbo; Zhai, Yanling; Dong, Shaojun

    2015-02-17

    Aqueous N-rich carbon dots (CDs), prepared by the microwave-assisted pyrolysis method, are applied as a dual sensing platform for both the fluorescent and electrochemical detection of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). The fluorescent sensing platform is established on the strong TNT-amino interaction which can quench the photoluminescence of amino functionalized CDs through charge transfer. The resultant linear detection ranges from 10 nM to 1.5 μM with a fast response time of 30 s. Glassy carbon electrode modified with CDs exhibits a fine capability for TNT reduction with the linear range from 5 nM to 30 μM, better than that obtained by the fluorescent method. Moreover, the minimum distinguishable response concentration with respect to these two methods is down to the nanomolar level with a high specificity and sensitivity. PMID:25600090

  10. The possibilities of improvement in the sensitivity of cancer fluorescence diagnostics by computer image processing

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    Ledwon, Aleksandra; Bieda, Robert; Kawczyk-Krupka, Aleksandra; Polanski, Andrzej; Wojciechowski, Konrad; Latos, Wojciech; Sieron-Stoltny, Karolina; Sieron, Aleksander

    2008-02-01

    Background: Fluorescence diagnostics uses the ability of tissues to fluoresce after exposition to a specific wavelength of light. The change in fluorescence between normal and progression to cancer allows to see early cancer and precancerous lesions often missed by white light. Aim: To improve by computer image processing the sensitivity of fluorescence images obtained during examination of skin, oral cavity, vulva and cervix lesions, during endoscopy, cystoscopy and bronchoscopy using Xillix ONCOLIFE. Methods: Function of image f(x,y):R2 --> R 3 was transformed from original color space RGB to space in which vector of 46 values refers to every point labeled by defined xy-coordinates- f(x,y):R2 --> R 46. By means of Fisher discriminator vector of attributes of concrete point analalyzed in the image was reduced according to two defined classes defined as pathologic areas (foreground) and healthy areas (background). As a result the highest four fisher's coefficients allowing the greatest separation between points of pathologic (foreground) and healthy (background) areas were chosen. In this way new function f(x,y):R2 --> R 4 was created in which point x,y corresponds with vector Y, H, a*, c II. In the second step using Gaussian Mixtures and Expectation-Maximisation appropriate classificator was constructed. This classificator enables determination of probability that the selected pixel of analyzed image is a pathologically changed point (foreground) or healthy one (background). Obtained map of probability distribution was presented by means of pseudocolors. Results: Image processing techniques improve the sensitivity, quality and sharpness of original fluorescence images. Conclusion: Computer image processing enables better visualization of suspected areas examined by means of fluorescence diagnostics.

  11. Novel fluorescent silver nanoparticles: sensitive and selective turn off sensor for cadmium ions

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    Makwana, Bharat A.; Vyas, Disha J.; Bhatt, Keyur D.; Darji, Savan; Jain, Vinod K.

    2016-04-01

    The synthesis of metal nanoparticles by eco-friendly and reliable processes is an important aspect in many fields. In this study, octamethoxy resorcin [4] arene tetrahydrazide (OMRTH)-reduced and stabilized silver nanoparticles were synthesized via a simple one-pot method. Synthesized silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and particle size analyzer (PSA). Furthermore, the application of OMRTH-AgNps as a simple, cost-effective and sensitive fluorescent sensor for rapid detection of cadmium was explored. Under optimum conditions, the fluorescence intensity of OMRTH-AgNps was inversely proportional to the cadmium concentration. Using OMRTH-AgNps as a selective and sensitive fluorescent probe, cadmium can be detected at a minimum concentration level of 10-8 M in a facile way of fluorescence quenching, i.e., by a "turn off" mechanism. The method has been successfully applied for determination of Cd[II] ions in groundwater and industrial effluent wastewater samples.

  12. Determination of L-tyrosine by β-cyclodextrin sensitized fluorescence quenching method

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    Zhu, Xiashi; Xu, Suqin

    2010-10-01

    A novel β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) sensitized fluorescence quenching method for the determination of L-tyrosine ( L-Tyr) with Mo(VI)-phenyl-fluorone (PF) as a fluorescence probe has been developed. The fluorescence intensity of Mo(VI)-PF-β-CD was diminished as the L-tyrosine was added, the fluorescence quenching value Δ F = Fβ-CD-Mo-PF - Fβ-CD-Mo-PF- L-Tyr was enhanced in β-CD and there was a linear relationship between the Δ F and the concentration of L-Tyr. Under the optimal conditions, the linear range of calibration curve for the determination of L-tyrosine was 0.3-20.0 μg mL -1; the detection limit was 0.094 μg mL -1. NaOH (10%, w/v) is the best reagent of hydrolysis in sample preparation. The sensitized mechanism of β-cyclodextrin was discussed. The method has been applied to the determination of L-tyrosine in spirulina and food samples with satisfactory results.

  13. Sensitive detection of p53 antibodies in a homogeneous fluorescence assay format

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    Neuweiler, Hannes; Schulz, Andreas; Wolfrum, Juergen M.; Sauer, Markus

    2002-06-01

    Circulating p53 autoantibodies are found to be a universal and highly specific tumor marker for malignant diseases. Hence, sereological screening for p53 autoantibodies at low concentration levels has become increasingly relevant for early-stage and follow-up of tumor diagnostics. We developed a new method for the highly sensitive detection of p53 antibodies in a homogeneous fluorescence assay format. Short, linear peptide derived form antibody recognition sequences so human p53 were labeled with an oxazine dye. Hydrophobic interactions constrain a conformation, where the dye interacts selectively with a tryptophan residue in the peptide sequence. Subsequently, the fluorescence of the dye is quenched efficiently due to electron transfer from the indole derivative to the dye in the excited state. Specific antibody recognition induces a conformational change in the peptide structure, repealing the dye-tryptophan interaction. Consequently, a fluorescence increase upon antibody binding signals the binding event. The long-wavelength absorption and emission characteristics of the probe and the use of a red pulsed diode laser as excitation source in a confocal fluorescence microscopic set-up allows ultra sensitive antibody detection at the single-molecule level. The effectiveness of the probes are highlighted by the detection of individual p53 autoantibodies directly in serum dilutions of cancer patients.

  14. Sensitive detection of acetylcholine based on a novel boronate intramolecular charge transfer fluorescence probe.

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    Liu, Chang; Shen, Youming; Yin, Peng; Li, Lidong; Liu, Meiling; Zhang, Youyu; Li, Haitao; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2014-11-15

    A highly sensitive and selective fluorescence method for the detection of acetylcholine (ACh) based on enzyme-generated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and a new boronate intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) fluorescence probe, 4-(4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-1,3,2-dioxaborolan-2-yl)-N-butyl-1,8-naphthalimide (BN), was developed. This strategy involves the reaction of ACh with acetylcholinesterase (AChE) to produce choline, which is further oxidized by choline oxidase (ChOx) to obtain betaine and H2O2. The enzyme-generated H2O2 reacts with BN and results in hydrolytic deprotection of BN to generate fluorescent product (4-hydroxyl-N-butyl-1,8-naphthalimide, ON). Two consecutive linear response ranges allow determining ACh in a wide concentration range with a low detection limit of 2.7 nM (signal/noise=3). Compared with other fluorescent probes based on the mechanism of nonspecific oxidation, this reported boronate probe has the advantage of no interference from other biologically relevant reactive oxygen species (ROS) on the detection of ACh. This study provides a new method for the detection of ACh with high selectivity and sensitivity. PMID:25132563

  15. Synthesis of thermo- and pH-sensitive polyion complex micelles for fluorescent imaging.

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    Liu, Yun; Li, Cao; Wang, Hui-Yuan; Zhang, Xian-Zheng; Zhuo, Ren-Xi

    2012-02-20

    Two thermo- and pH-sensitive polypeptide-based copolymers, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-N-hydroxymethylacrylamide)-b-poly(L-lysine) (P(NIPAAm-co-HMAAm)-b-PLL, P1) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-N-hydroxymethylacrylamide)-b-poly(glutamic acid) (P(NIPAAm-co-HMAAm)-b-PGA, P2), have been designed and synthesized by the ring-opening anionic polymerization of N-carboxyanhydrides (NCA) with amino-terminated P(NIPAAm-co-HMAAm). It was found that the block copolymers exhibit good biocompatibility and low toxicity. As a result of electrostatic interactions between the positively charged PLL and negatively charged PGA, P1 and P2 formed polyion complex (PIC) micelles consisting of polyelectrolyte complex cores and P(NIPAAm-co-HMAAm) shells in aqueous solution. The thermo- and pH-sensitivity of the PIC micelles were studied by UV/Vis spectrophotometry, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Moreover, fluorescent PIC micelles were achieved by introducing two fluorescent molecules with different colors. Photographs and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) showed that the fluorescence-labeled PIC micelles exhibit thermo- and pH-dependent fluorescence, which may find wide applications in bioimaging in complicated microenvironments. PMID:22250041

  16. New Environment-Sensitive Multichannel DNA Fluorescent Label for Investigation of the Protein-DNA Interactions

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    Vorobjev, Yuri N.; Barthes, Nicolas P. F.; Michel, Benoît Y.; Burger, Alain; Fedorova, Olga S.

    2014-01-01

    Here, we report the study of a new multichannel DNA fluorescent base analogue 3-hydroxychromone (3HC) to evaluate its suitability as a fluorescent reporter probe of structural transitions during protein-DNA interactions and its comparison with the current commercially available 2-aminopurine (aPu), pyrrolocytosine (Cpy) and 1,3-diaza-2-oxophenoxazine (tCO). For this purpose, fluorescent base analogues were incorporated into DNA helix on the opposite or on the 5′-side of the damaged nucleoside 5,6-dihydrouridine (DHU), which is specifically recognized and removed by Endonuclease VIII. These fluorophores demonstrated different sensitivities to the DNA helix conformational changes. The highest sensitivity and the most detailed information about the conformational changes of DNA induced by protein binding and processing were obtained using the 3HC probe. The application of this new artificial fluorescent DNA base is a very useful tool for the studies of complex mechanisms of protein-DNA interactions. Using 3HC biosensor, the kinetic mechanism of Endonuclease VIII action was specified. PMID:24925085

  17. New environment-sensitive multichannel DNA fluorescent label for investigation of the protein-DNA interactions.

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    Kuznetsova, Alexandra A; Kuznetsov, Nikita A; Vorobjev, Yuri N; Barthes, Nicolas P F; Michel, Benoît Y; Burger, Alain; Fedorova, Olga S

    2014-01-01

    Here, we report the study of a new multichannel DNA fluorescent base analogue 3-hydroxychromone (3HC) to evaluate its suitability as a fluorescent reporter probe of structural transitions during protein-DNA interactions and its comparison with the current commercially available 2-aminopurine (aPu), pyrrolocytosine (Cpy) and 1,3-diaza-2-oxophenoxazine (tCO). For this purpose, fluorescent base analogues were incorporated into DNA helix on the opposite or on the 5'-side of the damaged nucleoside 5,6-dihydrouridine (DHU), which is specifically recognized and removed by Endonuclease VIII. These fluorophores demonstrated different sensitivities to the DNA helix conformational changes. The highest sensitivity and the most detailed information about the conformational changes of DNA induced by protein binding and processing were obtained using the 3HC probe. The application of this new artificial fluorescent DNA base is a very useful tool for the studies of complex mechanisms of protein-DNA interactions. Using 3HC biosensor, the kinetic mechanism of Endonuclease VIII action was specified. PMID:24925085

  18. Rapid and sensitive detection of early esophageal squamous cell carcinoma with fluorescence probe targeting dipeptidylpeptidase IV.

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    Onoyama, Haruna; Kamiya, Mako; Kuriki, Yugo; Komatsu, Toru; Abe, Hiroyuki; Tsuji, Yosuke; Yagi, Koichi; Yamagata, Yukinori; Aikou, Susumu; Nishida, Masato; Mori, Kazuhiko; Yamashita, Hiroharu; Fujishiro, Mitsuhiro; Nomura, Sachiyo; Shimizu, Nobuyuki; Fukayama, Masashi; Koike, Kazuhiko; Urano, Yasuteru; Seto, Yasuyuki

    2016-01-01

    Early detection of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is an important prognosticator, but is difficult to achieve by conventional endoscopy. Conventional lugol chromoendoscopy and equipment-based image-enhanced endoscopy, such as narrow-band imaging (NBI), have various practical limitations. Since fluorescence-based visualization is considered a promising approach, we aimed to develop an activatable fluorescence probe to visualize ESCCs. First, based on the fact that various aminopeptidase activities are elevated in cancer, we screened freshly resected specimens from patients with a series of aminopeptidase-activatable fluorescence probes. The results indicated that dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP-IV) is specifically activated in ESCCs, and would be a suitable molecular target for detection of esophageal cancer. Therefore, we designed, synthesized and characterized a series of DPP-IV-activatable fluorescence probes. When the selected probe was topically sprayed onto endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) or surgical specimens, tumors were visualized within 5 min, and when the probe was sprayed on biopsy samples, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy reached 96.9%, 85.7% and 90.5%. We believe that DPP-IV-targeted activatable fluorescence probes are practically translatable as convenient tools for clinical application to enable rapid and accurate diagnosis of early esophageal cancer during endoscopic or surgical procedures. PMID:27245876

  19. Rapid and sensitive detection of early esophageal squamous cell carcinoma with fluorescence probe targeting dipeptidylpeptidase IV

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    Onoyama, Haruna; Kamiya, Mako; Kuriki, Yugo; Komatsu, Toru; Abe, Hiroyuki; Tsuji, Yosuke; Yagi, Koichi; Yamagata, Yukinori; Aikou, Susumu; Nishida, Masato; Mori, Kazuhiko; Yamashita, Hiroharu; Fujishiro, Mitsuhiro; Nomura, Sachiyo; Shimizu, Nobuyuki; Fukayama, Masashi; Koike, Kazuhiko; Urano, Yasuteru; Seto, Yasuyuki

    2016-01-01

    Early detection of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is an important prognosticator, but is difficult to achieve by conventional endoscopy. Conventional lugol chromoendoscopy and equipment-based image-enhanced endoscopy, such as narrow-band imaging (NBI), have various practical limitations. Since fluorescence-based visualization is considered a promising approach, we aimed to develop an activatable fluorescence probe to visualize ESCCs. First, based on the fact that various aminopeptidase activities are elevated in cancer, we screened freshly resected specimens from patients with a series of aminopeptidase-activatable fluorescence probes. The results indicated that dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP-IV) is specifically activated in ESCCs, and would be a suitable molecular target for detection of esophageal cancer. Therefore, we designed, synthesized and characterized a series of DPP-IV-activatable fluorescence probes. When the selected probe was topically sprayed onto endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) or surgical specimens, tumors were visualized within 5 min, and when the probe was sprayed on biopsy samples, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy reached 96.9%, 85.7% and 90.5%. We believe that DPP-IV-targeted activatable fluorescence probes are practically translatable as convenient tools for clinical application to enable rapid and accurate diagnosis of early esophageal cancer during endoscopic or surgical procedures. PMID:27245876

  20. Sensitive β-galactosidase-targeting fluorescence probe for visualizing small peritoneal metastatic tumours in vivo.

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    Asanuma, Daisuke; Sakabe, Masayo; Kamiya, Mako; Yamamoto, Kyoko; Hiratake, Jun; Ogawa, Mikako; Kosaka, Nobuyuki; Choyke, Peter L; Nagano, Tetsuo; Kobayashi, Hisataka; Urano, Yasuteru

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence-guided diagnostics is one of the most promising approaches for facile detection of cancer in situ. Here we focus on β-galactosidase, which is overexpressed in primary ovarian cancers, as a molecular target for visualizing peritoneal metastases from ovarian cancers. As existing fluorescence probes are unsuitable, we have designed membrane-permeable HMRef-βGal, in which the optimized intramolecular spirocyclic function affords >1,400-fold fluorescence enhancement on activation. We confirm that HMRef-βGal sensitively detects intracellular β-galactosidase activity in several ovarian cancer lines. In vivo, this probe visualizes metastases as small as <1 mm in diameter in seven mouse models of disseminated human peritoneal ovarian cancer (SHIN3, SKOV3, OVK18, OVCAR3, OVCAR4, OVCAR5 and OVCAR8). Because of its high brightness, real-time detection of metastases with the naked eye is possible. Endoscopic fluorescence detection of metastases is also demonstrated. The results clearly indicate preclinical potential value of the probe for fluorescence-guided diagnosis of peritoneal metastases from ovarian cancers. PMID:25765713

  1. Sensitive β-galactosidase-targeting fluorescence probe for visualizing small peritoneal metastatic tumours in vivo

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    Asanuma, Daisuke; Sakabe, Masayo; Kamiya, Mako; Yamamoto, Kyoko; Hiratake, Jun; Ogawa, Mikako; Kosaka, Nobuyuki; Choyke, Peter L.; Nagano, Tetsuo; Kobayashi, Hisataka; Urano, Yasuteru

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence-guided diagnostics is one of the most promising approaches for facile detection of cancer in situ. Here we focus on β-galactosidase, which is overexpressed in primary ovarian cancers, as a molecular target for visualizing peritoneal metastases from ovarian cancers. As existing fluorescence probes are unsuitable, we have designed membrane-permeable HMRef-βGal, in which the optimized intramolecular spirocyclic function affords >1,400-fold fluorescence enhancement on activation. We confirm that HMRef-βGal sensitively detects intracellular β-galactosidase activity in several ovarian cancer lines. In vivo, this probe visualizes metastases as small as <1 mm in diameter in seven mouse models of disseminated human peritoneal ovarian cancer (SHIN3, SKOV3, OVK18, OVCAR3, OVCAR4, OVCAR5 and OVCAR8). Because of its high brightness, real-time detection of metastases with the naked eye is possible. Endoscopic fluorescence detection of metastases is also demonstrated. The results clearly indicate preclinical potential value of the probe for fluorescence-guided diagnosis of peritoneal metastases from ovarian cancers. PMID:25765713

  2. Fluorescent chitosan complex nanosphere diazeniumdiolates as donors and sensitive real-time probes of nitric oxide.

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    Tan, Lianjiang; Wan, Ajun; Li, Huili

    2013-02-21

    A new CuFL (2-{2-chloro-6-hydroxy-5-[(2-methyl-quinolin-8-ylamino)-methyl]-3-oxo-3H-xanthen-9-yl}-benzoic acid)-CS (chitosan) NS diazeniumdiolates system consisting of NO donors and highly-sensitive NO probes is reported. FL-CS NS diazeniumdiolates were synthesized by incorporating the fluorescent molecule FL with chitosan (CS) and reacting the resultant FL-CS complex with pressurized NO and dimethyl sulfate (DMS). Then the FL-CS NS diazeniumdiolates were reacted with copper chloride (CuCl(2)) to generate non-fluorescent CuFL-CS NS diazeniumdiolates. The CuFL-CS NS diazeniumdiolates have a spherical outline with a dimension of ca. 250 nm. They have high selectivity for NO over other related substances. The results of in vitro and in vivo experiments indicate that the CuFL-CS NS diazeniumdiolates can release NO under physiological conditions and meanwhile detect the released NO based on the considerable fluorescence increase of the otherwise non-fluorescent system caused by the NO. The good fluorescence stability of the NO-FL-CS NS provides prospects for the CuFL-CS NS diazeniumdiolates in biomedical applications. PMID:23223327

  3. Polythiophene nanofilms for sensitive fluorescence detection of viruses in drinking water.

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    Wankar, Shashwati; Turner, Nicholas W; Krupadam, Reddithota J

    2016-08-15

    Molecular imprints of the tobacco necrosis virus (TNV) have been formed within polythiophene nanofilms with an approximate thickness of 200nm. These films have been electrochemically deposited onto conducting Au surfaces. Upon rebinding, the TNV-polythiophene complex changes the fluorescence intensity of the nanofilm. The fluorescence intensity at 410nm was observed to be proportional to the concentration of viruses in the range of 0.1-10ngL(-1) (0.15-15pg) with the lower calculated detection limit of 2.29ngL(-1) (3.4pg). The intensity of the fluorescence emission is not affected by the thickness of the polythiophene film and the nature of TNV specific binding sites. Kinetic data analyses showed that the nanofilm responds to TNV within 2min; and cross-selectivity studies with tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) showed an excellent specificity for the targeted TNV. These binding experiments demonstrate the potential of fluorescence emission for the specific, label free and rapid detection of viruses using nanofilm sensors. Taking into account the lower limit of detection, the fluorescence sensing reported here is reliable, simple to perform, rapid, cost-effective and offers a sensitive analytical method for virus detection in water resources. PMID:27031187

  4. Fluorescent Immunochromatography for Rapid and Sensitive Typing of Seasonal Influenza Viruses

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    Sakurai, Akira; Takayama, Katsuyoshi; Nomura, Namiko; Kajiwara, Naoki; Okamatsu, Masatoshi; Yamamoto, Naoki; Tamura, Tsuruki; Yamada, Jitsuho; Hashimoto, Masako; Sakoda, Yoshihiro; Suda, Yoshihiko; Kobayashi, Yukuharu; Kida, Hiroshi; Shibasaki, Futoshi

    2015-01-01

    Lateral flow tests also known as Immunochromatography (IC) is an antigen-detection method conducted on a nitrocellulose membrane that can be completed in less than 20 min. IC has been used as an important rapid test for clinical diagnosis and surveillance of influenza viruses, but the IC sensitivity is relatively low (approximately 60%) and the limit of detection (LOD) is as low as 10³ pfu per reaction. Recently, we reported an improved IC assay using antibodies conjugated with fluorescent beads (fluorescent immunochromatography; FLIC) for subtyping H5 influenza viruses (FLIC-H5). Although the FLIC strip must be scanned using a fluorescent reader, the sensitivity (LOD) is significantly improved over that of conventional IC methods. In addition, the antibodies which are specific against the subtypes of influenza viruses cannot be available for the detection of other subtypes when the major antigenicity will be changed. In this study, we established the use of FLIC to type seasonal influenza A and B viruses (FLIC-AB). This method has improved sensitivity to 100-fold higher than that of conventional IC methods when we used several strains of influenza viruses. In addition, FLIC-AB demonstrated the ability to detect influenza type A and influenza type B viruses from clinical samples with high sensitivity and specificity (Type A: sensitivity 98.7% (74/75), specificity 100% (54/54), Type B: sensitivity 100% (90/90), specificity 98.2% (54/55) in nasal swab samples) in comparison to the results of qRT-PCR. And furthermore, FLIC-AB performs better in the detection of early stage infection (under 13h) than other conventional IC methods. Our results provide new strategies to prevent the early-stage transmission of influenza viruses in humans during both seasonal outbreaks and pandemics. PMID:25650570

  5. Sensitive Immunofluorescent Staining of Cells via Generation of Fluorescent Nanoscale Polymer Films in Response to Biorecognition

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    Avens, Heather J.; Berron, Brad J.; May, Allison M.; Voigt, Katerina R.; Seedorf, Gregory J.; Balasubramaniam, Vivek; Bowman, Christopher N.

    2011-01-01

    Immunofluorescent staining is central to nearly all cell-based research, yet only a few fluorescent signal amplification approaches for cell staining exist, each with distinct limitations. Here, the authors present a novel, fluorescent polymerization-based amplification (FPBA) method that is shown to enable similar signal intensities as the highly sensitive, enzyme-based tyramide signal amplification (TSA) approach. Being non-enzymatic, FPBA is not expected to suffer from nonspecific staining of endogenous enzymes, as occurs with enzyme-based approaches. FPBA employs probes labeled with photopolymerization initiators, which lead to the controlled formation of fluorescent polymer films only at targeted biorecognition sites. Nuclear pore complex proteins (NPCs; in membranes), vimentin (in filaments), and von Willebrand factor (in granules) were all successfully immunostained by FPBA. Also, FPBA was demonstrated to be capable of multicolor immunostaining of multiple antigens. To assess relative sensitivity, decreasing concentrations of anti-NPC antibody were used, indicating that both FPBA and TSA stained NPC down to a 1:100,000 dilution. Nonspecific, cytoplasmic signal resulting from NPC staining was found to be reduced up to 5.5-fold in FPBA as compared to TSA, demonstrating better signal localization with FPBA. FPBA’s unique approach affords a combination of preferred attributes, including high sensitivity and specificity not otherwise available with current techniques. PMID:21339175

  6. Sensitive detection of Porphyromonas gingivalis based on magnetic capture and upconversion fluorescent identification with multifunctional nanospheres.

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    Qin, Wei; Zheng, Bin; Yuan, Yuan; Li, Meng; Bai, Yang; Chang, Jin; Wang, Hanjie; Wang, Yonglan

    2016-08-01

    A specific and sensitive detection system was designed to detect Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major periodontal pathogen, in mixed bacterial fluids. This new detection system was based on the use of fluorescent and magnetic encoding nanospheres that were conjugated with monoclonal antibodies specific to P. gingivalis, thus enabling rapid detection of the target bacterium. This strategy simplifies the detection process and improves the sensitivity compared with conventional methods, with a detection limit of approximately 10 colony-forming units (CFU) ml(-1) . This new method shows strong anti-interference ability and excellent selectivity and specificity to detect P. gingivalis in mixed solutions. PMID:27334431

  7. Solid state photon upconversion utilizing thermally activated delayed fluorescence molecules as triplet sensitizer

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    Wu, Tony C.; Congreve, Daniel N.; Baldo, Marc A.

    2015-07-20

    The ability to upconvert light is useful for a range of applications, from biological imaging to solar cells. But modern technologies have struggled to upconvert incoherent incident light at low intensities. Here, we report solid state photon upconversion employing triplet-triplet exciton annihilation in an organic semiconductor, sensitized by a thermally activated-delayed fluorescence (TADF) dye. Compared to conventional phosphorescent sensitizers, the TADF dye maximizes the wavelength shift in upconversion due to its small singlet-triplet splitting. The efficiency of energy transfer from the TADF dye is 9.1%, and the conversion yield of sensitizer exciton pairs to singlet excitons in the annihilator is 1.1%. Our results demonstrate upconversion in solid state geometries and with non-heavy metal-based sensitizer materials.

  8. Solid state photon upconversion utilizing thermally activated delayed fluorescence molecules as triplet sensitizer

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    Wu, Tony C.; Congreve, Daniel N.; Baldo, Marc A.

    2015-07-01

    The ability to upconvert light is useful for a range of applications, from biological imaging to solar cells. But modern technologies have struggled to upconvert incoherent incident light at low intensities. Here, we report solid state photon upconversion employing triplet-triplet exciton annihilation in an organic semiconductor, sensitized by a thermally activated-delayed fluorescence (TADF) dye. Compared to conventional phosphorescent sensitizers, the TADF dye maximizes the wavelength shift in upconversion due to its small singlet-triplet splitting. The efficiency of energy transfer from the TADF dye is 9.1%, and the conversion yield of sensitizer exciton pairs to singlet excitons in the annihilator is 1.1%. Our results demonstrate upconversion in solid state geometries and with non-heavy metal-based sensitizer materials.

  9. The mutual influence of two different dyes on their sensitized fluorescence (cofluorescence) in nanoparticles from complexes

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    Mironov, L. Yu.; Sveshnikova, E. B.; Ermolaev, V. L.

    2013-10-01

    We have studied the fluorescence sensitization and quenching for pairs of different dyes simultaneously incorporated into nanoparticles from complexes M(diketone)3phen, where M(III) is La(III), Lu(III), or Sc(III); diketone is p-phenylbenzoyltrifluoroacetone (PhBTA) or naphthoyltrifluoroacetone (NTA); and phen is 1,10-phenanthroline. We have shown that, upon formation of nanoparticles in the solution in the presence of two dyes the concentrations of which are either comparable with or lower than the concentration of nanoparticles (<20 nM), the intensities of the sensitized fluorescence of dyes in nanoparticles in binary solutions and in solutions of either of the dyes coincide. We have found that the intensity of sensitized fluorescence of small (<20 nM) concentrations of rhodamine 6G (R6G) or Nile blue (NB) increases by an order of magnitude upon simultaneous introduction into nanoparticles of 1 μM of coumarin 30 (C30), while the intensity of fluorescence of C30 sensitized by complexes decreases by an order of magnitude. The same effect is observed as 1 μM of R6G are introduced into nanoparticles with NB ([NB] ≤ 20 nM). The increase in the fluorescence of dye molecules upon their incorporation from the solution into nanoparticles from complexes is noticeably lower than that expected from the proposed ratio of concentrations of complexes and dyes in nanoparticles. Analysis of the obtained data indicates that the introduction of large concentrations of C30 or R6G dyes into nanoparticles makes it possible to prevent large energy losses due to impurities or upon transition to a triplet state that arises during the migration of the excitation energy over S 1 levels of complexes. Energy accumulated by these dyes is efficiently transferred to another dye that is present in the solution at lower concentrations and that has a lower-lying S 1 level, which makes it possible to increase its fluorescence by an order of magnitude upon its incorporation into nanoparticles.

  10. Highly sensitive detection of human papillomavirus type 16 DNA using time-resolved fluorescence microscopy and long lifetime probes

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    Wang, Xue F.; Periasamy, Ammasi; Wodnicki, Pawel; Siadat-Pajouh, M.; Herman, Brian

    1995-04-01

    We have been interested in the role of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer and its diagnosis; to that end we have been developing microscopic imaging and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques to genotype and quantitate the amount of HPV present at a single cell level in cervical PAP smears. However, we have found that low levels of HPV DNA are difficult to detect accurately because theoretically obtainable sensitivity is never achieved due to nonspecific autofluorescence, fixative induced fluorescence of cells and tissues, and autofluorescence of the optical components in the microscopic system. In addition, the absorption stains used for PAP smears are intensely autofluorescent. Autofluorescence is a rapidly decaying process with lifetimes in the range of 1-100 nsec, whereas phosphorescence and delayed fluorescence have lifetimes in the range of 1 microsecond(s) ec-10 msec. The ability to discriminate between specific fluorescence and autofluorescence in the time-domain has improved the sensitivity of diagnostic test such that they perform comparably to, or even more sensitive than radioisotopic assays. We have developed a novel time-resolved fluorescence microscope to improve the sensitivity of detection of specific molecules of interest in slide based specimens. This time-resolved fluorescence microscope is based on our recently developed fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FILM) in conjunction with the use of long lifetime fluorescent labels. By using fluorescence in situ hybridization and the long lifetime probe (europium), we have demonstrated the utility of this technique for detection of HPV DNA in cervicovaginal cells. Our results indicate that the use of time-resolved fluorescence microscopy and long lifetime probes increases the sensitivity of detection by removing autofluorescence and will thus lead to improved early diagnosis of cervical cancer. Since the highly sensitive detection of DNA in clinical samples using

  11. Highly selective and sensitive fluorescent paper sensor for nitroaromatic explosive detection.

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    Ma, Yingxin; Li, Hao; Peng, Shan; Wang, Leyu

    2012-10-01

    Rapid, sensitive, and selective detection of explosives such as 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP), especially using a facile paper sensor, is in high demand for homeland security and public safety. Although many strategies have been successfully developed for the detection of TNT, it is not easy to differentiate the influence from TNP. Also, few methods were demonstrated for the selective detection of TNP. In this work, via a facile and versatile method, 8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum (Alq(3))-based bluish green fluorescent composite nanospheres were successfully synthesized through self-assembly under vigorous stirring and ultrasonic treatment. These polymer-coated nanocomposites are not only water-stable but also highly luminescent. Based on the dramatic and selective fluorescence quenching of the nanocomposites via adding TNP into the aqueous solution, a sensitive and robust platform was developed for visual detection of TNP in the mixture of nitroaromatics including TNT, 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), and nitrobenzene (NB). Meanwhile, the fluorescence intensity is proportional to the concentration of TNP in the range of 0.05-7.0 μg/mL with the 3σ limit of detection of 32.3 ng/mL. By handwriting or finger printing with TNP solution as ink on the filter paper soaked with the fluorescent nanocomposites, the bluish green fluorescence was instantly and dramatically quenched and the dark patterns were left on the paper. Therefore, a convenient and rapid paper sensor for TNP-selective detection was fabricated. PMID:22946839

  12. Quantum dots based mesoporous structured imprinting microspheres for the sensitive fluorescent detection of phycocyanin.

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    Zhang, Zhong; Li, Jinhua; Wang, Xiaoyan; Shen, Dazhong; Chen, Lingxin

    2015-05-01

    Phycocyanin with important physiological/environmental significance has attracted increasing attention; versatile molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) have been applied to diverse species, but protein imprinting is still quite difficult. Herein, using phycocyanin as template via a sol-gel process, we developed a novel fluorescent probe for specific recognition and sensitive detection of phycocyanin by quantum dots (QDs) based mesoporous structured imprinting microspheres (SiO2@QDs@ms-MIPs), obeying electron-transfer-induced fluorescence quenching mechanism. When phycocyanin was present, a Meisenheimer complex would be produced between phycocyanin and primary amino groups of QDs surface, and then the photoluminescent energy of QDs would be transferred to the complex, leading to the fluorescence quenching of QDs. As a result, the fluorescent intensity of the SiO2@QDs@ms-MIPs was significantly decreased within 8 min, and accordingly a favorable linearity within 0.02-0.8 μM and a high detectability of 5.9 nM were presented. Excellent recognition specificity for phycocyanin over its analogues was displayed, with a high imprinting factor of 4.72. Furthermore, the validated probe strategy was successfully applied to seawater and lake water sample analysis, and high recoveries in the range of 94.0-105.0% were attained at three spiking levels of phycocyanin, with precisions below 5.3%. The study provided promising perspectives to develop fluorescent probes for convenient, rapid recognition and sensitive detection of trace proteins from complex matrices, and further pushed forward protein imprinting research. PMID:25875154

  13. Fluorescence Based Characterization of Calcium Sensitizer Action on the Troponin Complex.

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    Schlecht, William; Li, King-Lun; Hu, Dehong; Dong, Wenji

    2016-02-01

    Calcium sensitizers enhance the transduction of the Ca(2+) signal into force within the heart and have found use in treating heart failure. However the mechanisms of action for most Ca(2+) sensitizers remain unclear. To address this issue an efficient fluorescence based approach to Ca(2+) sensitizer screening was developed which monitors cardiac troponin C's (cTnC's) hydrophobic cleft. This approach was tested on four common Ca(2+) -sensitizers, EMD 57033, levosimendan, bepridil and pimobendan with the aim of elucidating the mechanisms of action for each as well as proving the efficacy of the new screening method. Ca(2+) -titration experiments were employed to determine the effect on Ca(2+) sensitivity and cooperativity of cTnC opening, while stopped flow experiments were used to investigate the impact on cTnC relaxation kinetics. Bepridil was shown to increase the sensitivity of cTnC for Ca(2+) under all reconstitution conditions, sensitization by the other drugs was context dependent. Levosimendan and pimobendan reduced the rate of cTnC closing consistent with a stabilization of cTnC's open conformation while bepridil increased the rate of relaxation. Experiments were also run on samples containing cTnT(T204E), a known Ca(2+) -desensitizing phosphorylation mimic. Levosimendan, bepridil, and pimobendan were found to elevate the Ca(2+) -sensitivity of cTnT(T204E) containing samples in this context. PMID:26375298

  14. A Sensitive Ratiometric Long-Wavelength Fluorescent Probe for Selective Determination of Cysteine/Homocysteine.

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    Manibalan, Kesavan; Chen, Sin-Ming; Mani, Veerappan; Huang, Tsung-Tao; Huang, Sheng-Tung

    2016-07-01

    The development of sensitive fluorescence probes to detect biothiols such as cysteine and homocysteine has attracted great attention in recent times. Herein, we described the design and synthesis of coumarin based long-wavelength fluorescence probe, Bromo-2-benzothiazolyl-3-cyano-7-hydroxy coumarin (BBCH, 2) for selective detections of cysteine and homocysteine. The probe is rationally designed in such a way that both sulfhydryl and adjacent amino groups of thiols are involved in sensing process. Only cysteine/homocysteine able to react with BBCH to release fluorescence reporter (BCH, 1); while, glutathione and other amino acids unable to react with BBCH due to the absence of adjacent amino groups. In presence of cysteine, the color of BBCH is turns from colorless to red and thus BBCH is a naked eye fluorescence indicator for cysteine. Besides, BBCH can discriminate cysteine and homocysteine based on color changes and different reaction rates. The described sensing platform showed good sensing performances to detect cysteine and homocysteine with detection limits of 0.87 and 0.19 μM, respectively. Practical applicability was verified in biological and pharmaceutical samples. PMID:27290640

  15. Tunable phosphatase-sensitive stable prodrugs of 5-aminolevulinic acid for tumor fluorescence photodetection.

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    Babič, Andrej; Herceg, Viktorija; Ateb, Imène; Allémann, Eric; Lange, Norbert

    2016-08-10

    5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has been at the forefront of small molecule based fluorescence-guided tumor resection and photodynamic therapy. 5-ALA and two of its esters received marketing authorization but suffer from several major limitations, namely low stability and poor pharmacokinetic profile. Here, we present a new class of 5-ALA derivatives aiming at the stabilization of 5-ALA by incorporating a phosphatase sensitive group, with or without self-cleavable linker. Compared to 5-ALA hexyl ester (5-ALA-Hex), these compounds display an excellent stability under acidic, basic and physiological conditions. The activation and conversion into the 5-ALA is controlled and can be structure-tailored. The prodrugs display reduced acute toxicity compared to 5-ALA-Hex with superior dose response profiles of protoporphyrin IX synthesis and fluorescence intensity in human glioblastoma cells in vitro. Clinically relevant fluorescence kinetics in vivo shown in U87MG glioblastoma spheroid tumor model in chick embryos provide a solid basis for their further development and translation to clinical fluorescence guided tumor resection and photodynamic therapy. PMID:27235981

  16. Discovery of a novel fluorescent probe for the sensitive detection of β-amyloid deposits.

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    Ren, Wenming; Xu, Mingming; Liang, Steven H; Xiang, Huaijiang; Tang, Li; Zhang, Minkui; Ding, Dejun; Li, Xin; Zhang, Haiyan; Hu, Youhong

    2016-01-15

    Here we reported the development of the first photoinduced electron transfer (PeT) probe (1) to directly locate β-amyloid aggregates (Aβ plaques) in the brain without the need of post-washing procedures. The probe showed a high affinity for Aβ aggregates with a Kd value of 3.5nM. It is weakly emissive by itself with its fluorescence quenched by electron transfer from PeT donor to the excited fluorophore. But selective binding to Aβ plaques would attenuate the PeT process and restore the fluorescence, therefore facilitating the tracking of Aβ plaques. The probe is advantageous in that its fluorescence is environment-less-sensitive and no washing procedure is required to provide high contrast fluorescent signal when applied to stain brain tissues. As a proof of concept, its application has been exemplified by staining Aβ plaques in slices of brain tissue from double transgenic (APP/PS1) mice of Alzheimer's disease. PMID:26313423

  17. Ratio-metric sensor to detect riboflavin via fluorescence resonance energy transfer with ultrahigh sensitivity

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    Wang, Jilong; Su, Siheng; Wei, Junhua; Bahgi, Roya; Hope-Weeks, Louisa; Qiu, Jingjing; Wang, Shiren

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, a novel fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) ration-metric fluorescent probe based on heteroatom N, S doped carbon dots (N, S-CDs) was developed to determine riboflavin in aqueous solutions. The ratio of two emission intensities at different wavelengths is applied to determine the concentration of riboflavin (RF). This method is more effective in reducing the background interference and fluctuation of diverse conditions. Therefore, this probe obtains high sensitivity with a low limit of detection (LOD) of 1.9 nM (0.7 ng/ml) which is in the highest level of all riboflavin detection approaches and higher than single wavelength intensity detection (1.9 μM). In addition, this sensor has a high selectivity of detecting riboflavin in deionized water (pH=7) with other biochemical like amino acids. Moreover, riboflavin in aqueous solution is very sensitive to sunlight and can be degraded to lumiflavin, which is toxic. Because the N, S doped carbon dots cannot serve as an energy donor for N, S doped carbon dots and lumiflavin system, this system makes it easy to determine whether the riboflavin is degraded or not, which is first to be reported. This platform may provide possibilities to build a new and facile fluorescence resonance energy transfer based sensor to detect analytes and metamorphous analytes in aqueous solution.

  18. Development of highly fluorescent silica nanoparticles chemically doped with organic dye for sensitive DNA microarray detection.

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    Liu, Aihua; Wu, Liyou; He, Zhili; Zhou, Jizhong

    2011-10-01

    Increasing the sensitivity in DNA microarray hybridization can significantly enhance the capability of microarray technology for a wide range of research and clinical diagnostic applications, especially for those with limited sample biomass. To address this issue, using reverse microemulsion method and surface chemistry, a novel class of homogenous, photostable, highly fluorescent streptavidin-functionalized silica nanoparticles was developed, in which Alexa Fluor 647 (AF647) molecules were covalently embedded. The coating of bovine serum albumin on the resultant fluorescent particles can greatly eliminate nonspecific background signal interference. The thus-synthesized fluorescent nanoparticles can specifically recognize biotin-labeled target DNA hybridized to the microarray via streptavidin-biotin interaction. The response of this DNA microarray technology exhibited a linear range within 0.2 to 10 pM complementary DNA and limit of detection of 0.1 pM, enhancing microarray hybridization sensitivity over tenfold. This promising technology may be potentially applied to other binding events such as specific interactions between proteins. PMID:21822973

  19. Linking fluorescence spectroscopy to the scale of spectral sensitivity: the BAM reference fluorometer

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    Monte, Christian; Pilz, Walter; Resch-Genger, Ute

    2005-08-01

    Providing fluorescence and fluorescence excitation spectra traceable to the scale of spectral sensitivity (responsivity) and spectral radiance at minimized uncertainty is currently limited by two factors: The uncertainty of the available transfer standards and the uncertainty of the measurement process itself. Here the requirements on a reference fluorometer enabling measurements at minimized uncertainty, its design, the simulation and the realization are presented. The fluorometer is designed with minimized chromatic and geometrical aberrations. To realize an efficient reduction of stray light and subtractive dispersion a double monochromator design was necessary. The basic element is a so-called U-type Czerny-Turner single monochromator featuring off-axis parabolas and an entrance and exit slit virtually at the same place. Thereby spherical aberration, coma and astigmatism are effectively minimized. The here employed special double monochromator design further cancels the remaining aberrations of the single monochromator. The design of the whole spectrometer was optimized with a ray tracing program. To minimize uncertainties due to the transfer standards, the reference fluorometer is exclusively traceable to the spectral sensitivity (responsivity) scale. This enables the use of transfer standards with much smaller uncertainty. Here trap detectors are employed of common design but specially calibrated for a divergent light bundle. Based on this instrument with its achromatic design and precisely known numerical apertures the determination of absolute fluorescence spectra will be addressed.

  20. A highly sensitive ratiometric fluorescent probe with a large emission shift for imaging endogenous cysteine in living cells.

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    Zhu, Baocun; Guo, Bingpeng; Zhao, Yunzhou; Zhang, Bing; Du, Bin

    2014-05-15

    A new design strategy for the construction of ratiometric fluorescent probe with a large emission shift was developed. Based on this strategy, a highly selective and sensitive colorimetric and ratiometic fluorescent probe for cysteine (Cys) with a 117 nm red-shifted emission was synthesized and applied to the ratiometric imaging of endogenous Cys in living cells. PMID:24362081

  1. Multicolor in vivo brain imaging with a microscope-coupled fiber-bundle microprobe

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    Doronina-Amitonova, Lyubov V.; Fedotov, Il'ya V.; Efimova, Olga; Chernysheva, Maria; Fedotov, Andrei B.; Anokhin, Konstantin V.; Zheltikov, Aleksei M.

    2012-12-01

    A fiber-bundle microprobe coupled to a confocal optical microscope is shown to enable multicolor in vivo fluorescence brain imaging. A bundle of several thousands of 2.4-μm-diameter optical fibers is employed to deliver multiwavelength laser excitation radiation and to transmit multicolor images from hippocampus tissues in living transgenic mice by picking up a multiplex fluorescent response from green fluorescent protein, nucleic acid counterstains, and neuron tracers.

  2. Triplex molecular beacons for sensitive recognition of melamine based on abasic-site-containing DNA and fluorescent silver nanoclusters.

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    Wang, Ya; Sun, Qianqian; Zhu, Linling; Zhang, Junying; Wang, Fengyang; Lu, Linlin; Yu, Haijun; Xu, Zhiai; Zhang, Wen

    2015-05-01

    A melamine aptamer derived from an abasic-site-containing triplex molecular beacon (tMB) was designed and developed for sensitive recognition of melamine by integrating tMBs and fluorescent silver nanoclusters (Ag NCs). PMID:25865656

  3. Highly selective, sensitive and fast-responsive fluorescent sensor for Hg2 +

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    Niu, Qingfen; Wu, Xingxing; Li, Tianduo; Cui, Yuezhi; Zhang, Shanshan; Li, Xiaoyan

    2016-06-01

    A phenylamine-oligothiophene-based fluorescent sensor 2TBEA was reported. This sensor exhibited highly selective, sensitive and rapid detection of Hg2 + ion in THF/H2O (7/3, v/v) solution through fluorescence quenching. The detection was unaffected by the coexistence of other competitive metal cations including Na+, K+, Ag+, Ca2 +, Fe3 +, Al3 +, Co2 +, Cu2 +, Ni2 +, Zn2 +, Pb2 +, Cd2 +, Fe2 + and Cr3 +. A1:1 binding ratio for 2TBEA - Hg2 + was demonstrated by Job's plot and mole-ratio curves. The coordination process was chemically reversible with EDTA. The detection limit was evaluated to be as low as 6.164 × 10- 8 M.

  4. Paper-based upconversion fluorescence resonance energy transfer biosensor for sensitive detection of multiple cancer biomarkers

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    Xu, Sai; Dong, Biao; Zhou, Donglei; Yin, Ze; Cui, Shaobo; Xu, Wen; Chen, Baojiu; Song, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    A paper-based upconversion fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay device is proposed for sensitive detection of CEA. The device is fabricated on a normal filter paper with simple nano-printing method. Upconversion nanoparticles tagged with specific antibodies are printed to the test zones on the test paper, followed by the introduction of assay antigen. Upconversion fluorescence measurements are directly conducted on the test zones after the antigen-to-antibody reactions. Furthermore, a multi-channel test paper for simultaneous detection of multiple cancer biomarkers was established by the same method and obtained positive results. The device showed high anti-interfere, stability, reproducible and low detection limit (0.89 ng/mL), moreover it is very easy to fabricate and operate, which is a promising prospect for a clinical point-of-care test. PMID:27001460

  5. Highly selective, sensitive and fast-responsive fluorescent sensor for Hg(2.).

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    Niu, Qingfen; Wu, Xingxing; Li, Tianduo; Cui, Yuezhi; Zhang, Shanshan; Li, Xiaoyan

    2016-06-15

    A phenylamine-oligothiophene-based fluorescent sensor 2TBEA was reported. This sensor exhibited highly selective, sensitive and rapid detection of Hg(2+) ion in THF/H2O (7/3, v/v) solution through fluorescence quenching. The detection was unaffected by the coexistence of other competitive metal cations including Na(+), K(+), Ag(+), Ca(2+), Fe(3+), Al(3+), Co(2+), Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Zn(2+), Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Fe(2+) and Cr(3+). A1:1 binding ratio for 2TBEA - Hg(2+) was demonstrated by Job's plot and mole-ratio curves. The coordination process was chemically reversible with EDTA. The detection limit was evaluated to be as low as 6.164×10(-8)M. PMID:27049866

  6. A highly sensitive and selective fluorescent probe for fluoride anions based on intramolecular charge transfer.

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    Liu, Jingkai; Xu, Zhenghe; Liu, Caiyun; Xu, Lirong; Wang, Zhongpeng; Zhu, Baocun

    2016-08-01

    Currently, there is a great need to develop methods for the selective detection of fluoride anions (F(-) ) owing to their toxicity in the environment and biological function in living systems. In this study, we developed a new fluorescent probe (probe 1) employing a Si-O bond as a highly selective recognition receptor for detecting F(-) via intramolecular charge transfer. Probe 1 could detect F(-) quantitatively using the turn-on fluorescence spectroscopy method with excellent sensitivity in the range of 4-38 μM and a detection limit of 0.26 μM; the detection time was < 17 min. We anticipate that probe 1 would be used widely to monitor F(-) in the environment. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26467672

  7. Highly sensitive vertically standing Ag nanorod arrays substrates for surface enhanced fluorescence studies

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    Singh, Dhruv P.; Singh, J. P.

    2013-06-01

    The nanorods length dependence of surface enhanced fluorescence (SEF) has been investigated for Rhodamine 6G films adsorbed onto Ag nanorods array substrates grown by glancing angle deposition technique. It is found that the substrate enhancement efficiency increases with increase in the length (l) of nanorods from 450 nm to 1.7 μm. The silver nanorod arrays substrate with l =1.6 μm exhibited a remarkable enhancement factor (EF) of 72. However, the rate of increment in EF did not remain same. It varies faster for the values of l up to ˜1 μm and after that it increases at comparatively slower rate. The understanding of the effect of nanorods morphology on EF and the identification of high sensitivity SEF substrates is the novelty of this work. These SEF substrates can be used for sensing and trace detection of the fluorescent biological and chemical compounds.

  8. Immobilized fluorescent dyes for sensitive pH measurements on enamel surfaces with fiber optics

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    Rumphorst, A.; Seeger, Stefan; Duschner, H.

    1996-01-01

    Information on the pH directly on surfaces of dental enamel is an important aspect in research on tooth decay. As an alternative to pH-electrodes our approach to the problem is the optical determination of pH by pH sensitive fluorescent dyes immobilized to tooth surfaces. In this study a model for measuring pH either on aminated cellulose substrates or on enamel (in vitro) with a fluorescein type dye is presented. The experimental realization is a fiber optic sensor with a nitrogen-pumped dye laser system and photodiode for the detection of the emitted fluorescence light. The surface pH values in the range between 4 and 7 were derived from the ratios of the excitation bands at 490 nm and 460 nm.

  9. Functionalization of Polymers with Fluorescent and Neutron Sensitive Groups for Efficient Neutron and Gamma Detection

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    Mahl, Adam; Yemam, Henok; Remedes, Tyler; Stuntz, Jack; Koldemir, Unsal; Sellinger, Alan; Greife, Uwe

    2015-10-01

    This presentation will review the efforts made by an interdisciplinary development project aimed at cost-effective, thermal neutron sensitive, plastic scintillators as part of the communities efforts towards replacing 3He based detectors. Colorado School of Mines researchers with backgrounds in Physics and Chemistry have worked on the incorporation of 10B in plastics through admixture of various commercial and novel dopants developed at CSM. In addition, new fluorescent dopants have been developed for plastic scintillators in an effort towards better understanding quenching effects and scintillator response to thermal neutrons via pulse shape discrimination methods. Results on transparent samples using fluorescent spectroscopy and gamma/neutron excitation will be presented. Funded via Department of Homeland Security - Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

  10. "Getting the best sensitivity from on-capillary fluorescence detection in capillary electrophoresis" - A tutorial.

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    Galievsky, Victor A; Stasheuski, Alexander S; Krylov, Sergey N

    2016-09-01

    Capillary electrophoresis with Laser-Induced Fluorescence (CE-LIF) detection is being applied to new analytical problems which challenge both the power of CE separation and the sensitivity of LIF detection. On-capillary LIF detection is much more practical than post-capillary detection in a sheath-flow cell. Therefore, commercial CE instruments utilize solely on-capillary CE-LIF detection with a Limit of Detection (LOD) in the nM range, while there are multiple applications of CE-LIF that require pM or lower LODs. This tutorial analyzes all aspects of on-capillary LIF detection in CE in an attempt to identify means for improving LOD of CE-LIF with on-capillary detection. We consider principles of signal enhancement and noise reduction, as well as relevant areas of fluorophore photochemistry and fluorescent microscopy. PMID:27543015

  11. Paper-based upconversion fluorescence resonance energy transfer biosensor for sensitive detection of multiple cancer biomarkers

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    Xu, Sai; Dong, Biao; Zhou, Donglei; Yin, Ze; Cui, Shaobo; Xu, Wen; Chen, Baojiu; Song, Hongwei

    2016-03-01

    A paper-based upconversion fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay device is proposed for sensitive detection of CEA. The device is fabricated on a normal filter paper with simple nano-printing method. Upconversion nanoparticles tagged with specific antibodies are printed to the test zones on the test paper, followed by the introduction of assay antigen. Upconversion fluorescence measurements are directly conducted on the test zones after the antigen-to-antibody reactions. Furthermore, a multi-channel test paper for simultaneous detection of multiple cancer biomarkers was established by the same method and obtained positive results. The device showed high anti-interfere, stability, reproducible and low detection limit (0.89 ng/mL), moreover it is very easy to fabricate and operate, which is a promising prospect for a clinical point-of-care test.

  12. A novel fluorescent probe for rapid and sensitive detection of hydrogen sulfide in living cells.

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    Pan, Jian; Xu, Junchao; Zhang, Youlai; Wang, Liang; Qin, Caiqin; Zeng, Lintao; Zhang, Yue

    2016-11-01

    A novel fluorescent probe for H2S was developed based on a far-red emitting indole-BODIPY, which was decorated with morpholine and 2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonyl (DNBS) group. This probe showed rapid response (t1/2=3min), high selectivity and sensitivity for H2S with significant colorimetric and fluorescence OFF-ON signals, which was triggered by cleavage of 2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonyl group. This probe could quantitatively detect the concentrations of H2S ranging from 0 to 60μM, and the detection of limit was found to be as low as 26nM. Cell imaging results indicated that the probe could detect and visualize H2S in the living cells. PMID:27289349

  13. Dual fluorescence sensor for trace oxygen and temperature with unmatched range and sensitivity.

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    Baleizão, Carlos; Nagl, Stefan; Schäferling, Michael; Berberan-Santos, Mário N; Wolfbeis, Otto S

    2008-08-15

    An optical dual sensor for oxygen and temperature is presented that is highly oxygen sensitive and covers a broad temperature range. Dual sensing is based on luminescence lifetime measurements. The novel sensor contains two luminescent compounds incorporated into polymer films. The temperature-sensitive dye (ruthenium tris-1,10-phenanthroline) has a highly temperature-dependent luminescence and is incorporated in poly(acrylonitrile) to avoid cross-sensitivity to oxygen. Fullerene C70 was used as the oxygen-sensitive probe owing to its strong thermally activated delayed fluorescence at elevated temperatures that is extremely oxygen sensitive. The cross-sensitivity of C70 to temperature is accounted for by means of the temperature sensor. C70 is incorporated into a highly oxygen-permeable polymer, either ethyl cellulose or organosilica. The two luminescent probes have different emission spectra and decay times, and their emissions can be discriminated using both parameters. Spatially resolved sensing is achieved by means of fluorescence lifetime imaging. The response times of the sensor to oxygen are short. The dual sensor exhibits a temperature operation range between at least 0 and 120 degrees C, and detection limits for oxygen in the ppbv range, operating for oxygen concentrations up to at least 50 ppmv. These ranges outperform all dual oxygen and temperature sensors reported so far. The dual sensor presented in this study is especially appropriate for measurements under extreme conditions such as high temperatures and ultralow oxygen levels. This dual sensor is a key step forward in a number of scientifically or commercially important applications including food packaging, for monitoring of hyperthermophilic microorganisms, in space technology, and safety and security applications in terms of detection of oxygen leaks. PMID:18651755

  14. A fluorescence high throughput screening method for the detection of reactive electrophiles as potential skin sensitizers.

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    Avonto, Cristina; Chittiboyina, Amar G; Rua, Diego; Khan, Ikhlas A

    2015-12-01

    Skin sensitization is an important toxicological end-point in the risk assessment of chemical allergens. Because of the complexity of the biological mechanisms associated with skin sensitization, integrated approaches combining different chemical, biological and in silico methods are recommended to replace conventional animal tests. Chemical methods are intended to characterize the potential of a sensitizer to induce earlier molecular initiating events. The presence of an electrophilic mechanistic domain is considered one of the essential chemical features to covalently bind to the biological target and induce further haptenation processes. Current in chemico assays rely on the quantification of unreacted model nucleophiles after incubation with the candidate sensitizer. In the current study, a new fluorescence-based method, 'HTS-DCYA assay', is proposed. The assay aims at the identification of reactive electrophiles based on their chemical reactivity toward a model fluorescent thiol. The reaction workflow enabled the development of a High Throughput Screening (HTS) method to directly quantify the reaction adducts. The reaction conditions have been optimized to minimize solubility issues, oxidative side reactions and increase the throughput of the assay while minimizing the reaction time, which are common issues with existing methods. Thirty-six chemicals previously classified with LLNA, DPRA or KeratinoSens™ were tested as a proof of concept. Preliminary results gave an estimated 82% accuracy, 78% sensitivity, 90% specificity, comparable to other in chemico methods such as Cys-DPRA. In addition to validated chemicals, six natural products were analyzed and a prediction of their sensitization potential is presented for the first time. PMID:26455772

  15. Expression of pH-sensitive green fluorescent protein in Arabidopsis thaliana

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    Moseyko, N.; Feldman, L. J.

    2001-01-01

    This is the first report on using green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a pH reporter in plants. Proton fluxes and pH regulation play important roles in plant cellular activity and therefore, it would be extremely helpful to have a plant gene reporter system for rapid, non-invasive visualization of intracellular pH changes. In order to develop such a system, we constructed three vectors for transient and stable transformation of plant cells with a pH-sensitive derivative of green fluorescent protein. Using these vectors, transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana and tobacco plants were produced. Here the application of pH-sensitive GFP technology in plants is described and, for the first time, the visualization of pH gradients between different developmental compartments in intact whole-root tissues of A. thaliana is reported. The utility of pH-sensitive GFP in revealing rapid, environmentally induced changes in cytoplasmic pH in roots is also demonstrated.

  16. Synthesis and Evaluation of Thermo-Sensitive, Magnetic Fluorescent Nanocomposite as Trifunctional Drug Delivery Carrier.

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    Jiang, Wei; Chen, Binhua; Wu, Juan; Xu, Shanshan; Tian, Renbing

    2016-01-01

    The thermo-sensitive magnetic fluorescent trifunctional nanocomposite (Fe₃O₄/ZnS@PNIPAM) has been synthesized via a facile route. The obtained biocompatible nanocomposite was composed of monodisperse heterostructural Fe₃O₄/ZnS core and a thermo-sensitive poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) shell. Fe₃O₄/ZnS acted as magnetic response and fluorescence luminous body, PNIPAM acted as drug loaded platform which can adsorb and release drug controllably. Fe₃O₄/ZnS@PNIPAM was characterized and all of the results showed that it had excellent magnetic response, photostability and thermo-sensitivity. Moreover, the drug release studies in vitro showed that the release rate increased with increasing temperature. MTT assays in model HepG2 cells demonstrated that Fe₃O₄/ZnS@PNIPAM was practically non-toxic. Thus, our results revealed that Fe₃O₄/ZnS@PNIPAM would be used in biomedical fields such as targeted drug delivery, as well as cancer diagnosis and treatment in the nearly future. PMID:27398451

  17. Highly CO2 sensitive extruded fluorescent plastic indicator film based on HPTS.

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    Mills, Andrew; Yusufu, Dilidaer

    2016-02-01

    Highly-sensitive optical fluorescent extruded plastic films are reported for the detection of gaseous and dissolved CO2. The pH-sensitive fluorescent dye used is 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid trisodium salt (HPTS, PTS(-)) coated on the surface of hydrophilic fumed silica and the base is tetrabutylammonium hydroxide (TBAH). The above components are used to create an HPTS pigment (i.e. HPTS/SiO2/TBAH) with a high CO2 sensitivity (%CO2 (S = 1/2) = 0.16%) and fast 50% response (t50↓) = 2 s and recovery (t50↑) = 5 s times. Highly CO2-sensitive plastic films are then fabricated, via the extrusion of the HPTS pigment powder in low-density polyethylene (LDPE). As with the HPTS-pigment, the luminescence intensity (at 515 nm) and absorbance (at 475 nm) of the HPTS plastic film decreases as the %CO2 in the ambient gas phase increases. The HPTS plastic film exhibits a high CO2 sensitivity, %CO2 (S = 1/2), of 0.29%, but a response time <2 min and recovery time <40 min, which is slower than that of the HPTS pigment. The HPTS plastic film is very stable under ambient conditions, (with a shelf life >six month when stored in the dark but under otherwise ambient conditions). Moreover, the HPTS-LDPE film is stable in water, salt solution and even in acid (pH = 2), and in each of these media it can be used to detect dissolved CO2. PMID:26677800

  18. Highly sensitive fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based nanosensor for rapid detection of clenbuterol

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    Nghia Nguyen, Duc; Ngo, Trinh Tung; Liem Nguyen, Quang

    2012-09-01

    In this study we investigate the fabrication of a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based nanosensor for the detection of clenbuterol. The nanosensor consists of CdTe quantum dots coated by clenbuterol recognizable agent naphthol and diazotized clenbuterol. Changes in maximal photoluminescent intensities of the nanosensor were utilized to measure clenbuterol concentrations. The maximal photoluminescent intensities of the nanosensor were found to decrease with increasing clenbuterol concentrations, following a linear correlation. We have successfully fabricated a nanosensor for detection of clenbuterol with sensitivity up to 10 pg ml‑1.

  19. Transient absorption spectroscopy detection of sensitized delayed fluorescence in chiral benzophenone/naphthalene systems

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    Bonancía, Paula; Jiménez, M. Consuelo; Miranda, Miguel A.

    2011-10-01

    Transient absorption spectroscopy has proven to be a powerful tool to investigate the formation and decay of excited singlet states upon triplet-triplet annihilation, following T-T energy transfer from a selectively excited sensitizer. Thus, upon selective excitation of benzophenone (BZP) by laser flash photolysis (LFP) at λ = 355 nm in the presence of naphthalene (NPT), a negative band centered at 340 nm has been detected, with growth and decay in the microsecond timescale. It has been assigned to the P-type NPT delayed-fluorescence. In the case of chiral BZP/NPT systems, stereodifferentiation has been observed in the kinetics of the involved photophysical processes.

  20. In-vacuum scattered light reduction with black cupric oxide surfaces for sensitive fluorescence detection.

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    Norrgard, E B; Sitaraman, N; Barry, J F; McCarron, D J; Steinecker, M H; DeMille, D

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate a simple and easy method for producing low-reflectivity surfaces that are ultra-high vacuum compatible, may be baked to high temperatures, and are easily applied even on complex surface geometries. Black cupric oxide (CuO) surfaces are chemically grown in minutes on any copper surface, allowing for low-cost, rapid prototyping, and production. The reflective properties are measured to be comparable to commercially available products for creating optically black surfaces. We describe a vacuum apparatus which uses multiple blackened copper surfaces for sensitive, low-background detection of molecules using laser-induced fluorescence. PMID:27250404

  1. Quantum dots-based label-free fluorescence sensor for sensitive and non-enzymatic detection of caffeic acid.

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    Xiang, Xia; Shi, Jianbin; Huang, Fenghong; Zheng, Mingming; Deng, Qianchun

    2015-08-15

    We have developed a label-free fluorescence sensor for caffeic acid (CA) by the use of CdTe:Zn(2+) quantum dots (CdTe:Zn(2+) QDs) as an output signal. The principle of sensor is based on the fluorescence quenching and binding properties of Fe(2+) toward QDs and CA, respectively. To provide a fluorescence turn-on mode for CA detection, Fe(2+) is first mixed with QDs solution, leading to a low fluorescence emission. With the addition of CA, the fluorescence of QDs is recovered due to the strong binding interaction between CA and Fe(2+). Thus, a QDs-based label-free fluorescence sensor, designed in a simple mix-and-detect format, is established for CA detection. This study demonstrated here not only offers simple, sensitive and non-enzymatic detection method for CA, but also brings to light a new application of QDs in the food analysis. PMID:25966400

  2. Sensitive Detection of Phosphorus Deficiency in Plants Using Chlorophyll a Fluorescence.

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    Frydenvang, Jens; van Maarschalkerweerd, Marie; Carstensen, Andreas; Mundus, Simon; Schmidt, Sidsel Birkelund; Pedas, Pai Rosager; Laursen, Kristian Holst; Schjoerring, Jan K; Husted, Søren

    2015-09-01

    Phosphorus (P) is a finite natural resource and an essential plant macronutrient with major impact on crop productivity and global food security. Here, we demonstrate that time-resolved chlorophyll a fluorescence is a unique tool to monitor bioactive P in plants and can be used to detect latent P deficiency. When plants suffer from P deficiency, the shape of the time-dependent fluorescence transients is altered distinctively, as the so-called I step gradually straightens and eventually disappears. This effect is shown to be fully reversible, as P resupply leads to a rapid restoration of the I step. The fading I step suggests that the electron transport at photosystem I (PSI) is affected in P-deficient plants. This is corroborated by the observation that differences at the I step in chlorophyll a fluorescence transients from healthy and P-deficient plants can be completely eliminated through prior reduction of PSI by far-red illumination. Moreover, it is observed that the barley (Hordeum vulgare) mutant Viridis-zb(63), which is devoid of PSI activity, similarly does not display the I step. Among the essential plant nutrients, the effect of P deficiency is shown to be specific and sufficiently sensitive to enable rapid in situ determination of latent P deficiency across different plant species, thereby providing a unique tool for timely remediation of P deficiency in agriculture. PMID:26162430

  3. Signal Decomposition of Transmembrane Voltage-Sensitive Dye Fluorescence Using a Multiresolution Wavelet Analysis

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    Asfour, Huda; Swift, Luther M.; Sarvazyan, Narine; Doroslovački, Miloš; Kay, Matthew W.

    2013-01-01

    Fluorescence imaging of transmembrane voltage-sensitive dyes is used to study electrical activation in cardiac tissue. However, the fluorescence signals, typically, have low SNRs and may be contaminated with motion artifact. In this report, we introduce a new processing approach for fluoresced transmembrane potentials (fTmps) that is based upon a discrete wavelet transform. We show how fTmp signals can be decomposed and reconstructed to form three subsignals that contain signal noise (noise signal), the early depolarization phase of the action potential (rTmp signal), and motion artifact (rMA signal). A coiflet4 wavelet is used for fTmp decomposition and reconstruction of these subsignals. Results using fTmp signals that are contaminated with motion artifact indicate that the approach is a useful processing step to remove baseline drift, reduce noise, and reveal wavefronts. It streamlines the preprocessing of fTmps for the subsequent measurement of activation times and conduction velocities. It is a promising approach for studying wavefronts without aggressive mechanical tissue constraint or electromechanical uncoupling agents and is, useful for single-camera systems that do not provide for ratiometric imaging. PMID:21511560

  4. Differential heat sensitivity index in barley cultivars (Hordeum vulgare L.) monitored by chlorophyll a fluorescence OKJIP.

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    Oukarroum, Abdallah; El Madidi, Saïd; Strasser, Reto J

    2016-08-01

    The objective of this study was to differentiate the heat tolerance in ten varieties of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) originating from Morocco. Five modern varieties and five landraces (local varieties) collected at five different geographical localities in the south of Morocco were investigated in the present study. After two weeks of growth, detached leaves were short term exposure to various temperatures (25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 °C) for 10 min in the dark. Two chlorophyll a fluorescence parameters derived from chlorophyll a fluorescence transient (OKJIP) (performance index (PIABS) and relative variable fluorescence at the K-step (VK)) were analysed. Heat treatment had a significant effect on the PIABS and VK at 45 °C treatment and the analysis of variance for PIABS and VK is highly significant between all varieties. The slope of the relationship between logPIABS and VK named heat sensitivity index (HSI) was used to evaluate the thermotolerance of photosystem II (PSII) between the studied barley varieties. According to this approach, barley varieties were screened and ranked for improving heat tolerance. HSI was found to be a new indicator with regard to distinguishing heat tolerance of different barley cultivars. PMID:27093113

  5. A simple and sensitive label-free fluorescence sensing of heparin based on Cdte quantum dots.

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    Rezaei, B; Shahshahanipour, M; Ensafi, Ali A

    2016-06-01

    A rapid, simple and sensitive label-free fluorescence method was developed for the determination of trace amounts of an important drug, heparin. This new method was based on water-soluble glutathione-capped CdTe quantum dots (CdTe QDs) as the luminescent probe. CdTe QDs were prepared according to the published protocol and the sizes of these nanoparticles were verified through transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) with an average particle size of about 7 nm. The fluorescence intensity of glutathione-capped CdTe QDs increased with increasing heparin concentration. These changes were followed as the analytical signal. Effective variables such as pH, QD concentration and incubation time were optimized. At the optimum conditions, with this optical method, heparin could be measured within the range 10.0-200.0 ng mL(-1) with a low limit of detection, 2.0 ng mL(-1) . The constructed fluorescence sensor was also applied successfully for the determination of heparin in human serum. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26542329

  6. A HIGH-THROUGHPUT FLUORESCENCE ACTIVATED NANOSCALE SUBCELLULAR SORTER WITH SINGLE-MOLECULE SENSITIVITY

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    Schiro, Perry G.; Gadd, Jennifer C.; Yen, Gloria S.; Chiu, Daniel T.

    2012-01-01

    Recent single-cell and single-molecule studies have shown that a variety of subpopulations exist within biological systems, such as synaptic vesicles, that have previously been overlooked in common bulk studies. By isolating and enriching these various subpopulations, detailed analysis with a variety of analytical techniques can be done to further understand the role that various subpopulations play in cellular dynamics and how alterations to these subpopulations affect the overall function of the biological system. Previous sorters lack the sensitivity, sorting speed, and efficiency to isolate synaptic vesicles and other nanoscale systems. This paper describes the development of a fluorescence activated nanoscale subcellular sorter that can sort nearly 10 million objects per hour with single-molecule sensitivity. Utilizing a near-nanoscale channel system, we were able to achieve upwards of 91% recovery of desired objects with a 99.7% purity. PMID:22574902

  7. Facile synthesis of N, S-codoped fluorescent carbon nanodots for fluorescent resonance energy transfer recognition of methotrexate with high sensitivity and selectivity.

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    Wang, Weiping; Lu, Ya-Chun; Huang, Hong; Wang, Ai-Jun; Chen, Jian-Rong; Feng, Jiu-Ju

    2015-02-15

    In this report, N, S-codoped fluorescent carbon nanodots (NSCDs) were prepared by a facile, simple, low-cost, and green thermal treatment of ammonium persulfate, glucose, and ethylenediamine. The as-prepared NSCDs displayed bright blue emission with a relatively high fluorescent quantum yield of 21.6%, good water solubility, uniform morphology, and excellent chemical stability, compared to pure CDs. The fluorescence of NSCDs can be significantly quenched by methotrexate (MTX) via fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between NSCDs and MTX, which was used for highly selective and sensitive detection of MTX with a wide linear range up to 50.0 μM and a low detection limit of 0.33 nM (S/N = 3). Moreover, this method was explored for practical detection of MTX in human serum with satisfied results. PMID:25310482

  8. Fluorescence ELISA for sensitive detection of ochratoxin A based on glucose oxidase-mediated fluorescence quenching of CdTe QDs.

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    Liang, Yi; Huang, Xiaolin; Yu, Ruijin; Zhou, Yaofeng; Xiong, Yonghua

    2016-09-14

    The present study described a novel fluorescence enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) used to detect ochratoxin A (OTA) by using the glucose oxidase (GOx)-mediated fluorescence quenching of mercaptopropionic acid-capped CdTe quantum dots (MPA-QDs), in which GOx was used as an alternative to horseradish peroxidase (HRP) for the oxidization of glucose into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and gluconic acid. The MPA-QDs were used as a fluorescent signal output, whose fluorescence variation was extremely sensitive to the presence of H2O2 or hydrogen ions in the solution. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed fluorescence ELISA demonstrated a good linear detection of OTA in corn extract from 2.4 pg mL(-1) to 625 pg mL(-1) with a limit of detection of 2.2 pg mL(-1), which was approximately 15-fold lower than that of conventional HRP-based ELISA. Our developed fluorescence immunoassay was also similar to HRP-based ELISA in terms of selectivity, accuracy, and reproducibility. In summary, this study was the first to use the GOx-mediated fluorescence quenching of QDs in immunoassay to detect OTA, offering a new possibility for the analysis of other mycotoxins and biomolecules. PMID:27566355

  9. Time-gated FRET nanoassemblies for rapid and sensitive intra- and extracellular fluorescence imaging.

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    Afsari, Hamid Samareh; Cardoso Dos Santos, Marcelina; Lindén, Stina; Chen, Ting; Qiu, Xue; van Bergen En Henegouwen, Paul M P; Jennings, Travis L; Susumu, Kimihiro; Medintz, Igor L; Hildebrandt, Niko; Miller, Lawrence W

    2016-06-01

    Time-gated Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) using the unique material combination of long-lifetime terbium complexes (Tb) and semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) provides many advantages for highly sensitive and multiplexed biosensing. Although time-gated detection can efficiently suppress sample autofluorescence and background fluorescence from directly excited FRET acceptors, Tb-to-QD FRET has rarely been exploited for biomolecular imaging. We demonstrate Tb-to-QD time-gated FRET nanoassemblies that can be applied for intra- and extracellular imaging. Immunostaining of different epitopes of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) with Tb- and QD-conjugated antibodies and nanobodies allowed for efficient Tb-to-QD FRET on A431 cell membranes. The broad usability of Tb-to-QD FRET was further demonstrated by intracellular Tb-to-QD FRET and Tb-to-QD-to-dye FRET using microinjection as well as cell-penetrating peptide-mediated endocytosis with HeLa cells. Effective brightness enhancement by FRET from several Tb to the same QD, the use of low nanomolar concentrations, and the quick and sensitive detection void of FRET acceptor background fluorescence are important advantages for advanced intra- and extracellular imaging of biomolecular interactions. PMID:27386579

  10. Time-gated FRET nanoassemblies for rapid and sensitive intra- and extracellular fluorescence imaging

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    Afsari, Hamid Samareh; Cardoso Dos Santos, Marcelina; Lindén, Stina; Chen, Ting; Qiu, Xue; van Bergen en Henegouwen, Paul M. P.; Jennings, Travis L.; Susumu, Kimihiro; Medintz, Igor L.; Hildebrandt, Niko; Miller, Lawrence W.

    2016-01-01

    Time-gated Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) using the unique material combination of long-lifetime terbium complexes (Tb) and semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) provides many advantages for highly sensitive and multiplexed biosensing. Although time-gated detection can efficiently suppress sample autofluorescence and background fluorescence from directly excited FRET acceptors, Tb-to-QD FRET has rarely been exploited for biomolecular imaging. We demonstrate Tb-to-QD time-gated FRET nanoassemblies that can be applied for intra- and extracellular imaging. Immunostaining of different epitopes of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) with Tb- and QD-conjugated antibodies and nanobodies allowed for efficient Tb-to-QD FRET on A431 cell membranes. The broad usability of Tb-to-QD FRET was further demonstrated by intracellular Tb-to-QD FRET and Tb-to-QD-to-dye FRET using microinjection as well as cell-penetrating peptide–mediated endocytosis with HeLa cells. Effective brightness enhancement by FRET from several Tb to the same QD, the use of low nanomolar concentrations, and the quick and sensitive detection void of FRET acceptor background fluorescence are important advantages for advanced intra- and extracellular imaging of biomolecular interactions. PMID:27386579

  11. An apparatus for recording synaptic potentials from neuronal cultures using voltage-sensitive fluorescent dyes.

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    Chien, C B; Pine, J

    1991-07-01

    Voltage-sensitive dyes offer the promise of noninvasive multicell recording of electrical activity, and should therefore be useful for studying the synaptic interactions of small networks of cultured neurons. We have designed and built a system for recording from microcultures of 1-15 neurons from the rat superior cervical ganglion (SCG), using voltage-sensitive fluorescent dyes of the styryl class. The apparatus comprises a standard inverted epifluorescence microscope; a mercury arc lamp with an optical feedback regulator; a 256-pixel fiber-optic camera with individual photodiode detectors and very low-noise amplifiers; and a personal computer-based data acquisition system. Its dark noise and illumination fluctuations are low enough that at typical fluorescence levels for these cells, it is limited by shot noise (the inherent physical limit of detection). Recording from SCG neurons, the signal-to-noise ratio is high enough to see large subthreshold synaptic potentials without signal averaging. This apparatus should be useful for studying long-term synaptic plasticity in cultures of vertebrate neurons, and several of its features should apply to optical recording from other preparations. PMID:1784131

  12. Highly sensitive cell imaging "Off-On" fluorescent probe for mitochondria and ATP.

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    Srivastava, Priyanka; Razi, Syed S; Ali, Rashid; Srivastav, Saurabh; Patnaik, Satyakam; Srikrishna, Saripella; Misra, Arvind

    2015-07-15

    A smart Off-On molecular scaffold/fluorescent probe 1 has been designed and synthesized. The probe has shown considerable photostability, cell permeability, organelle specificity and selectivity for ATP. The multicolor live cell imaging experiments in HeLa cells showed high selectivity of probe 1 for mitochondria with fluorescence "turn-on" response. As a proof of concept and promising prospects for application in biological sciences probe 1 has been utilized to detect ATP sensitively in a partial aqueous medium and intracellularly in HeLa cells. The favorable interaction between triphosphate unit of ATP and piperazine N atoms of probe 1 is attributed to synergistic effects of H-bonding and electrostatic interactions that encouraged the CH-π and π→π stacking between anthracene and purine rings. Consequently, the observed enhanced "turn-on" emission and a naked-eye sensitive blue-green color in the medium is attributable to arrest in photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process. PMID:25727034

  13. Highly sensitive and selective fluorescence assays for rapid screening of endothelin-converting enzyme inhibitors.

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    Luciani, N; de Rocquigny, H; Turcaud, S; Romieu, A; Roques, B P

    2001-01-01

    The highly potent vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin (ET) is generated from an inactive precursor, big endothelin (bET), by endothelin-converting enzyme (ECE). ECE is a phosphoramidon-sensitive zinc metallopeptidase, which is closely related to neprilysin (neutral endopeptidase). It is possible that compounds which inhibit the formation of ET may be used as new drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Such an approach requires a fast, simple and selective assay to measure ECE activity, allowing rapid screening of inhibitors. We describe here two new ECE substrates based on the concept of 'intramolecularly quenched fluorescence' which may fulfill this aim. One, S(1) [Pya(21)-Nop(22)-bET-1(19--35)], is the (19--35) fragment of the natural peptide big-ET-1(1--38), which is modified by introducing the fluorescent amino acid, pyrenylalanine (Pya), in position 21 and a quencher, p-nitrophenylalanine (Nop), in position 22. The second substrate (S(2)) is a small peptide, Ac-Ser-Gly-Pya-Lys-Ala-Phe-Ala-Nop-Gly-Lys-NH(2), from a biased substrate peptide library. The recombinant, hECE-1c, cleaved both Pya(21)-Nop(22)-bET-1(19--35) and the natural substrate selectively between residues 21 and 22, whereas cleavage occurred between alanine and phenylalanine in the small peptide. In both cases, this generated intense fluorescence emission. The synthesis and kinetic parameters of these substrates are described. These assays, which can be used directly on tissue homogenates, are the most sensitive and selective described to date for ECE, and are easily automated for a high-throughput screening of inhibitors. PMID:11389689

  14. Sensitive immunoassay detection of multiple environmental chemicals on protein microarrays using DNA/dye conjugate as a fluorescent label

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    Indirect competitive immunoassays were developed on protein microarrays for the sensitive and simultaneous detection of multiple environmental chemicals in one sample. In this assay, a DNA/SYTOX Orange conjugate was employed as antibody labels to increase the fluorescence signal and sensitivity. Ep...

  15. Development of Fluorescent Polymerization-based Signal Amplification for Sensitive and Non-enzymatic Biodetection in Antibody Microarrays

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    Avens, Heather J.; Bowman, Christopher N.

    2009-01-01

    Antibody microarrays are a critical tool for proteomics, requiring broad, highly sensitive detection of numerous low abundance biomarkers. Fluorescent polymerization-based amplification (FPBA) is presented as a novel, non-enzymatic signal amplification method that takes advantage of the chain-reaction nature of radical polymerization to achieve a highly amplified fluorescent response. A streptavidin-eosin conjugate localizes eosin photoinitiators for polymerization on the chip where biotinylated target protein is bound. The chip is contacted with acrylamide as a monomer, N-methyldiethanolamine as a coinitiator and yellow/green fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) which, upon initiation, combine to form a macroscopically visible and highly fluorescent film. The rapid polymerization kinetics and the presence of cross-linker favor entrapment of the fluorescent NPs in the polymer, enabling highly sensitive fluorescent biodetection. This method is demonstrated as being appropriate for antibody microarrays and is compared to detection approaches which utilize streptavidin-FITC (SA-FITC) and streptavidin-labeled yellow/green NPs (SA-NPs). It is found that FPBA is able to detect 0.16 (+/− 0.01) biotin-antibody/µm2 (or 40 zeptomole surface-bound target molecules), while SA-FITC has a limit of detection of 31 (+/− 1) biotin-antibody/µm2 and SA-NPs fail to achieve any significant signal under the conditions evaluated here. Further, FPBA in conjunction with fluorescent stereomicroscopy yields equal or better sensitivity compared to fluorescent detection of SA-eosin using a much more costly microarray scanner. By facilitating highly sensitive detection, FPBA is expected to enable detection of low abundance antigens and also make possible a transition towards less expensive fluorescence detection instrumentation. PMID:19508906

  16. Development of fluorescent polymerization-based signal amplification for sensitive and non-enzymatic biodetection in antibody microarrays.

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    Avens, Heather J; Bowman, Christopher N

    2010-01-01

    Antibody microarrays are a critical tool for proteomics, requiring broad, highly sensitive detection of numerous low abundance biomarkers. Fluorescent polymerization-based amplification (FPBA) is presented as a novel, non-enzymatic signal amplification method that takes advantage of the chain-reaction nature of radical polymerization to achieve a highly amplified fluorescent response. A streptavidin-eosin conjugate localizes eosin photoinitiators for polymerization on the chip where biotinylated target protein is bound. The chip is contacted with acrylamide as a monomer, N-methyldiethanolamine as a coinitiator and yellow/green fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) which, upon initiation, combine to form a macroscopically visible and highly fluorescent film. The rapid polymerization kinetics and the presence of cross-linker favor entrapment of the fluorescent NPs in the polymer, enabling highly sensitive fluorescent biodetection. This method is demonstrated as being appropriate for antibody microarrays and is compared to detection approaches which utilize streptavidin-fluorescein isothiocyanate (SA-FITC) and streptavidin-labeled yellow/green NPs (SA-NPs). It is found that FPBA is able to detect 0.16 + or - 0.01 biotin-antibody microm(-2) (or 40 zmol surface-bound target molecules), while SA-FITC has a limit of detection of 31 + or - 1 biotin-antibody microm(-2) and SA-NPs fail to achieve any significant signal under the conditions evaluated here. Further, FPBA in conjunction with fluorescent stereomicroscopy yields equal or better sensitivity compared to fluorescent detection of SA-eosin using a much more costly microarray scanner. By facilitating highly sensitive detection, FPBA is expected to enable detection of low abundance antigens and also make possible a transition towards less expensive fluorescence detection instrumentation. PMID:19508906

  17. Methodology to optimize detector geometry in fluorescence tomography of tissue using the minimized curvature of the summed diffuse sensitivity projections.

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    Holt, Robert W; Leblond, Frederic L; Pogue, Brian W

    2013-08-01

    The dependence of the sensitivity function in fluorescence tomography on the geometry of the excitation source and detection locations can severely influence an imaging system's ability to recover fluorescent distributions. Here a methodology for choosing imaging configuration based on the uniformity of the sensitivity function is presented. The uniformity of detection sensitivity is correlated with reconstruction accuracy in silico, and reconstructions in a murine head model show that a detector configuration optimized using Nelder-Mead minimization improves recovery over uniformly sampled tomography. PMID:24323220

  18. An x-ray microprobe beam line for trace element analysis

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    Gordon, B.M.; Hanson, A.L.; Jones, K.W.; Kwiatek, W.M.; Long, G.J.; Pounds, J.G.; Schidlovsky, G.; Spanne, P.; Rivers, M.L.; Sutton, S.R.

    1987-01-01

    The application of synchrotron radiation to an x-ray microprobe for trace element analysis is a complementary and natural extension of existing microprobe techniques using electrons, protons, and heavier ions as excitation sources for x-ray fluorescence. The ability to focus charged particles leads to electron microprobes with spatial resolutions in the sub-micrometer range and down to 100 ppM detection limits and proton microprobes with micrometer resolution and ppM detection limits. The characteristics of synchrotron radiation that prove useful for microprobe analysis include a broad and continuous energy spectrum, a relatively small amount of radiation damage compared to that deposited by charged particles, a highly polarized source which reduces background scattered radiation in an appropriate counting geometry, and a small vertical divergence angle of approx.0.2 mrad which allows for focussing of the light beam into a small spot with high flux. The features of a dedicated x-ray microprobe beam line developed at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) are described. 4 refs., 3 figs.

  19. Monochromatic wavelength dispersive x-ray fluorescence providing sensitive and selective detection of uranium

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    Havrilla, George J; Collins, Michael L; Montoya, Velma M; Chen, Zewu; Wei, Fuzhong

    2010-01-01

    Monochromatic wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (MWDXRF) is a sensitive and selective method for elemental compositional analyses. The basis for this instrumental advance is the doubly curved crystal (DCC) optic. Previous work has demonstrated the feasibility of sensitive trace element detection for yttrium as a surrogate for curium in aqueous solutions. Additional measurements have demonstrated similar sensitivity in several different matrix environments which attests to the selectivity of the DCC optic as well as the capabilities of the MWDXRF concept. The objective of this effort is to develop an improved Pu characterization method for nuclear fuel reprocessing plants. The MWDXRF prototype instrument is the second step in a multi-year effort to achieve an improved Pu assay. This work will describe a prototype MWDXRF instrument designed for uranium detection and characterization. The prototype consists of an X-ray tube with a rhodium anode and a DCC excitation optic incorporated into the source. The DCC optic passes the RhK{alpha} line at 20.214 keV for monochromatic excitation of the sample. The source is capable of 50 W power at 50 kV and 1.0 mA operation. The x-ray emission from the sample is collected by a DCC optic set at the UL{alpha} line of 13.613 keV. The collection optic transmits the UL{alpha} x-rays to the silicon drift detector. The x-ray source, sample, collection optic and detector are all mounted on motion controlled stages for the critical alignment of these components. The sensitivity and selectivity of the instrument is obtained through the monochromatic excitation and the monochromatic detection. The prototype instrument performance has a demonstrated for sensitivity for uranium detection of around 2 ppm at the current state of development. Further improvement in sensitivity is expected with more detailed alignment.

  20. Design of a sensitive fluorescent polarization immunoassay for rapid screening of milk for cephalexin.

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    Beloglazova, Natalia V; Eremin, Sergei A

    2015-11-01

    In this paper we describe the development of a sensitive, fast, and easily performed fluorescence polarization immunoassay for determination of cephalexin in milk. The experimental work was performed to increase sensitivity and specificity. Therefore, the structures of the tracers were varied by synthesis of both cephalexin (CEX) and cephalotin (CET) conjugates with a variety of fluorescent labels. Two rabbit antisera containing antibodies against cephalexin and cephalotin were tested in homologous and heterologous combinations with the tracers. For every working antibody-tracer combination, the analytical conditions and cross-reactivity for structural analogues-cephalosporins and other antibiotics that could also be present in milk-were determined. It was found that the highest sensitivity was achieved by use of the homologous pair CET-EDF-anti-CET antibody (limit of detection (LOD) 0.4 μg kg(-1) for standard solutions prepared in buffer), but this combination was not appropriate because of high cross-reactivity with CET. For subsequent experiments, therefore, CEX- EDF-anti-CEX antibody were chosen (LOD 0.8 μg kg(-1) for standard solutions prepared in buffer). Part of this manuscript is devoted to the variation of precipitation agents for pretreatment of milk before analysis; milk is an extremely complicated matrix. The optimum protein precipitation agent was methanol. This technique for cephalexin determination was characterized by a limit of detection of 1 μg kg(-1). The method was validated by using naturally contaminated and spiked milk samples. The results obtained corresponded very well with those obtained by HPLC, which was used as confirmation method. PMID:26416019

  1. Phase-sensitive flow cytometry: fluorescence lifetime-based sensing technology for analyzing free fluorophore and cells/particles labeled with fluorescent probes

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    Steinkamp, John A.

    1999-12-01

    A phase-sensitive cytometer has been developed that combines flow cytometry and fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy measurement principles to provide unique features for making frequency-domain lifetime measurements on free fluorophore (solution) and on fluorophore-labeled cells/particles in real time. No other instrument can quantify lifetimes directly and resolve heterogeneous fluorescence based on differences in lifetimes (expressed as phase shifts), while maintaining the capability to make conventional flow cytometric measurements. The technology has been characterized with respect to measurement precision, linearity, sensitivity, and dynamic range. Fluorescence lifetime distributions have been measured on autofluorescence lung cells, thymocytes labeled with antibody conjugated to fluorophores for studying fluorescence quenching as a function of antibody dilution and F/P ratio, cells stained with DNA-binding fluorochromes, and on particles labeled with fluorophores and free fluorophore (solution). Phase-resolved, fluorescence signal- intensity histograms have been recorded on thymocytes labeled with a phycoerythrin/Texas Red tandem conjugate and propidium iodide to demonstrate the resolution of signals from highly overlapping emission spectra. This technology adds a new dimension to flow analyses of free and cell/particle-bound fluorophore. Lifetimes can be used as spectroscopic probes to study the interaction of markers with their targets, each other, and the surrounding microenvironment.

  2. Microprobe analysis of chlorpromazine pigmentation

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    Benning, T.L.; McCormack, K.M.; Ingram, P.; Kaplan, D.L.; Shelburne, J.D.

    1988-10-01

    We describe the histochemical, ultrastructural, and microanalytical features of a skin biopsy specimen obtained from a patient with chlorpromazine pigmentation. Golden-brown pigment granules were present in the dermis, predominantly in a perivascular arrangement. The granules stained positively with the Fontana-Masson stain for silver-reducing substances and negatively with Perl's stain for iron. Electron microscopy revealed dense inclusion bodies in dermal histiocytes, pericytes, endothelial cells, and Schwann cells, as well as lying free in the extracellular matrix. These ''chlorpromazine bodies'' were quite dense even in unosmicated, unstained ultrathin sections, indicating that the pigmentation is related, at least in part, to the inclusions. Microprobe analysis of the chlorpromazine bodies revealed a striking peak for sulfur, which strongly suggests the presence of the drug or its metabolite within these inclusions.

  3. On the analysis of neonatal hamster tooth germs with the photon microprobe at Daresbury, UK

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    Tros, G. H. J.; Van Langevelde, F.; Vis, R. D.

    1990-04-01

    Complementary to the micro-PIXE experiments performed on hamster tooth germs to elucidate the role of fluoride during the growth, the photon microprobe at Daresbury was used to obtain information on the distribution of Zn. The germs of fluoride-administered hamsters, together with a control group, were analyzed with the micro-synchrotron radiation fluorescence method (micro-SXRF).

  4. Photoswitching Near-Infrared Fluorescence from Polymer Nanoparticles Catapults Signals over the Region of Noises and Interferences for Enhanced Sensitivity.

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    Wang, Jie; Lv, Yanlin; Wan, Wei; Wang, Xuefei; Li, Alexander D Q; Tian, Zhiyuan

    2016-02-01

    As a very sensitive technique, photoswitchable fluorescence not only gains ultrasensitivity but also imparts many novel and unexpected applications. Applications of near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence have demonstrated low background noises, high tissue-penetrating ability, and an ability to reduce photodamage to live cells. Because of these desired features, NIR-fluorescent dyes have been the premium among fluorescent dyes, and probes with photoswitchable NIR fluorescence are even more desirable for enhanced signal quality in the emerging optical imaging modalities but rarely used because they are extremely challenging to design and construct. Using a spiropyran derivative functioning as both a photoswitch and a fluorophore to launch its periodically modulated red fluorescence excitation energy into a NIR acceptor, we fabricated core-shell polymer nanoparticles exhibiting a photoswitchable fluorescence signal within the biological window (∼700-1000 nm) with a peak maximum of 776 nm. Live cells constantly synthesize new molecules, including fluorescent molecules, and also endocytose exogenous particles, including fluorescent particles. Upon excitation at different wavelengths, these fluorescent species bring about background noises and interferences covering nearly the whole visible region and therefore render many intracellular targets unaddressable. The oscillating NIR fluorescence signal with an on/off ratio of up to 67 that the polymer nanoparticles display is beyond the typical background noises and interferences, thus producing superior sharpness, reliability, and signal-to-noise ratios in cellular imaging. Taking these salient features, we anticipate that these types of nanoparticles will be useful for in vivo imaging of biological tissue and other complex specimens, where two-photon activation and excitation are used in combination with NIR-fluorescence photoswitching. PMID:26859429

  5. Zinc oxide-coated plasmonic chip modified with a bispecific antibody for sensitive detection of a fluorescent labeled-antigen.

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    Tawa, Keiko; Umetsu, Mitsuo; Hattori, Takamitsu; Kumagai, Izumi

    2011-08-01

    A plasmonic biosensor chip of silver-coated PMMA grating with a zinc oxide (ZnO) overlayer is fabricated for surface plasmon field-enhanced fluorescence (SPF) detection of Cy5-labeled green fluorescent protein (GFP). A bispecific antibody (anti-GFP x anti-ZnO antibody) prepared in our lab is densely immobilized on the sensor chip for GFP detection. The sensitivity of the plasmonic biosensors is improved due to densely packed antibodies and ZnO-coating that suppresses nonspecific protein adsorption and fluorescent quenching. With the ZnO-coated plasmonic chip, Cy5-labeled GFP of 10 pM can be detected through SPF. This sensitivity is 100 higher compared with the normal fluorescent detection on a ZnO-coated glass slide. PMID:21692512

  6. Highly intense fluorescence of novel carbon nanocrystals combined with a DNAzyme-assisted autocatalytic multiple amplification strategy for sensitive detection of thrombin.

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    Wang, Xiaochun; Lu, Zhengkun; Tan, Lu; Jie, Guifen

    2016-05-10

    In this work, novel water-soluble carbon nanocrystals (CNCs) with excellent fluorescence were prepared, and successfully applied to sensitive fluorescence detection of thrombin by using an enzyme-assisted autocatalytic DNA recycling amplification strategy. PMID:27079442

  7. A Simple and Sensitive Approach for Ochratoxin A Detection Using a Label-Free Fluorescent Aptasensor

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    Lv, Zhenzhen; Chen, Ailiang; Liu, Jinchuan; Guan, Zheng; Zhou, Yu; Xu, Siyuan; Yang, Shuming; Li, Cheng

    2014-01-01

    Ochratoxin A(OTA) is found to be one of the predominant contaminating mycotoxins in a wide variety of food commodities. To avoid the risk of OTA consumption, the detection and quantitation of OTA level are of great significance. Based on the fact that ssDNA aptamer has the ability to form a double-strand structure with its complementary sequence, a simple and rapid aptamer-based label-free approach for highly sensitive and selective fluorescence detection of OTA was developed by using ultra-sensitive double-strand DNA specific dyes PicoGreen. The results showed that as low as 1 ng/mL of OTA could be detected with a dynamic range of more than 5 orders of magnitude which satisfies the requirements for OTA maximum residue limit in various food regulated by European Commission. With the specificity of aptamer, the assay exhibited high selectivity for OTA against two other analogues (N-acetyl-l-phenylalanine and zearalenone). We also tested the aptasensor practicability using real sample of 1% beer spiked with a series of concentration of OTA and the results show good tolerance to matrix effect. All detections could be achieved in less than 30 min, which provides a simple, quick and sensitive detection method for OTA screening in food safety and could be easily extend to other small molecular chemical compounds detection which aptamer has been selected. PMID:24465818

  8. High-sensitivity detection of breast tumors in vivo by use of a pH-sensitive near-infrared fluorescence probe

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    Mathejczyk, Julia Eva; Pauli, Jutta; Dullin, Christian; Resch-Genger, Ute; Alves, Frauke; Napp, Joanna

    2012-07-01

    We investigated the potential of the pH-sensitive dye, CypHer5E, conjugated to Herceptin (pH-Her) for the sensitive detection of breast tumors in mice using noninvasive time-domain near-infrared fluorescence imaging and different methods of data analysis. First, the fluorescence properties of pH-Her were analyzed as function of pH and/or dye-to-protein ratio, and binding specificity was confirmed in cell-based assays. Subsequently, the performance of pH-Her in nude mice bearing orthotopic HER2-positive (KPL-4) and HER2-negative (MDA-MB-231) breast carcinoma xenografts was compared to that of an always-on fluorescent conjugate Alexa Fluor 647-Herceptin (Alexa-Her). Subtraction of autofluorescence and lifetime (LT)-gated image analyses were performed for background fluorescence suppression. In mice bearing HER2-positive tumors, autofluorescence subtraction together with the selective fluorescence enhancement of pH-Her solely in the tumor's acidic environment provided high contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs). This led to an improved sensitivity of tumor detection compared to Alexa-Her. In contrast, LT-gated imaging using LTs determined in model systems did not improve tumor-detection sensitivity in vivo for either probe. In conclusion, pH-Her is suitable for sensitive in vivo monitoring of HER2-expressing breast tumors with imaging in the intensity domain and represents a promising tool for detection of weak fluorescent signals deriving from small tumors or metastases.

  9. A naphthalene-based two-photon fluorescent probe for selective and sensitive detection of endogenous hypochlorous acid.

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    Zhou, Xiao-Hong; Jiang, Yu-Ren; Zhao, Xiong-Jie; Guo, Dong

    2016-11-01

    An efficient naphthalene-based two-photon fluorescent probe for endogenous HClO has been reported in the present study, which consists of a 6-(2-benzothiazolyl)-2-naphthalenol fluorophore connected with a 4-aminophenol (the fluorescence quenching and response group). This probe exhibits a high selectivity and excellent sensitivity with a detection limit of 7.6nM over other reactive oxygen species and analyte species, and the fluorescence intensity enhanced 103-fold when responsed. Furthermore, it was successfully used for two-photon imaging of endogenous HClO in live cells with high-resolution. PMID:27591640

  10. Non-Covalent Fluorescent Labeling of Hairpin DNA Probe Coupled with Hybridization Chain Reaction for Sensitive DNA Detection.

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    Song, Luna; Zhang, Yonghua; Li, Junling; Gao, Qiang; Qi, Honglan; Zhang, Chengxiao

    2016-04-01

    An enzyme-free signal amplification-based assay for DNA detection was developed using fluorescent hairpin DNA probes coupled with hybridization chain reaction (HCR). The hairpin DNAs were designed to contain abasic sites in the stem moiety. Non-covalent labeling of the hairpin DNAs was achieved when a fluorescent ligand was bound to the abasic sites through hydrogen bonding with the orphan cytosine present on the complementary strand, accompanied by quench of ligand fluorescence. As a result, the resultant probes, the complex formed between the hairpin DNA and ligand, showed almost no fluorescence. Upon hybridization with target DNA, the probe underwent a dehybridization of the stem moiety containing an abasic site. The release of ligand from the abasic site to the solution resulted in an effective fluorescent enhancement, which can be used as a signal. Compared with a sensing system without HCR, a 20-fold increase in the sensitivity was achieved using the sensing system with HCR. The fluorescent intensity of the sensing system increased with the increase in target DNA concentration from 0.5 nM to 100 nM. A single mismatched target ss-DNA could be effectively discriminated from complementary target DNA. Genotyping of a G/C single-nucleotide polymorphism of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products was successfully demonstrated with the sensing system. Therefore, integrating HCR strategy with non-covalent labeling of fluorescent hairpin DNA probes provides a sensitive and cost-effective DNA assay. PMID:26879193

  11. Resolution of heterogeneous fluorescence emission signals and decay lifetime measurement on fluorochrome-labeled cells by phase-sensitive FCM

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    Steinkamp, J.A.; Crissman, H.A.

    1993-02-01

    A phase-sensitive flow cytometer has been developed to resolve signals from heterogeneous fluorescence emission spectra and quantify fluorescence decay times on cells labeled with fluorescent dyes. This instrument combines flow cytometry (FCM) and fluorescence spectroscopy measurement principles to provide unique capabilities for making phase-resolved measurements on single cells in flow, while preserving conventional FCM measurement capabilities. Stained cells are analyzed as they pass through an intensity-modulated (sinusoid) laser excitation beam. Fluorescence is measured orthogonally using a s barrier filter to block scattered laser excitation light, and a photomultiplier tube detector output signals, which are shifted in phase from a reference signal and amplitude demodulated, are processed by phase-sensitive detection electronics to resolve signals from heterogeneous emissions and quantify decay lifetimes directly. The output signals are displayed as frequency distribution histograms and bivariate diagrams using a computer-based data acquisition system. Results have demonstrated signal phase shift, amplitude demodulation, and average measurement of fluorescence lifetimes on stained cells; a detection limit threshold of 300 to 500 fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC); fluorescence measurement precision of 1.3% on alignment fluorospheres and 3.4% on propidium iodide (PI)-stained cells; the resolution of PI and FITC signals from cells stainedin combination with PI and FITC, based on differences in their decay lifetimes; and the ability to measure single decay nines by the two-phase, phase comparator, method.

  12. Resolution of heterogeneous fluorescence emission signals and decay lifetime measurement on fluorochrome-labeled cells by phase-sensitive FCM

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    Steinkamp, J.A.; Crissman, H.A.

    1993-01-01

    A phase-sensitive flow cytometer has been developed to resolve signals from heterogeneous fluorescence emission spectra and quantify fluorescence decay times on cells labeled with fluorescent dyes. This instrument combines flow cytometry (FCM) and fluorescence spectroscopy measurement principles to provide unique capabilities for making phase-resolved measurements on single cells in flow, while preserving conventional FCM measurement capabilities. Stained cells are analyzed as they pass through an intensity-modulated (sinusoid) laser excitation beam. Fluorescence is measured orthogonally using a s barrier filter to block scattered laser excitation light, and a photomultiplier tube detector output signals, which are shifted in phase from a reference signal and amplitude demodulated, are processed by phase-sensitive detection electronics to resolve signals from heterogeneous emissions and quantify decay lifetimes directly. The output signals are displayed as frequency distribution histograms and bivariate diagrams using a computer-based data acquisition system. Results have demonstrated signal phase shift, amplitude demodulation, and average measurement of fluorescence lifetimes on stained cells; a detection limit threshold of 300 to 500 fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC); fluorescence measurement precision of 1.3% on alignment fluorospheres and 3.4% on propidium iodide (PI)-stained cells; the resolution of PI and FITC signals from cells stainedin combination with PI and FITC, based on differences in their decay lifetimes; and the ability to measure single decay nines by the two-phase, phase comparator, method.

  13. Highly sensitive immunoassay of protein molecules based on single nanoparticle fluorescence detection in a nanowell

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    Han, Jin-Hee; Kim, Hee-Joo; Lakshmana, Sudheendra; Gee, Shirley J.; Hammock, Bruce D.; Kennedy, Ian M.

    2011-03-01

    A nanoarray based-single molecule detection system was developed for detecting proteins with extremely high sensitivity. The nanoarray was able to effectively trap nanoparticles conjugated with biological sample into nanowells by integrating with an electrophoretic particle entrapment system (EPES). The nanoarray/EPES is superior to other biosensor using immunoassays in terms of saving the amounts of biological solution and enhancing kinetics of antibody binding due to reduced steric hindrance from the neighboring biological molecules. The nanoarray patterned onto a layer of PMMA and LOL on conductive and transparent indium tin oxide (ITO)-glass slide by using e-beam lithography. The suspension of 500 nm-fluorescent (green emission)-carboxylated polystyrene (PS) particles coated with protein-A followed by BDE 47 polyclonal antibody was added to the chip that was connected to the positive voltage. The droplet was covered by another ITO-coated-glass slide and connected to a ground terminal. After trapping the particles into the nanowells, the solution of different concentrations of anti-rabbit- IgG labeled with Alexa 532 was added for an immunoassay. A single molecule detection system could quantify the anti-rabbit IgG down to atto-mole level by counting photons emitted from the fluorescent dye bound to a single nanoparticle in a nanowell.

  14. A sensitive fluorescence method for detection of E. Coli using rhodamine 6G dyeing.

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    Wang, Yaohui; Jiang, Caina; Wen, Guiqing; Zhang, Xinghui; Luo, Yanghe; Qin, Aimiao; Liang, Aihui; Jiang, Zhiliang

    2016-06-01

    Negatively charged bacteria combined with positively charged alkaline dye rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) in NaH2 PO4 -Na2 HPO4 buffer solution pH 7.4, by electrostatic interaction. The dyed bacteria exhibited a strong fluorescence peak at 552 nm and fluorescence intensity was directly linear to Escherichia coli (E. coli), Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) concentrations in the range of 7.06 × 10(4) to 3.53 × 10(7) , 4.95 × 10(5) to 2.475 × 10(8) and 32.5 to 16250 colony forming unit/mL (cfu/mL) respectively, with detection limits of 3.2 × 10(4) cfu/mL E. coli, 2.3 × 10(5) cfu/mL B. subtilis and 16 cfu/mL S. aureus, respectively. Samples were cultured for 12 h, after which the linear detection range for E. coli was 2 to 88 cfu/mL. This simple, rapid and sensitive method was used for the analysis of water and drinking samples. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26573961

  15. The singlet-oxygen-sensitized delayed fluorescence in mammalian cells: a time-resolved microscopy approach.

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    Scholz, Marek; Biehl, Anna-Louisa; Dědic, Roman; Hála, Jan

    2015-04-01

    The present work provides a proof-of-concept that the singlet oxygen-sensitized delayed fluorescence (SOSDF) can be detected from individual living mammalian cells in a time-resolved microscopy experiment. To this end, 3T3 mouse fibroblasts incubated with 100 μM TPPS4 or TMPyP were used and the microsecond kinetics of the delayed fluorescence (DF) were recorded. The analysis revealed that SOSDF is the major component of the overall DF signal. The microscopy approach enables precise control of experimental conditions - the DF kinetics are clearly influenced by the presence of the (1)O2 quencher (sodium azide), H2O/D2O exchange, and the oxygen concentration. Analysis of SOSDF kinetics, which was reconstructed as a difference DF kinetics between the unquenched and the NaN3-quenched samples, provides a cellular (1)O2 lifetime of τΔ = 1-2 μs and a TPPS4 triplet lifetime of τT = 22 ± 5 μs in agreement with previously published values. The short SOSDF acquisition times, typically in the range of tens of seconds, enable us to study the dynamic cellular processes. It is shown that SOSDF lifetimes increase during PDT-like treatment, which may provide valuable information about changes of the intracellular microenvironment. SOSDF is proposed and evaluated as an alternative tool for (1)O2 detection in biological systems. PMID:25591544

  16. Single molecule fluorescence microscopy for ultra-sensitive RNA expression profiling

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    Hesse, Jan; Jacak, Jaroslaw; Regl, Gerhard; Eichberger, Thomas; Aberger, Fritz; Schlapak, Robert; Howorka, Stefan; Muresan, Leila; Frischauf, Anna-Maria; Schütz, Gerhard J.

    2007-02-01

    We developed a microarray analysis platform for ultra-sensitive RNA expression profiling of minute samples. It utilizes a novel scanning system for single molecule fluorescence detection on cm2 size samples in combination with specialized biochips, optimized for low autofluorescence and weak unspecific adsorption. 20 μg total RNA was extracted from 10 6 cells of a human keratinocyte cell line (HaCaT) and reversely transcribed in the presence of Alexa647-aha-dUTP. 1% of the resulting labeled cDNA was used for complex hybridization to a custom-made oligonucleotide microarray representing a set of 125 different genes. For low abundant genes, individual cDNA molecules hybridized to the microarray spots could be resolved. Single cDNA molecules hybridized to the chip surface appeared as diffraction limited features in the fluorescence images. The à trous wavelet method was utilized for localization and counting of the separated cDNA signals. Subsequently, the degree of labeling of the localized cDNA molecules was determined by brightness analysis for the different genes. Variations by factors up to 6 were found, which in conventional microarray analysis would result in a misrepresentation of the relative abundance of mRNAs.

  17. An enzyme-aided amplification strategy for sensitive detection of DNA utilizing graphene oxide (GO) as a fluorescence quencher.

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    Zhang, Jing; Tao, Mangjuan; Jin, Yan

    2014-07-01

    A facile, sensitive and rapid method has been developed for detection of disease-related DNA based on lambda exonuclease-aided signal amplification by utilizing graphene oxide (GO) as a fluorescence quencher. The fluorescence of the carboxyfluorescein-labeled DNA probe (F-DNA) was sharply quenched due to the electron or energy transfer between the fluorescence dye and GO. While in the presence of target DNA, the formation of a DNA hybrid released F-DNA from the surface of GO, leading to a fluorescence recovery. Then, the fluorescence enhancement was further amplified by using lambda exonuclease (λexo) to liberate target DNA for cyclic hybridization. Fluorescence polarization and gel electrophoresis further verified the reliability of the principle. Disease-related DNA can be sensitively detected based on the enzyme-aided amplification strategy. More importantly, single-base mismatched DNA can be effectively discriminated from complementary target DNA and random DNA. Therefore, it offered a universal, simple, sensitive and specific method for detection of disease-related genes. PMID:24840773

  18. Fluorescent graphene quantum dots as traceable, pH-sensitive drug delivery systems

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    Qiu, Jichuan; Zhang, Ruibin; Li, Jianhua; Sang, Yuanhua; Tang, Wei; Rivera Gil, Pilar; Liu, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) were rationally fabricated as a traceable drug delivery system for the targeted, pH-sensitive delivery of a chemotherapeutic drug into cancer cells. The GQDs served as fluorescent carriers for a well-known anticancer drug, doxorubicin (Dox). The whole system has the capacity for simultaneous tracking of the carrier and of drug release. Dox release is triggered upon acidification of the intracellular vesicles, where the carriers are located after their uptake by cancer cells. Further functionalization of the loaded carriers with targeting moieties such as arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptides enhanced their uptake by cancer cells. DU-145 and PC-3 human prostate cancer cell lines were used to evaluate the anticancer ability of Dox-loaded RGD-modified GQDs (Dox-RGD-GQDs). The results demonstrated the feasibility of using GQDs as traceable drug delivery systems with the ability for the pH-triggered delivery of drugs into target cells. PMID:26604747

  19. A simple and sensitive label-free fluorescent approach for protein detection based on a Perylene probe and aptamer.

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    Lv, Zhenzhen; Liu, Jinchuan; Bai, Wenhui; Yang, Shuming; Chen, Ailiang

    2015-02-15

    Highly sensitive detection of proteins is of great importance for effective clinical diagnosis and biomedical research. However, so far most detection methods rely on antibody-based immunoassays and are usually laborious and time-consuming with poor sensitivity. Here, we developed a simple and ultra-sensitive method to detect a biomarker protein-thrombin by taking advantage of the fluorescent probe Perylene tetracarboxylic acid diimide (PTCDI) derivatives and thrombin aptamer. The water-soluble dye PTCDI shows strong fluorescence in buffer solution for the existence of free dye monomer, but becomes weak after aggregation through self-assembly on nucleic acid aptamer. In the presence of thrombin, it specifically binds to thrombin aptamer which causes the conformational transition between aptamer and PTCDI and results in a significant fluorescence recovery. The results showed that as low as 40 pM of thrombin could be detected by this method. The high sensitivity of the developed sensing system mainly attributes to the ultra-sensitivity of the fluorescence intensity changes of PTCDI. With the specificity of aptamer, the assay exhibited high selectivity for thrombin against three other proteins (bovine serum albumin, lysozyme, mouse IgG) and 1% diluted fetal bovine serum. The detection method might be extended to sensitive detection of a variety of proteins for its advantages of isothermal conditions required, simple and rapid without multiple separation and washing steps. PMID:25310484

  20. A sensitive fluorescent sensor for selective determination of dichlorvos based on the recovered fluorescence of carbon dots-Cu(II) system.

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    Hou, Juying; Dong, Guangjuan; Tian, Zhengbin; Lu, Jiutian; Wang, Qianqian; Ai, Shiyun; Wang, Minglin

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, a simple and sensitive fluorescent sensor for dichlorvos was first constructed based on carbon dots-Cu(II) system. These carbon dots were obtained by simple hydrothermal reaction of feather. The fluorescence of these carbon dots can be selectively quenched by Cu(2+) ion. When acetylcholinesterase and acetylthiocholine were introduced into the system, thiocholine came into being, which can react with Cu(2+) ion and restore the fluorescence of the system. The reaction mechanism between Cu(2+) ion and thiocholine was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. As one kind of acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, organophosphorus pesticides can be detected based on this sensing system. As an example of organophosphorus pesticides, dichlorvos was detected with a linear range of 6.0×10(-9)-6.0×10(-8)M. This sensing system has been successfully used for the analysis of cabbage and fruit juice samples. PMID:26920268

  1. Ratiometric fluorescent ion detection in water with high sensitivity via aggregation-mediated fluorescence resonance energy transfer using a conjugated polyelectrolyte as an optical platform.

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    Le, Van Sang; Kim, Boram; Lee, Wonho; Jeong, Ji-Eun; Yang, Renqiang; Woo, Han Young

    2013-05-14

    A cationic conjugated polyelectrolyte was designed and synthesized based on poly(fluorene-co-phenylene) containing 5 mol% benzothiadiazole (BT) as a low energy trap and 15-crown-5 as a recognizing group for potassium ions. A potassium ion can form a sandwich-type 2:1 Lewis acid-based complex with 15-crown-5, to cause the intermolecular aggregation of polymers. This facilitates inter-chain fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) to a low-energy BT segment, resulting in fluorescent signal amplification, even at dilute analyte concentrations. Highly sensitive and selective detection of K(+) ions was demonstrated in water. The linear response of ratiometric fluorescent signal as a function of [K(+) ] allows K(+) quantification in a range of nanomolar concentrations with a detection limit of ≈0.7 × 10(-9) M. PMID:23417971

  2. Ultrasensitive and Rapid Determination of Folic Acid Using Ag Nanoparticles Enhanced 1, 10-Phenantroline-Terbium (III) Sensitized Fluorescence.

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    Hassanzadeh, Robab; Lotfi, Ali; Bagheri, Nafiseh; Hassanzadeh, Javad

    2016-09-01

    A novel spectrofluorimetric probe based on Ag nanoparticle (AgNPs)-enhanced terbium (III) (Tb) fluorescence was introduced for the sensitive determination of folic acid (FA). The effect of gold and silver nanoparticles in different size was investigated on the well-known Tb sensitized fluorescence emission of 1, 10-phenantroline (Phen). The greatest fluorescence intensity was observed in the presence of AgNPs with a diameter of ~6 nm maybe due to their highest surface area. Furthermore, it's discovered that FA can form Tb-Phen -FA ternary complexes and cause a notable diminution in this enhanced fluorescence system. Based on this finding, a high sensitive and selective method was developed for the determination of FA. Effects of various parameters like Ag NPs, Phen and Tb(3+) concentration and pH of media were investigated. In the optimum circumstances, the fluorescence emission of AgNPs-Phen-Tb collection was declined linearly by increasing the concentration of FA in the range of 0.5 to 110 nmol L(-1). Limits of detection and quantification were achieved to be 0.21 and 0.62 nmol  L(-1), respectively. The method has good linearity, recovery, reproducibility and sensitivity, and was adequately exploited to follow FA content in pharmaceutical, fortified flour and human urine samples. PMID:27448225

  3. Thermo-optical characterization of fluorescent rhodamine B based temperature-sensitive nanosensors using a CMOS MEMS micro-hotplate☆

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    Chauhan, Veeren M.; Hopper, Richard H.; Ali, Syed Z.; King, Emma M.; Udrea, Florin; Oxley, Chris H.; Aylott, Jonathan W.

    2014-01-01

    A custom designed microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) micro-hotplate, capable of operating at high temperatures (up to 700 °C), was used to thermo-optically characterize fluorescent temperature-sensitive nanosensors. The nanosensors, 550 nm in diameter, are composed of temperature-sensitive rhodamine B (RhB) fluorophore which was conjugated to an inert silica sol–gel matrix. Temperature-sensitive nanosensors were dispersed and dried across the surface of the MEMS micro-hotplate, which was mounted in the slide holder of a fluorescence confocal microscope. Through electrical control of the MEMS micro-hotplate, temperature induced changes in fluorescence intensity of the nanosensors was measured over a wide temperature range. The fluorescence response of all nanosensors dispersed across the surface of the MEMS device was found to decrease in an exponential manner by 94%, when the temperature was increased from 25 °C to 145 °C. The fluorescence response of all dispersed nanosensors across the whole surface of the MEMS device and individual nanosensors, using line profile analysis, were not statistically different (p < 0.05). The MEMS device used for this study could prove to be a reliable, low cost, low power and high temperature micro-hotplate for the thermo-optical characterisation of sub-micron sized particles. The temperature-sensitive nanosensors could find potential application in the measurement of temperature in biological and micro-electrical systems. PMID:25844025

  4. Sensitive fluorescence assay of organophosphorus pesticides based on the fluorescence resonance energy transfer between CdTe quantum dots and porphyrin.

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    Xue, Gao; Yue, Zhao; Bing, Zhang; Yiwei, Tang; Xiuying, Liu; Jianrong, Li

    2016-08-01

    A sensitive and selective quantum dot (QD)-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor was successfully fabricated for the detection of organophosphorus pesticides (OPs). 5,10,15,20-Tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin (TPyP) with meso-pyridyl substituents was bound to the surface of CdTe QDs to produce self-assembled nanosensors, and the process of FRET between QDs and TPyP occurred. However, the process of FRET was switched off with the addition of OPs, due to the combination between TPyP and OPs. The fluorescence intensity of TPyP (donor) would decrease gradually with the increasing concentration of OPs. Under optimal conditions, a linear correlation was established between the fluorescence intensity ratio ITPyP/IQDs and the concentration of paraoxon in the range of 9.09 × 10(-12)-1.09 × 10(-6) mol L(-1) with a detection limit of 3.15 × 10(-12) mol L(-1). The attractive sensitivity was obtained due to the efficient FRET and the superior fluorescence properties of QDs. The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of the OPs in real fruit samples with satisfactory results. PMID:27305657

  5. Phantom validation of Monte Carlo modeling for noncontact depth sensitive fluorescence measurements in an epithelial tissue model

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    Ong, Yi Hong; Zhu, Caigang; Liu, Quan

    2014-08-01

    Experimental investigation and optimization of various optical parameters in the design of depth sensitive optical measurements in layered tissues would require a huge amount of time and resources. A computational method to model light transport in layered tissues using Monte Carlo simulations has been developed for decades to reduce the cost incurred during this process. In this work, we employed the Monte Carlo method to investigate the depth sensitivity achieved by various illumination and detection configurations including both the traditional cone configurations and new cone shell configurations, which are implemented by convex or axicon lenses. Phantom experiments have been carried out to validate the Monte Carlo modeling of fluorescence in a two-layered turbid, epithelial tissue model. The measured fluorescence and depth sensitivity of different illumination-detection configurations were compared with each other. The results indicate excellent agreement between the experimental and simulation results in the trends of fluorescence intensity and depth sensitivity. The findings of this study and the development of the Monte Carlo method for noncontact setups provide useful insight and assistance in the planning and optimization of optical designs for depth sensitive fluorescence measurements.

  6. Synthesis and photophysics of some novel imidazole derivatives used as sensitive fluorescent chemisensors.

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    Saravanan, Kanagarathinam; Srinivasan, Natesan; Thanikachalam, Venugopal; Jayabharathi, Jayaraman

    2011-01-01

    Some novel imidazole derivatives were developed for highly sensitive chemisensors for transition metal ions. Since these compounds are sensitive to different external stimulations such as UV irradiation, heat, increasing pressure and changing the environmental pH causing colour change and so they can be used as a 'multi-way' optically switchable material. A prominent fluorescence enhancement was found in the presence of transition metal ions such as Hg(2+), Pb(2+) and Cu(2+) and this was suggested to result from the suppression of radiationless transitions from the n-π* state in the chemisensors. The existence of C-H….O intramolecular hydrogen bonding in dmphnpi is confirmed by the Natural Bond Orbital analysis (NBO). The Mulliken, NBO charge analysis and the HOMO-LUMO energies were also calculated. The electric dipole moment (μ) and the first-hyperpolarisability (β) value of the investigated molecules have been studied both experimentally and theoretically which reveal that the synthesized molecules have microscopic non-linear optical (NLO) behaviour with non-zero values. Ground and excited state DFT calculation were carried out in order to find out dipole moment and energy. PMID:20623166

  7. Electron microprobe analysis of cryolite

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    Guimarães, F.; Bravo Silva, P.; Ferreira, J.; Piedade, A. P.; Vieira, M. T. F.

    2014-03-01

    A sample of cryolite was studied with a JEOL JXA 8500-F electron microprobe under several operating conditions. A TAP crystal was used to analyse Na and Al and a LDE1 crystal to analyse F. As F and Na are both highly "volatile" elements, special care must be taken during analysis. The measurement order of Na, F and Al is not irrelevant and optimum conditions may also result in different combinations of accelerating voltage, beam current, beam size or counting times. Relevant X-ray signals were recorded in order to investigate the behaviour of the Na Ka and F Ka counts with elapsed time. The incident beam current was also recorded at the same time. In a clear contrast to what has normally been reported in the EPMA analysis of aluminosilicates and silicate glasses, we found that the Na X-ray counts increase with time. This increment of X-rays intensities for sodium in cryolite depends on the operating conditions and is accompanied by a strong migration of fluorine from the beam excitation volume, leading to a decrease in F X-ray counting rates. It was also observed that higher incident beam currents induce higher radiation damage in the mineral. The current instability is consistent with possible electron induced dissociation in the cryolite structure. An analytical protocol was achieved for 6 kV and 15kV accelerating voltage for the correct EPMA analysis of cryolite.

  8. High-efficiency yellow double-doped organic light-emitting devices based on phosphor-sensitized fluorescence

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    D'Andrade, Brian W.; Baldo, Marc A.; Adachi, Chihaya; Brooks, Jason; Thompson, Mark E.; Forrest, Stephen R.

    2001-08-13

    We demonstrate high-efficiency yellow organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) employing [2-methyl-6-[2,3,6,7-tetrahydro-1H,5H-benzo[ij]quinolizin-9-yl-ethenyl]-4H-pyran-4-ylidene] propane-dinitrile (Dcm{sup 2}) as a fluorescent lumophore, with a green electrophospho- rescent sensitizer, fac tris(2-phenylpyridine) iridium [Ir(ppy){sub 3}] co-doped into a 4,4{prime}-N,N{prime}dicarbazole-biphenyl host. The devices exhibit peak external fluorescent quantum and power efficiencies of 9%{+-}1% (25 cd/A) and 17{+-}2 lm/W at 0.01 mA/cm{sup 2}, respectively. At 10 mA/cm{sup 2}, the efficiencies are 4.1%{+-}0.5% (11 cd/A) and 3.1{+-}0.3 lm/W. We show that this exceptionally high performance for a fluorescent dye is due to the {approx}100% efficient transfer of both singlet and triplet excited states in the doubly doped host to the fluorescent material using Ir(ppy){sub 3} as a sensitizing agent. These results suggest that 100% internal quantum efficiency fluorescent OLEDs employing this sensitization process are within reach. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  9. Resolution of fluorescence signals from cells labeled with fluorochromes having different lifetimes by phase-sensitive flow cytometry

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    Steinkamp, J.A.; Crissman, H.A. )

    1993-01-01

    A flow cytometric method has been developed that uses phase-sensitive detection to separate signals from simultaneous fluorescence emissions in cells labeled with fluorochromes having different fluorescence decay lifetimes. CHO cells were stained with propidium iodide (PI) and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC). These dyes bind to DNA and protein and the fluorescence lifetimes of the bound dyes are 15.0 and 3.6 ns, respectively. Cells were analyzed as they passed through a modulated (sinusoidal) laser excitation beam. Fluorescence was measured using only a long-pass filter to block scattered laser excitation light and a single photomultiplier tube detector. The fluorescence detector output signals were processed by dual-channel phase-sensitive detection electronics and the phase-resolved PI and FITC signals were displayed as frequency distribution histograms and bivariate plots. By shifting the phase of one detector channel reference signal by [pi]/2 + [phi][sub 1] degrees and the phase of the other detector channel reference signal by -[pi]/2 + [phi][sub 2] degrees, where [phi][sub 1] and [phi][sub 2] are the phase shifts associated with the PI and FITC lifetimes, the PI and FITC signals were separately resolved at their respective phase-sensitive detector outputs. This technology is also applicable to suppressing by cellular autofluorescence, unbound/free dye, nonspecific dye binding, and Raman and Rayleigh scattering. 21 refs., 2 figs.

  10. A Comparison of the Capability of Sensitivity Level 3 and Sensitivity Level 4 Fluorescent Penetrants to Detect Fatigue Cracks in Aluminum

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    Parker, Bradford, H.

    2009-01-01

    Historically both sensitivity level 3 and sensitivity level 4 fluorescent penetrants have been used to perform NASA Standard Level inspections of aerospace hardware. In April 2008, NASA-STD-5009 established a requirement that only sensitivity level 4 penetrants were acceptable for inspections of NASA hardware. Having NASA contractors change existing processes or perform demonstration tests to certify sensitivity level 3 penetrants posed a potentially huge cost to the Agency. This study was conducted to directly compare the probability of detection sensitivity level 3 and level 4 penetrants using both Method A and Method D inspection processes. The study results strongly support the conclusion that sensitivity level 3 penetrants are acceptable for NASA Standard Level inspections

  11. Highly sensitive and selective fluorescence detection of copper (II) ion based on multi-ligand metal chelation.

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    Zhang, Shan; Yu, Tao; Sun, Mingtai; Yu, Huan; Zhang, Zhongping; Wang, Suhua; Jiang, Hui

    2014-08-01

    A fluorescent probe was synthesized and demonstrated to be highly selective and sensitive in the reaction with copper (II) ion, generating a large variation of the fluorescence intensity in a dose-response manner. The probe contains a dansyl moiety as fluorophore and a multidentate ligand for copper (II) ion recognition. The reaction of the molecular probe with copper (II) ion proceeds rapidly and irreversibly in a 1 to 1 stoichiometric way, leading to the production of stable copper (II) complex, which subsequently results in the quenching of fluorescence. The detection limit for copper (II) ion was measured to be about 2ppb. It was also shown that the probe has high selectivity for copper (II) ion and good anti-interference ability against other transition metal ions. The herein reported very simple and reliable fluorescence probe could be employed for copper (II) ion detection in many aspects. PMID:24881551

  12. Mass amplifying probe for sensitive fluorescence anisotropy detection of small molecules in complex biological samples.

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    Cui, Liang; Zou, Yuan; Lin, Ninghang; Zhu, Zhi; Jenkins, Gareth; Yang, Chaoyong James

    2012-07-01

    Fluorescence anisotropy (FA) is a reliable and excellent choice for fluorescence sensing. One of the key factors influencing the FA value for any molecule is the molar mass of the molecule being measured. As a result, the FA method with functional nucleic acid aptamers has been limited to macromolecules such as proteins and is generally not applicable for the analysis of small molecules because their molecular masses are relatively too small to produce observable FA value changes. We report here a molecular mass amplifying strategy to construct anisotropy aptamer probes for small molecules. The probe is designed in such a way that only when a target molecule binds to the probe does it activate its binding ability to an anisotropy amplifier (a high molecular mass molecule such as protein), thus significantly increasing the molecular mass and FA value of the probe/target complex. Specifically, a mass amplifying probe (MAP) consists of a targeting aptamer domain against a target molecule and molecular mass amplifying aptamer domain for the amplifier protein. The probe is initially rendered inactive by a small blocking strand partially complementary to both target aptamer and amplifier protein aptamer so that the mass amplifying aptamer domain would not bind to the amplifier protein unless the probe has been activated by the target. In this way, we prepared two probes that constitute a target (ATP and cocaine respectively) aptamer, a thrombin (as the mass amplifier) aptamer, and a fluorophore. Both probes worked well against their corresponding small molecule targets, and the detection limits for ATP and cocaine were 0.5 μM and 0.8 μM, respectively. More importantly, because FA is less affected by environmental interferences, ATP in cell media and cocaine in urine were directly detected without any tedious sample pretreatment. Our results established that our molecular mass amplifying strategy can be used to design aptamer probes for rapid, sensitive, and selective

  13. Highly sensitive detection of S-nitrosylated proteins by capillary gel electrophoresis with laser induced fluorescence.

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    Wang, Siyang; Circu, Magdalena L; Zhou, Hu; Figeys, Daniel; Aw, Tak Y; Feng, June

    2011-09-23

    S-nitrosylated proteins are biomarkers of oxidative damage in aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we report a new method for detecting and quantifying nitrosylated proteins by capillary gel electrophoresis with laser induced fluorescence detection (CGE-LIF). Dylight 488 maleimide was used to specifically label thiol group (SH) after switching the S-nitrosothiol (S-NO) to SH in cysteine using the "fluorescence switch" assay. In vitro nitrosylation model-BSA subjected to S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO) optimized the labeling reactions and characterized the response of the LIF detector. The method proves to be highly sensitive, detecting 1.3 picomolar (pM) concentration of nitrosothiols in nanograms of proteins, which is the lowest limit of detection of nitrosothiols reported to date. We further demonstrated the direct application of this method in monitoring protein nitrosylation damage in MQ mediated human colon adenocarcinoma cells. The nitrosothiol amounts in MQ treated and untreated cells are 14.8±0.2 and 10.4±0.5 pmol/mg of proteins, respectively. We also depicted nitrosylated protein electrophoretic profiles of brain cerebrum of 5-month-old AD transgenic (Tg) mice model. In Tg mice brain, 15.5±0.4 pmol of nitrosothiols/mg of proteins was quantified while wild type contained 11.7±0.3 pmol/mg proteins. The methodology is validated to quantify low levels of S-nitrosylated protein in complex protein mixtures from both physiological and pathological conditions. PMID:21820121

  14. Microprobe PIXE analysis of aluminium in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease

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    Yumoto, S.; Horino, Y.; Mokuno, Y.; Kakimi, S.; Fujii, K.

    1996-04-01

    To investigate the cause of Alzheimer's disease (senile dementia), we examined aluminium (Al) in the rat liver, and in the brains (hippocampus) of Alzheimer's disease patients using heavy ion (5 MeV Si 3+) microprobe and proton (2 MeV) microprobe PIXE analysis. Heavy ion microprobes (3 MeV Si 2+) have several time's higher sensitivity for Al detection than 2 MeV proton microprobes. (1) In the rat liver, Al was detected in the cell nuclei, where phosphorus (P) was most densely distributed. (2) We also demonstrated Al in the cell nuclei isolated from Alzheimer's disease brains using heavy ion (5 MeV Si 3+) microprobes. Al spectra were detected using 2 MeV proton microprobes in the isolated brain cell nuclei. Al could not be observed in areas where P was present in relatively small amounts, or was absent. Our results indicate that Alzheimer's disease is caused by irreversible accumulation of Al in the nuclei of brain cells.

  15. Singlet oxygen-sensitized delayed fluorescence of common water-soluble photosensitizers.

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    Scholz, Marek; Dědic, Roman; Breitenbach, Thomas; Hála, Jan

    2013-10-01

    Six common water-soluble singlet oxygen ((1)O2) photosensitizers - 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(1-methyl-4-pyridinio) porphine (TMPyP), meso-tetrakis(4-sulfonathophenyl)porphine (TPPS4), Al(III) phthalocyanine chloride tetrasulfonic acid (AlPcS4), eosin Y, rose bengal, and methylene blue - were investigated in terms of their ability to produce delayed fluorescence (DF) in solutions at room temperature. All the photosensitizers dissolved in air-saturated phosphate buffered saline (PBS, pH 7.4) exhibit easily detectable DF, which can be nearly completely quenched by 10 mM NaN3, a specific (1)O2 quencher. The DF kinetics has a biexponential rise-decay character in a microsecond time domain. Therefore, we propose that singlet oxygen-sensitized delayed fluorescence (SOSDF), where the triplet state of a photosensitizer reacts with (1)O2 giving rise to an excited singlet state of the photosensitizer, is the prevailing mechanism. It was confirmed by additional evidence, such as a monoexponential decay of triplet-triplet transient absorption kinetics, dependence of SOSDF kinetics on oxygen concentration, absence of SOSDF in a nitrogen-saturated sample, or the effect of isotopic exchange H2O-D2O. Eosin Y and AlPcS4 show the largest SOSDF quantum yield among the selected photosensitizers, whereas rose bengal possesses the highest ratio of SOSDF intensity to prompt fluorescence intensity. The rate constant for the reaction of triplet state with (1)O2 giving rise to the excited singlet state of photosensitizer was estimated to be ~/>1 × 10(9) M(-1) s(-1). SOSDF kinetics contains information about both triplet and (1)O2 lifetimes and concentrations, which makes it a very useful alternative tool for monitoring photosensitizing and (1)O2 quenching processes, allowing its detection in the visible spectral region, utilizing the photosensitizer itself as a (1)O2 probe. Under our experimental conditions, SOSDF was up to three orders of magnitude more intense than the infrared (1)O2

  16. A label-free fluorescent aptasensor for selective and sensitive detection of streptomycin in milk and blood serum.

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    Taghdisi, Seyed Mohammad; Danesh, Noor Mohammad; Nameghi, Morteza Alinezhad; Ramezani, Mohammad; Abnous, Khalil

    2016-07-15

    Sensitive and fast detection of antibiotic residues in animal derived foods and blood serum is of great interest. In this study a fluorescent aptasensor was designed for selective and sensitive detection of streptomycin (STR) based on Exonuclease III (Exo III), SYBR Gold and aptamer complimentary strand. In the absence of STR, the fluorescence intensity is weak. Upon addition of STR, the aptamer binds to its target, leading to release of complementary strand from aptamer and more protection against Exo III function. Following addition of SYBR Gold, a strong fluorescence intensity is obtained. This aptasensor showed a high selectivity toward STR with a limit of detection (LOD) as low as 54.5 nM. The validity of the procedure and applicability of the aptasensor were successfully assessed by detection of STR in a spiked milk and blood serum without interference from the sample matrix. PMID:26948599

  17. Highly Sensitive Built-In Strain Sensors for Polymer Composites: Fluorescence Turn-On Response through Mechanochemical Activation.

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    Li, Zhong'an; Toivola, Ryan; Ding, Feizhi; Yang, Jeffrey; Lai, Po-Ni; Howie, Tucker; Georgeson, Gary; Jang, Sei-Hum; Li, Xiaosong; Flinn, Brian D; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2016-08-01

    A new class of rationally designed mechanophores is developed for highly sensitive built-in strain sensors in polymer composites. These mechanophores are designed to regenerate the π-conjugation pathway between the electron donor and electron acceptor by force-induced cleavage of the covalent bond to form a fluorescent dipolar dye. PMID:27184010

  18. Boronic Acid: A Bio-Inspired Strategy To Increase the Sensitivity and Selectivity of Fluorescent NADH Probe.

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    Wang, Lu; Zhang, Jingye; Kim, Beomsue; Peng, Juanjuan; Berry, Stuart N; Ni, Yong; Su, Dongdong; Lee, Jungyeol; Yuan, Lin; Chang, Young-Tae

    2016-08-24

    Fluorescent probes have emerged as an essential tool in the molecular recognition events in biological systems; however, due to the complex structures of certain biomolecules, it remains a challenge to design small-molecule fluorescent probes with high sensitivity and selectivity. Inspired by the enzyme-catalyzed reaction between biomolecule and probe, we present a novel combination-reaction two-step sensing strategy to improve sensitivity and selectivity. Based on this strategy, we successfully prepared a turn-on fluorescent reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) probe, in which boronic acid was introduced to bind with NADH and subsequently accelerate the sensing process. This probe shows remarkably improved sensitivity (detection limit: 0.084 μM) and selectivity to NADH in the absence of any enzymes. In order to improve the practicality, the boronic acid was further modified to change the measurement conditions from alkalescent (pH 9.5) to physiological environment (pH 7.4). Utilizing these probes, we not only accurately quantified the NADH weight in a health care product but also evaluated intracellular NADH levels in live cell imaging. Thus, these bio-inspired fluorescent probes offer excellent tools for elucidating the roles of NADH in biological systems as well as a practical strategy to develop future sensitive and selective probes for complicated biomolecules. PMID:27500425

  19. Enhanced Sensitivity for Detection of HIV-1 p24 Antigen by a Novel Nuclease-Linked Fluorescence Oligonucleotide Assay

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    Fan, Peihu; Li, Xiaojun; Su, Weiheng; Kong, Wei; Kong, Xianggui; Wang, Zhenxin; Wang, Youchun; Jiang, Chunlai; Gao, Feng

    2015-01-01

    The relatively high detection limit of the Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) prevents its application for detection of low concentrations of antigens. To increase the sensitivity for detection of HIV-1 p24 antigen, we developed a highly sensitive nuclease-linked fluorescence oligonucleotide assay (NLFOA). Two major improvements were incorporated in NLFOA to amplify antibody-antigen interaction signals and reduce the signal/noise ratio; a large number of nuclease molecules coupled to the gold nanoparticle/streptavidin complex and fluorescent signals generated from fluorescent-labeled oligonucleotides by the nuclease. The detection limit of p24 by NLFOA was 1 pg/mL, which was 10-fold more sensitive than the conventional ELISA (10 pg/mL). The specificity was 100% and the coefficient of variation (CV) was 7.8% at low p24 concentration (1.5 pg/mL) with various concentrations of spiked p24 in HIV-1 negative sera. Thus, NLFOA is highly sensitive, specific, reproducible and user-friendly. The more sensitive detection of low p24 concentrations in HIV-1-infected individuals by NLFOA could allow detection of HIV-1 infections that are missed by the conventional ELISA at the window period during acute infection to further reduce the risk for HIV-1 infection due to the undetected HIV-1 in the blood products. Moreover, NLFOA can be easily applied to more sensitive detection of other antigens. PMID:25915630

  20. Enhanced Sensitivity for Detection of HIV-1 p24 Antigen by a Novel Nuclease-Linked Fluorescence Oligonucleotide Assay.

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    Fan, Peihu; Li, Xiaojun; Su, Weiheng; Kong, Wei; Kong, Xianggui; Wang, Zhenxin; Wang, Youchun; Jiang, Chunlai; Gao, Feng

    2015-01-01

    The relatively high detection limit of the Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) prevents its application for detection of low concentrations of antigens. To increase the sensitivity for detection of HIV-1 p24 antigen, we developed a highly sensitive nuclease-linked fluorescence oligonucleotide assay (NLFOA). Two major improvements were incorporated in NLFOA to amplify antibody-antigen interaction signals and reduce the signal/noise ratio; a large number of nuclease molecules coupled to the gold nanoparticle/streptavidin complex and fluorescent signals generated from fluorescent-labeled oligonucleotides by the nuclease. The detection limit of p24 by NLFOA was 1 pg/mL, which was 10-fold more sensitive than the conventional ELISA (10 pg/mL). The specificity was 100% and the coefficient of variation (CV) was 7.8% at low p24 concentration (1.5 pg/mL) with various concentrations of spiked p24 in HIV-1 negative sera. Thus, NLFOA is highly sensitive, specific, reproducible and user-friendly. The more sensitive detection of low p24 concentrations in HIV-1-infected individuals by NLFOA could allow detection of HIV-1 infections that are missed by the conventional ELISA at the window period during acute infection to further reduce the risk for HIV-1 infection due to the undetected HIV-1 in the blood products. Moreover, NLFOA can be easily applied to more sensitive detection of other antigens. PMID:25915630

  1. Novel fluorescent ELISA for the sensitive detection of zearalenone based on H2O2-sensitive quantum dots for signal transduction.

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    Zhan, Shengnan; Huang, Xiaolin; Chen, Rui; Li, Juan; Xiong, Yonghua

    2016-09-01

    A direct competitive fluorescent enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed for the detection of zearalenone (ZEN) using ZEN labeled catalase (CAT) as a competing antigen with H2O2-sensitive CdTe quantum dots (QDs) for signal transduction. The novel fluorescent ELISA showed very high sensitivity for ZEN detection because it combined the high catalytic activity of CAT to H2O2 and H2O2-sensitive property of QDs. Under optimal conditions, the developed method showed a good dynamic linear detection for ZEN in the range of 2.4pg/mL to 1.25ng/mL with a detection limit of 4.1pg/mL. The median inhibition concentration (IC50) of ZEN was 75pg/mL, which was approximately 17-fold lower than that of horseradish peroxidase-based conventional ELISA. Moreover, our developed method also showed a high reproducibility and an excellent selectivity. In brief, the novel fluorescent ELISA shows great potential for the sensitive and economic detection of mycotoxins and other analytes in food analysis, clinical diagnosis and environmental monitoring. PMID:27343577

  2. Microanalysis of metals in coal and coal ash using the Stanford/USGS SHRIMP-RG ion microprobe[Sensitive High-Resolution Ion MicroProbe--Reversed Geometry

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    Kolker, A.; Zielinski, R.A.; Wooden, J.L.; Persing, H.M.

    2000-07-01

    The capability of the SHRIMP-RG ion microprobe to determine the micro-distribution of selected trace metals in coal and coal ash was investigated as part of a larger study of the behavior of air toxic metals during coal combustion. Initial work, reported here, used the oxygen (O) ion source for in-situ determination of Cr and other elements in illite/smectite, a major inorganic constituent of the coals analyzed. This was followed by tests of the applicability of the SHRIMP-RG for trace-metal analysis of fly ash from a Kentucky power plant, in which U and Pb concentrations were determined in the coarse (63--150 micrometer) fraction of the fly ash. The results for illite/smectite confirm that it is an important source of chromium that may be emitted during coal burning. Results for fly-ash show that the {sup 75}As peak is resolvable from potential interferences in glass standards and partially resolvable in the fly ash, indicating that the SHRIMP-RG may be useful in characterizing the distribution of leachable metals condensed on fly ash surfaces.

  3. 808 nm driven Nd3+-sensitized upconversion nanostructures for photodynamic therapy and simultaneous fluorescence imaging.

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    Wang, Dan; Xue, Bin; Kong, Xianggui; Tu, Langping; Liu, Xiaomin; Zhang, Youlin; Chang, Yulei; Luo, Yongshi; Zhao, Huiying; Zhang, Hong

    2015-01-01

    The in vivo biological applications of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) prefer excitation at 700-850 nm, instead of 980 nm, due to the absorption of water. Recent approaches in constructing robust Nd(3+) doped UCNPs with 808 nm excitation properties rely on a thick Nd(3+) sensitized shell. However, for the very important and popular Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based applications, such as photodynamic therapy (PDT) or switchable biosensors, this type of structure has restrictions resulting in a poor energy transfer. In this work, we have designed a NaYF4:Yb/Ho@NaYF4:Nd@NaYF4 core-shell-shell nanostructure. We have proven that this optimal structure balances the robustness of the upconversion emission and the FRET efficiency for FRET-based bioapplications. A proof of the concept was demonstrated for photodynamic therapy and simultaneous fluorescence imaging of HeLa cells triggered by 808 nm light, where low heating and a high PDT efficacy were achieved. PMID:25406514

  4. A highly sensitive and selective fluorescent Cu2+ sensor synthesized with silica nanoparticles

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    Zheng, Jiannan; Xiao, Chuan; Fei, Qiang; Li, Ming; Wang, Baojun; Feng, Guodong; Yu, Hongmei; Huan, Yanfu; Song, Zhiguang

    2010-01-01

    A novel fluorescent nanosensor for the determination of Cu2+ was synthesized with N-(quinoline-8-yl)-2-(3-triethoxysilyl-propylamino)-acetamide (QlOEt) grafted onto the surface of silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) using the reverse microemulsion method. Spherical SiNPs were used as substrate and QlOEt was used simultaneously as the binding and readout system for Cu2+. This sensor has been realized as a highly sensitive and selective technique for the detection and quantification of trace amounts of Cu2+. The probe exhibits a dynamic response range for Cu2+ from 2.0 × 10-6 to 2.0 × 10-5 M, with a detection limit of 3.8 × 10-7 M. Other alkali, alkaline earth, and transitional metal ions including Li+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Sr2+, Mn2+, Zn2+, Mo6+, Pb2+, Ag+ had no significant interference on Cu2+ determination. Poisonous and flammable reagents are avoided during the synthesis of this nanosensor. Therefore the strategy explored in this work can be extended to the synthesis of other chemo- and biosensors for direct detection of specific targets in an intracellular environment.

  5. Fluorescence lifetime imaging system with nm-resolution and single-molecule sensitivity

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    Wahl, Michael; Rahn, Hans-Juergen; Ortmann, Uwe; Erdmann, Rainer; Boehmer, Martin; Enderlein, Joerg

    2002-03-01

    Fluorescence lifetime measurement of organic fluorophores is a powerful tool for distinguishing molecules of interest from background or other species. This is of interest in sensitive analysis and Single Molecule Detection (SMD). A demand in many applications is to provide 2-D imaging together with lifetime information. The method of choice is then Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC). We have devloped a compact system on a single PC board that can perform TCSPC at high throughput, while synchronously driving a piezo scanner holding the immobilized sample. The system allows count rates up to 3 MHz and a resolution down to 30 ps. An overall Instrument Response Function down to 300ps is achieved with inexpensive detectors and diode lasers. The board is designed for the PCI bus, permitting high throughput without loss of counts. It is reconfigurable to operate in different modes. The Time-Tagged Time-Resolved (TTTR) mode permits the recording of all photon events with a real-time tag allowing data analysis with unlimited flexibility. We use the Time-Tag clock for an external piezo scanner that moves the sample. As the clock source is common for scanning and tagging, the individual photons can be matched to pixels. Demonstrating the capablities of the system we studied single molecule solutions. Lifetime imaging can be performed at high resolution with as few as 100 photons per pixel.

  6. Efficient plasmonic dye-sensitized solar cells with fluorescent Au-encapsulated C-dots.

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    Narayanan, Remya; Deepa, Melepurath; Srivastava, Avanish Kumar; Shivaprasad, Sonnada Math

    2014-04-14

    A simple strategy to improve the efficiency of a ZnO-nanorod-based dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) by use of Au-encapsulated carbon dots (Au@C-dots) in the photoanode is presented. The localized surface plasmonic resonance of Au in the 500-550 nm range coupled with the ability of C-dots to undergo charge separation increase the energy-harvesting efficiency of the DSSC with ZnO/N719/Au@C-dots photoanodes. Charge transfer from N719 dye to Au@C-dots is confirmed by fluorescence and lifetime enhancements of Au@C-dots. Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the gap states of ZnO nanorods to N719 dye is also ratified and the energy transfer rate is 4.4×10(8) s(-1) and the Forster radius is 1.89 nm. The overall power conversion efficiency of the plasmonic and FRET-enabled DSSC with ZnO/N719/Au@C-dots as the photoanode, I2/I(-) as the electrolyte and multiwalled carbon nanotubes as the counter electrode is 4.1%, greater by 29% compared to a traditional ZnO/N719 cell. PMID:24677662

  7. Sensitivity and Specificity for Detecting Basal Cell Carcinomas in Mohs Excisions with Confocal Fluorescence Mosaicing Microscopy

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    Gareau, Daniel S.; Karen, Julie K.; Dusza, Stephen W.; Tudisco, Marie; Nehal, Kishwer S.; Rajadhyaksha, Milind

    2009-01-01

    Recent studies have demonstrated the ability of confocal fluorescence mosaicing microscopy to rapidly detect basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) directly in thick and fresh Mohs surgical excisions. Mosaics of confocal images display large areas of tissue with high resolution and magnification equivalent to 2X, which is the standard magnification when examining pathology. Comparison of mosaics to Mohs frozen histopathology was shown to be excellent for all types of BCCs. However, the comparisons in the previous studies were visual and qualitative. In this paper, we report the results of a semi-quantitative preclinical study in which forty-five confocal mosaics were blindly evaluated for the presence (or absence) of BCC tumor. The evaluations were by two clinicians: a senior Mohs surgeon, with prior expertise in interpreting confocal images, and a novice Mohs fellow, with limited experience. The blinded evaluation was compared to the gold standard of frozen histopathology. BCCs were detected with an overall sensitivity of 96.6%, specificity of 89.2%, positive predictive value of 93.0% and negative predictive value of 94.7%. The results demonstrate the potential clinical utility of confocal mosaicing microscopy toward rapid surgical pathology-at-the-bedside to expedite and guide surgery. PMID:19566305

  8. A reusable and sensitive biosensor for total mercury in canned fish based on fluorescence polarization.

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    Shen, Tongfei; Yue, Qiaoli; Jiang, Xiuxiu; Wang, Lei; Xu, Shuling; Li, Haibo; Gu, Xiaohong; Zhang, Shuqiu; Liu, Jifeng

    2013-12-15

    In this work, we developed a sensitive and selective sensor technique for total mercury (Hg) detection in canned fish samples based on the fluorescence polarization (FP) method. The detection principle was that ssDNA containing thymine (T) bases was modified on magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), which were used as enhancement probe. In the presence of Hg(2+), the ssDNA on MNPs can hybridize with the fluorophore labeled aptamer owing to the specific interaction between T bases and Hg(2+). The formation of thymine-Hg(2+)-thymine (T-Hg(2+)-T) complexes leads to the molar mass increase of fluorophore molecules, resulting in the enhancement of FP signal. The increase of FP was in a good linearity with the concentration of Hg(2+) in range of 2.0 nM-1.0 mM and the limit of detection was 0.49 nM (3.29 SB/m, according to the recent recommendation of IUPAC). Moreover, the proposed biosensor can be reused for 6 cycling times and was successfully applied in monitoring Hg(2+) in real samples. PMID:24209314

  9. Sensitive detection of Ochratoxin A in food and drinks using metal-enhanced fluorescence.

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    Todescato, Francesco; Antognoli, Agnese; Meneghello, Anna; Cretaio, Erica; Signorini, Raffaella; Bozio, Renato

    2014-07-15

    Easy, sensitive, rapid and low cost ochratoxin biosensors are strongly demanded in food analysis since Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a widely diffused food contaminant, highly detrimental for human health. In this work, a novel plasmonic based optical biosensor prototype for ochratoxin A is described. It exploits the metal-enhanced fluorescence phenomenon due to the silver film over nanosphere plasmonic substrate. Since ochratoxin A could be present in different food commodities, sensor performances have been tested on three different matrices (dried milk, juices, and wheat mix). Firstly, a common OTA extraction solvent and a labeling and detection protocol were defined for the analyzed matrices. Then, the efficiency of the Ag-FON surfaces in signal amplification for the detection of low ochratoxin A concentrations was defined. Using samples spiked with OTA-AF 647 or with unlabeled OTA we were able to detect the mycotoxin at concentrations lower than E.U. specifications of 0.5 μg/kg in wheat, milk and apple juice. The test performances are comparable to those of ELISA kits but the platform presented here, once optimized, present some perspective advantages, such as: low cost and time consuming, versatility of the protocol for the investigation of different matrices, employment also in non-qualified laboratories, small dimensions that allow its integration in a compact device for OTA on-site detection. PMID:24583316

  10. A sensitive method for confocal fluorescence microscopic visualization of starch granules in iodine stained samples

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    Ovecka, Miroslav; Bahaji, Abdellatif; Muñoz, Francisco José; Almagro, Goizeder; Ezquer, Ignacio; Baroja-Fernández, Edurne; Li, Jun; Pozueta-Romero, Javier

    2012-01-01

    Synthesized by glycogen synthase and starch synthases (SS) using ADP-glucose as the sugar donor molecule, glycogen and starch accumulate as predominant storage carbohydrates in most bacteria and plants, respectively. We have recently shown that the so-called “starch-less” Arabidopsis thaliana adg1–1 and aps1 mutants impaired in ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase do indeed accumulate low starch content in normal growth conditions, and relatively high starch content when plants were cultured in the presence of microbial volatiles. Our results were strongly supported by data obtained using a highly sensitive method for confocal fluorescence microscopic visualization of iodine stained starch granules. Using Arabidopsis leaves from WT plants, aps1 plants, ss3/ss4 plants lacking both class III and class IV SS, gbss plants lacking the granule-bound SS, and sus1/sus2/sus3/sus4 plants lacking four genes that code for proteins with sucrose synthase activity, in this work we precisely describe the method for preparation of plant samples for starch microscopic examination. Furthermore, we show that this method can be used to visualize glycogen in bacteria, and pure starch granules, amylose and amylopectin. PMID:22899048

  11. Behavior of plant plasma membranes under hydrostatic pressure as monitored by fluorescent environment-sensitive probes.

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    Roche, Yann; Klymchenko, Andrey S; Gerbeau-Pissot, Patricia; Gervais, Patrick; Mély, Yves; Simon-Plas, Françoise; Perrier-Cornet, Jean-Marie

    2010-08-01

    We monitored the behavior of plasma membrane (PM) isolated from tobacco cells (BY-2) under hydrostatic pressures up to 3.5kbar at 30 degrees C, by steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy using the newly introduced environment-sensitive probe F2N12S and also Laurdan and di-4-ANEPPDHQ. The consequences of sterol depletion by methyl-beta-cyclodextrin were also studied. We found that application of hydrostatic pressure led to a marked decrease of hydration as probed by F2N12S and to an increase of the generalized polarization excitation (GPex) of Laurdan. We observed that the hydration effect of sterol depletion was maximal between 1 and 1.5 kbar but was much less important at higher pressures (above 2 kbar) where both parameters reached a plateau value. The presence of a highly dehydrated gel state, insensitive to the sterol content, was thus proposed above 2.5 kbar. However, the F2N12S polarity parameter and the di-4-ANEPPDHQ intensity ratio showed strong effect on sterol depletion, even at very high pressures (2.5-3.5 kbar), and supported the ability of sterols to modify the electrostatic properties of membrane, notably its dipole potential, in a highly dehydrated gel phase. We thus suggested that BY-2 PM undergoes a complex phase behavior in response to the hydrostatic pressure and we also emphasized the role of phytosterols to regulate the effects of high hydrostatic pressure on plant PM. PMID:20381451

  12. A hemicyanine-conjugated copolymer as a highly sensitive fluorescent thermometer.

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    Shiraishi, Yasuhiro; Miyamoto, Ryo; Hirai, Takayuki

    2008-04-15

    A simple-structured copolymer, poly(NIPAM-co-HC), consisting of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) and 4-(4-dimethylaminostyryl)pyridine (hemicyanine, HC) units as thermoresponsive and fluorescent signaling parts, respectively, has been synthesized. This copolymer dissolved in water shows very weak fluorescence at <25 degrees C, while showing fluorescence enhancement at >25 degrees C. The fluorescence intensity increases with a rise in temperature and saturates at >40 degrees C, enabling temperature detection at 25-40 degrees C. The fluorescence enhancement is driven by a heat-induced phase transition of the polymer from coil to globule state. The HC units within the coil state polymer exist as the nonfluorescent benzenoid form; however, the less polar domain formed inside the globule state polymer leads to transformation of the HC unit to the fluorescent quinoid form, resulting in heat-induced fluorescence enhancement. The fluorescence intensity measured at 40 degrees C is >20-fold higher than the intensity at <25 degrees C, which is the highest enhancement value among the fluorescent thermometers proposed so far. The polymer shows reversible fluorescence enhancement/quenching, regardless of the heating/cooling process. In addition, the polymer shows high reusability with a simple recovery process. PMID:18315023

  13. Ag Nanoparticles-enhanced Fluorescence of Terbium-Deferasirox Complexes for the Highly Sensitive Determination of Deferasirox.

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    Abolhasani, Jafar; Naderali, Roza; Hassanzadeh, Javad

    2016-01-01

    We describe the effect of different sized gold and silver nanoparticles on the terbium sensitized fluorescence of deferasirox. It is indicated that silver nanostructures, especially 18 nm Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs), have a remarkable amplifying effect compared to Au nanoparticles. Based on this observation, a highly sensitive and selective method was developed for the determination of deferasirox. Effects of various parameters like AgNPs and Tb(3+) concentration and pH of media were investigated. Under the optimal conditions, a calibration curve was plotted as the fluorescence intensities versus the concentration of deferasirox in the range of 0.1 to 200 nmol L(-1), and detection limit of 0.03 nmol L(-1) was obtained. The method has good linearity, recovery, reproducibility and sensitivity, and was satisfactorily applied for the determination of deferasirox in urine and pharmaceutical samples. PMID:27063708

  14. Copper nanocluster-based fluorescent probe for sensitive and selective detection of Hg(2+) in water and food stuff.

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    Hu, Xue; Wang, Wei; Huang, Yuming

    2016-07-01

    In this study, Hg(2+) ions were found to quench the fluorescence of glutathione (GSH)-capped copper clusters (Cu NCs). The Cu NCs were prepared by a simple reduction of CuSO4 in the presence of GSH serving both as a reducing and protecting agents, and characterized by ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRTEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). The GSH-Cu NCs displayed a small size, excellent water-dispersibility, good storage stability, good photostability and were stable in the presence of high concentrations of salt. The GSH-Cu NCs possessed strong blue fluorescence with a quantum yield of 10.6% and exhibited an excitation-independent fluorescence behavior. The zeta potential, TEM, resonance light scattering and dynamic light scattering measurements demonstrated that the Hg(2+) ion-induced aggregation of the Cu NCs contributed to the fluorescence quenching of the dispersed Cu NCs. On these findings, a sensitive and selective fluorescent probe was developed for detecting Hg(2+) in the linear range from 10nM to 10μM with a detection limit of 3.3nM (S/N=3). The proposed method has been successfully applied to determine Hg(2+) content in water sample and food stuff. The results of the proposed method were in good agreement with those obtained by a hydride generation atomic fluorescence spectrometry (HG-AFS). PMID:27154693

  15. A carbon dot-based "off-on" fluorescent probe for highly selective and sensitive detection of phytic acid.

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    Gao, Zhao; Wang, Libing; Su, Rongxin; Huang, Renliang; Qi, Wei; He, Zhimin

    2015-08-15

    We herein report a facile, one-step pyrolysis synthesis of photoluminescent carbon dots (CDs) using citric acid as the carbon source and lysine as the surface passivation reagent. The as-prepared CDs show narrow size distribution, excellent blue fluorescence and good photo-stability and water dispersivity. The fluorescence of the CDs was found to be effectively quenched by ferric (Fe(III)) ions with high selectivity via a photo-induced electron transfer (PET) process. Upon addition of phytic acid (PA) to the CDs/Fe(III) complex dispersion, the fluorescence of the CDs was significantly recovered, arising from the release of Fe(III) ions from the CDs/Fe(III) complex because PA has a higher affinity for Fe(III) ions compared to CDs. Furthermore, we developed an "off-on" fluorescence assay method for the detection of phytic acid using CDs/Fe(III) as a fluorescent probe. This probe enables the selective detection of PA with a linear range of 0.68-18.69 μM and a limit of detection (signal-to-noise ratio is 3) of 0.36 μM. The assay method demonstrates high selectivity, repeatability, stability and recovery ratio in the detection of the standard and real PA samples. We believe that the facile operation, low-cost, high sensitivity and selectivity render this CD-based "off-on" fluorescent probe an ideal sensing platform for the detection of PA. PMID:25829220

  16. Label-free fluorescence strategy for sensitive microRNA detection based on isothermal exponential amplification and graphene oxide.

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    Li, Wei; Hou, Ting; Wu, Min; Li, Feng

    2016-02-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in many biological processes, and have been regarded as potential targets and biomarkers in cancer diagnosis and therapy. Also, to meet the big challenge imposed by the characteristics of miRNAs, such as small size and vulnerability to enzymatic digestion, it is of great importance to develop accurate, sensitive and simple miRNA assays. Herein, we developed a label-free fluorescence strategy for sensitive miRNA detection by combining isothermal exponential amplification and the unique features of SYBR Green I (SG) and graphene oxide (GO), in which SG gives significantly enhanced fluorescence upon intercalation into double-stranded DNAs (dsDNAs), and GO selectively adsorbs miRNA, single-stranded DNA and SG, to protect miRNA from enzymatic digestion, and to quench the fluorescence of the adsorbed SG. In the presence of the target miRNA, the ingeniously designed hairpin probe (HP) is unfolded and the subsequent polymerization and strand displacement reaction takes place to initiate the target recycling process. The newly formed dsDNAs are then recognized and cleaved by the nicking enzyme, generating new DNA triggers with the same sequence as the target miRNA, which hybridize with intact HPs to initiate new extension reactions. As a result, the circular exponential amplification for target miRNA is achieved and large amount of dsDNAs are formed to generate significantly enhanced fluorescence upon the intercalation of SG. Thus sensitive and selective fluorescence miRNA detection is realized, and the detection limit of 3 fM is obtained. Besides, this method exhibits additional advantages of simplicity and low cost, since expensive and tedious labeling process is avoided. Therefore, the as-proposed label-free fluorescence strategy has great potential in the applications in miRNA-related clinical practices and biochemical researches. PMID:26653431

  17. Fluorescent oligomer as a chemosensor for the label-free detection of Fe(3+) and dopamine with selectivity and sensitivity.

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    Zhao, Lingli; Xin, Xia; Ding, Peng; Song, Aixin; Xie, Zengchun; Shen, Jinglin; Xu, Guiying

    2016-07-01

    In this article, a sensitive and selective turn-off fluorescence chemosensor, Tyloxapol (one kind of water soluble oligomer), was developed for the label-free detection of Fe(3+) ions in aqueous solution. Fluorescence (FL) experiments demonstrated that Tyloxapol was a sensitive and selective fluorescence sensor for the detection of Fe(3+) directly in water over a wide range of metal cations including Na(+), K(+), Ag(+), Hg(2+), Cd(2+), Co(2+), Cu(2+), Cr(3+), Mn(2+), Ba(2+), Zn(2+), Ni(2+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), and Pb(2+). Moreover, the fluorescence intensity of Tyloxapol has shown a linear response to Fe(3+) in the concentration range of 0-100 μmol L(-1) with a detection limit of 2.2 μmol L(-1) in aqueous solution. Next, based on a competition mechanism, another turn-on sensing application of the Tyloxapol/Fe(3+) platform to probe dopamine (DA) against various other biological molecules such as other neurotransmitters or amino acids (norepinephrine bitartrate, acetylcholine chloride, alanine, valine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, leucine, glycine, histidine) were also investigated. It is expected that our strategy may offer a new approach for developing simple, cost-effective, rapid and sensitive sensors in biological and environmental applications. PMID:27216398

  18. Time-Resolved Fluorescent Immunochromatography of Aflatoxin B1 in Soybean Sauce: A Rapid and Sensitive Quantitative Analysis

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    Wang, Du; Zhang, Zhaowei; Li, Peiwu; Zhang, Qi; Zhang, Wen

    2016-01-01

    Rapid and quantitative sensing of aflatoxin B1 with high sensitivity and specificity has drawn increased attention of studies investigating soybean sauce. A sensitive and rapid quantitative immunochromatographic sensing method was developed for the detection of aflatoxin B1 based on time-resolved fluorescence. It combines the advantages of time-resolved fluorescent sensing and immunochromatography. The dynamic range of a competitive and portable immunoassay was 0.3–10.0 µg·kg−1, with a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.1 µg·kg−1 and recoveries of 87.2%–114.3%, within 10 min. The results showed good correlation (R2 > 0.99) between time-resolved fluorescent immunochromatographic strip test and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Soybean sauce samples analyzed using time-resolved fluorescent immunochromatographic strip test revealed that 64.2% of samples contained aflatoxin B1 at levels ranging from 0.31 to 12.5 µg·kg−1. The strip test is a rapid, sensitive, quantitative, and cost-effective on-site screening technique in food safety analysis. PMID:27428975

  19. Time-Resolved Fluorescent Immunochromatography of Aflatoxin B1 in Soybean Sauce: A Rapid and Sensitive Quantitative Analysis.

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    Wang, Du; Zhang, Zhaowei; Li, Peiwu; Zhang, Qi; Zhang, Wen

    2016-01-01

    Rapid and quantitative sensing of aflatoxin B1 with high sensitivity and specificity has drawn increased attention of studies investigating soybean sauce. A sensitive and rapid quantitative immunochromatographic sensing method was developed for the detection of aflatoxin B1 based on time-resolved fluorescence. It combines the advantages of time-resolved fluorescent sensing and immunochromatography. The dynamic range of a competitive and portable immunoassay was 0.3-10.0 µg·kg(-1), with a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.1 µg·kg(-1) and recoveries of 87.2%-114.3%, within 10 min. The results showed good correlation (R² > 0.99) between time-resolved fluorescent immunochromatographic strip test and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Soybean sauce samples analyzed using time-resolved fluorescent immunochromatographic strip test revealed that 64.2% of samples contained aflatoxin B1 at levels ranging from 0.31 to 12.5 µg·kg(-1). The strip test is a rapid, sensitive, quantitative, and cost-effective on-site screening technique in food safety analysis. PMID:27428975

  20. Highly selective and sensitive fluorescence chemosensor for the detection of palladium species based on Tsuji-Trost reaction

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    Xu, Zhong-Yong; Li, Jing; Guan, Su; Zhang, Lei; Dong, Chang-Zhi

    2015-09-01

    A new chemosensor 7-nitro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole-4-allyl-N-(thiophen-2-ylmethyl)carbamate (NBDTC) was synthesized and utilized for palladium detection based on the Tsuji-Trost reaction. NBDTC displayed specific and ratiometric fluorescent responses toward palladium species. The chemosensor showed more than 50-fold enhancement in fluorescence intensity with the presence of PEG400 and palladium because NBDTC can be transformed to NBDT under palladium-catalyzing Tsuji-Trost reaction. NBDTC displayed high selectivity and sensitivity for palladium species with the detection limit of 1.13 × 10-9 M.

  1. Rapid and sensitive detection of HIV-1 p24 antigen by immunomagnetic separation coupled with catalytic fluorescent immunoassay.

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    Zhang, Yun; Yang, Hang; Yu, Junping; Wei, Hongping

    2016-09-01

    In this study, a system of magnetic beads (MBs) coupled with catalytic fluorescent immunoassay for rapid and sensitive determination of HIV-1 capsid antigen p24 was developed. p24 was captured by antibody immobilized MBs, and the detection antibody was linked to horseradish peroxidase (HRP) through biotin-streptavidin recognition, catalyzing the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine (OPD) and hydrogen peroxide to produce a fluorescent product. This is the first reported utilization of the fluorescence of OPD oxidation product catalyzed by HRP for immunoassay. Optimization of conditions afforded a low detection limit of 0.5 pg/mL (3σ) for p24 with a linear range of 1.4-90.0 pg/mL. The assay exhibited good reproducibility with a relative standard deviation (RSD) of 4.4 %, 4.7 %, and 5.0 % for detecting 1.4 pg/mL, 22.5 pg/mL, and 45.0 pg/mL p24, respectively. The assay can be completed in less than 90 min. Moreover, the proposed method was successfully applied to detect p24 in spiked serum. This method overcomes the interference of MBs to the fluorescence signal and demonstrated higher sensitivity for detection of p24 than conventional ELISA kits. The system could be applied for detecting other antigens with high sensitivity, rapidity, specificity, and simple operation. Graphical Abstract A rapid and sensitive biosensing method coupling immunomagnetic separation and catalytic fluorescence for determination of HIV-1 p24 has been developed. PMID:27351993

  2. Microprobe analysis of teeth by synchrotron radiation: environmental contamination

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    Pinheiro, T.; Carvalho, M. L.; Casaca, C.; Barreiros, M. A.; Cunha, A. S.; Chevallier, P.

    1999-10-01

    An X-ray fluorescence set-up with microprobe capabilities, installed at the Laboratoire pour l'Utilisation du Rayonnement Électromagnétique (LURE) synchrotron (France) was used for elemental determination in teeth. To evaluate the influence of living habits in dental elemental composition nine teeth collected post-mortem were analysed, five from a miner and four from a fisherman. All teeth from the fisherman were healthy. From the miner some teeth were carious and one of them was filled with metallic amalgam. Teeth were sliced under the vertical plane and each slice was scanned from the root to the enamel for elemental profile determination. The synchrotron microprobe resolution was of 100 μm and incident photons of 18 keV energy were used. The elemental concentration values found suggest heterogeneity of the teeth material. Moreover, the distinct profiles for Mn, Sr, Br and Pb were found when teeth from the miner and from the fisherman are compared which can be associated with dietary habits and environmental influence. Higher concentrations of Mn and Sr were found for the fisherman teeth. In addition, Br was only observed in this group of teeth. Pb levels are higher for the miner teeth in particular for dentine regions. The influence of amalgam, such as, increase of Zn and Hg contents in the teeth material, is only noticed for the immediate surroundings of the treated cavity.

  3. Sensitive detection of strong acidic condition by a novel rhodamine-based fluorescent pH chemosensor.

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    Tan, Jia-Lian; Yang, Ting-Ting; Liu, Yu; Zhang, Xue; Cheng, Shu-Jin; Zuo, Hua; He, Huawei

    2016-05-01

    A novel rhodamine-based fluorescent pH probe responding to extremely low pH values has been synthesized and characterized. This probe showed an excellent photophysical response to pH on the basis that the colorless spirocyclic structure under basic conditions opened to a colored and highly fluorescent form under extreme acidity. The quantitative relationship between fluorescence intensity and pH value (1.75-2.62) was consistent with the equilibrium equation pH = pKa + log[(Imax - I)/(I - Imin )]. This sensitive pH probe was also characterized with good reversibility and no interaction with interfering metal ions, and was successfully applied to image Escherichia coli under strong acidity. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26467547

  4. Detection of acid moisture in photovoltaic modules using a dual wavelength pH-sensitive fluorescent dye

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    Asaka, Takashi; Iwami, Kentaro; Taguchi, Atsushi; Umeda, Norihiro; Masuda, Atsushi

    2014-01-01

    The formation of acetic acid via the penetration of moisture into ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) in photovoltaic (PV) modules is cited as the main reason for PV modules’ degradation. Currently, there is no effective method for detecting acetic moisture in PV modules. We proposed a simple method for detecting acid moisture in PV modules using a dual-wavelength pH-sensitive dye that measures pH by the ratio of the intensities of two peaks in the fluorescence spectra of the dye. We detected the pH change caused by acetic acid with the change in the intensity ratio of the fluorescence spectra of the dried dye. Furthermore, we observed that the dry fluorescent dye is heat resistant to withstand the lamination process for the manufacturing of PV modules, and has good long-term durability.

  5. A Highly Sensitive Fluorescent Sensor for Palladium and Direct Imaging of Its Ecotoxicity in Living Model Organisms.

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    Liu, Fei; Du, Juan; Xu, Meiying; Sun, Guoping

    2016-01-01

    Rhodamine is an ideal platform for fluorescence probes owing to its spiro-lactam framework and excellent photochemical properties. Herein, a novel rhodamine-based palladium fluorescent chemosensor, Rd-Eb, showing a fast response time (3 min), high sensitivity for palladium species over other ions, and a low detection limit (1.91×10(-7)  m), was synthesized. It can act as an obvious colorimetric as well as a fluorescent "off/on" sensor for Pd(2+) . In addition, it is also an excellent sensor for in vivo imaging of Pd(2+) in zebra fish and Daphnia magna, illuminating the impact of palladium on organisms at different growth stages with respect to biological toxicology. PMID:26419633

  6. Green synthesis of fluorescence carbon nanoparticles from yum and application in sensitive and selective detection of ATP.

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    Zhan, Zixuan; Cai, Jiao; Wang, Qi; Su, Yingying; Zhang, Lichun; Lv, Yi

    2016-05-01

    Fluorescent carbon nanoparticles (CPs), a fascinating class of recently discovered nanocarbons, have been widely known as some of the most promising sensing probes in biological or chemical analysis. In this study, we demonstrate a green synthetic methodology for generating water-soluble CPs with a quantum yield of approximately 24% via a simple heating process using yum mucilage as a carbon source. The prepared carbon nanoparticles with an ~10 nm size possessed excellent fluorescence properties, and the fluorescence of the CPs was strongly quenched by Fe(3+) , and recovered by adenosine triphosphate (ATP), thus, an 'off' and 'on' system can be easily established. This 'CPs-Fe(3+) -ATP' strategy was sensitive and selective at detecting ATP with the linear range of 0.5 µmol L(-1) to 50 µmol L(-1) and with a detection limit of 0.48 µmol L(-1) . Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26359586

  7. A ratiometric fluorescent probe for detection of biogenic primary amines with nanomolar sensitivity.

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    Mallick, Suman; Chandra, Falguni; Koner, Apurba L

    2016-02-01

    An ultrasensitive ratiometric fluorescent sensor made of an N,N-dimethylaminonaphthalene anhydride moiety for detection of aliphatic primary amines is reported. Biogenic amines at nanomolar concentration is detected with the additional ability to discriminate between primary, secondary and tertiary amines by using both UV-Visible and fluorescence spectroscopy. PMID:26734688

  8. Fluorescence polarization immunoassays for rapid, accurate and sensitive determination of mycotoxins

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    Fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA) is a type of homogeneous assay. For low molecular weight antigens, such as mycotoxins, it is based on the competition between an unlabeled antigen and its fluorescent-labeled derivative (tracer) for an antigen-specific antibody. The antigen content is det...

  9. Peptide-Induced AIEgen Self-Assembly: A New Strategy to Realize Highly Sensitive Fluorescent Light-Up Probes.

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    Han, Aitian; Wang, Huaimin; Kwok, Ryan T K; Ji, Shenglu; Li, Jun; Kong, Deling; Tang, Ben Zhong; Liu, Bin; Yang, Zhimou; Ding, Dan

    2016-04-01

    Fluorescent light-up probes with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics have recently attracted great research interest due to their intelligent fluorescence activation mechanism and excellent photobleaching resistance. In this work, we report a new, simple, and generic strategy to design and prepare highly sensitive AIE fluorescent light-up bioprobe through facile incorporation of a self-assembling peptide sequence GFFY between the recognition element and the AIE luminogen (AIEgen). After the bioprobes respond to the targets, the peptide GFFY is capable of inducing the ordered self-assembly of AIEgens, yielding close and tight intermolecular steric interactions to restrict the intramolecular motions of AIEgens for excellent signal output. Using two proof-of-concepts, we have demonstrated that self-assembling peptide-incorporating AIE light-up probes show much higher sensitivity in sensing the corresponding targets in both solutions and cancer cells as compared to those without GFFY induced self-assembly. Taking the probe TPE-GFFYK(DVEDEE-Ac), for example, a detection limit as low as 0.54 pM can be achieved for TPE-GFFYK(DVEDEE-Ac) in caspase-3 detection, which is much lower than that of TPE-K(DVED-Ac) (3.50 pM). This study may inspire new insights into the design of advanced fluorescent molecular probes. PMID:26948051

  10. A label-free and sensitive fluorescent assay for one step detection of protein kinase activity and inhibition.

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    Wang, Lei; Yan, Xu; Su, Xingguang

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, a label-free, highly sensitive and simple assay for one step detection of protein kinase (PKA) activity and inhibition that avoids the fluorescent dye process has been established. The detection was based on the fluorescence (FL) quenching of peptide-Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) caused by antibody modified Au nanoparticles (anti-Au NPs) via fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). With PKA and adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) introduced, the substrate peptide of Ag NCs could react with PKA via targeted phosphorylation, and followed by the linking interactions between peptide-Ag NCs and anti-Au NPs. According to the fluorescence quenching of Ag NCs, the activity of protein kinase can be facilely monitored in the range of 0.1-2000 mU/μL with high sensitivity. The detection limit for PKA is 0.039 mU/μL. We further explored the inhibitory effect of H-89 for protein kinase activity. The developed method was also applied to the investigation of drug-induced PKA activation in HeLa cells, which provides a promising means for screening of kinase-related drugs and the clinical diagnosis of disease. PMID:27543031

  11. Highly sensitive and selective colorimetric and off-on fluorescent chemosensor for Cu2+ in aqueous solution and living cells.

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    Zhao, Yan; Zhang, Xiao-Bing; Han, Zhi-Xiang; Qiao, Li; Li, Chun-Yan; Jian, Li-Xin; Shen, Guo-Li; Yu, Ru-Qin

    2009-08-15

    The design and synthesis of a novel rhodamine spirolactam derivative and its application in fluorescent detections of Cu(2+) in aqueous solution and living cells are reported. The signal change of the chemosensor is based on a specific metal ion induced reversible ring-opening mechanism of the rhodamine spirolactam. It exhibits a highly sensitive "turn-on" fluorescent response toward Cu(2+) in aqueous solution with an 80-fold fluorescence intensity enhancement under 10 equiv of Cu(2+) added. This indicates that the synthesized chemosensor effectively avoided the fluorescence quenching for the paramagnetic nature of Cu(2+) via its strong binding capability toward Cu(2+). With the experimental conditions optimized, the probe exhibits a dynamic response range for Cu(2+) from 8.0 x 10(-7) to 1.0 x 10(-5) M, with a detection limit of 3.0 x 10(-7) M. The response of the chemosensor for Cu(2+) is instantaneous and reversible. Most importantly, both the color and fluorescence changes of the chemosensor are remarkably specific for Cu(2+) in the presence of other heavy and transition metal ions (even those that exist in high concentration), which meet the selective requirements for biomedical and environmental monitoring application. The proposed chemosensor has been used for direct measurement of Cu(2+) content in river water samples and imaging of Cu(2+) in living cells with satisfying results, which further demonstrates its value of practical applications in environmental and biological systems. PMID:19634898

  12. Label-free fluorescence strategy for sensitive detection of adenosine triphosphate using a loop DNA probe with low background noise.

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    Lin, Chunshui; Cai, Zhixiong; Wang, Yiru; Zhu, Zhi; Yang, Chaoyong James; Chen, Xi

    2014-07-15

    A simple, rapid, label-free, and ultrasensitive fluorescence strategy for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) detection was developed using a loop DNA probe with low background noise. In this strategy, a loop DNA probe, which is the substrate for both ligation and digestion enzyme reaction, was designed. SYBR green I (SG I), a double-stranded specific dye, was applied for the readout fluorescence signal. Exonuclease I (Exo I) and exonuclease III (Exo III), sequence-independent nucleases, were selected to digest the loop DNA probe in order to minimize the background fluorescence signal. As a result, in the absence of ATP, the loop DNA was completely digested by Exo I and Exo III, leading to low background fluorescence owing to the weak electrostatic interaction between SG I and mononucleotides. On the other hand, ATP induced the ligation of the nicking site, and the sealed loop DNA resisted the digestion of Exo I and ExoIII, resulting in a remarkable increase of fluorescence response. Upon background noise reduction, the sensitivity of the ATP determination was improved significantly, and the detection limitation was found to be 1.2 pM, which is much lower than that in almost all the previously reported methods. This strategy has promise for wide application in the determination of ATP. PMID:24983417

  13. Sensitive determination of norfloxacin by the fluorescence probe of terbium (III)- sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate and its luminescence mechanism.

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    Tong, Changlun; Xiang, Guanghong

    2006-11-01

    The fluorescence system of the norfloxacin-Tb3+- sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS) was investigated in this paper. The experiments indicated that the fluorescence intensity of the Tb3+-SDBS was greatly enhanced by the norfloxacin. On the basis of the above findings, a sensitive fluorimetric method for determining the norfloxacin was established. The fluorescence intensity was measured by a 1-cm quartz cell with the excitation wavelength of 290 nm and the emission wavelength of 545 nm. The enhanced fluorescence intensity of the system (Delta F) showed a good linear relationship with the concentration of norfloxacin in the range of 5.0x10(-9) mol L(-1)-2.0x10(-6) mol L-1, its correlation coefficient was 0.9991 and the detection limit (S/N=3) was 1.2x10(-9) mol L-1. The presented method was used to determine the norfloxacin in real pharmaceutical samples. The luminescence mechanism was also discussed in detail. In the fluorescence system of the norfloxacin-Tb3+-SDBS, the SDBS not only acted as the surfactant, but also acted as the energy donor. PMID:16983510

  14. A sensitive "turn-on" fluorescent assay for quantification of ceftriaxone based on l-tryptophan-Pd(II) complex fluorophore.

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    Qiao, Man; Jiang, Junze; Yang, Jidong; Liu, Shaopu; Liu, Zhongfang; Hu, Xiaoli

    2016-05-15

    Based on l-tryptophan-Pd(II) system, a sensitive and selective fluorimetric assay for the quantification of ceftriaxone (CTRX) had been developed. The experimental results showed that in pH 4.0 Britton-Robinson (BR) buffer medium, the fluorescence of l-tryptophan (l-Trp) (λex/λem=276nm/352nm) could be efficiently quenched by Pd(II). When CTRX was added to the mixed solution of the l-tryptophan and Pd(II), the fluorescence of l-Trp recovered. The reaction mechanism and the reasons for the fluorescence recovery were also discussed. Pd(II) reacted with l-Trp to form a 1:1 chelate complex, and then, after CTRX was added in l-Try-Pd(II) system, the ligand exchange reaction occurred between l-Trp and CTRX, which resulted in the fluorescence recovery. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the recovered fluorescence intensities at 352nm showed excellent linear relationship with the concentration of CTRX over the range of 6.0×10(-8)-2.4×10(-)(6)molL(-1) (0.040-1.59μgmL(-1)). The correlation coefficient (R) was 0.9997 and the detection limit was 1.8×10(-)(8)molL(-1) (11.9ngmL(-1)). Furthermore, the assay had been applied to determine trace amount of CTRX human urine samples with satisfactory results. PMID:26963730

  15. A sensitive biosensor with a DNAzyme for lead(II) detection based on fluorescence turn-on.

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    Guo, Yang; Li, Junting; Zhang, Xiaoqian; Tang, Yanli

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, we described a new DNAzyme-based fluorescent biosensor for the detection of Pb(2+). In the biosensor, the bulged structure is formed between the substrate labeled with fluorescein amidite (FAM) and DNAzyme after being annealed. Ethidium bromide (EB), the DNA intercalator, then intercalates into the double-stranded DNA section. Once FAM is excited, the FRET takes place from FAM to EB, which leads to the fluorescence of FAM decreasing greatly. In the presence of Pb(2+), the substrate is cleaved by DNAzyme, which breaks the bulged structure. Then EB is released and the FRET from FAM to EB is inhibited. In this case, the fluorescence of FAM increases dramatically. Thus, the Pb(2+) ions can be detected by measuring the fluorescence enhancement of FAM. Under optimal conditions, the increased fluorescence intensity ratio of FAM is dependent on the lead level in the sample, and exhibits a linear response over a Pb(2+) concentration range of 0-100 nM with a detection limit of 530 pM. The sensor showed high selectivity in the presence of a number of interference ions. The river water samples were also tested with satisfying results by using the new method. This sensor is highly sensitive and simple without any additional treatments, which provides a platform for other biosensors based on DNAzyme. PMID:25978496

  16. A sensitive fluorescent sensor for quantification of alpha-fetoprotein based on immunosorbent assay and click chemistry.

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    Xie, Qunfang; Weng, Xiuhua; Lu, Lijun; Lin, Zhenyu; Xu, Xiongwei; Fu, Caili

    2016-03-15

    A novel fluoresencent immunosensor for determination of cancer biomarkers such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) was designed by utilizing both the high specificity of antigen-antibody sandwich structure and the high sensitivity of the click chemistry based fluorescence detection. Instead of an enzyme or fluorophore, the CuO nanoparticles are labeled on the detection antibody, which was not susceptible to the change of the external environments. The CuO nanoparticles which were modified on the sandwich structure can be dissolved to produce Cu(2+) ions with the help of HCl and then the Cu(2+) ions were reduced by sodium ascorbate to produce Cu(+) ions which triggered the Cu(+) catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction between the weak fluorescent compound (3-azido-7-hydroxycoumarin) and propargyl alcohol to form a strong fluorescent compound. A good linear relationship was observed between the fluorescence increase factor of the system and the concentration of AFP in the range of 0.025-5.0 ng/mL with a detection limit of 12 pg/mL (S/N=3). The proposed fluorescent sensor had been applied to detect AFP in the human serum samples and gave satisfactory results. PMID:26386330

  17. A sensitive "turn-on" fluorescent assay for quantification of ceftriaxone based on L-tryptophan-Pd(II) complex fluorophore

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    Qiao, Man; Jiang, Junze; Yang, Jidong; Liu, Shaopu; Liu, Zhongfang; Hu, Xiaoli

    2016-05-01

    Based on L-tryptophan-Pd(II) system, a sensitive and selective fluorimetric assay for the quantification of ceftriaxone (CTRX) had been developed. The experimental results showed that in pH 4.0 Britton-Robinson (BR) buffer medium, the fluorescence of L-tryptophan (L-Trp) (λex/λem = 276 nm/352 nm) could be efficiently quenched by Pd(II). When CTRX was added to the mixed solution of the L-tryptophan and Pd(II), the fluorescence of L-Trp recovered. The reaction mechanism and the reasons for the fluorescence recovery were also discussed. Pd(II) reacted with L-Trp to form a 1:1 chelate complex, and then, after CTRX was added in L-Try-Pd(II) system, the ligand exchange reaction occurred between L-Trp and CTRX, which resulted in the fluorescence recovery. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the recovered fluorescence intensities at 352 nm showed excellent linear relationship with the concentration of CTRX over the range of 6.0 × 10- 8-2.4 × 10-6 mol L- 1 (0.040-1.59 μg mL- 1). The correlation coefficient (R) was 0.9997 and the detection limit was 1.8 × 10-8 mol L- 1 (11.9 ng mL- 1). Furthermore, the assay had been applied to determine trace amount of CTRX human urine samples with satisfactory results.

  18. A cobalt oxyhydroxide nanoflake-based nanoprobe for the sensitive fluorescence detection of T4 polynucleotide kinase activity and inhibition.

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    Cen, Yao; Yang, Yuan; Yu, Ru-Qin; Chen, Ting-Ting; Chu, Xia

    2016-04-14

    Phosphorylation of nucleic acids with 5'-OH termini catalyzed by polynucleotide kinase (PNK) is an inevitable process and has been implicated in many important cellular events. Here, we found for the first time that there was a significant difference in the adsorbent ability of cobalt oxyhydroxide (CoOOH) nanoflakes between single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), which resulted in the fluorescent dye-labeled dsDNA still retaining strong fluorescence emission, while the fluorescence signal of ssDNA was significantly quenched by CoOOH nanoflakes. Based on this discovery, we developed a CoOOH nanoflake-based nanoprobe for the fluorescence sensing of T4 PNK activity and its inhibition by combining it with λ exonuclease cleavage reaction. In the presence of T4 PNK, dye-labeled dsDNA was phosphorylated and then cleaved by λ exonuclease to generate ssDNA, which could adsorb on the CoOOH nanoflakes and whose fluorescence was quenched by CoOOH nanoflakes. Due to the high quenching property of CoOOH nanoflakes as an efficient energy acceptor, a sensitive and selective sensing approach with satisfactory performance for T4 PNK sensing in a complex biological matrix has been successfully constructed and applied to the screening of inhibitors. The developed approach may potentially provide a new platform for further research, clinical diagnosis, and drug discovery of nucleotide kinase related diseases. PMID:27030367

  19. Red-Green-Blue Trichromophoric Nanoparticles with Dual Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer: Highly Sensitive Fluorogenic Response Toward Polyanions.

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    Xu, Jinjia; Takai, Atsuro; Takeuchi, Masayuki

    2016-09-01

    A red-green-blue (RGB) trichromophoric fluorescent organic nanoparticle exhibiting multi-colour emission was constructed; the blue-emitting cationic oligofluorene nanoparticle acted as an energy-donor scaffold to undergo fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) to a red-emitting dye embedded in the nanoparticle (interior FRET) and to a green-emitting dye adsorbed on the surface through electrostatic interactions (exterior FRET). Each FRET event occurs independently and is free from sequential FRET, thus the resultant dual-FRET system exhibits multi-colour emission, including white, in aqueous solution and film state. A characteristic white-emissive nanoparticle showed visible responses upon perturbation of the exterior FRET efficiency by acceptor displacement, leading to highly sensitive responses toward polyanions in a ratiometric manner. Specifically, our system exhibits high sensitivity toward heparin with an extremely low detection limit. PMID:27487175

  20. Fluorescence microscopy studies with a fluorescent glibenclamide derivative, a high-affinity blocker of pancreatic beta-cell ATP-sensitive K+ currents.

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    Zünkler, Bernd J; Wos-Maganga, Maria; Panten, Uwe

    2004-04-15

    Hypoglycemic sulfonylureas (e.g. tolbutamide, glibenclamide) exert their stimulatory effects on pancreatic beta-cells by closure of ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP)) channels. Pancreatic K(ATP) channels are composed of two subunits, a pore-forming inwardly rectifying K(+) channel (Kir6.2) subunit and a regulatory subunit (the sulfonylurea receptor of subtype 1 (SUR1)) in a (SUR1/Kir6.2)(4) stoichiometry. The aim of the present study was to characterize the interaction of green-fluorescent 3-[3-(4,4 difluoro-5,7-dimethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-S-indacen-3-yl)propanamido] glibenclamide (Bodipy-glibenclamide) with pancreatic beta-cell K(ATP) channels using patch-clamp and fluorescence microscopy techniques. Bodipy-glibenclamide inhibited K(ATP) currents from the clonal insulinoma cell line RINm5F half-maximally at a concentration of 0.6nM. Using laser-scanning confocal microscopy Bodipy-glibenclamide was shown to induce a diffuse fluorescence across the RINm5F cell, but only about 17% of total Bodipy-glibenclamide-induced fluorescence intensity in RINm5F cells was due to specific binding to SUR1. Using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, it could be demonstrated that the fluorescence label contributes to the protein binding and, therefore, possibly also to the non-specific binding of Bodipy-glibenclamide observed in RINm5F cells. Specific binding of Bodipy-glibenclamide to SUR1 in RINm5F cells might be localized to different intracellular structures (nuclear envelope, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi compartment, insulin secretory granules) as well as to the plasma membrane. In conclusion, Bodipy-glibenclamide is a high-affinity blocker of pancreatic beta-cell K(ATP) currents and can be used for visualizing SUR1 in intact pancreatic beta-cells, although non-specific binding must be taken into account in confocal microscopy experiments on intact beta-cells. PMID:15041461

  1. Graphene fluorescence switch-based cooperative amplification: a sensitive and accurate method to detection microRNA.

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    Liu, Haiyun; Li, Lu; Wang, Qian; Duan, Lili; Tang, Bo

    2014-06-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play significant roles in a diverse range of biological progress and have been regarded as biomarkers and therapeutic targets in cancer treatment. Sensitive and accurate detection of miRNAs is crucial for better understanding their roles in cancer cells and further validating their function in clinical diagnosis. Here, we developed a stable, sensitive, and specific miRNAs detection method on the basis of cooperative amplification combining with the graphene oxide (GO) fluorescence switch-based circular exponential amplification and the multimolecules labeling of SYBR Green I (SG). First, the target miRNA is adsorbed on the surface of GO, which can protect the miRNA from enzyme digest. Next, the miRNA hybridizes with a partial hairpin probe and then acts as a primer to initiate a strand displacement reaction to form a complete duplex. Finally, under the action of nicking enzyme, universal DNA fragments are released and used as triggers to initiate next reaction cycle, constituting a new circular exponential amplification. In the proposed strategy, a small amount of target miRNA can be converted to a large number of stable DNA triggers, leading to a remarkable amplification for the target. Moreover, compared with labeling with a 1:1 stoichiometric ratio, multimolecules binding of intercalating dye SG to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) can induce significant enhancement of fluorescence signal and further improve the detection sensitivity. The extraordinary fluorescence quenching of GO used here guarantees the high signal-to-noise ratio. Due to the protection for target miRNA by GO, the cooperative amplification, and low fluorescence background, sensitive and accurate detection of miRNAs has been achieved. The strategy proposed here will offer a new approach for reliable quantification of miRNAs in medical research and early clinical diagnostics. PMID:24823448

  2. A practical and highly sensitive C3N4-TYR fluorescent probe for convenient detection of dopamine

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    Li, Hao; Yang, Manman; Liu, Juan; Zhang, Yalin; Yang, Yanmei; Huang, Hui; Liu, Yang; Kang, Zhenhui

    2015-07-01

    The C3N4-tyrosinase (TYR) hybrid is a highly accurate, sensitive and simple fluorescent probe for the detection of dopamine (DOPA). Under optimized conditions, the relative fluorescence intensity of C3N4-TYR is proportional to the DOPA concentration in the range from 1 × 10-3 to 3 × 10-8 mol L-1 with a correlation coefficient of 0.995. In the present system, the detection limit achieved is as low as 3 × 10-8 mol L-1. Notably, these quantitative detection results for clinical samples are comparable to those of high performance liquid chromatography. Moreover, the enzyme-encapsulated C3N4 sensing arrays on both glass slide and test paper were evaluated, which revealed sensitive detection and excellent stability. The results reported here provide a new approach for the design of a multifunctional nanosensor for the detection of bio-molecules.The C3N4-tyrosinase (TYR) hybrid is a highly accurate, sensitive and simple fluorescent probe for the detection of dopamine (DOPA). Under optimized conditions, the relative fluorescence intensity of C3N4-TYR is proportional to the DOPA concentration in the range from 1 × 10-3 to 3 × 10-8 mol L-1 with a correlation coefficient of 0.995. In the present system, the detection limit achieved is as low as 3 × 10-8 mol L-1. Notably, these quantitative detection results for clinical samples are comparable to those of high performance liquid chromatography. Moreover, the enzyme-encapsulated C3N4 sensing arrays on both glass slide and test paper were evaluated, which revealed sensitive detection and excellent stability. The results reported here provide a new approach for the design of a multifunctional nanosensor for the detection of bio-molecules. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03316k

  3. High sensitivity fluorescent single particle and single molecule detection apparatus and method

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    Mathies, Richard A.; Peck, Konan; Stryer, Lubert

    1990-01-01

    Apparatus is described for ultrasensitive detection of single fluorescent particles down to the single fluorescent molecule limit in a fluid or on a substrate comprising means for illuminating a predetermined volume of the fluid or area of the substrate whereby to emit light including background light from the fluid and burst of photons from particles residing in the area. The photon burst is detected in real time to generate output representative signal. The signal is received and the burst of energy from the fluorescent particles is distinguished from the background energy to provide an indication of the number, location or concentration of the particles or molecules.

  4. Toxicant Induced Changes on Delayed Fluorescence Decay Kinetics of Cyanobacteria and Green Algae: A Rapid and Sensitive Biotest

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    Leunert, Franziska; Grossart, Hans-Peter; Gerhardt, Volkmar; Eckert, Werner

    2013-01-01

    Algal tests have developed into routine tools for testing toxicity of pollutants in aquatic environments. Meanwhile, in addition to algal growth rates, an increasing number of fluorescence based methods are used for rapid and sensitive toxicity measures. The present study stresses the suitability of delayed fluorescence (DF) as a promising parameter for biotests. DF is based on the recombination fluorescence at the reaction centre of photosystem II, which is emitted only by photosynthetically active cells. We analyzed the effects of three chemicals (3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (DCMU), 3,5 Dichlorophenol (3,5 DCP) and copper) on the shape of the DF decay kinetics for potential use in phytoplankton toxicity tests. The short incubation tests were done with four phytoplankton species, with special emphasis on the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa. All species exhibited a high sensitivity to DCMU, but cyanobacteria were more affected by copper and less by 3,5 DCP than the tested green algae. Analyses of changes in the DF decay curve in response to the added chemicals indicated the feasibility of the DF decay approach as a rapid and sensitive testing tool. PMID:23646185

  5. Aptamer induced assembly of fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots on gold nanoparticles for sensitive detection of AFB1.

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    Wang, Bin; Chen, Yanfen; Wu, Yuanya; Weng, Bo; Liu, Yingshuai; Lu, Zhisong; Li, Chang Ming; Yu, Cong

    2016-04-15

    Novel fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N,C-dots) were synthesized and assembled on aptamer modified gold nanoparticles (Aptamer/AuNPs) for the super sensitive detection of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1). Positively charged N,C-dots were synthesized by the hydrothermal treatment of pancreatin. The prepared N,C-dots were assembled on aptamer/AuNPs by electrostatic interactions. The fluorescence of the N,C-dots was efficiently quenched. When AFB1 was added to the assay solution, specific interactions between AFB1 and the aptamer caused release of the N,C-dots. The fluorescence of the N,C-dots recovered and the intensity increase could be used to calculate the amount of AFB1 added. The assay exhibits super-high sensitivity with a detection limit of 5 pg/mL (16 pM) and a wide range of linear response of 5 pg/mL to 2.00 ng/mL. A novel aptasensor is thus successfully constructed, it provides an efficient way for sensitive AFB1 sensing as well as a new technique for aptamer based novel sensor construction. PMID:26584079

  6. Location, dynamics and solvent relaxation of a Nile Red-based phase-sensitive fluorescent membrane probe.

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    Saxena, Roopali; Shrivastava, Sandeep; Haldar, Sourav; Klymchenko, Andrey S; Chattopadhyay, Amitabha

    2014-10-01

    Fluorescent membrane probes offer the advantage of high sensitivity, suitable time resolution, and multiplicity of measurable parameters, and provide useful information on model and cell membranes. In this paper, we have explored the location, dynamics, and solvent relaxation characteristics of a novel Nile Red-based phase-sensitive probe (NR12S). Unlike Nile Red, NR12S enjoys unique orientation and location in the membrane, and is localized exclusively in the outer leaflet of the membrane bilayer. By analysis of membrane depth using the parallax approach, we show that the fluorescent group in NR12S is localized at the membrane interface, a region characterized by slow solvent relaxation. Our results show that NR12S exhibits REES (red edge excitation shift), consistent with its interfacial localization. More interestingly, REES of NR12S displays sensitivity to the membrane phase. In addition, fluorescence emission maximum, anisotropy, and lifetime of NR12S are dependent on the membrane phase. We envision that NR12S may prove to be a useful probe in future studies of complex natural membranes. PMID:24802972

  7. Sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions by fluorescent Ag nanoclusters synthesized via a hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Jing; Ren, Xiangling; Meng, Xianwei; Fang, Zheng; Tang, Fangqiong

    2013-09-01

    An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg2+) or copper (Cu2+) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg2+ or Cu2+ ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu2+, Hg2+ was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu2+ with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a reusable detection method for Cu2+. Furthermore, the different quenching phenomena caused by the two metals ions such as changes in visible colour, shifts of UV absorbance peaks and changes in size of Ag NCs make it easy to distinguish between them. Therefore the easily synthesized fluorescent Ag NCs may have great potential as Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions sensors.An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg2+) or copper (Cu2+) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg2+ or Cu2+ ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu2+, Hg2+ was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu2+ with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a

  8. Laser ablation laser induced fluorescence for sensitive detection of heavy metals in water

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    Godwal, Yogesh

    Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy LIBS is a fast non-contact technique for the analysis of the elemental composition using spectral information of the emission from a laser-induced plasma. For the LIBS studies in this thesis the focus has been in using very low energy, microjoule pulses in order to give high spatial resolution and minimize the laser system requirements. This is a regime that we refer to as microLIBS. Under such conditions it is important to maximize the signal detected to give the lowest limit of detection LOD possible. One technique to improve the signal to noise ratios is by coupling LIBS with Laser Induced Fluorescence. This is a technique where the first pulse creates a vapor plume and the second pulse tuned to a resonant absorption line of the species of interest re-excites the plume. We term this technique as Laser ablation Laser Induced Fluorescence LA-LIF. We have been investigating the performance of LA-LIF at low pulse energies (≤ 1 mJ for both pulses) for the detection of elemental contaminants in water. This technique allows reasonable performance compared to high energy single-pulse LIBS, but at a much reduced total energy expenditure. This allows LODs in the parts per billion range ppb range which typically cannot be obtained with low energy single pulse probing of the systems. This approach or exceeds the sensitivities which can be obtained with many shots using much larger energy systems. In this thesis we investigated the performance of LIBS at low pulse energies for the detection of Pb as a contaminant in water. An LOD of 70 ppb was obtained for an accumulation of 100 shots with the ablation laser pulse energy of 250 muJ and an excitation laser pulse energy of 8 muJ. A systematic study of the detector conditions was made for the system for the detection of Pb. Scaling laws for the LOD in terms of the pump and probe energies were measured and also the effect of detector gain, the gate delay and the gate width were studied. In

  9. Fluorescent Brighteners as Visible LED-Light Sensitive Photoinitiators for Free Radical Photopolymerizations.

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    Zuo, Xiaoling; Morlet-Savary, Fabrice; Graff, Bernadette; Blanchard, Nicolas; Goddard, Jean-Philippe; Lalevée, Jacques

    2016-05-01

    The photochemical and electrochemical investigations of commercially available, safe, and cheap fluorescent brighteners, namely, triazinylstilbene (commercial name: fluorescent brightener 28) and 2,5-bis(5-tert-butyl-benzoxazol-2-yl)thiophene, as well as their original use as photoinitiators of polymerization upon light emitting diode (LED) irradiation are reported. Remarkably, their excellent near-UV-visible absorption properties combined with outstanding fluorescent properties allow them to act as high-performance photoinitiators when used in combination with diaryliodonium salt. These two-component photoinitiating systems can be employed for free radical polymerizations of acrylate. In addition, this brightener-initiated photopolymerization is able to overcome oxygen inhibition even upon irradiation with low LED light intensity. The underlying photochemical mechanisms are investigated by electron-spin resonance-spin trapping, fluorescence, cyclic voltammetry, and steady-state photolysis techniques. PMID:27072016

  10. Development of a Tender-Energy Microprobe for Geosciences at NSLS and NSLS-II

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    Northrup, Paul A.

    2014-08-30

    We propose to develop a tender-energy (1-8 keV operational range, optimized for 1-5 keV) X-ray microprobe, to bring the functionality and scientific benefits of hard (>5 keV) X-ray microprobes to a largely untapped domain of lighter, geologically-important elements. This proposal seeks to extend and enhance user-facility capabilities particularly optimized for research in Geosciences. This will be accomplished through development and implementation of unique new synchrotron instrumentation for high-performance microspectroscopy and imaging in the distinctive tender energy range. This new user facility at Beamline X15B at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) will benefit the specific Earth Science research programs described in this proposal, and will be available for use by the broader community through the merit-based General User program and through the User Cooperative that operates X15B. Its development will provide immediate benefit to regional and national Earth Science research conducted at the NSLS. It will achieve even higher performance at the Tender Energy Spectroscopy (TES) Beamline at NSLS-II, a new state-of-the-art synchrotron under construction and scheduled to begin operation in 2014. Project Objectives: Our goals are threefold: 1. Develop superlative capabilities to extend hard X-ray microprobe functionality and ease of use to the tender energy range. 2. Bring high-performance XAS (including full EXAFS) to the micron scale, over the range of 1-8 keV. 3. Deliver high flux and element sensitivity for geoscience applications. Our user facility will be designed and optimized for tender-energy microbeam applications and techniques for Earth Science research, including XRF imaging and high-quality extended XAS. Its key attributes will be an energy range of 1 to 8 keV, user-tunable spot size ranging from 40x14 to 3x2 μm, high flux up to 2x1011 photons/s, beam positional stability and energy calibration stability optimized for high-quality and

  11. High-sensitivity fluorescence anisotropy detection of protein-folding events: application to alpha-lactalbumin.

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    Canet, D; Doering, K; Dobson, C M; Dupont, Y

    2001-04-01

    An experimental procedure has been devised to record simultaneously fluorescence intensity and fluorescence anisotropy. A photoelastic modulator on the excitation beam enables the anisotropy signal to be recorded in one pass using a single photomultiplier tube and eliminates the need for a polarizer on the emission path. In conjunction with a stopped-flow mixer, providing a time-resolved capability, this procedure was used to study the refolding of apo alpha-lactalbumin following dilution from guanidinium chloride. Although the fluorescence intensity does not change detectably, the fluorescence anisotropy was found to resolve the conformational changes occurring between the initial unfolded state and the molten globule state formed either kinetically during refolding at pH 7.0 or at equilibrium at pH 2.0 (A-state). This result provides further evidence that fluorescence anisotropy is a valuable probe of protein structural transitions and that the information it provides concerning the rotational mobility of a fluorophore can be complementary to the information about the local environment provided by fluorescence intensity. PMID:11259312

  12. Boron analysis by electron microprobe using MoB4C layered synthetic crystals

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    McGee, J.J.; Slack, J.F.; Herrington, C.R.

    1991-01-01

    Preliminary electron microprobe studies of B distribution in minerals have been carried out using MoB4C-layered synthetic crystals to improve analytical sensitivity for B. Any microprobe measurements of the B contents of minerals using this crystal must include analyses for Cl to assess and correct for the interference of Cl X-rays on the BK?? peak. Microprobe analyses for B can be made routinely in tourmaline and other B-rich minerals, and minor B contents also can be determined in common rock-forming minerals. Incorporation of unusually high B contents in minerals other than borosilicates has been discovered in prograde and retrograde minerals in tourmalinites from the Broken Hill district, Australia, and may reflect high B activities produced during the metamorphism of tourmaline-rich rocks. -from Authors

  13. Nitrogen and Sulfur Codoped Reduced Graphene Oxide as a General Platform for Rapid and Sensitive Fluorescent Detection of Biological Species.

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    Chen, Lu; Song, Liping; Zhang, Yichi; Wang, Ping; Xiao, Zhidong; Guo, Yuguo; Cao, Feifei

    2016-05-11

    Nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) codoped reduced graphene oxide (N,S-rGO) was synthesized through a facile solvothermal process. The introduction of N and S heteroatoms into GO effectively activated the sp(2)-hybridized carbon lattice and made the material an ideal electron/energy acceptor. Such unique properties enable this material to perform as a general platform for rapid and sensitive detection of various biological species through simple fluorescence quenching and recovering. When quantum dot (QD)-labeled HBV (human being disease-related gene hepatitis B virus DNA) and HIV (human being disease-related gene human immunodeficiency virus DNA) molecular beacon probes were mixed with N,S-rGO, QD fluorescence was quenched; when target HBV and HIV DNA were added, QD fluorescence was recovered. By the recovered fluorescence intensity, the target virus DNA detection limits were reduced to 2.4 nM for HBV and 3.0 nM for HIV with detection time of less than 5 min. It must be stressed out that different viruses in the same homogeneous aqueous media could be discriminated and quantified simultaneously through choosing diverse QD probes with different colors. Moreover, even one mismatched target DNA could be distinguished using this method. When altering the molecular beacon loop domain to protein aptamers, this sensing strategy was also able to detect thrombin and IgE in 5 min with detection limits of 0.17 ng mL(-1) and 0.19 ng mL(-1), respectively, which was far more rapid and sensitive than bare GO-based fluorescence detection strategy. PMID:27089122

  14. A microprobe for parallel optical and electrical recordings from single neurons in vivo.

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    LeChasseur, Yoan; Dufour, Suzie; Lavertu, Guillaume; Bories, Cyril; Deschênes, Martin; Vallée, Réal; De Koninck, Yves

    2011-04-01

    Recording electrical activity from identified neurons in intact tissue is key to understanding their role in information processing. Recent fluorescence labeling techniques have opened new possibilities to combine electrophysiological recording with optical detection of individual neurons deep in brain tissue. For this purpose we developed dual-core fiberoptics-based microprobes, with an optical core to locally excite and collect fluorescence, and an electrolyte-filled hollow core for extracellular single unit electrophysiology. This design provides microprobes with tips < 10 μm, enabling analyses with single-cell optical resolution. We demonstrate combined electrical and optical detection of single fluorescent neurons in rats and mice. We combined electrical recordings and optical Ca²(+) measurements from single thalamic relay neurons in rats, and achieved detection and activation of single channelrhodopsin-expressing neurons in Thy1::ChR2-YFP transgenic mice. The microprobe expands possibilities for in vivo electrophysiological recording, providing parallel access to single-cell optical monitoring and control. PMID:21317908

  15. N,N-Diethylamine appended binuclear Zn(ii) complexes: highly selective and sensitive fluorescent chemosensors for picric acid.

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    Kumar, Amit; Kumar, Ashish; Pandey, Daya Shankar

    2016-05-28

    Novel binuclear Zn(ii) complexes (1-2) derived from bis-chelating salen type ligands (H2L(1) and H2L(2)) possessing N,N-diethylamine moieties on the periphery of the molecules have been synthesized and thoroughly characterized by satisfactory elemental analyses and spectral (FT-IR, (1)H, (13)C NMR, UV-vis, fluorescence and ESI-MS) studies. The structures of H2L(1) and 1 have been authenticated by single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Complexes 1 and 2 strongly fluoresce and act as highly selective and sensitive chemosensors for picric acid in different organic as well as aqueous media. Both 1 and 2 showed strong potential to detect traces of PA in vapour/solid phase through contact mode analysis. Spectral and theoretical (DFT) studies suggested that the observed fluorescence quenching may be associated with ground state (GS) charge transfer as well as electrostatic interactions between 1/2 and PA. The fluorescence lifetime for the representative complex 1 displayed a double exponential curve and unaltered lifetime (τav, 0.63 nm) in the absence and presence of PA and strongly suggested that quenching follows a static mechanism. Further, DFT calculations on 1 and 2 strongly supported the static mechanism through GS charge transfer between complexes and PA. In addition, (1)H NMR spectral studies on 1-2 in the presence of PA firmly advocated strong hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking between the phenolic rings of 1-2 and the aromatic ring of PA. These complexes are capable of detecting PA either individually or in a competitive environment of other nitro- explosives. Florescence spectral studies on the model complex M lacking N,N-diethylamine groups revealed moderate selectivity and sensitivity towards PA and supported the key role of N,N-diethylamine moieties in the selectivity and sensitivity of complexes. PMID:27114325

  16. Cationic conjugated polymer/fluoresceinamine-hyaluronan complex for sensitive fluorescence detection of CD44 and tumor-targeted cell imaging.

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    Huang, Yanqin; Yao, Xin; Zhang, Rui; Ouyang, Lang; Jiang, Rongcui; Liu, Xingfen; Song, Caixia; Zhang, Guangwei; Fan, Quli; Wang, Lianhui; Huang, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Simple, rapid, and sensitive detection of CD44 is of paramount importance since it plays pivotal roles in tumor initiation, growth and metastasis. Herein, we describe a novel method for sensitive, visual and facile fluorescence detection of CD44 and CD44-mediated cancer cell imaging, using a probe based on cationic conjugated polymer (CCP)-PFEP and fluoresceinamine-hyaluronan (FA-HA). HA is an anionic natural glycosaminoglycan that can specifically bind to the overexpressed CD44 on various kinds of cancer cells. PFEP and FA-HA formed a complex through electronic interactions, resulting in a highly efficient fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from PFEP to FA-HA; moreover, the efficiencies of FRET correlated with the concentrations of CD44 because the specific binding of HA-CD44 would separate FA-HA away from PFEP. This method did not require laborious and expensive dual-labeling or protein-labeling needed in previously reported detection methods of CD44. Just mix the sample and test solution containing the PFEP/FA-HA complex, and the results allowed naked-eye detection by observing fluorescent color of solutions with the assistance of a UV lamp. Most importantly, the use of a conjugated polymer with excellent amplification property as well as the specific binding of HA-CD44 endowed this method with high sensitivity and specificity, making it applicable for reliable quantitative detection of CD44. Furthermore, the PFEP/FA-HA complex formed nanoparticles in aqueous solution, and the nanoparticles can be selectively taken up by MCF-7 cells (cancer cell) through the HA-CD44 interaction, thereby giving rise to a dual-color tumor-targeted imaging probe with good photostability. The development of this fluorescent probe showed promising potential to make a reliable and routine method available for early diagnosis of cancer. PMID:25278260

  17. Electrospun fibrous mats with conjugated tetraphenylethylene and mannose for sensitive turn-on fluorescent sensing of Escherichia coli.

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    Zhao, Long; Chen, Yufei; Yuan, Jiang; Chen, Maohua; Zhang, Hong; Li, Xiaohong

    2015-03-11

    A rapid and sensitive detection of microbes in water and biological fluids is a key requirement in water and food safety, environmental monitoring, and clinical diagnosis and treatment. In the current study, electrospun polystyrene-co-maleic anhydride (PSMA) fibers with conjugated mannose and tetraphenylethylene (TPE) were developed for Escherichia coli (E. coli) detection, taking advantage of the high grafting capabilities of ultrafine fibers and the highly porous structure of the fibrous mat to entrap bacterial cells. The specific binding between mannose grafts on PSMA fibers and FimH proteins from the fimbriae of E. coli led to an efficient "turn-on" profile of TPE due to the aggregation-induced emission (AIE) effect. Poly(ethylene glycol) diamine was used as hydrophilic tethers to increase the conformational mobility of mannose grafts, indicating a more sensitive change in the fluorescence intensity against bacteria concentrations, a lower fluorescence background of fibers without bacteria incubation, and a sufficient space for bacteria binding, compared with the use of hexamethylenediamine or poly(ethylene imine) as spacers for mannose grafting. The addition of bovine serum albumin, glucose, or both of them into bacteria suspensions showed no significant changes in the fluorescence intensity of fibrous mats, indicating the anti-interference capability against these proteins and saccharides. An equation was drafted of the fluorescence intensities of fibrous mats against E. coli concentrations ranging from 10(2) to 10(5) CFU/mL. The test strip format was established on mannose-conjugated PSMA fibers after exposure to E. coli of different concentrations, providing a potential tool with a visual sensitivity of bacteria concentrations as low as 10(2) CFU/mL in a matter of minutes. This strategy may offer a capacity to be expanded to exploit electrospun fibrous mats and other carbohydrate-cell interactions for bioanalysis and biosensing of pathogenic bacteria. PMID

  18. Highly sensitive fluorescence assay of DNA methyltransferase activity via methylation-sensitive cleavage coupled with nicking enzyme-assisted signal amplification.

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    Zhao, Yongxi; Chen, Feng; Wu, Yayan; Dong, Yanhua; Fan, Chunhai

    2013-04-15

    Herein, using DNA adenine methylation (Dam) methyltransferase (MTase) as a model analyte, a simple, rapid, and highly sensitive fluorescence sensing platform for monitoring the activity and inhibition of DNA MTase was developed on the basis of methylation-sensitive cleavage and nicking enzyme-assisted signal amplification. In the presence of Dam MTase, an elaborately designed hairpin probe was methylated. With the help of methylation-sensitive restriction endonuclease DpnI, the methylated hairpin probe could be cleaved to release a single-stranded DNA (ssDNA). Subsequently, this released ssDNA would hybridize with the molecular beacon (MB) to open its hairpin structure, resulting in the restoration of fluorescence signal as well as formation of the double-stranded recognition site for nicking enzyme Nt.BbvCI. Eventually, an amplified fluorescence signal was observed through the enzymatic recycling cleavage of MBs. Based on this unique strategy, a very low detection limit down to 0.06 U/mL was achieved within a short assay time (60 min) in one step, which is superior to those of most existing approaches. Owing to the specific site recognition of MTase toward its substrate, the proposed sensing system was able to readily discriminate Dam MTase from other MTase such as M.SssI and even detect the target in complex biological matrix. Furthermore, the application of the proposed sensing strategy for screening Dam MTase inhibitors was also demonstrated with satisfactory results. This novel method not only provides a promising platform for monitoring activity and inhibition of DNA MTases, but also shows great potentials in biological process researches, drugs discovery and clinical diagnostics. PMID:23202331

  19. Carbon nanoparticle for highly sensitive and selective fluorescent detection of mercury(II) ion in aqueous solution.

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    Li, Hailong; Zhai, Junfeng; Tian, Jingqi; Luo, Yonglan; Sun, Xuping

    2011-08-15

    In this article, carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) were used as a novel fluorescent sensing platform for highly sensitive and selective Hg(2+) detection. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of CNPs obtained from candle soot used in this type of sensor. The general concept used in this approach is based on that adsorption of the fluorescently labeled single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) probe by CNP via π-π stacking interactions between DNA bases and CNP leads to substantial dye fluorescence quenching; however, in the presence of Hg(2+), T-Hg(2+)-T induced hairpin structure does not adsorb on CNP and thus retains the dye fluorescence. A detection limit as low as 10nM was achieved. The present CNP-based biosensor for Hg(2+) detection exhibits remarkable specificity against other possible metal ions. Furthermore, superior selectivity performance was observed when Hg(2+) detection was carried out in the presence of a large amount of other interference ions. Finally, in order to evaluate its potential practical application, Hg(2+) detection was conducted with the use of lake water other than pure buffer and it is believed that it holds great promise for real sample analysis upon further development. PMID:21719271

  20. A highly sensitive and selective fluorescent probe for trivalent aluminum ion based on rhodamine derivative in living cells.

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    Tang, Jia-Liang; Li, Chun-Yan; Li, Yong-Fei; Lu, Xi; Qi, Hong-Rui

    2015-08-12

    A rhodamine spirolactam derivative (1) is developed as a colormetric and fluorescent probe for trivalent aluminum ions (Al(3+)). It exhibits a highly sensitive "turn-on" fluorescent response toward Al(3+) with a 70-fold fluorescence intensity enhancement under 2 equiv. of Al(3+) added. The probe can be applied to the quantification of Al(3+) with a linear range covering from 5.0 × 10(-7) to 2.0 × 10(-5) M and a detection limit of 4.0 × 10(-8) M. Most importantly, the fluorescence changes of the probe are remarkably specific for Al(3+) in the presence of other metal ions, which meet the selective requirements for practical application. Moreover, the experiment results show that the response behavior of 1 towards Al(3+) is pH independent in neutral condition (pH 6.0-8.0) and the response of the probe is fast (response time less than 3 min). In addition, the proposed probe has been used to detect Al(3+) in water samples and image Al(3+) in living cells with satisfying results. PMID:26320971

  1. Sensitive detection of mercury and copper ions by fluorescent DNA/Ag nanoclusters in guanine-rich DNA hybridization.

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    Peng, Jun; Ling, Jian; Zhang, Xiu-Qing; Bai, Hui-Ping; Zheng, Liyan; Cao, Qiu-E; Ding, Zhong-Tao

    2015-02-25

    In this work, we designed a new fluorescent oligonucleotides-stabilized silver nanoclusters (DNA/AgNCs) probe for sensitive detection of mercury and copper ions. This probe contains two tailored DNA sequence. One is a signal probe contains a cytosine-rich sequence template for AgNCs synthesis and link sequence at both ends. The other is a guanine-rich sequence for signal enhancement and link sequence complementary to the link sequence of the signal probe. After hybridization, the fluorescence of hybridized double-strand DNA/AgNCs is 200-fold enhanced based on the fluorescence enhancement effect of DNA/AgNCs in proximity of guanine-rich DNA sequence. The double-strand DNA/AgNCs probe is brighter and stable than that of single-strand DNA/AgNCs, and more importantly, can be used as novel fluorescent probes for detecting mercury and copper ions. Mercury and copper ions in the range of 6.0-160.0 and 6-240 nM, can be linearly detected with the detection limits of 2.1 and 3.4 nM, respectively. Our results indicated that the analytical parameters of the method for mercury and copper ions detection are much better than which using a single-strand DNA/AgNCs. PMID:25305618

  2. Sensitive detection of mercury and copper ions by fluorescent DNA/Ag nanoclusters in guanine-rich DNA hybridization

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    Peng, Jun; Ling, Jian; Zhang, Xiu-Qing; Bai, Hui-Ping; Zheng, Liyan; Cao, Qiu-E.; Ding, Zhong-Tao

    2015-02-01

    In this work, we designed a new fluorescent oligonucleotides-stabilized silver nanoclusters (DNA/AgNCs) probe for sensitive detection of mercury and copper ions. This probe contains two tailored DNA sequence. One is a signal probe contains a cytosine-rich sequence template for AgNCs synthesis and link sequence at both ends. The other is a guanine-rich sequence for signal enhancement and link sequence complementary to the link sequence of the signal probe. After hybridization, the fluorescence of hybridized double-strand DNA/AgNCs is 200-fold enhanced based on the fluorescence enhancement effect of DNA/AgNCs in proximity of guanine-rich DNA sequence. The double-strand DNA/AgNCs probe is brighter and stable than that of single-strand DNA/AgNCs, and more importantly, can be used as novel fluorescent probes for detecting mercury and copper ions. Mercury and copper ions in the range of 6.0-160.0 and 6-240 nM, can be linearly detected with the detection limits of 2.1 and 3.4 nM, respectively. Our results indicated that the analytical parameters of the method for mercury and copper ions detection are much better than which using a single-strand DNA/AgNCs.

  3. Selective and Sensitive Detection of Cyanide Based on the Displacement Strategy Using a Water-Soluble Fluorescent Probe

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    La, Ming; Hao, Yuanqiang; Wang, Zhaoyang; Han, Guo-Cheng; Qu, Lingbo

    2016-01-01

    A water-soluble fluorescent probe (C-GGH) was used for the highly sensitive and selective detection of cyanide (CN−) in aqueous media based on the displacement strategy. Due to the presence of the recognition unit GGH (Gly-Gly-His), the probe C-GGH can coordinate with Cu2+ and consequently display ON-OFF type fluorescence response. Furthermore, the in situ formed nonfluorescent C-GGH-Cu2+ complex can act as an effective OFF-ON type fluorescent probe for sensing CN− anion. Due to the strong binding affinity of CN− to Cu2+, CN− can extract Cu2+ from C-GGH-Cu2+ complex, leading to the release of C-GGH and the recovery of fluorescent emission of the system. The probe C-GGH-Cu2+ allowed detection of CN− in aqueous solution with a LOD (limit of detection) of 0.017 μmol/L which is much lower than the maximum contaminant level (1.9 μmol/L) for CN− in drinking water set by the WHO (World Health Organization). The probe also displayed excellent specificity for CN− towards other anions, including F−, Cl−, Br−, I−, SCN−, PO43−, N3−, NO3−, AcO−, SO42−, and CO32−. PMID:26881185

  4. Improved fluorescence properties of core-sheath electrospun nanofibers sensitized by silver nanoparticles

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    Wen, Shipeng; Zhang, Rong; Hu, Shui; Zhang, Liqun; Liu, Li

    2015-09-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) were used to enhance the fluorescence properties of nanofibers containing the Tb(acac)3phen (Tb = terbium, acac = acetylacetone, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) complex. Tb(acac)3phen/PLLA//Ag-NPs/PVP (PLLA = polylacticacid, PVP = polyvinylpyrrolidone) core-sheath fluorescence nanofibers were prepared by coaxial electrospinning. SEM images demonstrated that the fibers had an average diameter of 550 nm. TEM images illustrated that the Ag-NPs and Tb(acac)3phen were uniformly dispersed in the outer and inner fibrous layers in the form of nanoparticles and molecular clusters, respectively. The fluorescence intensity of the Tb(acac)3phen/PLLA//Ag-NPs/PVP core-sheath nanofibers with a molar ratio Ag/Tb of 1 increased by 69%, the quantum efficiency increased by 53%, and the fluorescence lifetime increased by 4% over those of the fibers without Ag-NPs because of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect of Ag-NPs. The prepared fibers with a core-sheath structure have great potential in a wide range of fluorescence applications.

  5. A Novel Cobalt-Sensitive Fluorescent Chemosensor Based on Ligand Capped CdS Quantum Dots.

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    Faridbod, Farnoush; Jamali, Abbas; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza; Hosseini, Morteza; Norouzi, Parviz

    2015-05-01

    In this work, a ligand capped CdS QDs was synthesized, characterized and its fluorescence behavior was studied. The surface of the CdS QDs was modified using N-(3-methyl-2-(thiophene-2-carboxamido) phenyl) thiophene-2-carboxamide. The immobilized ligand on the surface of the CdS QDs can interact by cationic species due to the existence of donating atoms in its structures. Thus, effect of some metal cations on the fluorescent intensity of the ligand capped CdS QDs were studied. It was found that fluorescence intensity of the modified CdS QDs quenched selectively by addition of Co(II) ion in comparison with other cations tested. The ligand capped CdS QDs can be used as a fluorescent bulk chemosensor for detection of Co(II) ions. The fluorescent quenching is linear in the range of 1.0 × 10(-5) to 1.5 × 10(-4) mol L(-1) of Co(II) ions. The limit of detection was obtained 8.3 × 10(-7) mol L(-1). The nanosensor exhibits high selectivity toward Co(II) ions in comparison with common metal ions. PMID:25804832

  6. Sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions by fluorescent Ag nanoclusters synthesized via a hydrothermal method.

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    Liu, Jing; Ren, Xiangling; Meng, Xianwei; Fang, Zheng; Tang, Fangqiong

    2013-10-21

    An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg(2+)) or copper (Cu(2+)) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg(2+) or Cu(2+) ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu(2+), Hg(2+) was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu(2+) with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a reusable detection method for Cu(2+). Furthermore, the different quenching phenomena caused by the two metals ions such as changes in visible colour, shifts of UV absorbance peaks and changes in size of Ag NCs make it easy to distinguish between them. Therefore the easily synthesized fluorescent Ag NCs may have great potential as Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) ions sensors. PMID:24056730

  7. Real time monitoring of superoxide dynamics in vivo through fluorescent proteins using a sensitive fiber probe

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    Chang, Yu-Chung; Ken, Chuian-Fu; Hsu, Che-Wei; Liu, Ya-Ging

    2014-03-01

    Superoxide anion is the primary oxygen free radical generated in mitochondria that causes intracellular oxidative stress. The lack of a method to directly monitor superoxide concentration in vivo in real time has severely hindered our understanding on its pathophysiology. We made transgenic zebrafish to specifically express fluorescent proteins, which are recently developed as reversible superoxide-specific indicators, in the liver. A fiber-optic fluorescent probe was used to noninvasively monitor superoxide generation in the liver in real time. The fish were placed in microfluidic channels for manipulation and reagents administration. Several superoxide-inducing and scavenging reagents were administrated onto the fish to investigate their effects on superoxide anion balancing. The biochemical dynamics of superoxide due to the application reagents were revealed in the transient behaviors of fluorescence time courses. With the ability to monitor superoxide dynamics in vivo in real time, this method can be used as an in vivo pharmaceutical screening platform.

  8. Rapid and sensitive detection of clenbuterol using a fluorescence nanosensor based on diazo coupling mechanism

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    Thanh Hop Tran, Thi; Huong Do, Thi Mai; Hoang, Mai Ha; Tuyen Nguyen, Duc; Le, Quang Tuan; Nghia Nguyen, Duc; Ngo, Trinh Tung

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) effect has been used for fabrication of nanosensor for the detection of clenbuterol. In the nanosensor, the CdTe quantum dots (QDs) are the donors while the acceptor is the super-macromolecule formed by the diazoation coupling mechanism between diazo clenbuterol and naphthylethylene diamine. Changes in fluorescence intensities of nanosensor were used to determine the clenbuterol concentration. We have successfully fabricated a nanosensor for detection of clenbuterol sensible to clenbuterol concentration of 10-12 g ml-1.

  9. Superconductive microprobes for eddy current evaluation of materials

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    Podney, Walter N.

    1989-07-01

    Superconductive quantum interference devices (SQUIDS) offer new technology for locating materials flaws electromagnetically that promises to increase sensitivity, depth of magnetic flux enables use of microscopic pickup loops in a gradiometer configuration to give high resolution. A cryogenic umbilical connects pickup loops to a remote cryostat housing SQUID sensors to ease scanning. A pair of drive coils a few millimeters in radius that encircle pickup loops forming a coplanar gradiometer 1 mm or less in radius comprise a superconductive microprobe. It provides a depth of field of several millimeters to a 0.1 mm flaw in an aluminum plate, when operating with a drive current a 1 A oscillating at a frequency of 1kHz. Its field of view ranges to several millimeters, for flaws a few millimeters deep, and its horizontal resolution is 1 mm or so, for flaw depths out to its depth of field. An array of microprobes form receptors much like rods in the retina of a magnetic eye. The eye leads to an electromagnetic microscope for imaging internal flaws in aluminum plates. It gives multiple images that enable resolving depth of a 0.1 mm flaw to a few tenths of a millimeter with a horizontal resolution of one millimeter or so.

  10. A triazole Schiff base-based selective and sensitive fluorescent probe for Zn2 +: A combined experimental and theoretical study

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    Yuan, Caixia; Liu, Xinyu; Wu, Yanbo; Lu, Liping; Zhu, Miaoli

    2016-02-01

    A triazole-Schiff base, 4-(5-Chloro-2-hydroxybenzylideneamino)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5(4H)-thione (HL), exhibits the high selectivity and sensitivity for Zn2 + in the fluorescence spectrometry over other common metal ions, especially Cd2 + in DMSO:H2O (1:9, v/v) solution. A 1:1 binding ratio of Zn2 +/L for the complex has been obtained by Uv-Vis titration experiments and Job's plot with the detection limit of 51 nmol/L. The coordination mode of the complex in solution was further confirmed by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations indicate that a chelation-enhanced fluorescence (CHEF) effect occurs in the process of detecting Zn ion.

  11. Highly Selective and Sensitive One- and Two-Photon Ratiometric Fluorescent Probe for Intracellular Hydrogen Polysulfide Sensing.

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    Han, Qingxin; Mou, Zuolin; Wang, Haihong; Tang, Xiaoliang; Dong, Zhe; Wang, Li; Dong, Xue; Liu, Weisheng

    2016-07-19

    Hydrogen polysulfide (H2Sn) has attracted increasing attention due to the fact that it is actually the key signaling molecule rather than hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Therefore, developing a sensitive and accurate assay to investigate the biosynthetic pathways of H2Sn is of physiological and pathological significance. In this work, based on the commonly used two-photon fluorophore, 1,8-naphthalimide, a new probe, NRT-HP, has been designed and synthesized that displayed both one- and two-photon ratiometric fluorescence changes toward H2Sn via H2Sn-mediated benzodithiolone formation. NRT-HP exhibits excellent pH stability, high selectivity and low detection limit (0.1 μM) in aqueous media. Furthermore, two-photon fluorescence microscopy experiments have demonstrated that NRT-HP could be used for the H2Sn detection in live cells as well as tissue slices. PMID:27312769

  12. A highly selective and sensitive fluorescent sensor for the rapid detection of Hg2 + based on phenylamine-oligothiophene derivative

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    Niu, Qingfen; Wu, Xingxing; Zhang, Shanshan; Li, Tianduo; Cui, Yuezhi; Li, Xiaoyan

    2016-01-01

    A fast-responsive fluorescent phenylamine-oligothiophene sensor 3TDDA was reported. This sensor exhibited highly selective and sensitive detection of Hg2 + ion in aqueous solution (THF/CH3CN/H2O, 45/50/5, v/v) through fluorescence quenching. The detection was not affected by the coexistence of other competitive metal ions such as Na+, K+, Ag+, Ca2 +, Fe3 +, Al3 +, Co2 +, Ni2 +, Zn2 +, Pb2 +, Cd2 +, Fe2 + and Cr3 +. A stoichiometric ratio (1:1) of the sensor and Hg2 + was determined by a Job's plot and mole-ratio curves. The binding of sensor 3TDDA and Hg2 + was also chemically reversible with EDTA. The detection limit was calculated as low as 4.392 × 10- 7 M.

  13. A fluorescent graphitic carbon nitride nanosheet biosensor for highly sensitive, label-free detection of alkaline phosphatase

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    Xiang, Mei-Hao; Liu, Jin-Wen; Li, Na; Tang, Hao; Yu, Ru-Qin; Jiang, Jian-Hui

    2016-02-01

    Graphitic C3N4 (g-C3N4) nanosheets provide an attractive option for bioprobes and bioimaging applications. Utilizing highly fluorescent and water-dispersible ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets, a highly sensitive, selective and label-free biosensor has been developed for ALP detection for the first time. The developed approach utilizes a natural substrate of ALP in biological systems and thus affords very high catalytic efficiency. This novel biosensor is demonstrated to enable quantitative analysis of ALP in a wide range from 0.1 to 1000 U L-1 with a low detection limit of 0.08 U L-1, which is among the most sensitive assays for ALP. It is expected that the developed method may provide a low-cost, convenient, rapid and highly sensitive platform for ALP-based clinical diagnostics and biomedical applications.Graphitic C3N4 (g-C3N4) nanosheets provide an attractive option for bioprobes and bioimaging applications. Utilizing highly fluorescent and water-dispersible ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets, a highly sensitive, selective and label-free biosensor has been developed for ALP detection for the first time. The developed approach utilizes a natural substrate of ALP in biological systems and thus affords very high catalytic efficiency. This novel biosensor is demonstrated to enable quantitative analysis of ALP in a wide range from 0.1 to 1000 U L-1 with a low detection limit of 0.08 U L-1, which is among the most sensitive assays for ALP. It is expected that the developed method may provide a low-cost, convenient, rapid and highly sensitive platform for ALP-based clinical diagnostics and biomedical applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08278a

  14. A cobalt oxyhydroxide nanoflake-based nanoprobe for the sensitive fluorescence detection of T4 polynucleotide kinase activity and inhibition

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    Cen, Yao; Yang, Yuan; Yu, Ru-Qin; Chen, Ting-Ting; Chu, Xia

    2016-04-01

    Phosphorylation of nucleic acids with 5'-OH termini catalyzed by polynucleotide kinase (PNK) is an inevitable process and has been implicated in many important cellular events. Here, we found for the first time that there was a significant difference in the adsorbent ability of cobalt oxyhydroxide (CoOOH) nanoflakes between single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), which resulted in the fluorescent dye-labeled dsDNA still retaining strong fluorescence emission, while the fluorescence signal of ssDNA was significantly quenched by CoOOH nanoflakes. Based on this discovery, we developed a CoOOH nanoflake-based nanoprobe for the fluorescence sensing of T4 PNK activity and its inhibition by combining it with λ exonuclease cleavage reaction. In the presence of T4 PNK, dye-labeled dsDNA was phosphorylated and then cleaved by λ exonuclease to generate ssDNA, which could adsorb on the CoOOH nanoflakes and whose fluorescence was quenched by CoOOH nanoflakes. Due to the high quenching property of CoOOH nanoflakes as an efficient energy acceptor, a sensitive and selective sensing approach with satisfactory performance for T4 PNK sensing in a complex biological matrix has been successfully constructed and applied to the screening of inhibitors. The developed approach may potentially provide a new platform for further research, clinical diagnosis, and drug discovery of nucleotide kinase related diseases.Phosphorylation of nucleic acids with 5'-OH termini catalyzed by polynucleotide kinase (PNK) is an inevitable process and has been implicated in many important cellular events. Here, we found for the first time that there was a significant difference in the adsorbent ability of cobalt oxyhydroxide (CoOOH) nanoflakes between single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), which resulted in the fluorescent dye-labeled dsDNA still retaining strong fluorescence emission, while the fluorescence signal of ssDNA was significantly quenched by Co

  15. RADIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS BY HIGH SENSITIVITY DUAL-OPTIC MICRO X-RAY FLUORESCENCE

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    A novel dual-optic micro X-ray fluorescence instrument will be developed to do radiochemical analysis of high-level radioactive wastes at DOE sites such as Savannah River Site and Hanford. This concept incorporates new X-ray optical elements such as monolithic polycapillaries and...

  16. Data acquisition with a nuclear microprobe

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    Maggiore, C.

    1980-01-01

    Spatially resolved information from the near surfaces of materials can be obtained with a nuclear microprobe. The spatial resolution is determined by the optics of the instrument and radiation damage in the specimen. Two- and three-dimensional maps of elemental concentration may be obtained from the near surfaces of materials. Data are acquired by repeated scans of a constantly moving beam over the region of interest or by counting for a preset integrated charge at each specimen location.

  17. A homogenous fluorescence quenching based assay for specific and sensitive detection of influenza virus A hemagglutinin antigen.

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    Chen, Longyan; Neethirajan, Suresh

    2015-01-01

    Influenza pandemics cause millions of deaths worldwide. Effective surveillance is required to prevent their spread and facilitate the development of appropriate vaccines. In this study, we report the fabrication of a homogenous fluorescence-quenching-based assay for specific and sensitive detection of influenza virus surface antigen hemagglutinins (HAs). The core of the assay is composed of two nanoprobes namely the glycan-conjugated highly luminescent quantum dots (Gly-QDs), and the HA-specific antibody-modified gold nanoparticle (Ab-Au NPs). When exposed to strain-specific HA, a binding event between the HA and the two nanoprobes takes place, resulting in the formation of a sandwich complex which subsequently brings the two nanoprobes closer together. This causes a decrease in QDs fluorescence intensity due to a non-radiative energy transfer from QDs to Au NPs. A resulting correlation between the targets HA concentrations and fluorescence changes can be observed. Furthermore, by utilizing the specific interaction between HA and glycan with sialic acid residues, the assay is able to distinguish HAs originated from viral subtypes H1 (human) and H5 (avian). The detection limits in solution are found to be low nanomolar and picomolar level for sensing H1-HA and H5-HA, respectively. Slight increase in assay sensitivity was found in terms of detection limit while exposing the assay in the HA spiked in human sera solution. We believe that the developed assay could serve as a feasible and sensitive diagnostic tool for influenza virus detection and discrimination, with further improvement on the architectures. PMID:25884789

  18. A Fluorescence Immunochromatographic Assay Using Europium (III) Chelate Microparticles for Rapid, Quantitative and Sensitive Detection of Creatine Kinase MB.

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    Lai, Xiao-Hong; Liang, Rong-Liang; Liu, Tian-Cai; Dong, Zhi-Ning; Wu, Ying-Song; Li, Lin-Hai

    2016-05-01

    The isoenzyme creatine kinase MB is very important for diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Some CK-MB immunoassays are sensitive, accurate and available for clinical application, but they are expensive and time-consuming procedures. Furthermore, conventional fluorescence immunochromatographic assays (FL-ICAs) have suffered from background fluorescence interference and low analytical sensitivity. A rapid and simple FL-ICA with Eu (III) chelate polystyrene microparticles was developed to determine CK-MB in 50uL serum samples using a portable test strip reader by measuring the fluorescence peak heights of the test line (HT) and the control line (HC) in 12 min. The assay was reliable with a good correlation coefficient between HT/HC ratio and CK-MB concentration in samples. A linear range was 0.85-100.29 ng/mL for CK-MB, and the LOD was 0.029 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation (CV) were both <10 % and the average recoveries were from 90.17 % -112.63 % for CK-MB. The system performed well in interference experiments. Furthermore, a highly significant correlation (r = 0.9794, P < 0.001) between this method and the commercially available bioMérieux mini VIDAS system were attained for measuring 120 CK-MB samples. These results indicated that the Eu (III) chelate microparticles-based FL-ICA is simple, fast, highly sensitive, reliable, and reproducible for point-of-care testing of CK-MB concentrations in serum. Graphical Abstract ᅟ. PMID:27034063

  19. A Homogenous Fluorescence Quenching Based Assay for Specific and Sensitive Detection of Influenza Virus A Hemagglutinin Antigen

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    Chen, Longyan; Neethirajan, Suresh

    2015-01-01

    Influenza pandemics cause millions of deaths worldwide. Effective surveillance is required to prevent their spread and facilitate the development of appropriate vaccines. In this study, we report the fabrication of a homogenous fluorescence-quenching-based assay for specific and sensitive detection of influenza virus surface antigen hemagglutinins (HAs). The core of the assay is composed of two nanoprobes namely the glycan-conjugated highly luminescent quantum dots (Gly-QDs), and the HA-specific antibody-modified gold nanoparticle (Ab-Au NPs). When exposed to strain-specific HA, a binding event between the HA and the two nanoprobes takes place, resulting in the formation of a sandwich complex which subsequently brings the two nanoprobes closer together. This causes a decrease in QDs fluorescence intensity due to a non-radiative energy transfer from QDs to Au NPs. A resulting correlation between the targets HA concentrations and fluorescence changes can be observed. Furthermore, by utilizing the specific interaction between HA and glycan with sialic acid residues, the assay is able to distinguish HAs originated from viral subtypes H1 (human) and H5 (avian). The detection limits in solution are found to be low nanomolar and picomolar level for sensing H1-HA and H5-HA, respectively. Slight increase in assay sensitivity was found in terms of detection limit while exposing the assay in the HA spiked in human sera solution. We believe that the developed assay could serve as a feasible and sensitive diagnostic tool for influenza virus detection and discrimination, with further improvement on the architectures. PMID:25884789

  20. The second Mars microprobe is unloaded

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    1998-01-01

    In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility -2 (SAEF- 2), Chris Voorhees (left) and Satish Krishnan (right), from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, remove the second Mars microprobe from a drum. Two microprobes will hitchhike on the Mars Polar Lander, scheduled to be launched Jan. 3, 1999, aboard a Delta II rocket. The solar-powered spacecraft is designed to touch down on the Martian surface near the northern-most boundary of the south pole in order to study the water cycle there. The lander also will help scientists learn more about climate change and current resources on Mars, studying such things as frost, dust, water vapor and condensates in the Martian atmosphere. The Mars microprobes, called Deep Space 2, are part of NASA's New Millennium Program. They will complement the climate-related scientific focus of the lander by demonstrating an advanced, rugged microlaser system for detecting subsurface water. Such data on polar subsurface water, in the form of ice, should help put limits on scientific projections for the global abundance of water on Mars.

  1. Highly selective and sensitive fluorescent probe for the detection of nitrite.

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    Gu, Biao; Huang, Liyan; Hu, Jiali; Liu, Jingjing; Su, Wei; Duan, Xiaoli; Li, Haitao; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2016-05-15

    A simple and reliable fluorescent nitrite (NO2(-)) probe, 2-(1H-phenanthro[9,10-d] imidazol-2-yl)aniline (PA), was rationally developed based on a novel NO2(-)-mediated diazozation and subsequent cyclization. The new sensing mechanism of the probe was confirmed by using NMR, IR spectra, control experiments and DFT calculations. The synthesized probe showed low pH dependence, fast and highly selective fluorescence response to NO2(-) over other species. Under the optimized conditions, the linear response of the probe toward NO2(-) was in the range of 0.1-10 μM with a low detection limit of 4.3×10(-8) M. Moreover, PA was successfully applied for the determination of NO2(-) in environmental samples and food products. PMID:26992506

  2. Separation-sensitive measurements of morphology dependent resonances in coupled fluorescent microspheres.

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    Thompson, David B; Keating, David A; Guler, Emre; Ichimura, Kazuya; Williams, Mary E; Fuller, Kirk A

    2010-08-30

    The inelastic emission spectrum of a single fluorescent microsphere (bead) exhibits resonances arising from whispering gallery modes. Two beads in close proximity form a coupled bisphere. Coherent coupling arises from each bead's evanescent field and leads to resonance splitting. Here we collect emission spectra of two coupled beads, with nearly identical diameters, as spacing between beads is varied. Using these size-matched beads allows us to probe resonance splitting under strong coupling conditions. PMID:20940817

  3. High Sensitivity Low Fluorescence Detection for Beryllium Particulates SBIR Phase I Final Report ER84587

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    Anoop Agrawal; Juan Carlos Lopez Tonazzi; John Cronin

    2007-04-17

    Abstract: The technical objective in Phase I was to enhance the detection limit of beryllium using fluorescence system by a minimum factor of 10. This was to be achieved by modifying the chemistry and instrumentation. Both of these were completed independently. In each case we were able to lower the detection limit as desired. The objectives in Phase II are to adapt these changes for commercial activity (chemicals and instrument changes including automation).

  4. A ratiometric fluorescence nanosensor for highly selective and sensitive detection of selenite.

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    Chen, Linfeng; Tian, Xike; Zhao, Yuan; Li, Yong; Yang, Chao; Zhou, Zhaoxin; Liu, Xiangwen

    2016-08-01

    The instant and on-site detection of selenium still remains a challenge for environmental monitoring and medical prevention. We herein developed a ratiometric fluorescent nanosensor for accurate and on-site sensing of SeO3(2-) by linking the recognition molecule 3,3'-diaminobenzidine (DAB) onto the surface of carboxyl group modified CdTe@SiO2. The fluorescence of DAB on the surface of silica nanospheres could be selectively and efficiently enhanced by SeO3(2-) through a surface chelating reaction between DAB and SeO3(2-). Thus, in the presence of SeO3(2-), the nanosensor would show two characteristic fluorescence emissions of Se-DAB and CdTe QDs under a single excitation wavelength. The selectivity and the optimal conditions for the detection of SeO3(2-) were carefully investigated. The ratio of F530/F635 linearly increased with increasing SeO3(2-) concentration in the range of 0 to 2.5 μM and the detection limit reaches as low as 6.68 nM (0.53 ppb). This developed nanosensor has the capability of on-site detection in an aqueous system without any separation step. The Se concentrations in selenium-rich food were detected and the results were consistent with the values determined by ICP-AES. PMID:27241591

  5. Experimental and theoretical evaluation of surface plasmon-coupled emission for sensitive fluorescence detection.

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    Trnavsky, Michal; Enderlein, Joerg; Ruckstuhl, Thomas; McDonagh, Colette; MacCraith, Brian D

    2008-01-01

    Surface plasmon-coupled emission (SPCE) is a phenomenon whereby the light emitted from a fluorescent molecule can couple into the surface plasmon of an adjacent metal layer, resulting in highly directional emission in the region of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) angle. In addition to high directionality of emission, SPCE has the added advantage of surface selectivity in that the coupling diminishes with increasing distance from the surface. This effect can be exploited in bioassays whereby a fluorescing background from the sample can be suppressed. We have investigated, both theoretically and experimentally, the SPCE effect for a Cy5-spacer-Ag layer system. Both the angular dependence of emission and the dependence of SPCE emission intensity on Cy5-metal separation were investigated. It is demonstrated that SPCE leads to lower total fluorescence signal than that obtained in the absence of a metal layer. This is the first experimental verification of the reduction in SPCE intensity compared to the metal-free case. Our results are in a good agreement with theoretical models. The validation of the theoretical model provides a basis for optimizing biosensor platform performance, particularly in the context of the advantages offered by SPCE of highly directional emission and surface selectivity. PMID:19021401

  6. Surface patterned pH-sensitive fluorescence using β-cyclodextrin functionalized poly(ethylene glycol).

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    Kim, Sung Han; Sharker, Shazid Md; In, Insik; Park, Sung Young

    2016-08-20

    This paper reports the development of a pH-responsive molecular pattern that shows specific and selective affinity for particular host-guest interactions, and its use as a pH fluorescent sensor. The pH-responsive boronate ester is formed via interactions between the diol group of β-cyclodextrin (CD) and phenylboronic acid of poly(ethylene glycol), and is strategically designed to allow reversible formation of a molecular lining pattern. Printing on a versatile substrate provides a method to monitor the positioning of different molecules by using a pH-responsive boronate ester, allowing specific host-guest interactions on any surface. Confocal laser scanning microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and (1)H NMR results indicate that the assembled CD monolayer can be removed by washing with an acidic pH buffer, demonstrating the presence of a boronate ester connective bridge, which is acid labile. Therefore, visualization of the pH-responsive fluorescence sensor using a rhodamine-CD complex allows straightforward discrimination between different molecules on any substrate, thus facilitating application of this sensor in clinical diagnostics and environmental monitoring. PMID:27178950

  7. Buffer-dependent pH sensitivity of the fluorescent chloride-indicator dye SPQ.

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    Vasseur, M; Frangne, R; Alvarado, F

    1993-01-01

    The fluorescence intensity of 6-methoxy-N-(3-sulfopropyl)quinolinium (SPQ) in an N-2-hydroxyethylpiperazine-N'-2-ethanesulfonic acid (HEPES) 2-(N-morpholino)ethanesulfonic acid (MES)-Tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane buffer, pH 7.0, decreased as a function of Cl- concentration and/or gluconate concentration, as expected. Contrary to expectation, however, the fluorescence intensity progressively increased as the pH decreased, independently of the presence of gluconate. Consequently, the modulation of SPQ fluorescence by commonly used buffers was investigated as a function of pH. Titration curves demonstrated SPQ quenching and yielded pK values characteristic of each buffer. from here, pH-independent Stern-Volmer constants, KQbase, were calculated for each of the morpholine derivatives, MES and 3-(N-morpholino)-2-hydroxypropanesulfonic acid. In contrast, HEPES and piperazine-N,N'-bis(2-ethanesulfonic acid), which are piperazine derivatives, exhibited an additional pH-independent "molecular" quenching constant KmQ throughout the pH range 3-10. To study chloride fluxes, therefore, what counts is the apparent Cl-Stern-Volmer constant KappCl, which is a function of both pH and buffer composition. Equations describing these relationships are presented. In conclusion, unless both pH and the buffer composition are taken into account, SPQ is unsuitable for studying the concomitant transmembrane fluxes of Cl- and H+. PMID:8381589

  8. Sensitive and selective turn-on fluorescence method for cetyltrimethylammonium bromide determination based on acridine orange-polystyrene sulfonate complex.

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    Li, Na; Hao, Xia; Kang, Bei Hua; Li, Nian Bing; Luo, Hong Qun

    2016-06-01

    This work proposed a rapid and novel fluorescence-sensing system using a complex of acridine orange (AO) and polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) to sensitively recognize and monitor cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) in an aqueous medium. AO can interact with PSS and a complex is formed via electrostatic attraction and hydrophobic interaction. The fluorescence of AO is greatly quenched after the introduction of PSS. Upon its subsequent addition, CTAB can interact and form a complex with PSS because the electrostatic attraction between CTAB and PSS is much stronger than that between AO and PSS, which results in significant fluorescence recovery. Interestingly, the proposed method can be applied for the discrimination and detection of surfactants with different hydrocarbon chain lengths due to their different binding affinity toward PSS. The detection limit for CTAB is as low as 0.2 µg/mL and the linear range is from 0.5 to 3.5 µg/mL. Moreover, we applied the sensor to the successful detection of CTAB in water samples. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26646302

  9. A simple and sensitive fluorescent sensor for methyl parathion based on L-tyrosine methyl ester functionalized carbon dots.

    PubMed

    Hou, Juying; Dong, Jing; Zhu, Haishuang; Teng, Xue; Ai, Shiyun; Mang, Minglin

    2015-06-15

    In this paper, a simple and sensitive fluorescent sensor for methyl parathion is developed based on L-tyrosine methyl ester functionalized carbon dots (Tyr-CDs) and tyrosinase system. The carbon dots are obtained by simple hydrothermal reaction using citric acid as carbon resource and L-tyrosine methyl ester as modification reagent. The carbon dots are characterized by transmission electron microscope, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction spectrum, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The carbon dots show strong and stable photoluminescence with a quantum yield of 3.8%. Tyrosinase can catalyze the oxidation of tyrosine methyl ester on the surface of carbon dots to corresponding quinone products, which can quench the fluorescence of carbon dots. When organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) are introduced in system, they can decrease the enzyme activity, thus decrease the fluorescence quenching rate. Methyl parathion, as a model of OPs, was detected. Experimental results show that the enzyme inhibition rate is proportional to the logarithm of the methyl parathion concentration in the range 1.0×10(-10)-1.0×10(-4) M with the detection limit (S/N=3) of 4.8×10(-11) M. This determination method shows a low detection limit, wide linear range, good selectivity and high reproducibility. This sensing system has been successfully used for the analysis of cabbage, milk and fruit juice samples. PMID:25558870

  10. A Conjugated Aptamer-Gold Nanoparticle Fluorescent Probe for Highly Sensitive Detection of rHuEPO-α

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    Sun, Jiefang; Guo, Aitao; Zhang, Zhaoyang; Guo, Lei; Xie, Jianwei

    2011-01-01

    We present here a novel conjugated aptamer-gold nanoparticle (Apt-AuNPs) fluorescent probe and its application for specific detection of recombinant human erythropoietin-α (rHuEPO-α). In this nanobiosensor, 12 nm AuNPs function as both a nano-scaffold and a nano-quencher (fluorescent energy acceptor), on the surface of which the complementary sequences are linked (as cODN-AuNPs) and pre-hybridized with carboxymethylfluorescein (FAM)-labeled anti-rHuEPO-α aptamers. Upon target protein binding, the aptamers can be released from the AuNP surface and the fluorescence signal is restored. Key variables such as the length of linker, the hybridization site and length have been designed and optimized. Full performance evaluation including sensitivity, linear range and interference substances are also described. This nanobiosensor provides a promising approach for a simple and direct quantification of rHuEPO-α concentrations as low as 0.92 nM within a few hours. PMID:22346654

  11. Synthesis of yeast extract-stabilized Cu nanoclusters for sensitive fluorescent detection of sulfide ions in water.

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    Jin, Lihua; Zhang, Zaihua; Tang, Anwen; Li, Cong; Shen, Yehua

    2016-05-15

    In this work, we have presented a novel strategy to utilize as-synthesized yeast extract-stabilized Cu nanoclusters (Cu NCs) for sensitive and selective detection of S(2-). The fluorescence intensity of Cu NCs was enhanced significantly in the presence of both Na2S2O8 and S(2-). By virtue of this specific response, a Cu NC-based fluorescent turn-on sensor was developed, which allows the detection of S(2-) in the range of 0.02-0.8 μM with a detection limit of 10nM. The enhancing mechanism was also discussed based on fluorescence decay, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) studies, indicating that S(2-) enhanced the Cu NCs emission mainly through sulfide-induced aggregation of Cu NCs. Furthermore, we demonstrated the usability of the present approach for the detection of S(2-) in water samples, which illustrates its great potential for the environmental monitoring and water quality inspection fields. PMID:26703988

  12. The inhibition of fluorescence resonance energy transfer between multicolor quantum dots for rapid and sensitive detection of Staphylococcus aureus

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    Wang, Beibei; Wang, Qi; Ma, Meihu; Cai, Zhaoxia

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we constructed the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) system between two multi-color quantum dots (QDs) of two sizes for rapid and sensitive detection of Staphylococcus aureus. In this system, green-emitting QDs conjugated with rabbit anti-S. aureus antibodies were used as energy donors while orange-emitting QDs conjugated with goat-anti-rabbit IgG were used as energy acceptors to form FRET system. Pre-binding of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) on the donor occupied the binding sites and thus blocked resonance energy transfer between two colors QDs, leading to the quenching fluorescence of the acceptor. The fluorescence of acceptor has a linear calibration graph with the concentrations of S. aureus from 52 to 2.6 × 105 CFU mL-1. The low detection limit was 10 CFU/mL. It was worth mentioning that the detection method of S. aureus had been applied to the analysis of apple juice and milk samples, which could potentially be developed into a sensor in the further study.

  13. Thiacalix[4]arene-tetra-(quinoline-8- sulfonate): a Sensitive and Selective Fluorescent Sensor for Co (II).

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    Modi, Krunal; Panchal, Urvi; Dey, Shuvankar; Patel, Chirag; Kongor, Anita; Pandya, Himanshu A; Jain, V K

    2016-09-01

    A novel fluorescent thiacalix[4]arene-tetra-(quinoline-8-sulfonate) (TCTQ8S) was synthesized by condensation of thiacalix[4]arene (TCA) and 8-quinoline sulfonyl chloride(8QSC). TCTQ8S was characterized by ESI-MS, (1)H-NMR and (13)C-NMR spectroscopic methods. TCTQ8S was found to be an efficient "turn-off" fluorescent sensor for the selective and sensitive recognition of Co(II) ions. The Job's plot measurement reveals a 1:1 stoichiometric ratio. The designed chemosensor exhibited high selectivity toward Co(II) ions vs. other tested metal ions, with a detection limit of up to 1.038 × 10(-9) M. The binding constant and quantum yield for the complex were also determined. Molecular docking studies have been successfully performed to support 1:1 binding of TCTQ8S with the Co(II) metal ion. TCTQ8S was evaluated for real sample analysis on water sample for the detection of Co(II). Graphical Abstract Thiacalix derivatized fluorescent sensor for the selective detection of Co(II). PMID:27392975

  14. Image stacking approach to increase sensitivity of fluorescence detection using a low cost complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) webcam.

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    Balsam, Joshua; Bruck, Hugh Alan; Kostov, Yordan; Rasooly, Avraham

    2012-01-01

    Optical technologies are important for biological analysis. Current biomedical optical analyses rely on high-cost, high-sensitivity optical detectors such as photomultipliers, avalanched photodiodes or cooled CCD cameras. In contrast, Webcams, mobile phones and other popular consumer electronics use lower-sensitivity, lower-cost optical components such as photodiodes or CMOS sensors. In order for consumer electronics devices, such as webcams, to be useful for biomedical analysis, they must have increased sensitivity. We combined two strategies to increase the sensitivity of CMOS-based fluorescence detector. We captured hundreds of low sensitivity images using a Webcam in video mode, instead of a single image typically used in cooled CCD devices.We then used a computational approach consisting of an image stacking algorithm to remove the noise by combining all of the images into a single image. While video mode is widely used for dynamic scene imaging (e.g. movies or time-lapse photography), it is not used to capture a single static image, which removes noise and increases sensitivity by more than thirty fold. The portable, battery-operated Webcam-based fluorometer system developed here consists of five modules: (1) a low cost CMOS Webcam to monitor light emission, (2) a plate to perform assays, (3) filters and multi-wavelength LED illuminator for fluorophore excitation, (4) a portable computer to acquire and analyze images, and (5) image stacking software for image enhancement. The samples consisted of various concentrations of fluorescein, ranging from 30 μM to 1000 μM, in a 36-well miniature plate. In the single frame mode, the fluorometer's limit-of-detection (LOD) for fluorescein is ∼1000 μM, which is relatively insensitive. However, when used in video mode combined with image stacking enhancement, the LOD is dramatically reduced to 30 μM, sensitivity which is similar to that of state-of-the-art ELISA plate photomultiplier-based readers. Numerous medical

  15. The development of simple and sensitive small-molecule fluorescent probes for the detection of serum proteins after native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Wang, Fangfang; Huang, Lingyun; Na, Na; He, Dacheng; Sun, Dezhi; Ouyang, Jin

    2012-05-21

    In this paper, a simple and sensitive small-molecule fluorescent probe, 2,5-dihydroxy-4'-dimethylaminochalcone (DHDMAC), was designed and synthesized for the detection of human serum proteins via hydrophobic interactions after polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). This probe produced lower fluorescence emission in the absence of proteins, and the emission intensity was significantly increased after the interaction with serum proteins. To demonstrate the imaging performance of this probe as a fluorescent dye, a series of experiments was conducted that included sensitivity comparison and 2D-PAGE. The results indicated that the sensitivity of DHDMAC staining is comparable to that of the most widely used fluorescent dye, SYPRO Ruby, and more protein spots (including thyroxine-binding globulin, angiotensinogen, afamin, zinc-α-2-glycoprotein and α-1-antichymotrypsin) were detected after 2D-PAGE. Therefore, DHDMAC is a good protein reporter due to its fast staining procedure, low detection limits and high resolution. PMID:22475746

  16. A fluorescence high throughput screening method for the detection of reactive electrophiles as potential skin sensitizers

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Skin sensitization is an important toxicological end-point in the risk assessment of chemical allergens. Because of the complexity of the biological mechanisms associated with skin sensitization integrated approaches combining different chemical, biological and in silico methods are recommended to r...

  17. Optimizing the Elemental Sensitivity and Focal Spot Size of a Monolithic Polycapillary Optic Using Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence

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    Worley, C.; Havrilla, G.; Gao, N.; Xia, Q.-F.

    1998-10-01

    A commercial micro-X-ray fluorescence (MXRF) instrument with an aperture X-ray guide was used to compare elemental sensitivities and focal spot sizes with those obtained by focusing the source with a monolithic polycapillary optic retrofitted into the system. The capillary provided an intensity gain of 125 at 4 keV vs. using a pinhole beam collimator; however, this gain advantage declined with increasing analyte line energy as a result of the capillary being designed shorter than its optimal length to fit into the commercial instrument. A minimum capillary focal spot FWHM of 36 {micro}m was achieved, whereas the smallest pinhole aperture available of 50 {micro}m in diameter produced a focal spot width of 69 {micro}m FWHM. Hence, better MXRF lateral resolution could be obtained with the capillary with a simultaneous improvement in elemental sensitivity.

  18. Boronic acid functionalized N-doped carbon quantum dots as fluorescent probe for selective and sensitive glucose determination

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    Jiang, Guohua; Jiang, Tengteng; Li, Xia; Wei, Zheng; Du, Xiangxiang; Wang, Xiaohong

    2014-04-01

    Nitrogen doped carbon quantum dots (NCQDs) of about 10 nm in diameter have been obtained by hydrothermal reaction from collagen. Because of the superiority of water dispersion, low toxicity and ease of functionlization, the NCQDs were designed as a glucose sensor after covalent grafting by 3-aminophenylboronic (APBA) (APBA-NCQDs). The as-prepared APBA-NCQDs were imparted with glucose sensitivity and selectivity from other saccharides via fluorescence (FL) quenching effect at physiological pH and at room temperature, which show high sensitivity and specificity for glucose determination with a wide range from 1 mM to 14 mM. FL quenching mechanism of APBA-NCQDs was also investigated by adding an external quencher. The APBA-NCQDs-based platform is an environmentally friendly way to substitute inorganic quantum dots containing heavy metals which offer a facile and low cost detection method.

  19. Hierarchical self-assembly of switchable nucleolipid supramolecular gels based on environmentally-sensitive fluorescent nucleoside analogs

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    Nuthanakanti, Ashok; Srivatsan, Seergazhi G.

    2016-02-01

    Exquisite recognition and folding properties have rendered nucleic acids as useful supramolecular synthons for the construction of programmable architectures. Despite their proven applications in nanotechnology, scalability and fabrication of nucleic acid nanostructures still remain a challenge. Here, we describe a novel design strategy to construct new supramolecular nucleolipid synthons by using environmentally-sensitive fluorescent nucleoside analogs, based on 5-(benzofuran-2-yl)uracil and 5-(benzo[b]thiophen-2-yl)uracil cores, as the head group and fatty acids, attached to the ribose sugar, as the lipophilic group. These modified nucleoside-lipid hybrids formed organogels driven by hierarchical structures such as fibers, twisted ribbons, helical ribbons and nanotubes, which depended on the nature of fatty acid chain and nucleobase modification. NMR, single crystal X-ray and powder X-ray diffraction studies revealed the coordinated interplay of various non-covalent interactions invoked by modified nucleobase, sugar and fatty acid chains in setting up the pathway for the gelation process. Importantly, these nucleolipid gels retained or displayed aggregation-induced enhanced emission and their gelation behavior and photophysical properties could be reversibly switched by external stimuli such as temperature, ultrasound and chemicals. Furthermore, the switchable nature of nucleolipid gels to chemical stimuli enabled the selective two channel recognition of fluoride and Hg2+ ions through visual phase transition and fluorescence change. Fluorescent organogels exhibiting such a combination of useful features is rare, and hence, we expect that this innovative design of fluorescent nucleolipid supramolecular synthons could lead to the emergence of a new family of smart optical materials and probes.Exquisite recognition and folding properties have rendered nucleic acids as useful supramolecular synthons for the construction of programmable architectures. Despite their

  20. Magnetic-fluorescent-targeting multifunctional aptasensorfor highly sensitive and one-step rapid detection of ochratoxin A.

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    Wang, Chengquan; Qian, Jing; Wang, Kan; Wang, Kun; Liu, Qian; Dong, Xiaoya; Wang, Chengke; Huang, Xingyi

    2015-06-15

    A multifunctional aptasensor for highly sensitive and one-step rapid detection of ochratoxin A (OTA), has been developed using aptamer-conjugated magnetic beads (MBs) as the recognition and concentration element and a heavy CdTe quantum dots (QDs) as the label. Initially, the thiolated aptamer was conjugated on the Fe3O4@Au MBs through Au-S covalent binding. Subsequently, multiple CdTe QDs were loaded both in and on a versatile SiO2 nanocarrier to produce a large amplification factor of hybrid fluorescent nanoparticles (HFNPs) labeled complementary DNA (cDNA). The magnetic-fluorescent-targeting multifunctional aptasensor was thus fabricated by immobilizing the HFNPs onto MBs' surface through the hybrid reaction between the aptamer and cDNA. This aptasensor can be produced at large scale in a single run, and then can be conveniently used for rapid detection of OTA through a one-step incubation procedure. The presence of OTA would trigger aptamer-OTA binding, resulting in the partial release of the HFNPs into bulk solution. After a simple magnetic separation, the supernatant liquid of the above solution contained a great number of CdTe QDs produced an intense fluorescence emission. Under the optimal conditions, the fluorescence intensity of the released HFNPs was proportional to the concentration of OTA in a wide range of 15 pg mL(-1) -100 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 5.4 pg mL(-1) (S/N=3). This multifunctional aptasensor represents a promising path toward routine quality control of food safety, and also creates the opportunity to develop aptasensors for other targets using this strategy. PMID:25682508

  1. Hierarchical self-assembly of switchable nucleolipid supramolecular gels based on environmentally-sensitive fluorescent nucleoside analogs.

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    Nuthanakanti, Ashok; Srivatsan, Seergazhi G

    2016-02-14

    Exquisite recognition and folding properties have rendered nucleic acids as useful supramolecular synthons for the construction of programmable architectures. Despite their proven applications in nanotechnology, scalability and fabrication of nucleic acid nanostructures still remain a challenge. Here, we describe a novel design strategy to construct new supramolecular nucleolipid synthons by using environmentally-sensitive fluorescent nucleoside analogs, based on 5-(benzofuran-2-yl)uracil and 5-(benzo[b]thiophen-2-yl)uracil cores, as the head group and fatty acids, attached to the ribose sugar, as the lipophilic group. These modified nucleoside-lipid hybrids formed organogels driven by hierarchical structures such as fibers, twisted ribbons, helical ribbons and nanotubes, which depended on the nature of fatty acid chain and nucleobase modification. NMR, single crystal X-ray and powder X-ray diffraction studies revealed the coordinated interplay of various non-covalent interactions invoked by modified nucleobase, sugar and fatty acid chains in setting up the pathway for the gelation process. Importantly, these nucleolipid gels retained or displayed aggregation-induced enhanced emission and their gelation behavior and photophysical properties could be reversibly switched by external stimuli such as temperature, ultrasound and chemicals. Furthermore, the switchable nature of nucleolipid gels to chemical stimuli enabled the selective two channel recognition of fluoride and Hg(2+) ions through visual phase transition and fluorescence change. Fluorescent organogels exhibiting such a combination of useful features is rare, and hence, we expect that this innovative design of fluorescent nucleolipid supramolecular synthons could lead to the emergence of a new family of smart optical materials and probes. PMID:26804191

  2. Ultrasound-Triggered Phase Transition Sensitive Magnetic Fluorescent Nanodroplets as a Multimodal Imaging Contrast Agent in Rat and Mouse Model

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    Chen, Yunchao; Luo, Binhua; Liu, Xuhan; Liu, Wei; Xu, Haibo; Yang, Xiangliang

    2013-01-01

    Ultrasound-triggered phase transition sensitive nanodroplets with multimodal imaging functionality were prepared via premix Shirasu porous glass (SPG) membrane emulsification method. The nanodroplets with fluorescence dye DiR and SPIO nanoparticles (DiR-SPIO-NDs) had a polymer shell and a liquid perfluoropentane (PFP) core. The as-formed DiR-SPIO-NDs have a uniform size of 385±5.0 nm with PDI of 0.169±0.011. The TEM and microscopy imaging showed that the DiR-SPIO-NDs existed as core-shell spheres, and DiR and SPIO nanoparticles dispersed in the shell or core. The MTT and hemolysis studies demonstrated that the nanodroplets were biocompatible and safe. Moreover, the proposed nanodroplets exhibited significant ultrasound-triggered phase transition property under clinical diagnostic ultrasound irradiation due to the vaporization of PFP inside. Meanwhile, the high stability and R2 relaxivity of the DiR-SPIO-NDs suggested its applicability in MRI. The in vivo T2-weighted images of MRI and fluorescence images both showed that the image contrast in liver and spleen of rats and mice model were enhanced after the intravenous injection of DiR-SPIO-NDs. Furthermore, the ultrasound imaging (US) in mice tumor as well as MRI and fluorescence imaging in liver of rats and mice showed that the DiR-SPIO-NDs had long-lasting contrast ability in vivo. These in vitro and in vivo findings suggested that DiR-SPIO-NDs could potentially be a great MRI/US/fluorescence multimodal imaging contrast agent in the diagnosis of liver tissue diseases. PMID:24391983

  3. High-sensitivity determination of Zn(II) and Cu(II) in vitro by fluorescence polarization

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    Thompson, Richard B.; Maliwal, Badri P.; Feliccia, Vincent; Fierke, Carol A.

    1998-04-01

    Recent work has suggested that free Cu(II) may play a role in syndromes such as Crohn's and Wilson's diseases, as well as being a pollutant toxic at low levels to shellfish and sheep. Similarly, Zn(II) has been implicated in some neural damage in the brain resulting from epilepsy and ischemia. Several high sensitivity methods exist for determining these ions in solution, including GFAAS, ICP-MS, ICP-ES, and electrochemical techniques. However, these techniques are generally slow and costly, require pretreatment of the sample, require complex instruments and skilled personnel, and are incapable of imaging at the cellular and subcellular level. To address these shortcomings we developed fluorescence polarization (anisotropy) biosensing methods for these ions which are very sensitivity, highly selective, require simple instrumentation and little pretreatment, and are inexpensive. Thus free Cu(II) or Zn(II) can be determined at picomolar levels by changes in fluorescence polarization, lifetime, or wavelength ratio using these methods; these techniques may be adapted to microscopy.

  4. A dual amplification fluorescent strategy for sensitive detection of DNA methyltransferase activity based on strand displacement amplification and DNAzyme amplification.

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    Cui, Wanling; Wang, Lei; Jiang, Wei

    2016-03-15

    DNA methyltransferase (MTase) plays a critical role in many biological processes and has been regarded as a predictive cancer biomarker and a therapeutic target in cancer treatment. Sensitive detection of DNA MTase activity is essential for early cancer diagnosis and therapeutics. Here, we developed a dual amplification fluorescent strategy for sensitive detection of DNA MTase activity based on strand displacement amplification (SDA) and DNAzyme amplification. A trifunctional double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) probe was designed including a methylation site for DNA MTase recognition, a complementary sequence of 8-17 DNAzyme for synthesizing DNAzyme, and a nicking site for nicking enzyme cleavage. Firstly, the trifunctional dsDNA probe was methylated by DNA MTase to form the methylated dsDNA. Subsequently, HpaII restriction endonuclease specifically cleaved the residue of unmethylated dsDNA. Next, under the action of polymerase and nicking enzyme, the methylared dsDNA initiated SDA, releasing numbers of 8-17 DNAzymes. Finally, the released 8-17 DNAzymes triggered DNAzyme amplification reaction to induce a significant fluorescence enhancement. This strategy could detect DNA MTase activity as low as 0.0082U/mL. Additionally, the strategy was successfully applied for evaluating the inhibitions of DNA MTase using two anticancer drugs, 5-azacytidine and 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine. The results indicate the proposed strategy has a potential application in early cancer diagnosis and therapeutics. PMID:26492469

  5. A sensitive and quantitative fluorescent multi-component immuno-chromatographic sensor for β-agonist residues.

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    Wang, Peilong; Wang, Zhi; Su, Xiaoou

    2015-02-15

    A sensitive and quantitative fluorescent multi-component immuno-chromatographic sensor was developed for detection of three β-agonizts: clenbuterol, ractopamine and salbuterol. A competitive immune strategy between antibody conjugated fluorescent beads and β-agonist or their antigens was employed. Each monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes it is corresponding β-agonist in the conjugating zone. The unreacted antibodies were captured by β-agonist antigens immobilized at three test lines in nitrocellulose membrane reaction zone. This enables simultaneous detection of 3 β-agonizts in one single test without any further sample preparation. The test results can be obtained within 10 min. Limit of detections for clenbuterol, ractopamine and salbuterol were 0.10 ng/mL, 0.10 ng/mL and 0.09 ng/mL, respectively. Recoveries ranged from 70.0% to 100.5% and relative standard deviations were below 15%. The assay was evaluated using spiked and real samples and the results were compared with LC-MS/MS. The developed novel assay method provides a low cost, sensitive and rapid approach for on site detection of β-agonizts. PMID:25310481

  6. Polydopamine Thin Films as Protein Linker Layer for Sensitive Detection of Interleukin-6 by Surface Plasmon Enhanced Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

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    Toma, Mana; Tawa, Keiko

    2016-08-31

    Polydopamine (PDA) thin films are introduced to the surface modification of biosensor surfaces utilizing surface plasmon enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy (SPFS) as the linker layer of capture antibody on to the sensor surfaces. The capture antibody can be directly attached to the sensor surface without using any coupling agent by functionalizing the gold sensor surface with PDA thin films. The PDA coating is performed by a single-step preparation process by applying the dopamine solution on the sensor surface, which requires an extremely short incubation time (10 min). The real-time in situ measurement of the adsorption kinetics of the capture antibody onto the PDA-coated sensor surface is studied by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy. It reveals that the immobilization of capture antibody immediately occurs after introduction of a solution containing capture antibody, and the sensor surface is fully covered with the capture antibody. The sensitive detection of the cytokine marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) is performed by SPFS using a sandwich assay format with fluorescently labeled detection antibody. The sensor chips functionalized by PDA chemistry exhibited sensitive sensor responses with low nonspecific adsorption of the detection antibody onto the sensor surface. The detection limit of IL-6 with the developed SPFS biosensor is determined to be 2 pg/mL (100 fM), which is within the range of the diagnostic criteria. Our observation elucidates the remarkable utility of PDA coatings for chemical modification of the metallic sensor surfaces by a simple, brief, and inexpensive manner. PMID:27484114

  7. Sets of RNA Repeated Tags and Hybridization-Sensitive Fluorescent Probes for Distinct Images of RNA in a Living Cell

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    Kubota, Takeshi; Ikeda, Shuji; Yanagisawa, Hiroyuki; Yuki, Mizue; Okamoto, Akimitsu

    2010-01-01

    Background Imaging the behavior of RNA in a living cell is a powerful means for understanding RNA functions and acquiring spatiotemporal information in a single cell. For more distinct RNA imaging in a living cell, a more effective chemical method to fluorescently label RNA is now required. In addition, development of the technology labeling with different colors for different RNA would make it easier to analyze plural RNA strands expressing in a cell. Methodology/Principal Findings Tag technology for RNA imaging in a living cell has been developed based on the unique chemical functions of exciton-controlled hybridization-sensitive oligonucleotide (ECHO) probes. Repetitions of selected 18-nucleotide RNA tags were incorporated into the mRNA 3′-UTR. Pairs with complementary ECHO probes exhibited hybridization-sensitive fluorescence emission for the mRNA expressed in a living cell. The mRNA in a nucleus was detected clearly as fluorescent puncta, and the images of the expression of two mRNAs were obtained independently and simultaneously with two orthogonal tag–probe pairs. Conclusions/Significance A compact and repeated label has been developed for RNA imaging in a living cell, based on the photochemistry of ECHO probes. The pairs of an 18-nt RNA tag and the complementary ECHO probes are highly thermostable, sequence-specifically emissive, and orthogonal to each other. The nucleotide length necessary for one tag sequence is much shorter compared with conventional tag technologies, resulting in easy preparation of the tag sequences with a larger number of repeats for more distinct RNA imaging. PMID:20885944

  8. Facile and Sensitive Fluorescence Sensing of Alkaline Phosphatase Activity with Photoluminescent Carbon Dots Based on Inner Filter Effect.

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    Li, Guoliang; Fu, Huili; Chen, Xuejie; Gong, Peiwei; Chen, Guang; Xia, Lian; Wang, Hua; You, Jinmao; Wu, Yongning

    2016-03-01

    A simple and sensitive fluorescent assay for detecting alkaline phosphatase (ALP) based on the inner filter effect (IFE) has been proven, which is conceptually different from the previously reported ALP fluorescent assays. In this sensing platform, N-doped carbon dots (CDs) with a high quantum yield of 49% were prepared by one-pot synthesis and were directly used as a fluorophore in IFE. p-Nitrophenylphosphate (PNPP) was employed to act as an ALP substrate, and its enzyme catalytic product (p-nitrophenol (PNP)) was capable of functioning as a powerful absorber in IFE to influence the excitation of fluorophore (CDs). When in the presence of ALP, PNPP was transformed into PNP and induced the absorption band transition from 310 to 405 nm, which resulted in the complementary overlap between the absorption of PNP and the excitation of CDs. Because of the competitive absorption, the excitation of CDs was significantly weakened, resulting in the quenching of CDs. The present IFE-based sensing strategy showed a good linear relationship from 0.01 to 25 U/L (R(2) = 0.996) and provided an exciting detection limit of 0.001 U/L (signal-to-noise ratio of 3). The proposed sensing approach was successfully applied to ALP sensing in serum samples, ALP inhibitor investigation and phosphatase cell imaging. The presented IFE-based CDs fluorescence sensing strategy gives new insight on the development of the facile and sensitive optical probe for enzyme activity assay because the surface modification or the linking between the receptor and the fluorophore is no longer required. PMID:26820049

  9. Fluorescence molecular probes for sensitive point detection of amyloid fibrils and protofibrils

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    Lindgren, Mikael; Jonsson, Per; Sörgjerd, Karin; Hammarström, Per

    2005-10-01

    Protein based infections such as prion diseases have lately attracted a large amount of interest, primarily due to the Mad Cow Epidemic in Great Britain, and the increase of Alzheimer's disease and related diseases in the ageing Western society. Infective proteins are very stable and almost untraceable prior to infection making them ideal as biological weapons. Particularly if the used agent is of human origin, the immunoresponse can be avoided, leaving no trace of the infectious agent. The transient nature of infectious oligomeric intermediates of misfolded proteins or peptide fragments that later matures into fibrillar aggregates makes them hard to study, and methods to detect and study these species are sparse. There exist a number of fluorescent probes that bind specifically to protein amyloidic structures. Thioflavins (ThT, ThS), Congo and Nile red, 4-(dicyanovinyl)-julolidine (DCVJ), as well as derivatives amino-8-naphtalene sulphonate (ANS, Bis-ANS) which are known to bind to the fibrillar or pre-fibrillar states with dissociation constants of typically 1 - 20 μM. Here, transthyretin (TTR), insulin and lysozyme were used as model proteins to detect different amyloid precursor states for diseases such as senile systemic amyloidosis, familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) and iatrogenic amyloidosis. Specifically, the probes were employed in static assays to characterize protofibrillar and mature amyloid fibrillar states using steady state and time-resolved fluorescence techniques. Particularly, we investigate and report on the possibility to detect protofibrillar states at low concentration levels using modern fluorescence array detector systems in conjunction with lasers operating in the blue or ultraviolett wavelengths as excitation source. Results of ANS, ThT and a ThT analogue (abbreviated ThC) are discussed.

  10. Highly sensitive rapid fluorescence detection of protein residues on surgical instruments

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    Kovalev, Valeri I.; Bartona, James S.; Richardson, Patricia R.; Jones, Anita C.

    2006-07-01

    There is a risk of contamination of surgical instruments by infectious protein residues, in particular, prions which are the agents for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in humans. They are exceptionally resistant to conventional sterilization, therefore it is important to detect their presence as contaminants so that alternative cleaning procedures can be applied. We describe the development of an optimized detection system for fluorescently labelled protein, suitable for in-hospital use. We show that under optimum conditions the technique can detect ~10 attomole/cm2 with a scan speed of ~3-10 cm2/s of the test instrument's surface. A theoretical analysis and experimental measurements will be discussed.

  11. Fluorescent probes for "off-on" highly sensitive detection of Hg(2+) and L-cysteine based on nitrogen-doped carbon dots.

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    Zhang, Yi; Cui, Peipei; Zhang, Feng; Feng, Xiaoting; Wang, Yaling; Yang, Yongzhen; Liu, Xuguang

    2016-05-15

    Fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots (NCDs) were synthesized by a facile, and low-cost one-step hydrothermal strategy using citric acid as carbon source and ammonia solution as nitrogen source for the first time. The obtained NCDs show stable blue fluorescence with a high quantum yield of 35.4%, along with the fluorescence lifetime of ca. 6.75ns. Most importantly, Hg(2+) can completely quench the fluorescence of NCDs as a result of the formation of a non-fluorescent stable NCDs-Hg(2+) complex. Static fluorescence quenching towards Hg(2+) is proved by the Stern-Volmer equation, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra, temperature dependent quenching and fluorescence lifetime measurements. Subsequently, the fluorescence of the NCDs-Hg(2+) system is completely recovered with the addition L-cysteine (L-Cys) owing to the dissociation of NCDs-Hg(2+) complex to form a more stable Hg(2+)-L-Cys complex by Hg(2+)-S bonding. Therefore, such NCDs can be used as an effective fluorescent "turn-off" probe for rapid, rather highly selective and sensitive detection of Hg(2+), with a limit of detection (LOD) as low as 1.48nM and a linear detection range of 0-10μM. Interestingly, NCDs-Hg(2+) system can be conveniently employed as a fluorescent "turn-on" sensor for highly selective and sensitive detection of L-Cys with a low LOD of 0.79nM and a wide linear detection range of 0-50μM. Further, the sensitivity of NCDs to Hg(2+) is preserved in tap water with a LOD of 1.65nM and a linear detection range of 0-10μM. PMID:26992523

  12. Structure-matched Phthalocyanine Ion Pair as a Red-emitting Fluorescent Optical Probe for the Analysis of Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate with High Specificity and Sensitivity.

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    Yu, Fei; Guo, Menglin; Deng, Yabin; Lu, Yin; Chen, Lin; Huang, Ping; Li, Donghui

    2016-01-01

    We have found that a positively charged cationic copper phthalocyanine, Alcian blue (Alcian blue 8GX), can efficiently quench the fluorescence of an oppositely charged red fluorescent phthalocyanine compound with a matched molecular structure, tetrasulfonated aluminum phthalocyanine (AlS4Pc), because of the formation of an ion pair complex (AlS4Pc-Alcian blue 8GX) that exhibits almost no fluorescence. An investigation was carried out on the fluorescence recovery of AlS4Pc-Alcian blue 8GX caused by a series of anionic surfactants containing a sulfonic group (sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (SDBS), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)). The results showed that SDBS exhibited a significant response, and the highest sensitivity among the surfactants. Due to its high efficiency of fluorescence quenching and the high level of fluorescence recovery, direct observes can even be performed by the naked eye. The results revealed that the Alcian blue 8GX-AlS4Pc ion-pair complex fluorescent probe only responded to SDBS in the low-concentration range. Based on the new founding, this study proposed a novel principle and method of fluorescence enhancement to specifically measure the concentration of SDBS, thereby achieving a highly sensitive and highly specific determination of SDBS. Under the optimal conditions, the fluorescence intensity (I(f)) of the system and the concentration of SDBS in the range of 1 × 10(-7) - 1 × 10(-5) mol/dm(3) exhibited a good linear relationship. This method is highly sensitive, and the operation is simple and rapid. It had been applied for the quantitative analysis of SDBS in environmental water, while achieving satisfactory results compared with those of the standard method. This study developed a new application of the fluorescent phthalocyanine compounds used as molecular probes in analytical sciences. PMID:26860566

  13. Fluorescence-guided tumor visualization using a custom designed NIR attachment to a surgical microscope for high sensitivity imaging (Conference Presentation)

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    Kittle, David S.; Patil, Chirag G.; Mamelak, Adam; Hansen, Stacey; Perry, Jeff; Ishak, Laura; Black, Keith L.; Butte, Pramod V.

    2016-03-01

    Current surgical microscopes are limited in sensitivity for NIR fluorescence. Recent developments in tumor markers attached with NIR dyes require newer, more sensitive imaging systems with high resolution to guide surgical resection. We report on a small, single camera solution enabling advanced image processing opportunities previously unavailable for ultra-high sensitivity imaging of these agents. The system captures both visible reflectance and NIR fluorescence at 300 fps while displaying full HD resolution video at 60 fps. The camera head has been designed to easily mount onto the Zeiss Pentero microscope head for seamless integration into surgical procedures.

  14. Fluorescent carbon nanodots for sensitive and selective detection of tannic acid in wines.

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    Ahmed, Gaber Hashem Gaber; Laíño, Rosana Badía; Calzón, Josefa Angela García; García, Marta Elena Díaz

    2015-01-01

    Herein we describe an easy one step synthesis of carbon nanodots (C-dots) by thermal carbonization of 6-bromohexylboronic acid using two different amine compounds, polyethyleneglycol bis(3-aminopropyl (PEGA) and 1,2-aminopropane (DPA), at 180 °C in atmospheric oxygen. The as-synthesized C-dots were characterized by FTIR, HRTEM, NMR and fluorescence. The C-dots prepared using PEGA showed a strong emission at 440 nm with excitation at 362 nm. These C-dots exhibited analytical potential as sensing probes for tannic acid (TA) determination. pH effect, interferences, and analytical performance of the method were investigated. The method was found effective in the linear concentration range from 0.1 to 10 mg L(-1) TA achieving a limit of detection equal 0.018 mg L(-1) TA. The applicability of the method was demonstrated by direct measurements of TA in red and white wine samples. Validation of the method was achieved by spiking the wine samples with different standard TA concentrations obtaining recoveries in the range (90-112.5%). A probable mechanism by which TA quenched the C-dots fluorescence was proposed. PMID:25476306

  15. Optical measurement of synaptic glutamate spillover and reuptake by linker optimized glutamate-sensitive fluorescent reporters

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    Hires, Samuel Andrew; Zhu, Yongling; Tsien, Roger Y.

    2008-01-01

    Genetically encoded sensors of glutamate concentration are based on FRET between cyan and yellow fluorescent proteins bracketing a bacterial glutamate-binding protein. Such sensors have yet to find quantitative applications in neurons, because of poor response amplitude in physiological buffers or when expressed on the neuronal cell surface. We have improved our glutamate-sensing fluorescent reporter (GluSnFR) by systematic optimization of linker sequences and glutamate affinities. Using SuperGluSnFR, which exhibits a 6.2-fold increase in response magnitude over the original GluSnFR, we demonstrate quantitative optical measurements of the time course of synaptic glutamate release, spillover, and reuptake in cultured hippocampal neurons with centisecond temporal and spine-sized spatial resolution. During burst firing, functionally significant spillover persists for hundreds of milliseconds. These glutamate levels appear sufficient to prime NMDA receptors, potentially affecting dendritic spike initiation and computation. Stimulation frequency-dependent modulation of spillover suggests a mechanism for nonsynaptic neuronal communication. PMID:18332427

  16. Total internal reflection plasmonic scattering-based fluorescence-free nanoimmunosensor probe for ultra-sensitive detection of cancer antigen 125.

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    Chakkarapani, Suresh Kumar; Zhang, Peng; Ahn, Sujin; Kang, Seong Ho

    2016-07-15

    Highly sensitive detection of cancer antigen 125 (CA125) on nanoarray chips was carried out by means of total internal reflection (TIR) microscopy based on fluorescent labeling (i.e., TIR fluorescence microscopy; TIRFM) and fluorescent-free labeling (TIR scattering microscopy; TIRSM). TIR plasmonic scattering of nanoparticles (NPs) as a fluorescence-free immunosensor probe potentially superior to fluorescent probes was applied to quantify CA125 on a nanoarray chip. NP-labeled CA125 (NP-CA125) was immunoreacted on chips, and the TIR scattering illumination of NP-CA125 allowed quantitative TIRSM measurement of wavelength-dependent plasmonic scattering detection of CA125. In addition, Alexafluor 488-labeled CA125 was immunoreacted on the same chips for comparison of detection sensitivity. TIRSM showed less photobleaching and higher photostability and detection sensitivity than TIRFM, as well as a lower limit of detection (LOD), 0.0018U/mL. This LOD was ~144 times lower than that of previously reported detection methods. These results demonstrated that the wavelength-dependent TIR plasmon NPs can be used as an enhanced nanoimmunosensor probe, providing ultra-sensitive fluorescence-free biomolecule detection to enable earliest-stage disease diagnosis. PMID:26913504

  17. Ion beam induced fluorescence imaging in biological systems

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    Bettiol, Andrew A.; Mi, Zhaohong; Vanga, Sudheer Kumar; Chen, Ce-belle; Tao, Ye; Watt, Frank

    2015-04-01

    Imaging fluorescence generated by MeV ions in biological systems such as cells and tissue sections requires a high resolution beam (<100 nm), a sensitive detection system and a fluorescent probe that has a high quantum efficiency and low bleaching rate. For cutting edge applications in bioimaging, the fluorescence imaging technique needs to break the optical diffraction limit allowing for sub-cellular structure to be visualized, leading to a better understanding of cellular function. In a nuclear microprobe this resolution requirement can be readily achieved utilizing low beam current techniques such as Scanning Transmission Ion Microscopy (STIM). In recent times, we have been able to extend this capability to fluorescence imaging through the development of a new high efficiency fluorescence detection system, and through the use of new novel fluorescent probes that are resistant to ion beam damage (bleaching). In this paper we demonstrate ion beam induced fluorescence imaging in several biological samples, highlighting the advantages and challenges associated with using this technique.

  18. Laser Microprobe Mass Spectrometry 1: Basic Principles and Performance Characteristics.

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    Denoyer, Eric; And Others

    1982-01-01

    Describes the historical development, performance characteristics (sample requirements, analysis time, ionization characteristics, speciation capabilities, and figures of merit), and applications of laser microprobe mass spectrometry. (JN)

  19. Use of Time-Resolved Fluorescence To Improve Sensitivity and Dynamic Range of Gel-Based Proteomics.

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    Sandberg, AnnSofi; Buschmann, Volker; Kapusta, Peter; Erdmann, Rainer; Wheelock, Åsa M

    2016-03-15

    Limitations in the sensitivity and dynamic range of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) are currently hampering its utility in global proteomics and biomarker discovery applications. In the current study, we present proof-of-concept analyses showing that introducing time-resolved fluorescence in the image acquisition step of in-gel protein quantification provides a sensitive and accurate method for subtracting confounding background fluorescence at the photon level. In-gel protein detection using the minimal difference gel electrophoresis workflow showed improvements in lowest limit of quantification in terms of CyDye molecules per pixel of 330-fold in the blue-green region (Cy2) and 8000-fold in the red region (Cy5) over conventional state-of-the-art image acquisition instrumentation, here represented by the Typhoon 9400 instrument. These improvements make possible the detection of low-abundance proteins present at sub-attomolar levels, thereby representing a quantum leap for the use of gel-based proteomics in biomarker discovery. These improvements were achieved using significantly lower laser powers and overall excitation times, thereby drastically decreasing photobleaching during repeated scanning. The single-fluorochrome detection limits achieved by the cumulative time-resolved emission two-dimensional electrophoresis (CuTEDGE) technology facilitates in-depth proteomics characterization of very scarce samples, for example, primary human tissue materials collected in clinical studies. The unique information provided by high-sensitivity 2-DE, including positional shifts due to post-translational modifications, may increase the chance to detect biomarker signatures of relevance for identification of disease subphenotypes. PMID:26854653

  20. A cobalt oxyhydroxide-modified upconversion nanosystem for sensitive fluorescence sensing of ascorbic acid in human plasma

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    Cen, Yao; Tang, Jun; Kong, Xiang-Juan; Wu, Shuang; Yuan, Jing; Yu, Ru-Qin; Chu, Xia

    2015-08-01

    Ascorbic acid (AA), a potent antioxidant readily scavenging reactive species, is a crucial micronutrient involved in many biochemical processes. Here, we have developed a cobalt oxyhydroxide (CoOOH)-modified upconversion nanosystem for fluorescence sensing of AA activity in human plasma. The nanosystem consists of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) NaYF4:30% Yb,0.5% Tm@NaYF4, which serve as energy donors, and CoOOH nanoflakes formed on the surface of UCNPs, which act as efficient energy acceptors. The fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) process from the UCNPs to the absorbance of the CoOOH nanoflakes occurs in the nanosystem. The AA-mediated specific redox reaction reduces CoOOH into Co2+, leading to the inhibition of FRET, and resulting in the recovery of upconversion emission spectra. On the basis of these features, the nanosystem can be used for sensing AA activity with sensitivity and selectivity. Moreover, due to the minimizing background interference provided by UCNPs, the nanosystem has been applied to monitoring AA levels in human plasma sample with satisfactory results. The proposed approach may potentially provide an analytical platform for research and clinical diagnosis of AA related diseases.Ascorbic acid (AA), a potent antioxidant readily scavenging reactive species, is a crucial micronutrient involved in many biochemical processes. Here, we have developed a cobalt oxyhydroxide (CoOOH)-modified upconversion nanosystem for fluorescence sensing of AA activity in human plasma. The nanosystem consists of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) NaYF4:30% Yb,0.5% Tm@NaYF4, which serve as energy donors, and CoOOH nanoflakes formed on the surface of UCNPs, which act as efficient energy acceptors. The fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) process from the UCNPs to the absorbance of the CoOOH nanoflakes occurs in the nanosystem. The AA-mediated specific redox reaction reduces CoOOH into Co2+, leading to the inhibition of FRET, and resulting in the

  1. [Application of Cationic Aluminum Phthalocyanine, a Red-Emitting Fluorescent Probe, for Sensitive Quantitative Analysis of RNA at Nanogram Level].

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    Guo, Meng-lin; Yang, Hui-qing; Huang, Ping; Chen, Lin; Li, Dong-hui

    2016-03-01

    Tetrasubstituted trimethyl ammonium iodide aluminum phthalocyanine (TTMAAlPc), a positively charged phthalocyanine compound, is an emerging and potentially useful red-emitting fluorescence probe. The study showed that the fluorescence of TTMAAlPc could be quenched by RNA with high efficiency in weak alkaline media, and the degree of quenching has a linear relationship with RNA in a wide concentration range. The mechanism of quenching behavior of RNA on TTMAAlPc was discussed. It was attributed by the static interaction between RNA and TTMAAlPc, and the assembly of TTMAAlPc induced by RNA. Based on this new discovery, a novel method for quantitative determination of RNA at nanogram level has been established. The factors, including the pH of medium, buffer system, reaction time, reaction temperature, the usage of TTMAAlPc as well as the interferences, which affected the determination, were investigated and discussed. Under optimum conditions, the linear range of the calibration curve was 7.71-1 705.57 ng x mL(-1). The detection limit for RNA was 1.55 ng x mL(-1). This method has been applied to the analysis of practical samples with satisfied results. The constructed method is of high sensitivity and has a wide linear range, it also showed strong ability in the tolerance of foreign substances from anions, cations, surfactants and vitamins, all of which are common interferences encountered in the determination of RNA. Besides, it is the first report that the fluorescence quantum yield of TTMAAlPc has been measured at different pH by reference method in this work. The achieved data indicated that the fluorescence quantum yield of TTMAAlPc is larger than 20% and it keeps constant in a wide range of acidity, implying that TTMAAlPc is a high-quality red-emitting fluorescence probe, it has great potential for practical applications, thus is worthy of further study. This work expands the application of phthalocyanine compound in analytical sciences. PMID:27400518

  2. MicroProbe Small Unmanned Aerial System

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    Bland, Geoffrey; Miles, Ted

    2012-01-01

    The MicroProbe unmanned aerial system (UAS) concept incorporates twin electric motors mounted on the vehicle wing, thus enabling an aerodynamically and environmentally clean nose area for atmospheric sensors. A payload bay is also incorporated in the fuselage to accommodate remote sensing instruments. A key feature of this concept is lightweight construction combined with low flying speeds to minimize kinetic energy and associated hazards, as well as maximizing spatial resolution. This type of aerial platform is needed for Earth science research and environmental monitoring. There were no vehicles of this type known to exist previously.

  3. Highly sensitive fluorescent stain for detecting lipopolysaccharides in sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Wang, Xu; Zhou, Ayi; Cai, Wanhui; Yu, Dongdong; Zhu, Zhongxin; Jiang, Chengxi; Jin, Litai

    2015-08-01

    A sensitive and simple technique was developed for the visualization of gel-separated lipopolysaccharides by using a hydrazide derivative, UGF202. As low as 0.5-1 ng total LPS could be detected by UGF202 stain, which is 2- and 16-fold more sensitive than that of the commonly used Pro-Q Emerald 300 and Keenan et al. developed silver stain, respectively. The results indicated that UGF202 stain could be a good choice for LPS determination in polyacrylamide gels. PMID:25930092

  4. Highly sensitive rapid fluorescence detection of protein residues on surgical instruments

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    Kovalev, Valeri I.; Barton, James S.; Richardson, Patricia R.; Jones, Anita C.

    2006-02-01

    There is a risk of contamination of surgical instruments by nfectious protein residues, in particular, prions which are the agents for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in humans. They are exceptionally resistant to conventional sterilization, therefore it is important to detect their presence as contaminants so that alternative cleaning procedures can be applied. We describe the development of an optimized detection system for fluorescently labelled protein, suitable for in-hospital use. We show that under optimum conditions the technique can detect ~100 zeptomoles/mm2 with an area scan speed of ~20 cm2/s and for using the system to detect other agents of biomedical interest. A theoretical analysis and experimental measurements will be discussed.

  5. Dual emission fluorescent silver nanoclusters for sensitive detection of the biological coenzyme NAD+/NADH.

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    Yuan, Yufeng; Huang, Kehan; Chang, Mengfang; Qin, Cuifang; Zhang, Sanjun; Pan, Haifeng; Chen, Yan; Xu, Jianhua

    2016-02-01

    Fluorescent silver nanoclusters (Ag NCs) displaying dual-excitation and dual-emission properties have been developed for the specific detection of NAD(+) (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, oxidized form). With the increase of NAD(+) concentrations, the longer wavelength emission (with the peak at 550 nm) was gradually quenched due to the strong interactions between the NAD(+) and Ag NCs, whereas the shorter wavelength emission (peaking at 395 nm) was linearly enhanced. More important, the dual-emission intensity ratio (I395/I550), fitting by a single-exponential decay function, can efficiently detect various NAD(+) levels from 100 to 4000 μM, as well as label NAD(+)/NADH (reduced form of NAD) ratios in the range of 1-50. PMID:26452612

  6. Sensitivity of detection of bacteria with fluorescent and luminescent phenotypes using different instruments

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    Brovko, Lubov Y.; Griffiths, Mansel W.

    2000-04-01

    The problem of bacterial enumeration in different samples is of great importance in many fields of research. Construction of recombinant fluorescent and luminescent bacteria that can be easily detected by nondestructive instrumental methods proves us with an opportunity to monitor bacteria in a wide variety of clinical, environmental and food samples in real time. Three different labels were employed: Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), Bacterial luciferase (BL) and Firefly Luciferase (FFL). Both plasmid and chromosomal transformants of different strains of E. coli, P. putida and S. enteritidis were used. For the detection of the in vivo GFP the Shimadzu RF 540 spectrofluorimeter, Labsystems FL- 500 plate fluorimeter and Night Owl LB 98 CCD-camera from EG and G Berthold supplied with excitation light source and proper spectral filters both in macroscopic and microscopic mode were used. For the detection of in vivo luminescence of BL and FFL, tube luminometer BG-P from GEM Biomedical Inc., luminometric plate reader from BioOrbit, BIQ Bioview CCD camera from Cambridge Imaging Ltd and Night Owl LB 98 CCD camera both in macroscopic and microscopic mode were used. The expression levels of the labels, their stability, stability of the signal and detection limits of tagged bacteria were investigated. The detection limits for GFP tagged bacteria were 5 X 104 - 6 X 106, for BL tagged bacteria 5 X 102 - 2 X 105, and for FFL tagged bacteria - 4 X 103 - 106 CFU/ml, depending on the instrument used. Single bacteria could be detected with the help of the Night Owl in the microscopic mode.

  7. Poly(acrylic acid)-grafted fluoropolymer films for highly sensitive fluorescent bioassays.

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    Jung, Chan-Hee; Hwang, In-Tae; Kuk, In-Seol; Choi, Jae-Hak; Oh, Byung-Keun; Lee, Young-Moo

    2013-03-01

    In this study, a facile and effective method for the surface functionalization of inert fluoropolymer substrates using surface grafting was demonstrated for the preparation of a new platform for fluorescence-based bioassays. The surface of perfluorinated poly(ethylene-co-propylene) (FEP) films was functionalized using a 150 keV ion implantation, followed by the graft polymerization of acrylic acid, to generate a high density of carboxylic acid groups on the implanted surface. The resulting functionalized surface was investigated in terms of the surface density of carboxylic acid, wettability, chemical structure, surface morphology, and surface chemical composition. These results revealed that poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) was successfully grafted onto the implanted FEP surface and its relative amount depended on the fluence. To demonstrate the usefulness of this method for the fabrication of bioassays, the PAA-grafted FEP films were utilized for the immobilization of probe DNA for anthrax toxin, followed by hybridization with Cy3-labeled target DNA. Liver cancer-specific α-feto-protein (AFP) antigen was also immobilized on the PAA-grafted FEP films. Texas Red-labeled secondary antibody was reacted with AFP-specific primary antibody prebound to the AFP antigen using an immunoassay method. The results revealed that the fluorescence intensity clearly depended on the concentration of the target DNA hybridized to the probe DNA and the AFP antigen immobilized on the FEP films. The lowest detectable concentrations of the target DNA and the AFP antigen were 10 fg/mL and 10 pg/mL, respectively, with the FEP films prepared at a fluence of 3 × 10(14) ions/cm(2). PMID:23452270

  8. Light up ClO(-) in live cells using an aza-coumarin based fluorescent probe with fast response and high sensitivity.

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    Fan, Jiangli; Mu, Huiying; Zhu, Hao; Wang, Jingyun; Peng, Xiaojun

    2015-07-01

    Hypochlorous acid (HClO)/hypochlorite (ClO(-)), one of the reactive oxygen species (ROS), is a key microbicidal agent used for natural defense; however, HClO is also responsible for some human diseases. Although much effort has been made to develop HClO-selective fluorescent probes, many of them display a delayed response time and nanomole-sensitive probes are rare. In this study, we designed and synthesized an aza-coumarin based fluorescent probe AC-ClO for ClO(-) determination with fast response (completed within 2 min) and high sensitivity (detection limit is 25 nM). AC-ClO displayed a color change from pink to light yellow and a remarkable "turn-on" fluorescence response towards ClO(-). Confocal fluorescence microscopy experiments demonstrated that the probe could be applied for the live-cell imaging of exogenous and endogenous ClO(-). PMID:25997521

  9. Fluorescence polarization immunoassays for rapid, accurate, and sensitive determination of mycotoxins

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    Analytical methods for the determination of mycotoxins in foods are commonly based on chromatographic techniques (GC, HPLC or LC-MS). Although these methods permit a sensitive and accurate determination of the analyte, they require skilled personnel and are time-consuming, expensive, and unsuitable ...

  10. A highly selective and sensitive photoinduced electron transfer (PET) based HOCl fluorescent probe in water and its endogenous imaging in living cells.

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    Liang, Lijuan; Liu, Chang; Jiao, Xiaojie; Zhao, Liancheng; Zeng, Xianshun

    2016-06-28

    A probe based on the phenothiazine-acridine orange conjugate (Ptz-AO) has been designed and synthesized for the sensitive and selective detection of HOCl. Ptz-AO has excellent properties, including pH-independence of fluorescence, high resistance to photobleaching, and response in real time. The value of Ptz-AO was confirmed by exogenous, endogenous and the real-time imaging of HOCl in vitro using a fluorescence microscope. PMID:27257635

  11. A Novel Sensor for Sensitive and Selective Detection of Iodide Using Turn-on Fluorescence Graphene Quantum Dots/Ag Nanocomposite.

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    Xu, Xianghong; Wang, Yanhui

    2015-01-01

    Based on the principle of fluorescence enhancing, by the strong and specific interreaction between iodide (I(-)) ions and nanoAg on the surface of graphene quantum dots/Ag (GQDs/Ag) nanocomposite, we propose a simple label-free and turn-on method for the detection of I(-) ions with high selectivity and sensitivity by using fluorescent GQDs/Ag nanocomposite in aqueous media. PMID:26256602

  12. A polyadenosine-coralyne complex as a novel fluorescent probe for the sensitive and selective detection of heparin in plasma.

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    Hung, Szu-Ying; Tseng, Wei-Lung

    2014-07-15

    This study presents the development of a simple, label-free, sensitive, and selective detection system for heparin based on the use of a complex of 20-repeat adenosine (A20) and coralyne. Coralyne emits relatively weak fluorescence in an aqueous solution. In the presence of A20, coralyne molecules complexed with A20 through A2-coralyne-A2 coordination. An increase in the fluorescence of coralyne was observed because coralyne remained separate from water in the hydrophobic environment of the folded A20. The presence of heparin and the formation of the coralyne-heparin complex caused coralyne to be removed from the A20-corlayne complex. Because heparin promoted coralyne dimerization, the fluorescence of coralyne decreased as a function of the concentration of added heparin. This detection method is effective because the electrostatic attraction between heparin and coralyne is substantially stronger than the coordination between A20 and coralyne in a 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (HEPES) buffer at pH 7.0. Under optimal conditions (5 μM coralyne, 1 μM poly A20, and 10mM HEPES), this probe exhibited high selectivity (>90-fold) toward heparin over hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate. The probe׳s detection limit for heparin was determined to be 4 nM (75 ng/mL) at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. This study validates the practicality of using the A20-corlayne complex to determine the concentration of heparin in plasma. PMID:24583690

  13. Analysis of biological materials using a nuclear microprobe

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    Mulware, Stephen Juma

    The use of nuclear microprobe techniques including: Particle induced x-ray emission (PIXE) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) for elemental analysis and quantitative elemental imaging of biological samples is especially useful in biological and biomedical research because of its high sensitivity for physiologically important trace elements or toxic heavy metals. The nuclear microprobe of the Ion Beam Modification and Analysis Laboratory (IBMAL) has been used to study the enhancement in metal uptake of two different plants. The roots of corn (Zea mays) have been analyzed to study the enhancement of iron uptake by adding Fe (II) or Fe(III) of different concentrations to the germinating medium of the seeds. The Fe uptake enhancement effect produced by lacing the germinating medium with carbon nanotubes has also been investigated. The aim of this investigation is to ensure not only high crop yield but also Fe-rich food products especially from calcareous soil which covers 30% of world's agricultural land. The result will help reduce iron deficiency anemia, which has been identified as the leading nutritional disorder especially in developing countries by the World Health Organization. For the second plant, Mexican marigold (Tagetes erecta ), the effect of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Glomus intraradices ) for the improvement of lead phytoremediation of lead contaminated soil has been investigated. Phytoremediation provides an environmentally safe technique of removing toxic heavy metals (like lead), which can find their way into human food, from lands contaminated by human activities like mining or by natural disasters like earthquakes. The roots of Mexican marigold have been analyzed to study the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in enhancement of lead uptake from the contaminated rhizosphere.

  14. The first Mars microprobe is unloaded

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    1998-01-01

    In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility -2 (SAEF- 2), workers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory open the drums containing the Mars microprobes that will hitchhike on the Mars Polar Lander. From left, they are Satish Krishnan, Charles Cruzan, Chris Voorhees and Arden Acord. Scheduled to be launched Jan. 3, 1999, aboard a Delta II rocket, the solar-powered spacecraft is designed to touch down on the Martian surface near the northern-most boundary of the south pole in order to study the water cycle there. The lander also will help scientists learn more about climate change and current resources on Mars, studying such things as frost, dust, water vapor and condensates in the Martian atmosphere. The Mars microprobes, called Deep Space 2, are part of NASA's New Millennium Program. They will complement the climate-related scientific focus of the lander by demonstrating an advanced, rugged microlaser system for detecting subsurface water. Such data on polar subsurface water, in the form of ice, should help put limits on scientific projections for the global abundance of water on Mars.

  15. A simple Schiff base fluorescence probe for highly sensitive and selective detection of Hg(2+)and Cu(2.).

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    Zhang, Caihong; Gao, Baozhen; Zhang, Qingyan; Zhang, Guomei; Shuang, Shaomin; Dong, Chuan

    2016-07-01

    A new Schiff base fluorescent probe, 2-(4-(diphenylamine)benzylidene) thiosemicarbazide (DPBT), was synthesized and its sensing behavior to metal ions were studied by UV-vis and fluorescence spectra. The results show that DPBT can detect Hg(2+)sensitively and selectively in weakly acidic and neutral conditions, they form a complex with 2:1. The linear range was 0.095-1.14µM and the detection limit was 0.15nM. In weakly alkaline conditions, DPBT can interaction with Hg(2+)and Cu(2+)at the same time. We use "masking" reagent, NaBH4, to reduce Hg(2+)to Hg°, the detection of Cu(2+)were achieved. They formed 1:1 complex with the binding constant of 4×10(4)M(-1), a good linear relationship in 0.45-3.6µM and the detection limit of 0.17µM. The proposed method was used to determine Hg(2+)and Cu(2+)in tap water and waste water samples. PMID:27154675

  16. A highly selective and sensitive near-infrared fluorescent probe for imaging of hydrogen sulphide in living cells and mice

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    Zhang, Ling; Zheng, Xi Emily; Zou, Fang; Shang, Yanguo; Meng, Wenqi; Lai, En; Xu, Zhichen; Liu, Yi; Zhao, Jing

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogen sulphide (H2S), the third endogenous gaseous signalling molecule, has attracted attention in biochemical research. The selective detection of H2S in living systems is essential for studying its functions. Fluorescence detection methods have become useful tools to explore the physiological roles of H2S because of their real-time and non-destructive characteristics. Herein we report a near-infrared fluorescent probe, NIR-HS, capable of tracking H2S in living organisms. With high sensitivity, good selectivity and low cytotoxicity, NIR-HS was able to recognize both the exogenous and endogenous H2S in living cells. More importantly, it realized the visualization of endogenous H2S generated in cells overexpressing cystathionine β-synthase (CBS), one of the enzymes responsible for producing endogenous H2S. The probe was also successfully applied to detect both the exogenous and endogenous H2S in living mice. The superior sensing properties of the probe render it a valuable research tool in the H2S-related medical research. PMID:26743682

  17. Highly sensitive analysis of flavonoids by zwitterionic microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography coupled with light-emitting diode-induced fluorescence detection.

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    Cao, Wan; Hu, Shuai-Shuai; Li, Xing-Ying; Pang, Xiao-Qing; Cao, Jun; Ye, Li-Hong; Dai, Han-Bin; Liu, Xiao-Juan; Da, Jian-Hua; Chu, Chu

    2014-09-01

    A rapid zwitterionic microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (ZI-MEEKC) approach coupled with light-emitting-diode-induced fluorescence (LED-IF, 480nm) detection was proposed for the analysis of flavonoids. In the optimization process, we systematically investigated the separation conditions, including the surfactants, cosurfactants, pH, buffers and fluorescence parameters. It was found that the baseline separation of the seven flavonoids was obtained in less than 5min with a running buffer consisting of 92.9% (v/v) 5mM sodium borate, 0.6% (w/v) ZI surfactant, 0.5% (w/v) ethyl acetate and 6.0% (w/v) 1-butanol. High sensitivity was obtained by the application of LED-IF detection. The limits of detection for seven flavonoids were in the range of 3.30×10(-8) to 2.15×10(-6)molL(-1) without derivatization. Ultimately, the detection method was successfully applied to the analysis of flavonoids in hawthorn plant and food products with satisfactory results. PMID:25047822

  18. Cleavable DNA-protein hybrid molecular beacon: A novel efficient signal translator for sensitive fluorescence anisotropy bioassay.

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    Hu, Pan; Yang, Bin

    2016-01-15

    Due to its unique features such as high sensitivity, homogeneous format, and independence on fluorescent intensity, fluorescence anisotropy (FA) assay has become a hotspot of study in oligonucleotide-based bioassays. However, until now most FA probes require carefully customized structure designs, and thus are neither generalizable for different sensing systems nor effective to obtain sufficient signal response. To address this issue, a cleavable DNA-protein hybrid molecular beacon was successfully engineered for signal amplified FA bioassay, via combining the unique stable structure of molecular beacon and the large molecular mass of streptavidin. Compared with single DNA strand probe or conventional molecular beacon, the DNA-protein hybrid molecular beacon exhibited a much higher FA value, which was potential to obtain high signal-background ratio in sensing process. As proof-of-principle, this novel DNA-protein hybrid molecular beacon was further applied for FA bioassay using DNAzyme-Pb(2+) as a model sensing system. This FA assay approach could selectively detect as low as 0.5nM Pb(2+) in buffer solution, and also be successful for real samples analysis with good recovery values. Compatible with most of oligonucleotide probes' designs and enzyme-based signal amplification strategies, the molecular beacon can serve as a novel signal translator to expand the application prospect of FA technology in various bioassays. PMID:26592607

  19. Highly sensitive fluorescence probe based on functional SBA-15 for selective detection of Hg2+ in aqueous media.

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    Zhou, Peng; Meng, Qingtao; He, Guangjie; Wu, Hongmei; Duan, Chunying; Quan, Xie

    2009-03-01

    An inorganic-organic hybrid fluorescence chemosensor (R6G-SBA-15) was prepared by covalent immobilization of a Rhodamine 6G derivative within the channels of mesoporous silica material SBA-15 via triethoxysilane groups. The primary hexagonally ordered mesoporous structure of SBA-15 is preserved after the grafting procedure. R6G-SBA-15 features effectively chromogenical and fluorogenical responses with a broad pH span (2-10), excellent sensitivity to environmentally relevant mercury levels lower to ppb range. It also exhibits Hg(2+)-specificity over various competitive cations, including alkali and alkaliearth, the first-row transition metals as well as heavy metals such as Pb(2+), Cd(2+) and Ag(+), etc. Additional experiments establish the well-fitted linearity function of the fluorescent intensity with the concentration of Hg(2+) in aqueous solution, suggesting the possibility for real-time qualitative or quantitative detection of Hg(2+) and the convenience for potential application in toxicology and environmental science. PMID:19280043

  20. Highly Sensitive and Selective Colorimetric and Off-On Fluorescent Reversible Chemosensors for Al3+ Based on the Rhodamine Fluorophore

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    Mergu, Naveen; Singh, Ashok Kumar; Gupta, Vinod Kumar

    2015-01-01

    A series of rhodamine derivatives L1–L3 have been prepared and characterized by IR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR and ESI-MS. These compounds exhibited selective and sensitive “turn-on” fluorescent and colorimetric responses to Al3+ in methanol. Upon the addition of Al(III), the spiro ring was opened and a metal-probe complex was formed in a 1:1 stoichiometry, as was further confirmed by ESI-MS spectroscopy. The chemo-dosimeters L1–L3 exhibited good binding constants and low detection limits towards Al(III). We also successfully demonstrate the reversibility of the metal to ligand complexation (opened ring to spirolactam ring). PMID:25897498

  1. Fluorescent Single-Stranded DNA Binding Protein as a Probe for Sensitive, Real-Time Assays of Helicase Activity

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    Dillingham, Mark S.; Tibbles, Katherine L.; Hunter, Jackie L.; Bell, Jason C.; Kowalczykowski, Stephen C.; Webb, Martin R.

    2008-01-01

    The formation and maintenance of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) are essential parts of many processes involving DNA. For example, strand separation of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) is catalyzed by helicases, and this exposure of the bases on the DNA allows further processing, such as replication, recombination, or repair. Assays of helicase activity and probes for their mechanism are essential for understanding related biological processes. Here we describe the development and use of a fluorescent probe to measure ssDNA formation specifically and in real time, with high sensitivity and time resolution. The reagentless biosensor is based on the ssDNA binding protein (SSB) from Escherichia coli, labeled at a specific site with a coumarin fluorophore. Its use in the study of DNA manipulations involving ssDNA intermediates is demonstrated in assays for DNA unwinding, catalyzed by DNA helicases. PMID:18599625

  2. Highly sensitive quantification of pyrethroid insecticide etofenprox in vegetables with high-performance liquid chromatography and fluorescence detection.

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    Watanabe, Eiki; Baba, Koji

    2015-03-13

    This paper describes a highly sensitive analytical method using high-performance liquid chromatography and fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) capable of quantifying trace amounts of synthetic pyrethroid insecticide etofenprox residue in six vegetable samples: bell pepper, cucumber, eggplant, Japanese mustard spinach, spinach, and tomato. After extraction with acetonitrile, the crude sample extract was cleaned up with a solid-phase extraction cartridge. The matrix interference derived from the tested vegetable samples was evaluated. Quantification was conducted using external calibrators prepared in pure acetonitrile. The limits of quantification for etofenprox in each sample were 1.87-3.87 ng/g. Recoveries obtained by application of the proposed analytical method of vegetable samples spiked at the considerably low levels (5-100 ng/g) were 85-111% with relative standard deviations of less than 12%. The proposed method using the HPLC-FLD was applied for trace analysis of the insecticide residue in vegetable samples. PMID:25662063

  3. Highly sensitive and selective detection of Al(III) ions in aqueous buffered solution with fluorescent peptide-based sensor.

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    In, Byunggyu; Hwang, Gi Won; Lee, Keun-Hyeung

    2016-09-15

    A fluorescent sensor based on a tripeptide (SerGluGlu) with a dansyl fluorophore detected selectively Al(III) among 16 metal ions in aqueous buffered solutions without any organic cosolvent. The peptide-based sensor showed a highly sensitive turn on response to aluminium ion with high binding affinity (1.84×10(4)M(-1)) in aqueous buffered solutions. The detection limit (230nM, 5.98ppb) of the peptide-based sensor was much lower than the maximum allowable level (7.41μM) of aluminium ions in drinking water demanded by EPA. The binding mode of the peptide sensor with aluminium ions was characterized using ESI mass spectrometry, NMR titration, and pH titration experiments. PMID:27503680

  4. A fast and sensitive method for the determination of nitrite in human plasma by capillary electrophoresis with fluorescence detection.

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    Wang, Xu; Adams, Erwin; Van Schepdael, Ann

    2012-08-15

    Analysis of nitrite, the indicator of nitric oxide (NO) generation in vivo, provides a useful tool to study NO synthesis in vivo. A fast and sensitive fluorometric CE method was developed for determination of nitrite in human plasma through its derivatization with 2,3-diaminonaphthalene (DAN). Nitrite in human plasma was easily reacted with DAN under acid conditions to yield the highly fluorescent 2,3-naphthotriazole (NAT). Fluorescence detection was optimized to achieve subnanomolar detection which allows a direct analysis of plasma samples unlike most CE-UV methods using sample stacking. Acetonitrile was used to remove the protein. Short-end injection and a high voltage (-30 kV) were used to shorten the analysis time. The good separation was achieved with 20 mM borate buffer at pH 9.23. The separation of NAT was obtained within 1.4 min. The deproteinized plasma sample was injected hydrodynamically for 5s at -50 mbar into a 60 cm × 75 μm internal diameter uncoated fused-silica capillary. Excitation wavelength was selected with a broad-band filter (240-400 nm), and the emitted light was measured at 418 nm by the use of a cutoff filter. A good linearity (R(2)=0.9975) was obtained in the range from 2 to 500 nM. The detection limit of nitrite was 0.6 nM in original plasma samples, which is 750 times lower than our previous CE-UV method. The developed fluorometric CE method offers the advantages of more simple system and lower cost compared with the current fluorometric HPLC methods without losing sensitivity. The detected mean nitrite concentration in human plasma by this method was consistent with the most frequently reported values. PMID:22841058

  5. Selective enzymatic cleavage and labeling for sensitive capillary electrophoresis laser-induced fluorescence analysis of oxidized DNA bases.

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    Li, Cuiping; Wang, Hailin

    2015-08-01

    Oxidatively generated DNA damage is considered to be a significant contributing factor to cancer, aging, and age-related human diseases. It is important to detect oxidatively generated DNA damage to understand and clinically diagnosis diseases caused by oxidative damage. In this study, using selective enzymatic cleavage and quantum dot (QD) labeling, we developed a novel capillary electrophoresis-laser induced fluorescence method for the sensitive detection of oxidized DNA bases. First, oxidized DNA bases are recognized and removed by one DNA base excision repair glycosylase, leaving apurinic and apyrimidinic sites (AP sites) at the oxidized positions. The AP sites are further excised by the AP nicking activity of the chosen glycosylase, generating a nucleotide gap with 5'- and 3'- phosphate groups. After dephosphorylation with one alkaline phosphatase, a biotinylated ddNTP is introduced into the nucleotide space within the DNA strand by DNA polymerase I. The biotin-tagged DNA is further labeled with a QD-streptavidin conjugate via non-covalent interactions. The DNA-bound QD is well-separated from excess DNA-unbound QD by highly efficient capillary electrophoresis and is sensitively detected by online coupled laser-induced fluorescence analysis. Using this method, we can assess the trace levels of oxidized DNA bases induced by the Fenton reaction and UV irradiation. Interestingly, the use of the formamidopyrimidine glycosylase (FPG) protein and endonuclease VIII enables the detection of oxidized purine and pyrimidine bases, respectively. Using the synthesized standard DNA, the approach has low limits of detection of 1.1×10(-19)mol in mass and 2.9pM in concentration. PMID:26105778

  6. Single-molecule-sensitive fluorescence resonance energy transfer in freely-diffusing attoliter droplets

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    Rahmanseresht, Sheema; Ramos, Kieran P.; Gamari, Ben D.; Goldner, Lori S.; Milas, Peker

    2015-05-11

    Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from individual, dye-labeled RNA molecules confined in freely-diffusing attoliter-volume aqueous droplets is carefully compared to FRET from unconfined RNA in solution. The use of freely-diffusing droplets is a remarkably simple and high-throughput technique that facilitates a substantial increase in signal-to-noise for single-molecular-pair FRET measurements. We show that there can be dramatic differences between FRET in solution and in droplets, which we attribute primarily to an altered pH in the confining environment. We also demonstrate that a sufficient concentration of a non-ionic surfactant mitigates this effect and restores FRET to its neutral-pH solution value. At low surfactant levels, even accounting for pH, we observe differences between the distribution of FRET values in solution and in droplets which remain unexplained. Our results will facilitate the use of nanoemulsion droplets as attoliter volume reactors for use in biophysical and biochemical assays, and also in applications such as protein crystallization or nanoparticle synthesis, where careful attention to the pH of the confined phase is required.

  7. Single-molecule-sensitive fluorescence resonance energy transfer in freely-diffusing attoliter droplets

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    Rahmanseresht, Sheema; Milas, Peker; Ramos, Kieran P.; Gamari, Ben D.; Goldner, Lori S.

    2015-05-01

    Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from individual, dye-labeled RNA molecules confined in freely-diffusing attoliter-volume aqueous droplets is carefully compared to FRET from unconfined RNA in solution. The use of freely-diffusing droplets is a remarkably simple and high-throughput technique that facilitates a substantial increase in signal-to-noise for single-molecular-pair FRET measurements. We show that there can be dramatic differences between FRET in solution and in droplets, which we attribute primarily to an altered pH in the confining environment. We also demonstrate that a sufficient concentration of a non-ionic surfactant mitigates this effect and restores FRET to its neutral-pH solution value. At low surfactant levels, even accounting for pH, we observe differences between the distribution of FRET values in solution and in droplets which remain unexplained. Our results will facilitate the use of nanoemulsion droplets as attoliter volume reactors for use in biophysical and biochemical assays, and also in applications such as protein crystallization or nanoparticle synthesis, where careful attention to the pH of the confined phase is required.

  8. One-pot synthesis of mesoporous structured ratiometric fluorescence molecularly imprinted sensor for highly sensitive detection of melamine from milk samples.

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    Xu, Shoufang; Lu, Hongzhi

    2015-11-15

    A facile strategy was developed to prepare mesoporous structured ratiometric fluorescence molecularly imprinted sensor for highly sensitive and selective determination of melamine using CdTe QDs as target sensitive dye and hematoporphyrin as reference dyes. One-pot synthesis method was employed because it could simplify the imprinting process and shorten the experimental period. The as-prepared fluorescence MIPs sensor, which combined ratiometric fluorescence technique with mesoporous silica materials into one system, exhibited excellent selectivity and sensitivity. Under optimum conditions, these mesoporous structured ratiometric fluorescence MIP@QDs sensors showed detection limit as low as 38 nM, which was much lower than those non-mesoporous one. The recycling process was sustainable at least 10 times without obvious efficiency decrease. The feasibility of the developed method in real samples was successfully evaluated through the analysis of melamine in raw milk and milk powder samples with satisfactory recoveries of 92-101%. The developed method proposed in this work proved to be a convenient, rapid, reliable and practical way to prepared high sensitive and selective fluorescence sensors with potentially applicable for trace pollutants analysis in complicated samples. PMID:26057736

  9. [Sensitive Determination of Chondroitin Sulfate by Fluorescence Recovery of an Anionic Aluminum Phthalocyanine-Cationic Surfactant Ion-Association Complex Used as a Fluorescent Probe Emitting at Red Region].

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    Chen, Lin; Huang, Ping; Yang, Hui-qing; Deng, Ya-bin; Guo, Meng-lin; Li, Dong-hui

    2015-08-01

    Determination of chondroitin sulfate in the biomedical field has an important value. The conventional methods for the assay of chondroitin sulfate are still unsatisfactory in sensitivity, selectivity or simplicity. This work aimed at developing a novel method for sensitive and selective determination of chondroitin sulfate by fluorimetry. We found that some kinds of cationic surfactants have the ability to quench the fluorescence of tetrasulfonated aluminum phthalocyanine (AlS4Pc), a strongly fluorescent compound which emits at red region, with high efficiency. But, the fluorescence of the above-mentioned fluorescence quenching system recovered significantly when chondroitin sulfate (CS) exits. Tetradecyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride(TDBAC) which was screened from all of the candidates of cationic surfactants was chosen as the quencher because it shows the most efficient quenching effect. It was found that the fluorescence of AlS4Pc was extremely quenched by TDBAC because of the formation of association complex between AlS4Pc and TDBAC. Fluorescence of the association complex recovered dramatically after the addition of chondroitin sulfate (CS) due to the ability of chondroitin sulfate to shift the association equilibrium of the association, leading to the release of AlS4Pc, thus resulting in an increase in the fluorescence of the reaction system. Based on this phenomenon, a novel method with simplicity, accuracy and sensitivity was developed for quantitative determination of CS. Factors including the reaction time, influencing factors and the effect of coexisting substances were investigated and discussed. Under optimum conditions the linear range of the calibration curve was 0.20~10.0 μg · mL(-1). The detection limit for CS was 0.070 μg · mL(-1). The method has been applied to the analysis of practical samples with satisfied results. This work expands the applications of AlS4Pc in biomedical area. PMID:26672294

  10. Simple and sensitive bacterial quantification by a flow-based kinetic exclusion fluorescence immunoassay.

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    Su, Feng-yi; Endo, Yumie; Saiki, Hiroshi; Xing, Xin-Hui; Ohmura, Naoya

    2007-05-15

    A flow-based immunoassay system utilizing secondary-antibody coated microbeads and Cy5-secondary antibody for signal production was successfully developed to quantitate target bacteria with a kinetic exclusion assay (KinExA 3000 Instrument). It directly measured the concentration of unliganded antibody separated from the equilibrated mixture of antibody and bacteria through a 0.2 microm polyethersulfone membrane, enabling it to quantify the concentration of bacteria. The novel method demonstrated the qualities of rapidness, sensitivity, high accuracy and reproducibility, and ease to perform. Detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus was accomplished with low detection limits of 4.10 x 10(6) and 5.20 x l0(4)cells/mL, respectively, with an assay time of less than 15 min. The working ranges for quantification were 4.10 x l0(6) to 1.64 x l0(10)cells/mL for P. aeruginosa, and 5.20 x l0(4) to 1.04 x l0(9)cells/mL for S. aureus. It yielded an assay with at least 10-fold greater sensitivity than ELISA and could correctly assess the concentration of predominant bacterium spiked in the mixture of P. aeruginosa and S. aureus. With this reliable platform, the average amount of antibody bound by one cell in the maximum capability could be further provided: (1.6-2.5) x l0(5) antibodies for one P. aeruginosa cell and (2.2-2.7) x l0(8) antibodies for one S. aureus cell. The KinExA system is flexible to determine different kinds of bacteria conveniently by using anti-mouse IgG as the same immobilizing agent. However, a higher specificity of the antibodies to the target bacteria will be required for the use of this system with higher detection sensitivity. PMID:17097871

  11. Highly sensitive fluorescent probe for clenbuterol hydrochloride detection based on its catalytic oxidation of eosine Y by NaIO4.

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    Liu, Jiaming; Liu, Zhen-bo; Huang, Qitong; Lin, Chang-Qing; Lin, Xiaofeng

    2014-09-01

    A highly sensitive fluorescent probe for clenbuterol hydrochloride (CLB) detection has been first designed based on its catalytic effect on NaIO4 oxidating eosine Y (R). And this environment-friendly, simple, rapid, selective and sensitive fluorescent probe has been utilized to detect CLB in the practical samples with the results consisting with those obtained by GC/MS. The structures of R and CLB were characterized by infrared spectra. The mechanism of the proposed assay for the detection of CLB was also discussed. PMID:25155629

  12. Searches for Microbial Cells with Fluorescence Loggers with Single-cell Sensitivity

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    Price, P. B.; Rohde, R. A.; Bay, R. C.

    2007-12-01

    Two known habitats for microbial metabolism in ice are surfaces of mineral grains and liquid veins along three- grain boundaries. Several problems suggest the need for a third habitat: veins usually contain toxic liquid; some microorganisms are too large to fit into a vein; veins may not be present at all depths; and the oxygen concentration in veins does not permit the coexistence of both strict anaerobes and aerobes in the same region. We show that a more general habitat avoids these problems. Isolated microbes frozen in ice and not in contact with a vein or grain can metabolize by redox reactions with dissolved small molecules diffusing through the ice lattice. The two requirements are that the gaseous reactants have sufficiently high equilibrium concentrations and diffusion coefficients to provide enough metabolic energy to repair macromolecular damage as it occurs. Molecules with less than ~6 atoms (e.g., H2, O2, N2¬, CO, CO2, CH4, H2S, NH3, HNO3, HCHO, and HCOOH) have values of diffusion coefficient D(T) that exceed ~10- 15 m2 s-1, which is sufficient to sustain microbial life in ice. For terrestrial environments, we show that there is an adequate supply of such molecules diffusing throughout deep glacial ice to sustain metabolism for millions of years. Our recent noninvasive observations of ice cores from GISP2 and WAIS Divide provide evidence for this habitat. Using scanning fluorimetry to map proteins (a proxy for cells) and F420 (a proxy for methanogens) in ice cores, we find isolated spikes of fluorescence consistent with as few as one microbial cell in a volume 0.16 microliter with the protein mapper and in 1.9 microliter with the methanogen mapper. With such precise localization one could use a nanomanipulator to extract single cells for molecular identification. Low- power, miniaturized versions of these instruments could search for single cells in subglacial lakes, Martian ice- rich permafrost, and Europan ice.

  13. A simple and sensitive UFLC-fluorescence method for endocrine disrupters determination in marine waters.

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    Lisboa, Normando S; Fahning, Cristiane S; Cotrim, Gabriel; dos Anjos, Jeancarlo P; de Andrade, Jailson B; Hatje, Vanessa; da Rocha, Gisele O

    2013-12-15

    The present study proposes a fast and simple analytical methodology employing C18 SPE cartridges (for preconcentration and clean-up), and a ultra-fast liquid chromatography coupled to fluorescence detector (UFLC-FLD) for determination of the following endocrine disrupters (ED): bisphenol A (BPA), 4-n-nonylphenol (4NNP), 4-n-octylphenol (4NOP), 4-t-octylphenol (4TOP), estriol (E3), estrone (E1), 17β-estradiol (E2) and 17α-ethynylestradiol (EE2) in seawater. The proposed method was developed, optimized and validated. Separation was done by a total running time of 10 min in a Shim-pack XR-ODS C-18 (2.0 mm ID × 50 mm) chromatographic column, mobile phases were acetonitrile/ultra-pure water under gradient programming; eluent flow rate at 0.120 mL min(-1); column temperature set at 60 °C; emission wavelength of 306 nm and excitation wavelength of 280 nm. The method was validated through assessment of the following parameters: linear range, linearity, selectiveness, precision, recovery test, limit of detection (LOD), and limit of quantification (LOQ). Recoveries ranged from 91% (for EE2) to 104% (for 4NNP) and also was found a suitable repeatability (RSD <4.5%) for all considered compounds. LOD and LOQ ranged from 2.0 ng L(-1) (EE2) to 23 ng L(-1) (E1) and 9.3 ng L(-1) (EE2) to 96 ng L(-1) (E1), respectively. The analytical method using SPE UFLC-FLD was applied to seawater samples collected from Todos os Santos Bay (BTS), Brazil to determine the concentration of eight ED. PMID:24209326

  14. DNA-stabilized silver nanoclusters and carbon nanoparticles oxide: A sensitive platform for label-free fluorescence turn-on detection of HIV-DNA sequences.

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    Ye, Yu-Dan; Xia, Li; Xu, Dang-Dang; Xing, Xiao-Jing; Pang, Dai-Wen; Tang, Hong-Wu

    2016-11-15

    Based on the remarkable difference between the interactions of carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) oxide with single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), and the fact that fluorescence of DNA-stabilized silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) can be quenched by CNPs oxide, DNA-functionalized AgNCs were applied as label-free fluorescence probes and a novel fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) sensor was successfully constructed for the detection of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) DNA sequences. CNPs oxide were prepared with the oxidation of candle soot, hence it is simple, time-saving and low-cost. The strategy of dual AgNCs probes was applied to improve the detection sensitivity by using dual- probe capturing the same target DNA in a sandwich mode and as the fluorescence donor, and using CNPs oxide as the acceptor. In the presence of target DNA, a dsDNA hybrid forms, leading to the desorption of the ssDNA-AgNCs probes from CNPs oxide, and the recovering of fluorescence of the AgNCs in a HIV-DNA concentration-dependent manner. The results show that HIV-DNA can be detected in the range of 1-50nM with a detection limit of 0.40nM in aqueous buffer. The method is simple, rapid and sensitive with no need of labeled fluorescent probes, and moreover, the design of fluorescent dual-probe makes full use of the excellent fluorescence property of AgNCs and further improves the detection sensitivity. PMID:27295571

  15. Design and characterization of a resonant triaxial microprobe

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    Goj, Boris; Dressler, Lothar; Hoffmann, Martin

    2015-12-01

    A new trend for tactile microprobes leads to oscillating microprobes in order to overcome the drawbacks resulting from high Hertzian stress and disturbing surface forces. Thin water films on the measurement surface result in the so-called sticking effect which causes measurement faults such as snap-back and false triggering. This leads to measurement errors and low measurement speeds. We present an innovative oscillating triaxial microprobe which safely avoids sticking in all Cartesian measurement directions. The system design as well as the characterization of the microprobe are presented in this work. The low number of coupling elements, the batch-capable design and the low contact forces are the key features of the microprobe.

  16. Fabrication of folic acid-sensitive gold nanoclusters for turn-on fluorescent imaging of overexpression of folate receptor in tumor cells.

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    Li, Hongchang; Cheng, Yuqing; Liu, Yong; Chen, Bo

    2016-09-01

    Based on the fluorescence quenching of folic acid-sensitive bovine serum albumin-directed gold nanoclusters (BSA-AuNCs) via folic acid-induced the change of environment around BSA-AuNCs, we have constructed a turn on fluorescence imaging of folate receptor overexpressed tumor cells. In this paper, the primary fluorescence intensity of BSA-AuNCs was quenched via self-assembly of folic acid onto BSA-AuNCs to produce negligible fluorescence background, the linear range of the method was 0.1-100μg/mL with the limit of detection (LOD) of 30ng/mL (S/N=3); In the presence of overexpression of folate receptor on the surface of tumor cells, the primary fluorescence intensity of BSA-AuNCs turned on by folic acid desorbing from BSA-AuNCs, the linear range of method was 0.12-2μg/mL with the LOD of 20ng/mL (S/N=3). Additionally, due to specific and high affinity of folic acid and folate receptor, the probe had high selectivity for folate receptor, other interferences hardly changed the fluorescence intensity of the probe. Moreover, the text for cytotoxicity implied that the probe had no toxicity for tumor cells. Consequently, using the fluorescence probe, satisfactory results for the turn on imaging of folate receptor overexpressed tumor cells were obtained. A novel turn-on and red fluorescent probe for folate receptor overexpressed tumor cells was developed based on the recovery of fluorescence intensity of folic acid-sensitive BSA-AuNCs. PMID:27343585

  17. A new hydroxynaphthyl benzothiazole derived fluorescent probe for highly selective and sensitive Cu(2+) detection.

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    Tang, Lijun; He, Ping; Zhong, Keli; Hou, Shuhua; Bian, Yanjiang

    2016-12-01

    A new reactive probe, 1-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)naphthalen-2-yl-picolinate (BTNP), was designed and synthesized. BTNP acts as a highly selective probe to Cu(2+) in DMSO/H2O (7/3, v/v, Tris-HCl 10mM, pH=7.4) solution based on Cu(2+) catalyzed hydrolysis of the picolinate ester moiety in BTNP, which leads to the formation of an ESIPT active product with dual wavelength emission enhancement. The probe also possesses the advantages of simple synthesis, rapid response and high sensitivity. The pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant was calculated to be 0.205min(-1). Moreover, application of BTNP to Cu(2+) detection in living cells and real water samples was also explored. PMID:27391231

  18. A new hydroxynaphthyl benzothiazole derived fluorescent probe for highly selective and sensitive Cu2 + detection

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    Tang, Lijun; He, Ping; Zhong, Keli; Hou, Shuhua; Bian, Yanjiang

    2016-12-01

    A new reactive probe, 1-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)naphthalen-2-yl-picolinate (BTNP), was designed and synthesized. BTNP acts as a highly selective probe to Cu2 + in DMSO/H2O (7/3, v/v, Tris-HCl 10 mM, pH = 7.4) solution based on Cu2 + catalyzed hydrolysis of the picolinate ester moiety in BTNP, which leads to the formation of an ESIPT active product with dual wavelength emission enhancement. The probe also possesses the advantages of simple synthesis, rapid response and high sensitivity. The pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant was calculated to be 0.205 min- 1. Moreover, application of BTNP to Cu2 + detection in living cells and real water samples was also explored.

  19. Fluorescent Carbon Quantum Dots Incorporated into Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Photoanodes with Dual Contributions.

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    Shi, Yan; Na, Yong; Su, Ting; Li, Liang; Yu, Jia; Fan, Ruiqing; Yang, Yulin

    2016-06-22

    Fluorescent carbon quantum dots (CQDs) were prepared through bottom-up synthesis, which possess excitation wavelength-dependent photoluminescence properties upon excitation by near visible light. For the first time, CQDs were incorporated into N719-sensitized TiO2 photoelectrodes as the electron-transport medium, presenting dual contributions to the photo-to-electrical energy conversion: 1) spectral response compensation for the dye-sensitized TiO2 film at around 400 nm was successfully observed in the incident photon-to-current conversion measurements; and 2) intensity modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy showed that the electron transport time, charge collection efficiency, and electron diffusion length in the TiO2 electrode were all improved after CQDs incorporation. An example of using the CQDs- containing photoanode in a solar cell device resulted in enhancements of 32 % and 21 % for the short-circuit current density and photo-to-electrical conversion efficiency, respectively. PMID:27218888

  20. Fluorescence confocal mosaicing microscopy of basal cell carcinomas ex vivo: demonstration of rapid surgical pathology with high sensitivity and specificity

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    Gareau, Daniel S.; Karen, Julie K.; Dusza, Stephen W.; Tudisco, Marie; Nehal, Kishwer S.; Rajadhyaksha, Milind

    2009-02-01

    Mohs surgery, for the precise removal of basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), consists of a series of excisions guided by the surgeon's examination of the frozen histology of the previous excision. The histology reveals atypical nuclear morphology, identifying cancer. The preparation of frozen histology is accurate but labor-intensive and slow. Nuclear pathology can be achieved by staining with acridine orange (1 mM, 20 s) BCCs in Mohs surgical skin excisions within 5-9 minutes, compared to 20-45 for frozen histology. For clinical utility, images must have high contrast and high resolution. We report tumor contrast of 10-100 fold over the background dermis and submicron (diffraction limited) resolution over a cm field of view. BCCs were detected with an overall sensitivity of 96.6%, specificity of 89.2%, positive predictive value of 93.0% and negative predictive value of 94.7%. The technique was therefore accurate for normal tissue as well as tumor. We conclude that fluorescence confocal mosaicing serves as a sensitive and rapid pathological tool. Beyond Mohs surgery, this technology may be extended to suit other pathological needs with the development of new contrast agents. The technique reported here accurately detects all subtypes of BCC in skin excisions, including the large nodular, small micronodular, and tiny sclerodermaform tumors. However, this technique may be applicable to imaging tissue that is larger, more irregular and of various mechanical compliances with further engineering of the tissue mounting and staging mechanisms.

  1. Permethylated-β-Cyclodextrin Capped CdTe Quantum Dot and its Sensitive Fluorescence Analysis of Malachite Green.

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    Cao, Yujuan; Wei, Jiongling; Wu, Wei; Wang, Song; Hu, Xiaogang; Yu, Ying

    2015-09-01

    In the present work, the CdTe quantum dots were covalently conjugated with permethylated-β-cyclodextrin (OMe-β-CD) using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride as cross-linking reagent. The obtained functional quantum dots (OMe-β-CD/QDs) showed highly luminescent, water solubility and photostability as well as good inclusion ability to malachite green. A sensitive fluorescence method was developed for the analysis of malachite green in different samples. The good linearity was 2.0 × 10(-7)-1.0 × 10(-5) mol/L and the limit of detect was 1.7 × 10(-8) mol/L. The recoveries for three environmental water samples were 92.0-108.2 % with relative standard deviation (RSD) of 0.24-1.87 %, while the recovery for the fish sample was 94.3 % with RSD of 1.04 %. The results showed that the present method was sensitive and convenient to determine malachite green in complex samples. Graphical Abstract The analytical mechanism of OMe-β-CD/QDs and its linear response to MG. PMID:26250058

  2. Nickel geochemistry of a Philippine laterite examined by bulk and microprobe synchrotron analyses

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    Fan, Rong; Gerson, Andrea R.

    2011-11-01

    The Ni geochemistry of limonite and saprolite laterite ores from Pujada in the Philippines has been investigated using a mixture of laboratory and synchrotron techniques. Nickel laterite profiles are typically composed of complicated mineral assemblages, with Ni being distributed heterogeneously at the micron scale, and thus a high degree of spatial resolution is required for analysis. This study represents the first such analysis of Philippine laterite ores. Synchrotron bulk and microprobe X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), comprising both X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopies, together with synchrotron microprobe X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) and diffraction (XRD) have been applied to provide quantitative analysis of the mineral components and Ni speciation. Synchrotron microprobe EXAFS spectroscopy suggests that the limonite Ni is associated with phyllomanganate via adsorption onto the Mn oxide layers and substitution for Mn within these layers. Laboratory scanning electron microscopy, coupled to electron dispersive spectroscopy analyses, indicates that Ni is also associated with concentrated Fe containing particles and this is further confirmed by synchrotron bulk and microprobe investigation. Linear combination fitting of the bulk EXAFS limonite data suggests 60 ± 15% of the Ni is associated with phyllomanganate, with the predominant fraction adsorbed above vacancies in the MnO 6 layers with the remainder being substituted for Mn within these layers. The remaining 40 ± 10% of the Ni in the limonite ore is incorporated into goethite through replacement of the Fe. In the saprolite ore, 90 ± 23% of the Ni is associated with a serpentine mineral, most likely lizardite, as a replacement for Mg. The remaining Ni is found within phyllomanganate adsorbed above vacancies in the MnO 6 layers.

  3. The electron microprobe as a metallographic tool

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    Goldstein, J. I.

    1974-01-01

    The electron microprobe (EMP) is shown to represent one of the most powerful techniques for the examination of the microstructure of materials. It is an electron optical instrument in which compositional and topographic information is obtained from regions smaller than 1 micron in diameter on a specimen. Photographs of compositional and topographic changes in 1-sq-mm to 20-sq-micron areas on various types of specimens can also be obtained. These photographs are strikingly similar to optical photomicrographs. Various signals measured in the EMP (X-rays, secondary electrons, backscattered electrons, etc.) are discussed, along with their resolution and the type of information they may help obtain. In addition to elemental analysis, solid state detecting and scanning techniques are reviewed. Various techniques extending the EMP instrument capabilities, such as deconvolution and soft X-ray analysis, are also described.

  4. Microprobe and oxygen fugacity study of armalcolite

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    Friel, J. J.

    1976-01-01

    The stability of synthetic armalcolite was determined as a function of oxygen fugacity with particular regard to the oxidation state of iron and titanium. The equilibrium pseudobrookite (armalcolite) composition was measured at 1200 C under various conditions of oxidation typical of the lunar environment. These data, when compared with published descriptions of mare basalts, provide information about the conditions of crystallization of armalcolite-bearing lunar rocks. Some information about the crystal chemistry of armalcolite was obtained from X-ray diffraction and electron microprobe analyses of synthetic armalcolite and Zr-armalcolite. Further data were gathered from a comparison of the Mossbauer spectra of a phase pure stoichiometric armalcolite and one containing appreciable amounts of trivalent titanium.

  5. Aerodynamics of the Mars Microprobe Entry Vehicles

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    Mitcheltree, R. A.; Moss, J. N.; Cheatwood, F. M.; Greene, F. A.; Braun, R. D.

    1997-01-01

    The selection of the unique aeroshell shape for the Mars Microprobes is discussed. A description of its aerodynamics in hypersonic rarefied, hypersonic continuum, supersonic and transonic flow regimes is then presented. This description is based on Direct Simulation Monte Carlo analyses in the rarefied-flow regime, thermochemical nonequilibrium Computational Fluid Dynamics in the hypersonic regime, existing wind tunnel data in the supersonic and transonic regime, additional computational work in the transonic regime, and finally, ballistic range data. The aeroshell is shown to possess the correct combination of aerodynamic stability and drag to convert the probe's initial tumbling attitude and high velocity at atmospheric-interface into the desired surface-impact orientation and velocity.

  6. PROTON MICROPROBE ANALYSIS OF TRACE-ELEMENT VARIATIONS IN VITRINITES IN THE SAME AND DIFFERENT COAL BEDS.

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    Minkin, J.A.; Chao, E.C.T.; Blank, Herma; Dulong, F.T.

    1987-01-01

    The PIXE (proton-induced X-ray emission) microprobe can be used for nondestructive, in-situ analyses of areas as small as those analyzed by the electron microprobe, and has a sensitivity of detection as much as two orders of magnitude better than the electron microprobe. Preliminary studies demonstrated that PIXE provides a capability for quantitative determination of elemental concentrations in individual coal maceral grains with a detection limit of 1-10 ppm for most elements analyzed. Encouraged by the earlier results, we carried out the analyses reported below to examine trace element variations laterally (over a km range) as well as vertically (cm to m) in the I and J coal beds in the Upper Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone Member of the Mancos Shale in central Utah, and to compare the data with the data from two samples of eastern coals of Pennsylvanian age.

  7. A turn-off fluorescent biosensor for the rapid and sensitive detection of uranyl ion based on molybdenum disulfide nanosheets and specific DNAzyme

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    Zhang, HongYan; Ruan, YaJuan; Lin, Ling; Lin, Minggui; Zeng, Xiaoxue; Xi, Zhiming; Fu, FengFu

    2015-07-01

    A novel fluorescent biosensor for detecting uranyl ion (UO22+) in aqueous environment has been developed based on the specific recognition of DNAzyme and the fluorescence quenching ability of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanosheets. The DNAzyme contains a DNA enzyme strand and a 6-carboxylfluorescein (FAM)-labeled DNA substrate strand. We demonstrated that MoS2 nanosheets have low affinity to the substrate-enzyme complex DNAzyme. Whereas, in the presence of UO22+, UO22+ can specifically cleave DNAzyme to release FAM-labeled single-strand DNA and the released FAM-labeled single-strand DNA can be firmly adsorbed on the surface of MoS2 nanosheets, which resulted in an obvious decrease of fluorescence intensity. This provided a sensing platform for the rapid, simple and sensitive fluorescent detection of UO22+. By using the sensing platform, a sensitive and selective fluorescent method for the rapid detection of UO22+ has been developed. In comparison with previous biosensor, the proposed method has obvious analytical advantage such as relatively high sensitivity and good stability, short analytical time and low cost. It can be used to detect as low as 2.14 nM of UO22+ in aqueous environment with a recovery of 96-102% and a RSD < 5% (n = 6). The success of this study provides a promising alternative for the rapid and on-site detection of UO22+ in environmental monitoring.

  8. A quantitative protocol for dynamic measurements of protein interactions by Förster resonance energy transfer-sensitized fluorescence emission

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    Elder, A.D.; Domin, A.; Kaminski Schierle, G.S.; Lindon, C.; Pines, J.; Esposito, A.; Kaminski, C.F.

    2008-01-01

    Fluorescence detection of acceptor molecules sensitized by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) is a powerful method to study protein interactions in living cells. The method requires correction for donor spectral bleed-through and acceptor cross-excitation as well as the correct normalization of signals to account for varying fluorophore concentrations and imaging parameters. In this paper, we review different methods for FRET signal normalization and then present a rigorous model for sensitized emission measurements, which is both intuitive to understand and practical to apply. The method is validated by comparison with the acceptor photobleaching and donor lifetime-imaging techniques in live cell samples containing EYFP and ECFP tandem constructs exhibiting known amounts of FRET. By varying the stoichiometry of interaction in a controlled fashion, we show that information on the fractions of interacting donors and acceptors can be recovered. Furthermore, the method is tested by performing measurements on different microscopy platforms in both widefield and confocal imaging modes to show that signals recovered under different imaging conditions are in quantitative agreement. Finally, the method is applied in the study of dynamic interactions in the cyclin–cdk family of proteins in live cells. By normalizing the obtained signals for both acceptor and donor concentrations and using a FRET exhibiting control construct for calibration, stoichiometric changes in these interactions could be visualized in real time. The paper is written to be of practical use to researchers interested in performing sensitized emission measurements. The correct interpretation of the retrieved signals in a biological context is emphasized, and guidelines are given for the practical application of the developed algorithms.

  9. Fluorescence investigation of Ho3+ in Yb3+ sensitized mixed-alkali bismuth gallate glasses.

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    Lin, H; Zhang, Y Y; Pun, E Y B

    2008-12-15

    Efficient 2.0 microm infrared and visible upconversion emissions have been observed in Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped mixed-alkali bismuth gallate (LKBBG) glasses having a maximum-phonon energy of 673 cm(-1). The Judd-Ofelt parameters Omega2, Omega4 and Omega6 of Ho3+ indicate that there is a high asymmetry and strong covalent environment in LKBBG glasses. The large absorption and emission cross-sections of Yb3+ confirm that it is a suitable sensitizer for capturing and transferring pump energy to Ho3+. The emission cross-section profile for the 5I7-->5I8 transition is derived using the reciprocity method and the peak value is 5.54 x 10(-21)cm2, which is much larger than the value in fluorozircoaluminate glasses. LKBBG glasses exhibit low maximum-phonon energy and large refractive index, and it is possible to achieve an effective 1.66 microm U-band emission of Ho3+ under 900 nm laser radiation. PMID:18586553

  10. Dynamic fluorescence imaging of indocyanine green for reliable and sensitive diagnosis of peripheral vascular insufficiency.

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    Kang, Yujung; Lee, Jungsul; Kwon, Kihwan; Choi, Chulhee

    2010-12-01

    Quantitative measurement of functional tissue perfusion is essential for early diagnosis and proper treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). We have previously demonstrated that dynamic imaging of near-infrared fluorophore indocyanine green (ICG) can be a noninvasive and sensitive tool to measure tissue perfusion. In the present study, we investigated the clinical efficacy of ICG perfusion imaging method for the diagnosis of PAOD. Total nineteen PAOD patients and age-matched controls (n=10) were evaluated for lower extremity tissue perfusion using ICG perfusion imaging. The perfusion rates of the lower extremities with severe PAOD (n=25 legs, 16.6±8.3%/min) were significantly lower than those of normal controls (38.1±17.3%/min, p<0.001). In cases of mild PAOD, the perfusion rates (n=11 legs, 18.3±10.3%/min) were also significantly lower compared to the control; while the conventional ankle-brachial index (ABI) test failed to detect mild functional impairment. These results collectively indicate that ICG perfusion imaging can be a very effective tool for diagnosis of PAOD with a superior efficacy in comparison to conventional ABI test. PMID:20637783

  11. Binding of polarity-sensitive hydrophobic ligands to erythroid and nonerythroid spectrin: fluorescence and molecular modeling studies.

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    Patra, Malay; Mitra, Madhurima; Chakrabarti, Abhijit; Mukhopadhyay, Chaitali

    2014-01-01

    We have used three polarity-sensitive fluorescence probes, 6-propionyl 2-(N,N-dimethyl-amino) naphthalene (Prodan), pyrene and 8-anilino 1-naphthalene sulphonic acid, to study their binding with erythroid and nonerythroid spectrin, using fluorescence spectroscopy. We have found that both bind to prodan and pyrene with high affinities with apparent dissociation constants (Kd) of .50 and .17 μM, for prodan, and .04 and .02 μM, for pyrene, respectively. The most striking aspect of these bindings have been that the binding stoichiometry have been equal to 1 in erythroid spectrin, both in dimeric and tetrameric form, and in tetrameric nonerythroid spectrin. From an estimate of apparent dielectric constants, the polarity of the binding site in both erythroid and nonerythroid forms have been found to be extremely hydrophobic. Thermodynamic parameters associated with such binding revealed that the binding is favored by positive change in entropy. Molecular docking studies alone indicate that both prodan and pyrene bind to the four major structural domains, following the order in the strength of binding to the Ankyrin binding domain > SH3 domain > Self-association domain > N-terminal domain of α-spectrin of both forms of spectrin. The binding experiments, particularly with the tetrameric nonerythroid spectrin, however, indicate more toward the self association domain in offering the unique binding site, since the binding stoichiometry have been 1 in all forms of dimeric and tetrameric spectrin, so far studied by us. Further studies are needed to characterize the hydrophobic binding sites in both forms of spectrin. PMID:24404769

  12. Cold-induced sudden reversible lowering of in vivo chlorophyll fluorescence after saturating light pulses : a sensitive marker for chilling susceptibility.

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    Larcher, W; Neuner, G

    1989-03-01

    In chilling-sensitive plants (Glycine max, Saintpaulia ionantha, Saccharum officinarum) a sudden reversible drop in chlorophyll fluorescence occurs during photosynthetic induction immediately following saturating light pulses at low temperatures in the range 4 to 8 degrees C. A comparison of two soybean cultivars of different chilling sensitivities revealed that this phenomenon, termed lowwave, indicates specific thresholds of low temperature stress. Its occurrence under controlled chilling can be regarded as a quantitative marker for screening chilling susceptibility in angiosperms. PMID:16666615

  13. Mixed-Dye-Based Label-Free and Sensitive Dual Fluorescence for the Product Detection of Nucleic Acid Isothermal Multiple-Self-Matching-Initiated Amplification.

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    Ding, Xiong; Wu, Wenshuai; Zhu, Qiangyuan; Zhang, Tao; Jin, Wei; Mu, Ying

    2015-10-20

    Visual detections based on fluorescence and the color changes under natural light are two promising product detections for isothermal nucleic acid amplifications (INAAs) such as the isothermal multiple-self-matching-initiated amplification (IMSA) as point-of-care testing techniques. However, the currently used approaches have shortcomings in application. For the former, fluorescence changes recognized by naked eye may be indistinguishable because of single fluorescence emitted and strong background noise, which requires empirical preset of cutoff intensity values. For the latter, visual detection sensitivity under natural light is not comparable to that based on fluorescence. Herein, hydroxyl naphthol blue (HNB) and SYBR Green I (SG) were coupled to acquire a label-free dual fluorescence for the visual product detection of IMSA. The mixed-dye-loaded off-chip (tube-based) and on-chip (microfluidic chip-based) IMSAs for the detection of hepatitis B virus were conducted. The results demonstrated that this dual fluorescence could realize distinguishable fluorescent color changes to improve visual detection sensitivity and avoid the preset of cutoff values. Moreover, the mixed dye is stable when kept at room temperature and compatible with the IMSA's reagents without a contamination-prone step of opening tubes after amplification. Also, this coupled dye inherits the advantages of achieving color changes under natural light from HNB and real-time detection from SG. In conclusion, the mixed-dye-based dual fluorescence has a potential in the point-of-care testing application for realizing off-chip and on-chip product detection of IMSA, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), or other INAAs. PMID:26383158

  14. Fluorescent Chemosensors for Selective and Sensitive Detection of Phosmet/Chlorpyrifos with Octahedral Ni(2+) Complexes.

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    Raj, Pushap; Singh, Amanpreet; Kaur, Kamalpreet; Aree, Thammarat; Singh, Ajnesh; Singh, Narinder

    2016-05-16

    The hexadentate ligands H2L1-L3 with mixed S, N, O donor sites and possessing substituents having either "no" or electron-releasing/withdrawing nature at terminal ends are synthesized. The ligands H2L1-L3 were tested for binding with library of metal ions, wherein maximum efficiency was observed with Ni(2+), and it motivated us to prepare the Ni(2+) complexes. The ligand H2L1 underwent deprotonation and formed binuclear complex when interacted with Ni(2+) as evident from its crystal structure. The H2L2 and H2L3 having electron-withdrawing/electron releasing groups, respectively, were also deprotonated; however, they afforded mononuclear complexes with Ni(2+) ion. This signifies the importance of steric parameters instead of electronic factors in these particular cases. Impressed by differential behavior of complexes of H2L1 and H2L2/H2L3 with Ni(2+) and their photophysical and electrochemical properties, all the metal complexes were studied for their chemosensing ability. Nowadays with increased use of organophosphate, there is alarming increase of these agents in the environment, and thus we require efficient technique to estimate the level of these agents with high sensitivity and selectivity in aqueous medium. The Ni(2+) complexes with hydrophobic nature were suspended into aqueous medium for testing them as sensor for organophosphate. The (L1)2.(Ni(2+))2 could sense phosmet with detection limit of 44 nM, whereas L2.Ni(2+) and L3.Ni(2+) exhibited the detection limits of 62 and 71 nM, respectively, for chlorpyrifos. PMID:27115348

  15. Non-destructive trace element microanalysis of as-received cometary nucleus samples using synchrotron x ray fluorescence

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    Sutton, S. R.

    1989-01-01

    The Synchrotron X ray Fluorescence (SXRF) microprobe at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), Brookhaven National Laboratory, will be an excellent instrument for non-destructive trace element analyses of cometary nucleus samples. Trace element analyses of as-received cometary nucleus material will also be possible with this technique. Bulk analysis of relatively volatile elements will be important in establishing comet formation conditions. However, as demonstrated for meteorites, microanalyses of individual phases in their petrographic context are crucial in defining the histories of particular components in unequilibrated specimens. Perhaps most informative in comparing cometary material with meteorites will be the halogens and trace metals. In-situ, high spatial resolution microanalyses will be essential in establishing host phases for these elements and identifying terrestrial (collection/processing) overprints. The present SXRF microprobe is a simple, yet powerful, instrument in which specimens are excited with filtered, continuum synchrotron radiation from a bending magnet on a 2.5 GeV electron storage ring. A refrigerated cell will be constructed to permit analyses at low temperatures. The cell will consist essentially of an air tight housing with a cold stage. Kapton windows will be used to allow the incident synchrotron beam to enter the cell and fluorescent x rays to exit it. The cell will be either under vacuum or continuous purge by ultrapure helium during analyses. Several other improvements of the NSLS microprobe will be made prior to the cometary nucleus sample return mission that will greatly enhance the sensitivity of the technique.

  16. Development of a pH sensor based on a nanostructured filter adding pH-sensitive fluorescent dye for detecting acetic acid in photovoltaic modules

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    Asaka, Takashi; Itayama, Tomohiro; Nagasaki, Hideaki; Iwami, Kentaro; Yamamoto, Chizuko; Hara, Yukiko; Masuda, Atsushi; Umeda, Norihiro

    2015-08-01

    Acetic acid formed via the hydrolysis of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) as an encapsulant in photovoltaic (PV) modules causes a decrease in the conversion efficiency of such modules by grid corrosion. Here, a nondestructive and simple optical method for evaluating the condition of PV modules is proposed. This method uses a dual-wavelength pH-sensitive fluorescent dye to detect acetic acid in PV modules using a change in pH. The change in pH induced by the formation of acetic acid is detected by the change in the ratio of the fluorescent intensities of two peaks of the dye. A pH-sensitive fluorescent dye showed sensitivity for small amounts of acetic acid such as that produced from EVA. Furthermore, a membrane filter dyed with a pH-sensitive fluorescent dye was confirmed to detect acetic acid in aged EVA after a damp-heat test (85 °C, 85%) for 5000 h in PV modules.

  17. An ultra-sensitive monoclonal antibody-based fluorescent microsphere immunochromatographic test strip assay for detecting aflatoxin M1 in milk

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    A rapid lateral flow fluorescent microspheres immunochromatography test strip (FMs-ICTS) has been developed for the detection of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) residues in milk. For this purpose, an ultra-sensitive anti-AFM1 monoclonal antibody (MAb) 1D3 was prepared and identified. The IC50 value of the MA...

  18. An AIE-active fluorescence turn-on bioprobe mediated by hydrogen-bonding interaction for highly sensitive detection of hydrogen peroxide and glucose.

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    Song, Zhegang; Kwok, Ryan T K; Ding, Dan; Nie, Han; Lam, Jacky W Y; Liu, Bin; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2016-08-21

    An AIE-active "turn-on" bioprobe is designed for hydrogen peroxide detection based on an imine-functionalized tetraphenylethene derivative. The linear fluorescence response enables quantification of hydrogen peroxide with superior sensitivity and selectivity. Meanwhile, glucose assay is also realized by taking advantage of GOx/glucose enzymatic reaction. PMID:27456815

  19. Color-Multiplexing-Based Fluorescent Test Paper: Dosage-Sensitive Visualization of Arsenic(III) with Discernable Scale as Low as 5 ppb.

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    Zhou, Yujie; Huang, Xiaoyan; Liu, Cui; Zhang, Ruilong; Gu, Xiaoling; Guan, Guijian; Jiang, Changlong; Zhang, Liying; Du, Shuhu; Liu, Bianhua; Han, Ming-Yong; Zhang, Zhongping

    2016-06-21

    Fluorescent colorimetry test papers are promising for the assays of environments, medicines, and foods by the observation of the naked eye on the variations of fluorescence brightness and color. Unlike dye-absorption-based pH test paper, however, the fluorescent test papers with wide color-emissive variations with target dosages for accurate quantification remain unsuccessful even if the multicolorful fluorescent probes are used. Here, we report the dosage-sensitive fluorescent colorimetry test paper with a very wide/consecutive "from red to cyan" response to the presence and amount of arsenic ions, As(III). Red quantum dots (QDs) were modified with glutathione and dithiothreitol to obtain the supersensitivity to As(III) by the quenching of red fluorescence through the formation of dispersive QDs aggregates. A small amount of cyan carbon dots (CDs) with spectral blue-green components as the photostable internal standard were mixed into the QDs solution to produce a composited red fluorescence. Upon the addition of As(III) into the sensory solution, the fluorescence color could gradually be reversed from red to cyan with a detection limit of 1.7 ppb As(III). When the sensory solution was printed onto a piece of filter paper, surprisingly a serial of color evolution from peach to pink to orange to khaki to yellowish to yellow-green to final cyan with the addition of As(III) was displayed and clearly discerned the dosage scale as low as 5 ppb. The methodology reported here opens a novel pathway toward the real applications of fluorescent test papers. PMID:27230307

  20. A TiS2 nanosheet enhanced fluorescence polarization biosensor for ultra-sensitive detection of biomolecules

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    Li, Xiang; Ding, Xuelian; Li, Yongfang; Wang, Linsong; Fan, Jing

    2016-05-01

    Development of new strategies for the sensitive and selective detection of ultra-low concentrations of specific cancer markers is of great importance for assessing cancer therapeutics due to its crucial role in early clinical diagnoses and biomedical applications. In this work, we have developed two types of fluorescence polarization (FP) amplification assay strategies for the detection of biomolecules by using TiS2 as a FP enhancer and Zn2+-dependent self-hydrolyzing deoxyribozymes as catalysts to realize enzyme-catalyzed target-recycling signal amplification. One approach is based on the terminal protection of small-molecule-linked DNA, in which biomolecular binding to small molecules in DNA-small-molecule chimeras can protect the conjugated DNA from degradation by exonuclease I (Exo I); the other approach is based on the terminal protection of biomolecular bound aptamer DNA, in which biomolecules directly bound to the single strand aptamer DNA can protect the ssDNA from degradation by Exo I. We select folate receptor (FR) and thrombin (Tb) as model analytes to verify the current concept. It is shown that under optimized conditions, our strategies exhibit high sensitivity and selectivity for the quantification of FR and Tb with low detection limits (0.003 ng mL-1 and 0.01 pM, respectively). Additionally, this strategy is a simple ``mix and detect'' approach, and does not require any separation steps. This biosensor is also utilized in the analysis of real biological samples, the results agree well with those obtained by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).Development of new strategies for the sensitive and selective detection of ultra-low concentrations of specific cancer markers is of great importance for assessing cancer therapeutics due to its crucial role in early clinical diagnoses and biomedical applications. In this work, we have developed two types of fluorescence polarization (FP) amplification assay strategies for the detection of biomolecules

  1. A TiS2 nanosheet enhanced fluorescence polarization biosensor for ultra-sensitive detection of biomolecules.

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    Li, Xiang; Ding, Xuelian; Li, Yongfang; Wang, Linsong; Fan, Jing

    2016-05-01

    Development of new strategies for the sensitive and selective detection of ultra-low concentrations of specific cancer markers is of great importance for assessing cancer therapeutics due to its crucial role in early clinical diagnoses and biomedical applications. In this work, we have developed two types of fluorescence polarization (FP) amplification assay strategies for the detection of biomolecules by using TiS2 as a FP enhancer and Zn(2+)-dependent self-hydrolyzing deoxyribozymes as catalysts to realize enzyme-catalyzed target-recycling signal amplification. One approach is based on the terminal protection of small-molecule-linked DNA, in which biomolecular binding to small molecules in DNA-small-molecule chimeras can protect the conjugated DNA from degradation by exonuclease I (Exo I); the other approach is based on the terminal protection of biomolecular bound aptamer DNA, in which biomolecules directly bound to the single strand aptamer DNA can protect the ssDNA from degradation by Exo I. We select folate receptor (FR) and thrombin (Tb) as model analytes to verify the current concept. It is shown that under optimized conditions, our strategies exhibit high sensitivity and selectivity for the quantification of FR and Tb with low detection limits (0.003 ng mL(-1) and 0.01 pM, respectively). Additionally, this strategy is a simple "mix and detect" approach, and does not require any separation steps. This biosensor is also utilized in the analysis of real biological samples, the results agree well with those obtained by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). PMID:27120690

  2. High-throughput drug profiling with voltage- and calcium-sensitive fluorescent probes in human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes.

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    Bedut, Stephane; Seminatore-Nole, Christine; Lamamy, Veronique; Caignard, Sarah; Boutin, Jean A; Nosjean, Olivier; Stephan, Jean-Philippe; Coge, Francis

    2016-07-01

    Cardiomyocytes derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) or induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are increasingly used for in vitro assays and represent an interesting opportunity to increase the data throughput for drug development. In this work, we describe a 96-well recording of synchronous electrical activities from spontaneously beating hiPSC-derived cardiomyocyte monolayers. The signal was obtained with a fast-imaging plate reader using a submillisecond-responding membrane potential recording assay, FluoVolt, based on a newly derived voltage-sensitive fluorescent dye. In our conditions, the toxicity of the dye was moderate and compatible with episodic recordings for >3 h. We show that the waveforms recorded from a whole well or from a single cell-sized zone are equivalent and make available critical functional parameters that are usually accessible only with gold standard techniques like intracellular microelectrode recording. This approach allows accurate identification of the electrophysiological effects of reference drugs on the different phases of the cardiac action potential as follows: fast depolarization (lidocaine), early repolarization (nifedipine, Bay K8644, and veratridine), late repolarization (dofetilide), and diastolic slow depolarization (ivabradine). Furthermore, the data generated with the FluoVolt dye can be pertinently complemented with a calcium-sensitive dye for deeper characterization of the pharmacological responses. In a semiautomated plate reader, the two probes used simultaneously in 96-well plates provide an easy and powerful multiparametric assay to rapidly and precisely evaluate the cardiotropic profile of compounds for drug discovery or cardiac safety. PMID:27199128

  3. Non-redox modulated fluorescence strategy for sensitive and selective ascorbic acid detection with highly photoluminescent nitrogen-doped carbon nanoparticles via solid-state synthesis.

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    Zhu, Xiaohua; Zhao, Tingbi; Nie, Zhou; Liu, Yang; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2015-08-18

    Highly photoluminescent nitrogen-doped carbon nanoparticles (N-CNPs) were prepared by a simple and green route employing sodium alginate as a carbon source and tryptophan as both a nitrogen source and a functional monomer. The as-synthesized N-CNPs exhibited excellent water solubility and biocompatibility with a fluorescence quantum yield of 47.9%. The fluorescence of the N-CNPs was intensively suppressed by the addition of ascorbic acid (AA). The mechanism of the fluorescence suppression of the N-CNPs was investigated, and the synergistic action of the inner filter effect (IFE) and the static quenching effect (SQE) contributed to the intensive fluorescence suppression, which was different from those reported for the traditional redox-based fluorescent probes. Owing to the spatial effect and hydrogen bond between the AA and the groups on the N-CNP surface, excellent sensitivity and selectivity for AA detecting was obtained in a wide linear relationship from 0.2 μM to 150 μM. The detection limit was as low as 50 nM (signal-to-noise ratio of 3). The proposed sensing systems also represented excellent sensitivity and selectivity for AA analysis in human biological fluids, providing a valuable platform for AA sensing in clinic diagnostic and drug screening. PMID:26202861

  4. Fluorescence detection of white-beam X-ray absorption anisotropy: towards element-sensitive projections of local atomic structure

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    Korecki, P.; Tolkiehn, M.; Dąbrowski, K. M.; Novikov, D. V.

    2011-01-01

    Projections of the atomic structure around Nb atoms in a LiNbO3 single crystal were obtained from a white-beam X-ray absorption anisotropy (XAA) pattern detected using Nb K fluorescence. This kind of anisotropy results from the interference of X-rays inside a sample and, owing to the short coherence length of a white beam, is visible only at small angles around interatomic directions. Consequently, the main features of the recorded XAA corresponded to distorted real-space projections of dense-packed atomic planes and atomic rows. A quantitative analysis of XAA was carried out using a wavelet transform and allowed well resolved projections of Nb atoms to be obtained up to distances of 10 Å. The signal of nearest O atoms was detected indirectly by a comparison with model calculations. The measurement of white-beam XAA using characteristic radiation indicates the possibility of obtaining element-sensitive projections of the local atomic structure in more complex samples. PMID:21997909

  5. A highly sensitive fluorescent indicator dye for calcium imaging of neural activity in vitro and in vivo

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    Tada, Mayumi; Takeuchi, Atsuya; Hashizume, Miki; Kitamura, Kazuo; Kano, Masanobu

    2014-01-01

    Calcium imaging of individual neurons is widely used for monitoring their activity in vitro and in vivo. Synthetic fluorescent calcium indicator dyes are commonly used, but the resulting calcium signals sometimes suffer from a low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Therefore, it is difficult to detect signals caused by single action potentials (APs) particularly from neurons in vivo. Here we showed that a recently developed calcium indicator dye, Cal-520, is sufficiently sensitive to reliably detect single APs both in vitro and in vivo. In neocortical neurons, calcium signals were linearly correlated with the number of APs, and the SNR was > 6 for in vitro slice preparations and > 1.6 for in vivo anesthetised mice. In cerebellar Purkinje cells, dendritic calcium transients evoked by climbing fiber inputs were clearly observed in anesthetised mice with a high SNR and fast decay time. These characteristics of Cal-520 are a great advantage over those of Oregon Green BAPTA-1, the most commonly used calcium indicator dye, for monitoring the activity of individual neurons both in vitro and in vivo. PMID:24405482

  6. Reaction-Driven Self-Assembled Micellar Nanoprobes for Ratiometric Fluorescence Detection of CS2 with High Selectivity and Sensitivity.

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    Lu, Wei; Xiao, Peng; Liu, Zhenzhong; Gu, Jincui; Zhang, Jiawei; Huang, Youju; Huang, Qing; Chen, Tao

    2016-08-10

    The detection of highly toxic CS2, which is known as a notorious occupational hazard in various industrial processes, is important from both environmental and public safety perspectives. We describe here a robust type of chemical-reaction-based supramolecular fluorescent nanoprobes for ratiometric determination of CS2 with high selectivity and sensitivity in water medium. The micellar nanoprobes self-assemble from amphiphilic pyrene-modified hyperbranched polyethylenimine (Py-HPEI) polymers with intense pyrene excimer emission. Selective sensing is based on a CS2-specific reaction with hydrophilic amino groups to produce hydrophobic dithiocarbamate moieties, which can strongly quench the pyrene excimer emission via a known photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism. Therefore, the developed micellar nanoprobes are free of the H2S interference problem often encountered in the widely used colorimetric assays and proved to show high selectivity over many potentially competing chemical species. Importantly, the developed approach is capable of CS2 sensing even in complex tap and river water samples. In addition, in view of the modular design principle of these powerful micellar nanoprobes, the sensing strategy used here is expected to be applicable to the development of various sensory systems for other environmentally important guest species. PMID:27419849

  7. High-Yield Exfoliation of Ultrathin Two-Dimensional Ternary Chalcogenide Nanosheets for Highly Sensitive and Selective Fluorescence DNA Sensors.

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    Tan, Chaoliang; Yu, Peng; Hu, Yanling; Chen, Junze; Huang, Ying; Cai, Yongqing; Luo, Zhimin; Li, Bing; Lu, Qipeng; Wang, Lianhui; Liu, Zheng; Zhang, Hua

    2015-08-19

    High-yield preparation of ultrathin two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets is of great importance for the further exploration of their unique properties and promising applications. Herein, for the first time, the high-yield and scalable production of ultrathin 2D ternary chalcogenide nanosheets, including Ta2NiS5 and Ta2NiSe5, in solution is achieved by exfoliating their layered microflakes. The size of resulting Ta2NiS5 and Ta2NiS5 nanosheets ranges from tens of nanometers to few micrometers. Importantly, the production yield of single-layer Ta2NiS5 nanosheets is very high, ca. 86%. As a proof-of-concept application, the single-layer Ta2NiS5 is used as a novel fluorescence sensing platform for the detection of DNA with excellent selectivity and high sensitivity (with detection limit of 50 pM). These solution-processable, high-yield, large-amount ternary chalcogenide nanosheets may also have potential applications in electrocatalysis, supercapacitors, and electronic devices. PMID:26241063

  8. A core-shell-structured molecularly imprinted polymer on upconverting nanoparticles for selective and sensitive fluorescence sensing of sulfamethazine.

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    Tian, Jinghan; Bai, Jialei; Peng, Yuan; Qie, Zhiwei; Zhao, Yufeng; Ning, Baoan; Xiao, Dan; Gao, Zhixian

    2015-08-01

    A core-shell structured molecularly imprinted polymer on upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs@MIP) was synthesized for the fluorescence (FL) sensing of sulfamethazine (SMZ). Hexagonal UCNPs were synthesized by the solvothermal method, then coated with a thin silica shell and modified with vinyl groups. Finally, surface polymerization was initiated among the vinyl groups, the functional monomers and cross-linking agents by the initiator. The MIP synthesized by this procedure was anchored on the surface of UCNPs, possessed better site accessibility and lower transfer resistance for the target molecule compared to bulk imprinted materials. The obtained UCNPs@MIP showed good binding capacity, fast response, high selectivity and specificity to the SMZ. The FL intensity of the UCNPs@MIP decreased sensitively with the increasing concentration of SMZ in the range of 50-700 ng mL(-1), the detection limit was 34 ng mL(-1) (S/N = 3). The UCNPs@MIP was successfully applied to the detection of SMZ in chicken samples. Thanks to the unique near-infrared (NIR) excitation nature of UCNPs, the chicken meat only needed some simple extraction procedures before FL detection, no complex purifications were required. The average recoveries ranged from 96.01% to 98.90%, with relative standard deviations (RSDs) below 4.5%. This work offers a novel sensing system that combined the advantages of upconverting nanotechnology and molecularly imprinted technology. PMID:26075380

  9. Fluorescent nanosensors via photoinduced polymerization of hydrophobic inorganic quantum dots for the sensitive and selective detection of nitroaromatics.

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    Bai, Min; Huang, Shuina; Xu, Suying; Hu, Gaofei; Wang, Leyu

    2015-02-17

    We developed an efficient one-pot strategy for the preparation of hydrophilic amine-functionalized nanocomposites by using hydrophobic fluorescence quantum dots ZnS:Mn(2+)@allyl mercaptan (QDs@AM) as building blocks through novel light-induced in situ polymerization. The average size of as-prepared hydrophilic nanocomposites was ∼50 nm, which could be further tuned by varying the concentrations of the monomers. Importantly, these nanocomposites were further utilized for the facile, highly sensitive, and selective detection of nitroaromatics. The linear ranges for 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) lie in 0.01-0.5 μg/mL and 0.05-8.0 μg/mL, respectively, barely interfered with by other nitroaromatics such as 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) and nitrobenzene (NB). Moreover, the novel surface modification method developed here offered a general strategy for fabricating hydrophobic nanocomposites with hydrophilic properties and indicated various potential applications including sensing and imaging. PMID:25605399

  10. Microenvironmental Effect of 2'-O-(1-Pyrenylmethyl)uridine Modified Fluorescent Oligonucleotide Probes on Sensitive and Selective Detection of Target RNA.

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    Imincan, Gülnur; Pei, Fen; Yu, Lijia; Jin, Hongwei; Zhang, Liangren; Yang, Xiaoda; Zhang, Lihe; Tang, XinJing

    2016-04-19

    2'-O-(1-Pyrenylmethyl)uridine modified oligoribonucleotides provide highly sensitive pyrene fluorescent probes for detecting specific nucleotide mutation of RNA targets. To develop more stable and cost-effective oligonucleotide probes, we investigated the local microenvironmental effects of nearby nucleobases on pyrene fluorescence in duplexes of RNAs and 2'-O-(1-pyrenylmethyl)uridine modified oligonucleotides. By incorporation of deoxyribonucleotides, ribonucleotides, 2'-MeO-nucleotides and 2'-F-nucleotides at both sides of 2'-O-(1-pyrenylmethyl)uridine (Up) in oligodeoxynucleotide probes, we synthesized a series of pyrene modified oligonucleotide probes. Their pyrene fluorescence emission spectra indicated that only two proximal nucleotides have a substantial effect on the pyrene fluorescence properties of these oligonucleotide probes hybridized with target RNA with an order of fluorescence sensitivity of 2'-F-nucleotides > 2'-MeO-nucleotides > ribonucleotides ≫ deoxyribonucleotides. While based on circular dichroism spectra, overall helix conformations (either A- or B-form) of the duplexes have marginal effects on the sensitivity of the probes. Instead, the local substitution reflected the propensity of the nucleotide sugar ring to adopt North type conformation and, accordingly, shifted their helix geometry toward a more A-type like conformation in local microenvironments. Thus, higher enhancement of pyrene fluorescence emission favored local A-type helix structures and more polar and hydrophobic environments (F > MeO > OH at 2' substitution) of duplex minor grooves of probes with the target RNA. Further dynamic simulation revealed that local microenvironmental effect of 2'-F-nucleotides or ribonucleotides was enough for pyrene moiety to move out of nucleobases to the minor groove of duplexes; in addition, 2'-F-nucleotide had less effect on π-stack of pyrene-modified uridine with upstream and downstream nucleobases. The present oligonucleotide probes

  11. A highly sensitive "turn-on" fluorescent sensor for the detection of human serum proteins based on the size exclusion of the polyacrylamide gel.

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    Xu, Shenghao; Liu, Pingping; Lu, Xin; Zhang, Jing; Huang, Lingyun; Hua, Wenhao; He, Dacheng; Ouyang, Jin

    2014-02-01

    A highly sensitive "turn-on" fluorescent sensor based on the size exclusion of the polyacrylamide gel was developed for the on-gels detection of human serum proteins after PAGE. The possible mechanism of this fluorescence sensor was illustrated and validated by utilizing five kinds of colloidal silver nanoparticles with different particle size distribution and six kinds of polyacrylamide gels with different pore size. It was attributed to that silver nanoparticles (<5 nm in diameter) had been selectively absorbed into the gel and formed the small silver nanoclusters, resulting in the red fluorescence. Using this new technique for the detection of human serum proteins after PAGE, a satisfactory sensitivity was achieved and some relatively low-abundance proteins (e.g. zinc-alpha-2-glycoprotein), which are the significant proteinic markers of certain diseases can be easily detected, but not with traditional methods. Furthermore, it was also successfully applied to distinguish between serums from hepatoma patient and healthy people. As a new protein detection technique, the colloidal silver nanoparticles based "turn-on" fluorescent sensor offers a rapid, economic, low background, and sensitive way for direct detection of human serum proteins, showing available potential and significance in the development of nanobiotechnology and proteome research. PMID:24150987

  12. A noncontact thermal microprobe for local thermal conductivity measurement.

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    Zhang, Yanliang; Castillo, Eduardo E; Mehta, Rutvik J; Ramanath, Ganpati; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian

    2011-02-01

    We demonstrate a noncontact thermal microprobe technique for measuring the thermal conductivity κ with ∼3 μm lateral spatial resolution by exploiting quasiballistic air conduction across a 10-100 nm air gap between a joule-heated microprobe and the sample. The thermal conductivity is extracted from the measured effective thermal resistance of the microprobe and the tip-sample thermal contact conductance and radius in the quasiballistic regime determined by calibration on reference samples using a heat transfer model. Our κ values are within 5%-10% of that measured by standard steady-state methods and theoretical predictions for nanostructured bulk and thin film assemblies of pnictogen chalcogenides. Noncontact thermal microprobing demonstrated here mitigates the strong dependence of tip-sample heat transfer on sample surface chemistry and topography inherent in contact methods, and allows the thermal characterization of a wide range of nanomaterials. PMID:21361625

  13. A noncontact thermal microprobe for local thermal conductivity measurement

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    Zhang, Yanliang; Castillo, Eduardo E.; Mehta, Rutvik J.; Ramanath, Ganpati; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian

    2011-02-01

    We demonstrate a noncontact thermal microprobe technique for measuring the thermal conductivity κ with ˜3 μm lateral spatial resolution by exploiting quasiballistic air conduction across a 10-100 nm air gap between a joule-heated microprobe and the sample. The thermal conductivity is extracted from the measured effective thermal resistance of the microprobe and the tip-sample thermal contact conductance and radius in the quasiballistic regime determined by calibration on reference samples using a heat transfer model. Our κ values are within 5%-10% of that measured by standard steady-state methods and theoretical predictions for nanostructured bulk and thin film assemblies of pnictogen chalcogenides. Noncontact thermal microprobing demonstrated here mitigates the strong dependence of tip-sample heat transfer on sample surface chemistry and topography inherent in contact methods, and allows the thermal characterization of a wide range of nanomaterials.

  14. Hg diffusion in books of XVIII and XIX centuries by synchrotron microprobe

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    Pessanha, S.; Carvalho, M. L.; Manso, M.; Guilherme, A.; Marques, A. F.; Perez, C. A.

    2009-08-01

    The pigment vermilion (HgS) was used to color the fore edge, tail and head of books. Dissemination and quantification of Hg present in the ink used to color books from XVIII and XIX centuries are reported. Mercury is a very toxic element for the human body, therefore it is extremely important to know whether Hg tends to disseminate throughout the paper or stays confined to the borders of the books with less danger for readers. Synchrotron X-ray microprobe was used to evaluate Hg dissemination from the border to the centre of the paper sheet. The diffusion pattern of Hg was compared with the results obtained by a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and mean quantitative calculations were obtained by a stationary X-ray fluorescence system with triaxial geometry. The results showed high concentrations of Hg in the external regions, but no diffusion was observed for the inner parts of the paper.

  15. Stand-alone microprobe at Livermore

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    Antolak, A J; Bench, G S; Brown, T A; Frantz, B R; Grant, P G; Morse, D H; Roberts, M L

    1998-10-02

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Sandia National Laboratories/California have jointly constructed a new stand-alone microprobe facility. Although the facility was built to develop a method to rapidly locate and determine elemental concentrations of micron scale particulates on various media using PIXE, the facility has found numerous applications in biology and materials science. The facility is located at LLNL and uses a General Ionex Corporation Model 358 duoplasmatron negative ion source, a National Electrostatics Corporation 5SDH-2 tandem accelerator, and an Oxford triplet lens. Features of the system include complete computer control of the beam transport using LabVIEWTM for Macintosh, computer controlled beam collimating and divergence limiting slits, automated sample positioning to micron resolution, and video optics for beam positioning and sample observation. Data collection is accomplished with the simultaneous use of as many as four EG&G Ortec IGLET-XTM X-Ray detectors, digital amplifiers made by X-Ray Instruments and Associates (XIA), and LabVIEWTM for Macintosh acquisition software.

  16. Aerothermal Heating Predictions for Mars Microprobe

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    Mitcheltree, R. A.; DiFulvio, M.; Horvath, T. J.; Braun, R. D.

    1998-01-01

    A combination of computational predictions and experimental measurements of the aerothermal heating expected on the two Mars Microprobes during their entry to Mars are presented. The maximum, non-ablating, heating rate at the vehicle's stagnation point (at alpha = 0 degrees) is predicted for an undershoot trajectory to be 194 Watts per square centimeters with associated stagnation point pressure of 0.064 atm. Maximum stagnation point pressure occurs later during the undershoot trajectory and is 0.094 atm. From computations at seven overshoot-trajectory points, the maximum heat load expected at the stagnation point is near 8800 Joules per square centimeter. Heat rates and heat loads on the vehicle's afterbody are much lower than the forebody. At zero degree angle-of-attack, heating over much of the hemi-spherical afterbody is predicted to be less than 2 percent of the stagnation point value. Good qualitative agreement is demonstrated for forebody and afterbody heating between CFD calculations at Mars entry conditions and experimental thermographic phosphor measurements from the Langley 20-Inch Mach 6 Air Tunnel. A novel approach which incorporates six degree-of-freedom trajectory simulations to perform a statistical estimate of the effect of angle-of-attack, and other off-nominal conditions, on heating is included.

  17. Biological Effects in Coral Biomineralization: The Ion-Microprobe Revolution

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    Meibom, A.

    2004-12-01

    Scleractinian corals are among the most prolific biomineralizing organisms on Earth and massive, reef-building corals are used extensively as proxies for past variations in the global climate. It is therefore of wide interest to understand the degree to which biological versus inorganic processes control the chemistry of the coral skeleton. Early workers considered aragonitic coral skeleton formation to be a purely physiochemical process. More recent studies have increasingly emphasized the role of a skeletal organic matrix, or intercalated organic macro-molecules that control the macroscopic shape and size of the growing crystals. It is now well established that organic compounds play a key role in controlling the morphology of crystals in a wide variety of calcium carbonate biomineralization processes by binding to specific sites, thereby causing direction-specific binding energies on the crystal surfaces. Macro-molecules, such as aspartic acid-rich or glutamic proteins and sulfated polysaccharides, are known to be embedded within the aragonitic skeletal components of coral. In addition, endosymbiotic algae and the layer of cells adjacent to the mineralizing surface, the calicoblastic ectoderm, are believed to play important roles in driving and controlling hermatypic coral skeletogenesis. However, until recently, further progress has been somewhat limited because it was not possible to obtain chemical analyses of the coral skeleton with sufficiently high spatial resolution and sensitivity to correlate chemical variations with the micrometer scale organization of its different structural components. The recent emergence of new ion microprobe technology is changing this situation radically. Conventional ion microprobe and laser ablation techniques have already contributed substantially to our knowledge about the micro-distribution of key trace elements such as B, Mg, Sr, Ba and U. However, with the development of the NanoSIMS, a newly designed ion microprobe

  18. The use of the laser Raman microprobe for the determination of salinity in fluid inclusions

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    Mernagh, T.P.; Wilde, A.R. )

    1989-04-01

    The O-H stretching region (2,800-3,800 cm{sup {minus}1}) in Raman spectra of aqueous solutions is sensitive to changes in the salt concentration. This permits determination of the salinity in the aqueous phase of fluid inclusions (at room temperature) by calculating skewing parameters from Raman microprobe spectra. The technique does not require detailed knowledge of the fluid composition and can be applied to most chloride solutions which commonly occur in fluid inclusions. Studies of synthetic fluid inclusions from the NaCl-H{sub 2}O system show that salinities up to halite saturation may be determined to within {plus minus}2 wt%. Well-characterized fluid inclusions from the unconformity-related uranium deposits of Nabarlek and Koongarra, Northern Territory, Australia, were studied with the laser Raman microprobe. The salinities determined from the Raman spectra are comparable to those obtained using standard microthermometric techniques. The Raman microprobe technique has the advantage of not requiring analogy to binary salt-water phase diagrams which cannot adequately model the complex brines in these inclusions. Variations in the concentration of salt hydrates, observed in Raman spectra of frozen inclusion, validated the salinities derived from the Raman skewing parameters obtained at room temperature. The Raman analyses confirm previous microthermometric evidence for trapping of discrete high and low salinity fluids.

  19. Study of microstructure and silicon segregation in cast iron using color etching and electron microprobe analysis

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    Vazehrad, S.; Diószegi, A.

    2015-06-15

    An investigation on silicon segregation of lamellar, compacted and nodular graphite iron was carried out by applying a selective, immersion color etching and a modified electron microprobe to study the microstructure. The color etched micrographs of the investigated cast irons by revealing the austenite phase have provided data about the chronology and mechanism of microstructure formation. Moreover, electron microprobe has provided two dimensional segregation maps of silicon. A good agreement was found between the segregation profile of silicon in the color etched microstructure and the silicon maps achieved by electron microprobe analysis. However, quantitative silicon investigation was found to be more accurate than color etching results to study the size of the eutectic colonies. - Highlights: • Sensitivity of a color etchant to silicon segregation is quantitatively demonstrated. • Si segregation measurement by EMPA approved the results achieved by color etching. • Color etched micrographs provided data about solidification mechanism in cast irons. • Austenite grain boundaries were identified by measuring the local Si concentration.

  20. A Sensitive and Robust HPLC Assay with Fluorescence Detection for the Quantification of Pomalidomide in Human Plasma for Pharmacokinetic Analyses

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    Shahbazi, Shandiz; Peer, Cody J.; Polizzotto, Mark N.; Uldrick, Thomas S.; Roth, Jeffrey; Wyvill, Kathleen M.; Aleman, Karen; Zeldis, Jerome B.; Yarchoan, Robert; Figg, William D.

    2014-01-01

    Pomalidomide is a second generation IMiD (immunomodulatory agent) that has recently been granted approval by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of relapsed multiple myeloma after prior treatment with two antimyeloma agents, including lenalidomide and bortezomib. A simple and robust HPLC assay with fluorescence detection for pomalidomide over the range of 1–500 ng/mL has been developed for application to pharmacokinetic studies in ongoing clinical trials in various other malignancies. A liquid-liquid extraction from human plasma alone or pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl was performed, using propyl paraben as the internal standard. From plasma either pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl or not, the assay was shown to be selective, sensitive, accurate, precise, and have minimal matrix effects (<20%). Pomalidomide was stable in plasma through 4 freeze-thaw cycles (<12% change), in plasma at room temperature for up to 2 hr for samples not pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl and up to 8 hr in samples pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl, 24 hr post-preparation at 4 °C (<2% change), and showed excellent extraction recovery (~90%). This is the first reported description of the freeze/thaw and plasma stability of pomalidomide in plasma either pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl or not. The information presented in this manuscript is important when performing pharmacokinetic analyses. The method was used to analyze clinical pharmacokinetics samples obtained after a 5 mg oral dose of pomalidomide. This relatively simple HPLC-FL assay allows a broader range of laboratories to measure pomalidomide for application to clinical pharmacokinetics. PMID:24486861

  1. A sensitive and robust HPLC assay with fluorescence detection for the quantification of pomalidomide in human plasma for pharmacokinetic analyses.

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    Shahbazi, Shandiz; Peer, Cody J; Polizzotto, Mark N; Uldrick, Thomas S; Roth, Jeffrey; Wyvill, Kathleen M; Aleman, Karen; Zeldis, Jerome B; Yarchoan, Robert; Figg, William D

    2014-04-01

    Pomalidomide is a second generation IMiD (immunomodulatory agent) that has recently been granted approval by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of relapsed multiple myeloma after prior treatment with two antimyeloma agents, including lenalidomide and bortezomib. A simple and robust HPLC assay with fluorescence detection for pomalidomide over the range of 1-500ng/mL has been developed for application to pharmacokinetic studies in ongoing clinical trials in various other malignancies. A liquid-liquid extraction from human plasma alone or pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl was performed, using propyl paraben as the internal standard. From plasma either pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl or not, the assay was shown to be selective, sensitive, accurate, precise, and have minimal matrix effects (<20%). Pomalidomide was stable in plasma through 4 freeze-thaw cycles (<12% change), in plasma at room temperature for up to 2h for samples not pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl and up to 8h in samples pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl, 24h post-preparation at 4°C (<2% change), and showed excellent extraction recovery (∼90%). This is the first reported description of the freeze/thaw and plasma stability of pomalidomide in plasma either pre-stabilized with 0.1% HCl or not. The information presented in this manuscript is important when performing pharmacokinetic analyses. The method was used to analyze clinical pharmacokinetics samples obtained after a 5mg oral dose of pomalidomide. This relatively simple HPLC-FL assay allows a broader range of laboratories to measure pomalidomide for application to clinical pharmacokinetics. PMID:24486861

  2. High fluorescence S, N co-doped carbon dots as an ultra-sensitive fluorescent probe for the determination of uric acid.

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    Wang, Haiyan; Lu, Qiujun; Hou, Yuxin; Liu, Yalan; Zhang, Youyu

    2016-08-01

    Sulfur, nitrogen co-doped carbon dots (S, N co-doped C-dots) as highly selective fluorescent probe for uric acid (UA) detection were designed. The S, N co-doped C-dots with high quantum yield of 73.1% were prepared by hydrothermal method. It was found that the fluorescence of S, N co-doped C-dots was quenched apparently by hydroxyl radicals from Fenton reaction between H2O2 and Fe(2+). The production of H2O2 originated from the oxidization of UA by uricase. Therefore, an optical biosensor was developed for the detection of UA based on Fenton reaction and enzymatic reaction. Under the optimized conditions, two linear relationships between the ratio of fluorescence quenching of the C-dots and UA concentration were found in the range of 0.08-10µM and 10-50µM, respectively. The detection limit was down to 0.07µM. Moreover, the proposed biosensor was successfully applied to the detection of uric acid in human serum samples. PMID:27216657

  3. A novel and sensitive fluorescence immunoassay for the detection of fluoroquinolones in animal-derived foods using upconversion nanoparticles as labels.

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    Hu, Gaoshuang; Sheng, Wei; Zhang, Yan; Wu, Xuening; Wang, Shuo

    2015-11-01

    A novel fluorescence immunoassay to detect fluoroquinolones in animal-derived foods was developed for the first time by use of upconversion nanoparticles as signal-probe labels. The bioassay system was established by the use of coating-antigen-modified polystyrene particles as immune-sensing probes for separation and anti-norfloxacin monoclonal antibody conjugated with carboxyl-functionalized NaYF4:Yb,Er upconversion nanoparticles which were prepared via a pyrolysis method and a subsequent ligand exchange process as fluorescent-signal probes (emission intensity recorded at 542 nm with excitation at 980 nm). Under optimized conditions, detection of fluoroquinolones was performed easily. The detection limit of this fluorescence immunoassay for norfloxacin, for example, was 10 pg mL(-1), within a wide linear range of 10 pg mL(-1) to 10 ng mL(-1) (R (2)  = 0.9959). For specificity analysis, the data obtained indicate this method could be applied in broad-spectrum detection of fluoroquinolones. The recoveries of norfloxacin-spiked animal-derived foods ranged from 82.37 to 132.22 %, with coefficients of variation of 0.24-25.06 %. The extraction procedure was rapid and simple, especially for milk samples, which could be analyzed directly without any pretreatment. In addition, the results obtained with the method were in good agreement with those obtained with commercial ELISA kits. The fluorescence immunoassay was more sensitive, especially with regard to the detection limit in milk samples (0.01 ng mL(-1) for norfloxacin): it was 50-fold more sensitive than commercial ELISA kits (0.5 ng mL(-1) for norfloxacin). The results show the proposed fluorescence immunoassay was facile, sensitive, and interference free, and is an alternative method for the quantitative detection of fluoroquinolone residues in animal-derived foods. PMID:26337749

  4. A turn-off fluorescent biosensor for the rapid and sensitive detection of uranyl ion based on molybdenum disulfide nanosheets and specific DNAzyme.

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    Zhang, HongYan; Ruan, YaJuan; Lin, Ling; Lin, Minggui; Zeng, Xiaoxue; Xi, Zhiming; Fu, FengFu

    2015-07-01

    A novel fluorescent biosensor for detecting uranyl ion (UO2(2+)) in aqueous environment has been developed based on the specific recognition of DNAzyme and the fluorescence quenching ability of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanosheets. The DNAzyme contains a DNA enzyme strand and a 6-carboxylfluorescein (FAM)-labeled DNA substrate strand. We demonstrated that MoS2 nanosheets have low affinity to the substrate-enzyme complex DNAzyme. Whereas, in the presence of UO2(2+), UO2(2+) can specifically cleave DNAzyme to release FAM-labeled single-strand DNA and the released FAM-labeled single-strand DNA can be firmly adsorbed on the surface of MoS2 nanosheets, which resulted in an obvious decrease of fluorescence intensity. This provided a sensing platform for the rapid, simple and sensitive fluorescent detection of UO2(2+). By using the sensing platform, a sensitive and selective fluorescent method for the rapid detection of UO2(2+) has been developed. In comparison with previous biosensor, the proposed method has obvious analytical advantage such as relatively high sensitivity and good stability, short analytical time and low cost. It can be used to detect as low as 2.14 nM of UO2(2+) in aqueous environment with a recovery of 96-102% and a RSD<5% (n=6). The success of this study provides a promising alternative for the rapid and on-site detection of UO2(2+) in environmental monitoring. PMID:25797343

  5. Development of a fluorescent enzyme-linked DNA aptamer-magnetic bead sandwich assay and portable fluorometer for sensitive and rapid leishmania detection in sandflies.

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    Bruno, John G; Richarte, Alicia M; Phillips, Taylor; Savage, Alissa A; Sivils, Jeffrey C; Greis, Alex; Mayo, Michael W

    2014-01-01

    A fluorescent peroxidase-linked DNA aptamer-magnetic bead sandwich assay is described which detects as little as 100 ng of soluble protein extracted from Leishmania major promastigotes with a high molarity chaotropic salt. Lessons learned during development of the assay are described and elucidate the pros and cons of using fluorescent dyes or nanoparticles and quantum dots versus a more consistent peroxidase-linked Amplex Ultra Red (AUR; similar to resazurin) fluorescence version of the assay. While all versions of the assays were highly sensitive, the AUR-based version exhibited lower variability between tests. We hypothesize that the AUR version of this assay is more consistent, especially at low analyte levels, because the fluorescent product of AUR is liberated into bulk solution and readily detectable while fluorophores attached to the reporter aptamer might occasionally be hidden behind magnetic beads near the detection limit. Conversely, fluorophores could be quenched by nearby beads or other proximal fluorophores on the high end of analyte concentration, if packed into a small area after magnetic collection when an enzyme-linked system is not used. A highly portable and rechargeable battery-operated fluorometer with on board computer and color touchscreen is also described which can be used for rapid (<1 h) and sensitive detection of Leishmania promastigote protein extracts (∼ 100 ng per sample) in buffer or sandfly homogenates for mapping of L. major parasite geographic distributions in wild sandfly populations. PMID:24222436

  6. Green and orange CdTe quantum dots as effective pH-sensitive fluorescent probes for dual simultaneous and independent detection of viruses.

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    Deng, Zhengtao; Zhang, Yun; Yue, Jiachang; Tang, Fangqiong; Wei, Qun

    2007-10-18

    One of the most highlighted and fastest moving interfaces of nanotechnology is the application of quantum dots (QDs) in biology. The unparalleled advantages of the size-tunable fluorescent emission and the simultaneous excitation at a single wavelength make QDs the great possibility for use in optical encoding detection. In this paper, we report that green and orange CdTe QDs as convenient, cheap, reversible, and effective pH-sensitive fluorescent probes could monitor the proton (H+) flux driven by ATP synthesis for dual simultaneous and independent detection of viruses on the basis of antibody-antigen reactions. A new kind of biosensor (consisting of the mixture of green-QDs-labeled chromatophores and orange-QDs-labeled chromatophores) fluorescent measurement system was established for rapid, simultaneous, and independent detection of two different kinds of viruses (i.e., H9 avian influenza virus and MHV68 virus). It is crucial to find that the green and orange QDs labeled biosensors coexisting in the detection system can work independently and do not interfere with each another in the fluorescence assays. In addition, a primary steady electric double layer (EDL) model for the QDs biosensors was proposed to illustrate the mechanism of simultaneous and independent detection of the biosensors. We believe that the pH-sensitive CdTe QDs based detection system, described in this paper, is an important step toward optical encoding and has a great potential for simultaneous and independent qualitative and quantitative multiple detection systems. PMID:17887667

  7. A highly sensitive label-free sensor for Mercury ion (Hg²⁺) by inhibiting thioflavin T as DNA G-quadruplexes fluorescent inducer.

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    Ge, Jia; Li, Xi-Ping; Jiang, Jian-Hui; Yu, Ru-Qin

    2014-05-01

    DNA sequences with guanine repeats can be induced to form G-quartets that adopt G-quadruplex structures in the presence of thioflavin T (ThT). ThT plays a dual role of inducing DNA sequences to fold into quadruplex structures and of sensing the change by its remarkable fluorescence enhancement. ThT binding to the DNA sequences with guanine repeats showed highly specific fluorescence enhancement compared with single/double-stranded DNA. In this work, we have utilized the conformational switch from G-quadruplex complex induced by fluorogenic dye ThT to Hg(2+) mediated T-Hg-T double-stranded DNA formation, thereby pioneering a facile approach to detect Hg(2+) with fluorescence spectrometry. Through this approach, Hg(2+) in aqueous solutions can be detected at 5 nM with fluorescence spectrometry in a facile way, with high selectivity against other metal ions. These results indicate the introduced label-free method for fluorescence spectrometric Hg(2+) detection is simple, quantitative, sensitive, and highly selective. PMID:24720966

  8. Graphene Quantum Dot-MnO2 Nanosheet Based Optical Sensing Platform: A Sensitive Fluorescence "Turn Off-On" Nanosensor for Glutathione Detection and Intracellular Imaging.

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    Yan, Xu; Song, Yang; Zhu, Chengzhou; Song, Junhua; Du, Dan; Su, Xingguang; Lin, Yuehe

    2016-08-31

    Glutathione (GSH) monitoring has attracted extensive attention because it serves a vital role in human pathologies. Herein, a convenient fluorescence "turn off-on" nanosensor based on graphene quantum dots (GQDs)-manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanosheet has been designed for selective detection of GSH in living cells. The fluorescence intensity of GQDs can be quenched by MnO2 nanosheets via a fluorescence resonance energy transfer. However, GSH can reduce MnO2 nanosheets to Mn(2+) cations and release GQDs, causing sufficient recovery of fluorescent signal. The MnO2 nanosheets serve as both fluorescence nanoquencher and GSH recognizer in the sensing platform. The sensing platform displayed a sensitive response to GSH in the range of 0.5-10 μmol L(-1), with a detection limit of 150 nmol L(-1). Furthermore, the chemical response of the GQDs-MnO2 nanoprobe exhibits high selectivity toward GSH over other electrolytes and biomolecules. Most importantly, the promising platform was successfully applied in monitoring the intracellular GSH in living cells, indicating its great potential to be used in disease diagnosis. Meanwhile, this GQDs-MnO2 platform is also generalizable and can be easily expanded to the detection and imaging of other reactive species in living cells. PMID:27494553

  9. A label-free aptasensor for highly sensitive detection of ATP and thrombin based on metal-enhanced PicoGreen fluorescence.

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    Wang, Kaiyu; Liao, Jian; Yang, Xiangyue; Zhao, Meng; Chen, Min; Yao, Weirong; Tan, Weihong; Lan, Xiaopeng

    2015-01-15

    A label-free fluorescence aptasensor for highly selective and sensitive detection of ATP and thrombin was developed by using PicoGreen (PG) as signal molecule and surface-bound metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF) substrates (silver island films, SIFs) as signal enhancers. On binding with ATP or thrombin, aptamers undergo structure switching, leading to a reduction of fluorescence intensity of PG. Chang of fluorescence intensity can be magnified by SIFs. The limit of detection for ATP and thrombin is 1.3 nM and 0.073 nM, respectively. The fluorescence quenching efficiency is linear in the logarithmic scale with ATP concentration range from 10 nM to 100 μM (R(2)=0.995) and thrombin concentration range from 0.1 nM to 100 nM (R(2)=0.997). The coefficients of variation of the intra-assay reproducibility and inter-assay reproducibility for ATP (10 μM) assay are 3.8% and 5.2%, respectively. In addition, the aptasensor is stable and can be reliably used for ATP measurement in biological samples. Overall, the aptasensor can be a useful and cost effective tool for the specific detection of ATP, thrombin and potentially other biomolecules in biological samples. PMID:25086329

  10. Study on the fluorescent enhancement effect in terbium-gadolinium-protein-sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate system and its application on sensitive detection of protein at nanogram level.

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    Sun, Changxia; Yang, Jinghe; Wu, Xia; Liu, Shufang; Su, Benyu

    2004-08-01

    The co-luminescence effect in a terbium-gadolinium-protein-sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) system is reported here. Based on it, the sensitive quantitative analysis of protein at nanogram levels is established. The co-luminescence mechanism is studied using fluorescence, resonance light scattering (RLS), absorption spectroscopy and NMR measurement. It is considered that protein could be unfolded by SDBS, then a efficacious intramolecular fluorescent energy transfer occurs from unfolded protein to rare earth ions through SDBS acting as a "transfer bridge" to enhance the emission fluorescence of Tb3+ in this ternary complex of Tb-SDBS-BSA, where energy transfer from protein to SDBS by aromatic ring stacking is the most important step. Cooperating with the intramolecular energy transfer above is the intermolecular energy transfer between the simultaneous existing complexes of both Tb3+ and Gd3+. The fluorescence quantum yield is increased by an energy-insulating sheath, which is considered to be another reason for the resulting enhancement of the fluorescence. Förster theory is used to calculate the distribution of enhancing factors and has led to a greater understanding of the mechanisms of energy transfer. PMID:15388234

  11. A gold nanoparticle-based fluorescence sensor for high sensitive and selective detection of thiols in living cells.

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    Xu, Jian; Yu, Hui; Hu, Yue; Chen, Mingzhong; Shao, Shijun

    2016-01-15

    A novel gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based sensor for detecting thiols in aqueous solution has been developed. Due to the weak N···Au interactions, meso-(4-pyridinyl)-substituted BODIPY (4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene) dyes were coordinated to AuNP surfaces, which effectively quenched the fluorescence of organic/inorganic hybrid systems. The fluorescent quenching mechanism was mainly ascribed to the highly efficient fluorescent resonance energy transfer (FRET) and the inner filter effect. In the presence of thiols, meso-(4-pyridinyl)-substituted BODIPY chromophore were displaced and released from the AuNP surfaces and thus restored the fluorescence of BODIPY chromophore. The modulation of the fluorescence quenching efficiency of BODIPY–AuNPs in the presence of thiols can achieve a large turn-on fluorescence enhancement (40-fold) in aqueous solution. The new AuNP-based fluorescence sensor displayed desired properties such as high specificity, relatively low detection limit (30 nM for Cys), appreciable water solubility and rapid response time (within 2 min for Cys/Hcy). Moreover, the sensor has been successfully applied for monitoring and imaging of intracellular thiols within living HeLa cells. PMID:26278044

  12. A ratiometric fluorescent probe for sensitive, selective and reversible detection of copper (II) based on riboflavin-stabilized gold nanoclusters.

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    Zhang, Min; Le, Huynh-Nhu; Jiang, Xiao-Qin; Guo, Su-Miao; Yu, Hai-Jun; Ye, Bang-Ce

    2013-12-15

    Most of the copper (II) fluorescent probes are based on the measurement of fluorescence at a single wavelength, which may be influenced by variations in the sample environment. To the end, the ratiometric fluorescent measurement, which involves the simultaneous measurement of two fluorescence signals at different wavelengths followed by calculation of their intensity ratio, can effectively eliminate the adverse effects on fluorescence signals and give greater precision to the data analysis relative to single-channel detection. In this work, we prepared novel luminescent gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) utilizing vitamin B2 (riboflavin) as stabilizer by a simple, rapid and one-pot green (low-toxicity materials use) procedure. The as-prepared riboflavin-AuNCs (Ri-AuNCs) solution can be luminescent exhibiting two fluorescence emission peaks at 530 nm and around 840 nm with excitation at 375 nm, however, in the presence of Cu(2+), the fluorescence of the Ri-AuNCs was found to be quenched at around 840 nm and enhanced at 530 nm by Cu(2+). The resultant ratiometric fluorescent response can provide a novel sensory probe for the determination of Cu(2+). The present probe had excellent selectivity in the presence of several cations. The probe revealed a detection limit of 0.9 μM of Cu(2+). Moreover, our proposed probe can reversibly switch between the "on" and "off" states through the addition of Cu(2+) and EDTA, which is reusable in practical application. Results and method reported here provide a unique strategy for performance of ratiometric assays demonstrated with a AuNCs-based fluorescent probe, which expands the application of AuNCs. PMID:24209359

  13. U/Th dating by SHRIMP RG ion-microprobe mass spectrometry using single ion-exchange beads

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    Bischoff, J.L.; Wooden, J.; Murphy, F.; Williams, Ross W.

    2005-01-01

    We present a new analytical method for U-series isotopes using the SHRIMP RG (Sensitive High mass Resolution Ion MicroProbe) mass spectrometer that utilizes the preconcentration of the U-series isotopes from a sample onto a single ion-exchange bead. Ion-microprobe mass spectrometry is capable of producing Th ionization efficiencies in excess of 2%. Analytical precision is typically better than alpha spectroscopy, but not as good as thermal ionization mass spectroscopy (TIMS) and inductively coupled plasma multicollector mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Like TIMS and ICP-MS the method allows analysis of small samples sizes, but also adds the advantage of rapidity of analysis. A major advantage of ion-microprobe analysis is that U and Th isotopes are analyzed in the same bead, simplifying the process of chemical separation. Analytical time on the instrument is ???60 min per sample, and a single instrument-loading can accommodate 15-20 samples to be analyzed in a 24-h day. An additional advantage is that the method allows multiple reanalyses of the same bead and that samples can be archived for reanalysis at a later time. Because the ion beam excavates a pit only a few ??m deep, the mount can later be repolished and reanalyzed numerous times. The method described of preconcentrating a low concentration sample onto a small conductive substrate to allow ion-microprobe mass spectrometry is potentially applicable to many other systems. Copyright ?? 2005 Elsevier Ltd.

  14. Highly sensitive and selective fluorescent sensor for zinc ion based on a new diarylethene with a thiocarbamide unit.

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    Zhang, Congcong; Pu, Shouzhi; Sun, Zhiyuan; Fan, Congbin; Liu, Gang

    2015-04-01

    A new photochromic diarylethene has been synthesized by using thiocarbamide as a functional group and perfluordiarylethene as photoswitching trigger via a salicylidene Schiff base linkage. The diarylethene could be used as a multicontrollable fluorescence switch when triggered by base/acid, light, and metal ions. The results showed that the absorption and fluorescence characteristics of the diarylethene exhibited sequence-dependent responses through efficient interaction of specific salicylidene Schiff base-linked thiocarbamide unit with tetrabutylammonium hydroxide/trifluoroacetic acid and photoirradiation. Moreover, the diarylethene was highly selective toward Zn(2+) ion with obvious fluorescence change from light blue to bright yellow in acetonitrile. The deprotonated form of the diarylethene had typical photochromism, but it showed an irreversible photocyclization reaction after binding with Zn(2+). Finally, two logic circuits were constructed by using the fluorescence intensity as the output signal with the inputs of the combinational stimuli of light and chemical species. PMID:25760313

  15. A reduced graphene oxide-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer sensor for highly sensitive detection of matrix metalloproteinase 2

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    Xi, Gaina; Wang, Xiaoping; Chen, Tongsheng

    2016-01-01

    A novel fluorescence nanoprobe (reduced nano-graphene oxide [nrGO]/fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled peptide [Pep-FITC]) for ultrasensitive detection of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) has been developed by engineering the Pep-FITC comprising the specific MMP2 substrate domain (PLGVR) onto the surface of nrGO particles through non-covalent linkage. The nrGO was obtained by water bathing nano-graphene oxide under 90°C for 4 hours. After mixing the nrGO and Pep-FITC for 30 seconds, the fluorescence from Pep-FITC was almost completely quenched due to the fluorescence resonance energy transfer between fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) and nrGO. Upon cleavage of the amide bond between Leu and Gly in the Pep-FITC by protease-MMP2, the FITC bound to nrGO was separated from nrGO surface, disrupting the fluorescence resonance energy transfer process and resulting in fluorescence recovery of FITC. Under optimal conditions, the fluorescence recovery of nrGO/Pep-FITC was found to be directly proportional to the concentration of MMP2 within 0.02–0.1 nM. The detection limit of the nrGO/Pep-FITC was determined to be 3 pM, which is approximately tenfold lower than that of the unreduced carboxylated nano-graphene oxide/Pep-FITC probe. PMID:27143876

  16. A reduced graphene oxide-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer sensor for highly sensitive detection of matrix metalloproteinase 2.

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    Xi, Gaina; Wang, Xiaoping; Chen, Tongsheng

    2016-01-01

    A novel fluorescence nanoprobe (reduced nano-graphene oxide [nrGO]/fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled peptide [Pep-FITC]) for ultrasensitive detection of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) has been developed by engineering the Pep-FITC comprising the specific MMP2 substrate domain (PLGVR) onto the surface of nrGO particles through non-covalent linkage. The nrGO was obtained by water bathing nano-graphene oxide under 90°C for 4 hours. After mixing the nrGO and Pep-FITC for 30 seconds, the fluorescence from Pep-FITC was almost completely quenched due to the fluorescence resonance energy transfer between fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) and nrGO. Upon cleavage of the amide bond between Leu and Gly in the Pep-FITC by protease-MMP2, the FITC bound to nrGO was separated from nrGO surface, disrupting the fluorescence resonance energy transfer process and resulting in fluorescence recovery of FITC. Under optimal conditions, the fluorescence recovery of nrGO/Pep-FITC was found to be directly proportional to the concentration of MMP2 within 0.02-0.1 nM. The detection limit of the nrGO/Pep-FITC was determined to be 3 pM, which is approximately tenfold lower than that of the unreduced carboxylated nano-graphene oxide/Pep-FITC probe. PMID:27143876

  17. Hexagonal cobalt oxyhydroxide-carbon dots hybridized surface: high sensitive fluorescence turn-on probe for monitoring of ascorbic acid in rat brain following brain ischemia.

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    Li, Linbo; Wang, Chao; Liu, Kangyu; Wang, Yuhan; Liu, Kun; Lin, Yuqing

    2015-03-17

    In this study, we report a novel and efficient fluorescence probe synthesized by Tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane-derived carbon dots (CDs)-modified hexagonal cobalt oxyhydroxide(CoOOH) nanoflakes (Tris-derived CDs-CoOOH) for monitoring of cerebral ascorbic acid (AA) in brain microdialysate. The as-prepared Tris-derived CDs with the fluorescence quantum yield of 7.3% are prepared by a one-step pyrolysis strategy of the sole precursor and used as the signal output. After being hybridized with CoOOH nanoflakes to form Tris-derived CDs-CoOOH, the luminescence of the Tris-derived CDs can be efficiently quenched by CoOOH via fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). Due to the specific redox reaction between the enediol group of AA and hexagonal CoOOH nanoflakes, AA can reduce the hexagonal CoOOH nanoflakes in the Tris-derived CDs-CoOOH and lead to collapse of the hybrized structure, then the release of Tris-derived CDs, and thus finally the fluorescence recovery. Moreover, cobalt ions (II), generated by CoOOH nanoflakes oxidizing AA, almost have no obvious interference on the fluorescence probe, i.e., Tris-derived CDs, which could be ascribed to the surface of Tris-derived CDs containing a few strong chelation groups such as amino/carboxyl/thiol groups, instead of plenty of -OH groups with weak chelation with Co(2+). On the basis of this feature, the Tris-derived CDs-CoOOH fluorescent probe demonstrates a linear range from 100 nM to 20 μM with the detection limit of ∼50 nM, i.e., with an improved sensitivity toward AA detection. Compared with other turn-on fluorescent methods using convenient fluorophore-nitroxide fluorescent probes for detection of AA, the method demonstrated here possesses a facial synthesis route, lower limit of detection, and wider linear range, which validates sensing of AA in the cerebral systems during the calm/ischemia process. This study provides a fluorescence assay for the simple yet facial detection of AA in the cerebral systems and

  18. The ISAS Synchrotron Microprobe at DELTA

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    Bohlen, Alex von; Kraemer, Markus; Hergenroeder, Roland; Berges, Ulf

    2007-01-19

    Since 2004 ISAS operates a dipole beamline at the synchrotron radiation facility DELTA at University of Dortmund. Synchrotron radiation is used at this beamline as an excellent excitation source for X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF). Among others, the high brilliance of the synchrotron radiation in contrast to conventional X-ray tubes, the strong polarization of the synchrotron radiation and the low divergence of the electron beam can be applied to XRF offering several advantages for spectroscopy. These outstanding features encouraged us to develop and operate a synchrotron radiation induced X-ray micro fluorescence probe connected to a wavelength dispersive spectrometer (SR-WDXRF). A relevant characteristic of such a device, namely, good lateral resolution at high spectral resolution can be applied for single spot-, line-scan and area map analyses of a variety of objects. The instrumentation of the SR-WDXRF and the performed experiments will be presented. Main task is the detection of light elements by their fluorescence K-lines and the specification of element compounds.

  19. Simple and Sensitive Molecularly Imprinted Polymer - Mn-Doped ZnS Quantum Dots Based Fluorescence Probe for Cocaine and Metabolites Determination in Urine.

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    Chantada-Vázquez, María Pilar; Sánchez-González, Juan; Peña-Vázquez, Elena; Tabernero, María Jesús; Bermejo, Ana María; Bermejo-Barrera, Pilar; Moreda-Piñeiro, Antonio

    2016-03-01

    A new molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP)-based fluorescent artificial receptor has been prepared by anchoring a selective MIP for cocaine (COC) on the surface of polyethylene glycol (PEG) modified Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs). The prepared material combines the high selectivity attributed to MIPs and the sensitive fluorescent property of the Mn-doped ZnS QDs. Simple and low cost methods have therefore been optimized for assessing cocaine abuse in urine by monitoring the fluorescence quenching when the template (COC) and also metabolites from COC [benzoylecgonine (BZE) and ecgonine methyl ester (EME)] are present. Fluorescence quenching was not observed when performing experiments with other drugs of abuse (and their metabolites) or when using nonimprinted polymer (NIP)-coated QDs. Under optimized operating conditions (1.5 mL of 200 mg L(-1) MIP-coated QDs solution, pH 5.5, and 15 min before fluorescence scanning) two analytical methods were developed/validated. One of the procedures (direct method) consisted of urine sample 1:20 dilution before fluorescence measurements. The method has been found to be fast, precise, and accurate, but the standard addition technique for performing the analysis was required because of the existence of matrix effect. The second procedure performed a solid phase extraction (SPE) first, avoiding matrix effect and allowing external calibration. The limits of detection of the methods were 0.076 mg L(-1) (direct method) and 0.0042 mg L(-1) (SPE based method), which are lower than the cutoff values for confirmative conclusions regarding cocaine abuse. PMID:26857857

  20. Highly sensitive optical thermometry based on the upconversion fluorescence from Yb3+/Er3+ codoped La2(WO4)3:Yb3+ ,Er3+ phosphor

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    Yang, Yan-min; Mi, Chao

    2013-12-01

    An optical temperature sensor based on Yb3+ and Er3+ codoped La2(WO4)3 phosphor for using in the high temperature region is discussed on the basis of fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) method. The dependence of temperature on the upconversion green emission was intensive studied when the temperature increased from 300 K to 550 K under the excitation of 971 nm laser diode. The fluorescence intensity ratio of the two green emissions bands centered at 525 nm, 545 nm changed dramatically with the thermal treatment. By analyzing the experimental data according to the FIR method, the result on the thermometric property of La2(WO4)3:Yb3+, Er3+ was obtained and it shows that the sensitivity of La2(WO4)3:Yb3+, Er3+ reached the maximal value of about 0.0097 K-1 at the temperature of 510 K, even when the temperature was as high as 900 K, the sensitivity could still exceed 0.007 K-1. Results indicate that La2(WO4)3:Yb3+, Er3+ has higher sensitivity for thermometry in high temperature area. Owing to its good thermal stability, low synthesis cost and high sensitivity, La2(WO4)3: Yb3+, Er3+ phosphor has potential application in optical temperature sensing.

  1. A rapid microwave synthesis of nitrogen-sulfur co-doped carbon nanodots as highly sensitive and selective fluorescence probes for ascorbic acid.

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    Duan, Junxia; Yu, Jie; Feng, Suling; Su, Li

    2016-06-01

    A ultrafast one-step microwave-assisted method was developed for the synthesis of nitrogen-sulfur co-doped carbon nanodots (N,S-CDs) by using ethylenediamine as the carbon source and sulfamic acid as the surface passivation reagent. The morphology and the properties of N,S-CDs were explored by a series of techniques, such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The prepared N,S-CDs exhibit bright blue photoluminescence with a high fluorescence quantum yield (FLQY) up to 28%, and high stability and excellent water solubility. A N,S-CDs-based fluorescent probe was developed for sensitive detection ascorbic acid (AA) in the presence of Cu(2+), based on the mechanism that AA reduces Cu(2+) to Cu(+), then Cu(+) quenches the fluorescence of N,S-CDs through electron or energy transfer due to the interaction between Cu(+) and thiol ligand on the N,S-CDs surface. The observed linear response concentration range was from 0.057 to 4.0μM to AA with a detection limit as low as 18nM. The probe exhibited a highly selective response toward AA even in the presence of possible interfering substances, such as uric acid and citric acid. Moreover, these promising features made the sensing system used for the analysis of human serum and urine samples. PMID:27130124

  2. N, B-doped carbon dots as a sensitive fluorescence probe for Hg(2+) ions and 2,4,6-trinitrophenol detection for bioimaging.

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    Ye, Qianghua; Yan, Fanyong; Shi, Dechao; Zheng, Tancheng; Wang, Yinyin; Zhou, Xuguang; Chen, Li

    2016-09-01

    Nitrogen and boron co-doped carbon dots (BCNDs1-3) were prepared from three kinds of borate via a facile hydrothermal method. The as-prepared BCNDs did not shift with the change of excitation wavelength and possess good water dispersibility, strong fluorescence emission with high fluorescent quantum yield of 29.01%, 51.42%, 68.28%, respectively. Subsequently, these BCNDs were exploited as excellent Hg(2+) ion and 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) probe. The efficient selective detection of Hg(2+) can be attributed to non-radiative electron/hole recombination annihilation through an effective electron transfer process and the detection of TNP can be attributed to the fluorescence resonance energy transfer process (FRET). The results show that the BCNDs2 is the most sensitive fluorescence probe for Hg(2+) ions and TNP detection as low as Hg(2+) 7.3nM and TNP 0.35μM compared with BCNDs1 and BCNDs3. The as-prepared BCNDs possess the advantages of good selectivity, fast response and a broad linear detection. They were applied to sensing and imaging of human umbilical vein endothelial cells, showing low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility. PMID:27323236

  3. Conformation-sensitive nucleoside analogues as topology-specific fluorescence turn-on probes for DNA and RNA G-quadruplexes

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    Tanpure, Arun A.; Srivatsan, Seergazhi G.

    2015-01-01

    Development of probes that can discriminate G-quadruplex (GQ) structures and indentify efficient GQ binders on the basis of topology and nucleic acid type is highly desired to advance GQ-directed therapeutic strategies. In this context, we describe the development of minimally perturbing and environment-sensitive pyrimidine nucleoside analogues, based on a 5-(benzofuran-2-yl)uracil core, as topology-specific fluorescence turn-on probes for human telomeric DNA and RNA GQs. The pyrimidine residues of one of the loop regions (TTA) of telomeric DNA and RNA GQ oligonucleotide (ON) sequences were replaced with 5-benzofuran-modified 2′-deoxyuridine and uridine analogues. Depending on the position of modification the fluorescent nucleoside analogues distinguish antiparallel, mixed parallel-antiparallel and parallel stranded DNA and RNA GQ topologies from corresponding duplexes with significant enhancement in fluorescence intensity and quantum yield. Further, these GQ sensors enabled the development of a simple fluorescence binding assay to quantify topology- and nucleic acid-specific binding of small molecule ligands to GQ structures. Together, our results demonstrate that these nucleoside analogues are useful GQ probes, which are anticipated to provide new opportunities to study and discover efficient G-quadruplex binders of therapeutic potential. PMID:26202965

  4. Highly fluorescent carbon dots as selective and sensitive "on-off-on" probes for iron(III) ion and apoferritin detection and imaging in living cells.

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    Han, Cuiping; Wang, Ru; Wang, Keying; Xu, Huiting; Sui, Meirong; Li, Jingjing; Xu, Kai

    2016-09-15

    Highly blue luminescent nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) with a fluorescence quantum yield of 42.3% were prepared by an efficient one-step pyrolytic route from ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid and urea. The as-synthesized N-CDs were demonstrated as an effective fluorescent probe for label-free, selective and sensitive recognition of Fe(3+) with a linear range of 0.5μM to 2mM and a detection limit of 13.6nM due to Fe(3+)-quenched fluorescence (turn-off). The quenched fluorescence could be turned on after the addition of apoferritin owing to the removal of ferric species from the surface of N-CDs by apoferritin, making complex N-CDs/Fe(3+) a selective apoferritin probe with a linear range of 0.1-25μM and a detection limit as low as 2.6nM. In addition, the application of this novel N-CDs-based probe for imaging Fe(3+) ions and apoferritin in living cells suggest that this sensing system has great potential applications in biosensing, bioimaging, and many other fields. PMID:27131995

  5. Development and utilization of a fluorescence-based receptor-binding assay for the site 5 voltage-sensitive sodium channel ligands brevetoxin and ciguatoxin.

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    McCall, Jennifer R; Jacocks, Henry M; Niven, Susan C; Poli, Mark A; Baden, Daniel G; Bourdelais, Andrea J

    2014-01-01

    Brevetoxins are a family of ladder-frame polyether toxins produced during blooms of the marine dinoflagellate Karenia brevis. Consumption of fish exposed to K. brevis blooms can lead to the development of neurotoxic shellfish poisoning. The toxic effects of brevetoxins are due to activation of voltage-sensitive sodium channels (VSSCs) in cell membranes. Binding of toxins has historically been measured using a radioligand competition assay that is fraught with difficulty. In this study, we developed a novel fluorescence-based binding assay for the brevetoxin receptor. Several fluorophores were conjugated to polyether brevetoxin-2 and used as the labeled ligand. Brevetoxin analogs were able to compete for binding with the fluorescent ligands. This assay was qualified against the standard radioligand receptor assay for the brevetoxin receptor. Furthermore, the fluorescence-based assay was used to determine relative concentrations of toxins in raw extracts of K. brevis culture, and to determine ciguatoxin affinity to site 5 of VSSCs. The fluorescence-based assay was quicker, safer, and far less expensive. As such, this assay can be used to replace the current radioligand assay and will be a vital tool for future experiments examining the binding affinity of various ligands for site 5 on sodium channels. PMID:24830141

  6. Polyethylenimine-capped silver nanoclusters as a fluorescence probe for highly sensitive detection of folic acid through a two-step electron-transfer process.

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    Zhang, Jian Rong; Wang, Zhong Ling; Qu, Fei; Luo, Hong Qun; Li, Nian Bing

    2014-07-16

    A highly sensitive folic acid (FA) detection method based on the fluorescence quenching of polyethylenimine-capped silver nanoclusters (PEI-AgNCs) was put forward. In the sensing system, FA and PEI-AgNCs were brought into close proximity to each other by electrostatic interaction, and a two-step electron-transfer process, in which the electron was transferred from FA to AgNCs through PEI molecule, led to fluorescence quenching. The fluorescence quenching efficiency of PEI-AgNCs was linearly related to the concentration of FA over the range from 0.1 nM to 2.75 μM. Good linear correlation (R(2) = 0.9981) and a detection limit of 0.032 nM were obtained under optimum conditions. Moreover, the proposed method was used for the determination of FA in real samples with satisfactory results, and those coexistent substances could not cause any significant decrease in the fluorescence intensity of AgNCs. Therefore, the proposed research system is of practical significance and application prospects. PMID:24972143

  7. RNA-ID, a highly sensitive and robust method to identify cis-regulatory sequences using superfolder GFP and a fluorescence-based assay

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    Dean, Kimberly M.; Grayhack, Elizabeth J.

    2012-01-01

    We have developed a robust and sensitive method, called RNA-ID, to screen for cis-regulatory sequences in RNA using fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) of yeast cells bearing a reporter in which expression of both superfolder green fluorescent protein (GFP) and yeast codon-optimized mCherry red fluorescent protein (RFP) is driven by the bidirectional GAL1,10 promoter. This method recapitulates previously reported progressive inhibition of translation mediated by increasing numbers of CGA codon pairs, and restoration of expression by introduction of a tRNA with an anticodon that base pairs exactly with the CGA codon. This method also reproduces effects of paromomycin and context on stop codon read-through. Five key features of this method contribute to its effectiveness as a selection for regulatory sequences: The system exhibits greater than a 250-fold dynamic range, a quantitative and dose-dependent response to known inhibitory sequences, exquisite resolution that allows nearly complete physical separation of distinct populations, and a reproducible signal between different cells transformed with the identical reporter, all of which are coupled with simple methods involving ligation-independent cloning, to create large libraries. Moreover, we provide evidence that there are sequences within a 9-nt library that cause reduced GFP fluorescence, suggesting that there are novel cis-regulatory sequences to be found even in this short sequence space. This method is widely applicable to the study of both RNA-mediated and codon-mediated effects on expression. PMID:23097427

  8. Microwave assisted one-pot synthesis of graphene quantum dots as highly sensitive fluorescent probes for detection of iron ions and pH value.

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    Zhang, Chunfang; Cui, Yanyan; Song, Li; Liu, Xiangfeng; Hu, Zhongbo

    2016-04-01

    Recently, carbon nanomaterials have received considerable attention as fluorescent probes owing to their low toxicity, water solubility and stable photochemical properties. However, the development of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) is still on its early stage. In this work, GQDs were successfully synthesized by one-step microwave assisted pyrolysis of aspartic acid (Asp) and NH4HCO3 mixture. The as-prepared GQDs exhibited strongly blue fluorescence with high quantum yield up to 14%. Strong fluorescence quenching effect of Fe(3+) on GQDs can be used for its high selectivity detection among of general metal ions. The probe exhibited a wide linear response concentration range (0-50 μM) to Fe(3+) and the limit of detection (LOD) was calculated to be 0.26 μM. In addition, GQDs are also sensitive to the pH value in the range from 2 to 12 indicating a great potential as optical pH sensors. More importantly, the GQDs possess lower cellular toxicity and high photostability and can be directly used as fluorescent probes for cell imaging. PMID:26838381

  9. Fluorescence behavior of a unique two-photon fluorescent probe in aggregate and solution states and highly sensitive detection of RNA in water solution and living systems.

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    Liu, Yong; Meng, Fangfang; He, Longwei; Yu, Xiaoqiang; Lin, Weiying

    2016-07-01

    It is found that 2,7-substituted carbazole derivative possesses distinct luminescence features in both aggregate and solution states. In view of this, probe realizes highly sensitive detection of RNA in pure water systems by an aggregation-disaggregation method for the first time. PMID:27346863

  10. A sensitive fluorescent nanosensor for chloramphenicol based on molecularly imprinted polymer-capped CdTe quantum dots.

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    Amjadi, Mohammad; Jalili, Roghayeh; Manzoori, Jamshid L

    2016-05-01

    A novel fluorescent nanosensor using molecularly imprinted silica nanospheres embedded CdTe quantum dots (CdTe@SiO2 @MIP) was developed for detection and quantification of chloramphenicol (CAP). The imprinted sensor was prepared by synthesis of molecularly imprinting polymer (MIP) on the hydrophilic CdTe quantum dots via reverse microemulsion method using small amounts of solvents. The resulting CdTe@SiO2 @MIP nanoparticles were characterized by fluorescence, UV-vis absorption and FT-IR spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. They preserved 48% of fluorescence quantum yield of the parent quantum dots. CAP remarkably quenched the fluorescence of prepared CdTe@SiO2 @MIP, probably via electron transfer mechanism. Under the optimal conditions, the relative fluorescence intensity of CdTe@SiO2 @MIP decreased with increasing CAP by a Stern-Volmer type equation in the concentration range of 40-500 µg L(-1). The corresponding detection limit was 5.0 µg L(-1). The intra-day and inter-day values for the precision of the proposed method were all <4%. The developed sensor had a good selectivity and was applied to determine CAP in spiked human and bovine serum and milk samples with satisfactory results. PMID:27037966

  11. Selective and sensitive turn-on detection of adenosine triphosphate and thrombin based on bifunctional fluorescent oligonucleotide probe.

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    Li, Feng; Du, Zongfeng; Yang, Limin; Tang, Bo

    2013-03-15

    A bifunctional fluorescent oligonucleotide probe for small molecules and protein detection has been developed based on turn on fluorescence response via the target induced structure-switching of molecular beacon. The two loops of this molecular beacon are designed in such a manner that they consist of thrombin (Tmb) aptamer sequence and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) aptamer sequence, respectively, which are utilized to sense thrombin and ATP. The oligonucleotide forms double stem-loops in the absence of targets, yielding no fluorescence emission because of the FRET from the excited fluorophore to the proximal quencher. Upon addition of the target, the ATP or Tmb, its specific interaction with loop sequence of the hairpin structure induce the separation of reporter fluorophore and the fluorescence quencher of the molecular beacon, resulting in an increase of fluorescence response. Hence, the separate analysis of ATP and Tmb could be realized through only one designed molecular beacon. The detection limits were estimated to be 25 nM for ATP and 12 nM for Tmb, respectively. The results of this study should substantially broaden the perspective for future development of oligonucleotide probe for analysis of other analytes. PMID:23102434

  12. In vivo wide-field reflectance/fluorescence imaging and polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography of human oral cavity with a forward-viewing probe.

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    Yoon, Yeoreum; Jang, Won Hyuk; Xiao, Peng; Kim, Bumju; Wang, Taejun; Li, Qingyun; Lee, Ji Youl; Chung, Euiheon; Kim, Ki Hean

    2015-02-01

    We report multimodal imaging of human oral cavity in vivo based on simultaneous wide-field reflectance/fluorescence imaging and polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) with a forward-viewing imaging probe. Wide-field reflectance/fluorescence imaging and PS-OCT were to provide both morphological and fluorescence information on the surface, and structural and birefringent information below the surface respectively. The forward-viewing probe was designed to access the oral cavity through the mouth with dimensions of approximately 10 mm in diameter and 180 mm in length. The probe had field of view (FOV) of approximately 5.5 mm in diameter, and adjustable depth of field (DOF) from 2 mm to 10 mm by controlling numerical aperture (NA) in the detection path. This adjustable DOF was to accommodate both requirements for image-based guiding with high DOF and high-resolution, high-sensitivity imaging with low DOF. This multimodal imaging system was characterized by using a tissue phantom and a mouse model in vivo, and was applied to human oral cavity. Information of surface morphology and vasculature, and under-surface layered structure and birefringence of the oral cavity tissues was obtained. These results showed feasibility of this multimodal imaging system as a tool for studying oral cavity lesions in clinical applications. PMID:25780742

  13. In vivo wide-field reflectance/fluorescence imaging and polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography of human oral cavity with a forward-viewing probe

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    Yoon, Yeoreum; Jang, Won Hyuk; Xiao, Peng; Kim, Bumju; Wang, Taejun; Li, Qingyun; Lee, Ji Youl; Chung, Euiheon; Kim, Ki Hean

    2015-01-01

    We report multimodal imaging of human oral cavity in vivo based on simultaneous wide-field reflectance/fluorescence imaging and polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) with a forward-viewing imaging probe. Wide-field reflectance/fluorescence imaging and PS-OCT were to provide both morphological and fluorescence information on the surface, and structural and birefringent information below the surface respectively. The forward-viewing probe was designed to access the oral cavity through the mouth with dimensions of approximately 10 mm in diameter and 180 mm in length. The probe had field of view (FOV) of approximately 5.5 mm in diameter, and adjustable depth of field (DOF) from 2 mm to 10 mm by controlling numerical aperture (NA) in the detection path. This adjustable DOF was to accommodate both requirements for image-based guiding with high DOF and high-resolution, high-sensitivity imaging with low DOF. This multimodal imaging system was characterized by using a tissue phantom and a mouse model in vivo, and was applied to human oral cavity. Information of surface morphology and vasculature, and under-surface layered structure and birefringence of the oral cavity tissues was obtained. These results showed feasibility of this multimodal imaging system as a tool for studying oral cavity lesions in clinical applications. PMID:25780742

  14. Upconversion fluorescence and its thermometric sensitivity of Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped SrF2 powders prepared by combustion synthesis

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    Rakov, Nikifor; Maciel, Glauco S.; Xiao, Mufei

    2014-09-01

    Upconversion fluorescence of co-doped Er3+:Yb3+:SrF2 powders prepared by combustion synthesis was investigated under near-infrared ( λ = 980 nm) continuous wave laser excitation. Surface morphology of the samples and structures of the Er3+:Yb3+:SrF2 powders were studied with scanning electronic microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray, and x-ray powder diffraction. The spectrum of the fluorescence contains bands centered at ~410, ~522, ~545 and ~660 nm, corresponding respectively to transitions from upper levels 2H9/2, 2H11/2, 4S3/2 and 4F9/2 to the ground state 4I15/2, which can be identified as 4 f-4 f transitions from Er3+ excited states. In addition, the fluorescence is found sensitive to the temperature, which suggests that an optical temperature sensor would be feasible. The maximum sensitivity of the proposed sensor was found 0.00396 K-1.

  15. Rapid and Sensitive Detection of Protein Biomarker Using a Portable Fluorescence Biosensor based on Quantum Dots and a Lateral Flow Test Strip

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    Li, Zhaohui; Wang, Ying; Wang, Jun; Tang, Zhiwen; Pounds, Joel G.; Lin, Yuehe

    2010-08-15

    A portable fluorescence biosensor with rapid and ultrasensitive response for trace protein has been built up with quantum dots and lateral flow test strip. The superior signal brightness and high photostability of quantum dots are combined with the promising advantages of lateral flow test strip and resulted in high sensitivity, selectivity and speedy for protein detection. Nitrated ceruloplasmin, a significant biomarker for cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and stress response to smoking, was used as model protein to demonstrate the good performances of this proposed Qdot-based lateral flow test strip. Quantitative detection of nitrated ceruloplasmin was realized by recording the fluorescence intensity of quantum dots captured on the test line. Under optimal conditions, this portable fluorescence biosensor displays rapid responses for nitrated ceruloplasmin in wide dynamic range with a detection limit of 0.1ng/mL (S/N=3). Furthermore, the biosensor was successfully utilized for spiked human plasma sample detection with the concentration as low as 1ng/mL. The results demonstrate that the quantum dot-based lateral flow test strip is capable for rapid, sensitive, and quantitative detection of nitrated ceruloplasmin and hold a great promise for point-of-care and in field analysis of other protein biomarkers.

  16. Improving the Sensitivity and Functionality of Mobile Webcam-Based Fluorescence Detectors for Point-of-Care Diagnostics in Global Health

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    Rasooly, Reuven; Bruck, Hugh Alan; Balsam, Joshua; Prickril, Ben; Ossandon, Miguel; Rasooly, Avraham

    2016-01-01

    Resource-poor countries and regions require effective, low-cost diagnostic devices for accurate identification and diagnosis of health conditions. Optical detection technologies used for many types of biological and clinical analysis can play a significant role in addressing this need, but must be sufficiently affordable and portable for use in global health settings. Most current clinical optical imaging technologies are accurate and sensitive, but also expensive and difficult to adapt for use in these settings. These challenges can be mitigated by taking advantage of affordable consumer electronics mobile devices such as webcams, mobile phones, charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras, lasers, and LEDs. Low-cost, portable multi-wavelength fluorescence plate readers have been developed for many applications including detection of microbial toxins such as C. Botulinum A neurotoxin, Shiga toxin, and S. aureus enterotoxin B (SEB), and flow cytometry has been used to detect very low cell concentrations. However, the relatively low sensitivities of these devices limit their clinical utility. We have developed several approaches to improve their sensitivity presented here for webcam based fluorescence detectors, including (1) image stacking to improve signal-to-noise ratios; (2) lasers to enable fluorescence excitation for flow cytometry; and (3) streak imaging to capture the trajectory of a single cell, enabling imaging sensors with high noise levels to detect rare cell events. These approaches can also help to overcome some of the limitations of other low-cost optical detection technologies such as CCD or phone-based detectors (like high noise levels or low sensitivities), and provide for their use in low-cost medical diagnostics in resource-poor settings. PMID:27196933

  17. Improving the Sensitivity and Functionality of Mobile Webcam-Based Fluorescence Detectors for Point-of-Care Diagnostics in Global Health.

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    Rasooly, Reuven; Bruck, Hugh Alan; Balsam, Joshua; Prickril, Ben; Ossandon, Miguel; Rasooly, Avraham

    2016-01-01

    Resource-poor countries and regions require effective, low-cost diagnostic devices for accurate identification and diagnosis of health conditions. Optical detection technologies used for many types of biological and clinical analysis can play a significant role in addressing this need, but must be sufficiently affordable and portable for use in global health settings. Most current clinical optical imaging technologies are accurate and sensitive, but also expensive and difficult to adapt for use in these settings. These challenges can be mitigated by taking advantage of affordable consumer electronics mobile devices such as webcams, mobile phones, charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras, lasers, and LEDs. Low-cost, portable multi-wavelength fluorescence plate readers have been developed for many applications including detection of microbial toxins such as C. Botulinum A neurotoxin, Shiga toxin, and S. aureus enterotoxin B (SEB), and flow cytometry has been used to detect very low cell concentrations. However, the relatively low sensitivities of these devices limit their clinical utility. We have developed several approaches to improve their sensitivity presented here for webcam based fluorescence detectors, including (1) image stacking to improve signal-to-noise ratios; (2) lasers to enable fluorescence excitation for flow cytometry; and (3) streak imaging to capture the trajectory of a single cell, enabling imaging sensors with high noise levels to detect rare cell events. These approaches can also help to overcome some of the limitations of other low-cost optical detection technologies such as CCD or phone-based detectors (like high noise levels or low sensitivities), and provide for their use in low-cost medical diagnostics in resource-poor settings. PMID:27196933

  18. Reaction dynamics during pulsed light activation of ATX-S10 Na(II)-sensitized cell cultures: analysis based on fluorescence-oxygen diagram

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    Kawauchi, Satoko; Sato, Shunichi; Morimoto, Yuji; Kikuchi, Makoto

    2005-04-01

    To elucidate the mechanism of photosensitization with pulsed light excitation, we previously introduced fluorescence-oxygen diagram that shows the correlation between photochemical oxygen consumption and photobleaching during a treatment (Kawauchi et al., Photochem. Photobiol., 80, 216-223, 2004). In pulsed photodynamic treatment of A549 cells with ATX-S10"Na(II), the diagrams for treatments at relatively high repetition rates of 10 and 30 Hz showed the complex behaviors of photochemical reaction; photobleaching initially occurred with oxygen consumption but it was switched to oxygen-independent photobleaching, which was followed by a secondary oxygen-consuming regime. In this study, fluorescence microscopy revealed that for treatments at 10 and 30 Hz, subcellular fluorescence distribution of ATX-S10×Na(II) changed drastically from the high-intensity spotty patterns showing lysosomal accumulation to the diffusive patterns within the cytosol during certain ranges of total light dose. These ranges were found to coincide with those in which oxygen-independent reaction appeared. These findings suggest that the sensitizer started to be redistributed from lysosomes to the cytosol during the oxygen-independent reaction regime. On the other hand, at 5 Hz, such reaction switching was not clearly seen during whole irradiation period in the diagram; this was consistent with the observation that sensitizer redistribution efficiently occurred even in the early phase of irradiation. The appearance of oxygen-independent reaction at the higher repetition rates may be caused by high local concentration of the sensitizer and the resultant low concentration of oxygen in the reaction sites due to the shorter pulse-to-pulse time intervals. In pulsed photodynamic treatment, pulse frequency is an important parameter that affects the intracellular kinetics of the sensitizer and hence the photochemical reaction dynamics.

  19. Sensitive probes of protein structure and dynamics in well-controlled environments: combining mass spectrometry with fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Czar, Martin F; Jockusch, Rebecca A

    2015-10-01

    Combining the selectivity of mass spectrometry (MS) with laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) presents a promising route to probe the intrinsic conformation, stability and dynamics of biological macromolecules. However, applications to proteins are in their infancy. Recent advances include the realization of Förster (fluorescence) resonance energy transfer (FRET) to provide nm-range distance constraints in de-solvated proteins, and measurement of dynamic fluorescence quenching rates to assess shorter-range interactions in peptides and Trp-cage. Temperature-dependent experiments employing FRET and dynamic quenching as conformational probes enable determination of enthalpy and entropy of conformational change in de-solvated biomolecules. These developments show the feasibility of using MS-LIF to dissect complex molecular interactions. For example, MS-LIF of protein-ligand complexes and partially hydrated proteins will better elucidate the energetics of specific binding interactions and the role of the solvent in protein structure and folding. PMID:26490336

  20. Layer-by-layer engineering fluorescent polyelectrolyte coated mesoporous silica nanoparticles as pH-sensitive nanocarriers for controlled release

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    Du, Pengcheng; Zhao, Xubo; Zeng, Jin; Guo, Jinshan; Liu, Peng

    2015-08-01

    Fluorescent core/shell composite has been fabricated by the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of the fluorescein isothiocyanate modified chitosan (CS-FITC) and sodium alginate (AL) onto the carboxyl modified mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN-COOH), followed by PEGylation. It exhibits stability in high salt-concentration media and the pH responsive fluorescent feature can be used for cell imaging. Furthermore, the modified MSN cores can enhance the DOX loading capacity and the multifunctional polyelectrolyte shell can adjust the drug release upon the media pH, showing a low leakage quantity at the neutral environment but significantly enhanced release at lower pH media mimicking the tumor environments. Therefore, the biocompatible fluorescent polyelectrolyte coated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN-LBL-PEG) offer promise for tumor therapy.

  1. A simple and sensitive fluorescence based biosensor for the determination of uric acid using H2O2-sensitive quantum dots/dual enzymes.

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    Azmi, Nur Ellina; Ramli, Noor Izaanin; Abdullah, Jaafar; Abdul Hamid, Mohammad Azmi; Sidek, Hamidah; Abd Rahman, Samsulida; Ariffin, Nurhayati; Yusof, Nor Azah

    2015-05-15

    A novel optical detection system consisting of combination of uricase/HRP-CdS quantum dots (QDs) for the determination of uric acid in urine sample is described. The QDs was used as an indicator to reveal fluorescence property of the system resulting from enzymatic reaction of uricase and HRP (horseradish peroxidase), which is involved in oxidizing uric acid to allaintoin and hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide produced was able to quench the QDs fluorescence, which was proportional to uric acid concentration. The system demonstrated sufficient activity of uricase and HRP at a ratio of 5U:5U and pH 7.0. The linearity of the system toward uric acid was in the concentration range of 125-1000 µM with detection limit of 125 µM. PMID:25113659

  2. Improved instrumental sensitivity for Cd determination in aqueous solutions using Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, Rh-target tube instrumentation

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    Marguí, Eva; Fontàs, Clàudia; Hidalgo, Manuela; Queralt, Ignacio

    2008-11-01

    This work was aimed at improving the instrumental sensitivity and detection limits for Cd determination in liquid samples by using conventional Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (WDXRF) instrumentation equipped with Rh-anode X-ray sources. The fact that the background is drastically reduced when using activated membranes as a preconcentration tool to collect Cd from liquid samples permits an improvement of the sensitivity compared with the direct analysis of liquid samples. Instrumental WDXRF parameters, as well as the study of Cd-K and Cd-L series spectral lines, were evaluated to select the best conditions for Cd quantitation. The Cd-L α spectral line was found to be the best choice in terms of sensitivity and repeatability. The calculated detection limit when this spectral line was used to carry out the measurements was 0.17 mg L - 1 Cd, which is suitable for Cd determination in most liquid samples involved in environmental studies.

  3. A triazole Schiff base-based selective and sensitive fluorescent probe for Zn²⁺: A combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Yuan, Caixia; Liu, Xinyu; Wu, Yanbo; Lu, Liping; Zhu, Miaoli

    2016-02-01

    A triazole-Schiff base, 4-(5-Chloro-2-hydroxybenzylideneamino)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5(4H)-thione (HL), exhibits the high selectivity and sensitivity for Zn(2+) in the fluorescence spectrometry over other common metal ions, especially Cd(2+) in DMSO:H2O (1:9, v/v) solution. A 1:1 binding ratio of Zn(2+)/L for the complex has been obtained by Uv-Vis titration experiments and Job's plot with the detection limit of 51 nmol/L. The coordination mode of the complex in solution was further confirmed by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations indicate that a chelation-enhanced fluorescence (CHEF) effect occurs in the process of detecting Zn ion. PMID:26529638

  4. A comparison of planar, laser-induced fluorescence, and high-sensitivity interferometry techniques for gas-puff nozzle density measurements

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    Jackson, S. L.; Weber, B. V.; Mosher, D.; Phipps, D. G.; Stephanakis, S. J.; Commisso, R. J.; Qi, N.; Failor, B. H.; Coleman, P. L.

    2008-10-15

    The distribution of argon gas injected by a 12-cm-diameter triple-shell nozzle was characterized using both planar, laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) and high-sensitivity interferometry. PLIF is used to measure the density distribution at a given time by detecting fluorescence from an acetone tracer added to the gas. Interferometry involves making time-dependent, line-integrated gas density measurements at a series of chordal locations that are then Abel inverted to obtain the gas density distribution. Measurements were made on nominally identical nozzles later used for gas-puff Z-pinch experiments on the Saturn pulsed-power generator. Significant differences in the mass distributions obtained by the two techniques are presented and discussed, along with the strengths and weaknesses of each method.

  5. Triphenylamine-based Schiff bases as the High sensitive Al(3+) or Zn(2+) fluorescence turn-on probe: Mechanism and application in vitro and in vivo.

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    Li, Wei; Tian, Xiaohe; Huang, Bei; Li, Huijuan; Zhao, Xiaoyu; Gao, Shan; Zheng, Jun; Zhang, Xiuzhen; Zhou, Hongping; Tian, Yupeng; Wu, Jieying

    2016-03-15

    Two novel similar structural triphenylamine-based Schiff base fluorescent probes (L1/L2) were designed, prepared and characterized. Distinctive recognition mechanisms of L1 and L2 toward Al(3+) and Zn(2+) have been established by UV/vis, fluorescence spectra, mass spectra and (1)H NMR studies, respectively. To further explore their utility in biological system, L2 was selected as a probe for live cell endogenous Zn(2+) indicator and showed superb sensitivity on Zn(2+) intracellular distribution. Furthermore, L2 was employed to selectively detect Zn(2+) in live tissues at both extracellular and intracellular level, qualitatively indicated varies zinc concentration as a function of different organs. PMID:26469730

  6. Sensitive and Quantitative Three-Color Protein Imaging in Fission Yeast Using Spectrally Diverse, Recoded Fluorescent Proteins with Experimentally-Characterized In Vivo Maturation Kinetics

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    Al-Sady, Bassem; Greenstein, Rachel A.; El-Samad, Hana J.; Braun, Sigurd; Madhani, Hiten D.

    2016-01-01

    Schizosaccharomyces pombe is an outstanding model organism for cell biological investigations, yet the range of useful and well-characterized fluorescent proteins (XFPs) is limited. We generated and characterized three recoded fluorescent proteins for 3-color analysis in S.pombe, Super-folder GFP, monomeric Kusabira Orange 2 and E2Crimson. Upon optimization and expression in S. pombe, the three proteins enabled sensitive simultaneous 3-color detection capability. Furthermore, we describe a strategy that combines a pulse-chase approach and mathematical modeling to quantify the maturation kinetics of these proteins in vivo. We observed maturation kinetics in S. pombe that are expected from those described for these proteins in vitro and/or in other cell types, but also unpredicted behaviors. Our studies provide a kinetically-characterized, integrated three-color XFP toolbox for S. pombe. PMID:27479698

  7. Rapid, sensitive, and selective fluorescent DNA detection using iron-based metal-organic framework nanorods: Synergies of the metal center and organic linker.

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    Tian, Jingqi; Liu, Qian; Shi, Jinle; Hu, Jianming; Asiri, Abdullah M; Sun, Xuping; He, Yuquan

    2015-09-15

    Considerable recent attention has been paid to homogeneous fluorescent DNA detection with the use of nanostructures as a universal "quencher", but it still remains a great challenge to develop such nanosensor with the benefits of low cost, high speed, sensitivity, and selectivity. In this work, we report the use of iron-based metal-organic framework nanorods as a high-efficient sensing platform for fluorescent DNA detection. It only takes about 4 min to complete the whole "mix-and-detect" process with a low detection limit of 10 pM and a strong discrimination of single point mutation. Control experiments reveal the remarkable sensing behavior is a consequence of the synergies of the metal center and organic linker. This work elucidates how composition control of nanostructures can significantly impact their sensing properties, enabling new opportunities for the rational design of functional materials for analytical applications. PMID:25879891

  8. Redox-Sensitive and Intrinsically Fluorescent Photoclick Hyaluronic Acid Nanogels for Traceable and Targeted Delivery of Cytochrome c to Breast Tumor in Mice.

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    Li, Shuai; Zhang, Jian; Deng, Chao; Meng, Fenghua; Yu, Lin; Zhong, Zhiyuan

    2016-08-24

    In spite of their high specificity and potency, few protein therapeutics are applied in clinical cancer therapy owing to a lack of safe and efficacious delivery systems. Here, we report that redox-sensitive and intrinsically fluorescent photoclick hyaluronic acid nanogels (HA-NGs) show highly efficient loading and breast tumor-targeted delivery of cytochrome c (CC). HA-NGs were obtained from hyaluronic acid-graft-oligo(ethylene glycol)-tetrazole (HA-OEG-Tet) via inverse nanoprecipitation and catalyst-free photoclick cross-linking with l-cystine dimethacrylamide (MA-Cys-MA). HA-NGs exhibited a superb CC loading content of up to 40.6 wt %, intrinsic fluorescence (λem = 510 nm), and a small size of ca. 170 nm. Notably, CC-loaded nanogels (CC-NGs) showed a fast glutathione-responsive protein release behavior. Importantly, released CC maintained its bioactivity. MTT assays revealed that CC-NGs were highly potent with a low IC50 of 3.07 μM to CD44+ MCF-7 human breast tumor cells. Confocal microscopy observed efficient and selective internalization of fluorescent HA-NGs into MCF-7 cells. Interestingly, HA-NGs exhibited also effective breast tumor penetration. The therapeutic results demonstrated that CC-NGs effectively inhibited the growth of MCF-7 breast tumor xenografts at a particularly low dose of 80 or 160 nmol CC equiv./kg. Moreover, CC-NGs did not cause any change in mice body weight, corroborating their low systemic side effects. Redox-sensitive and intrinsically fluorescent photoclick hyaluronic acid nanogels have appeared as a "smart" protein delivery nanoplatform enabling safe, efficacious, traceable, and targeted cancer protein therapy in vivo. PMID:27509045

  9. A label-free fluorescence biosensor for highly sensitive detection of lectin based on carboxymethyl chitosan-quantum dots and gold nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Ziping; Liu, Hua; Wang, Lei; Su, Xingguang

    2016-08-17

    In this work, we report a novel label-free fluorescence "turn off-on" biosensor for lectin detection. The highly sensitive and selective sensing system is based on the integration of carboxymethyl chitosan (CM-CHIT), CuInS2 quantum dots (QDs) and Au nanoparticles (NPs). Firstly, CuInS2 QDs featuring carboxyl groups were directly synthesized via a hydrothermal synthesis method. Then, the carboxyl groups on the CuInS2 QDs surface were interacted with the amino groups (NH2), carboxyl groups (COOH) and hydroxyl groups (OH) within CM-CHIT polymeric chains via electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bonding to form CM-CHIT-QDs assemblies. Introduction of Au NPs could quench the fluorescence of CM-CHIT-QDs through electron and energy transfer. In the presence of lectin, lectin could bind exclusively with CM-CHIT-QDs by means of specific multivalent carbohydrate-protein interaction. Thus, the electron and energy transfer process between CM-CHIT-QDs and Au NPs was inhibited, and as a result, the fluorescence of CM-CHIT-QDs was effectively "turned on". Under the optimum conditions, there was a good linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity ratio I/I0 (I and I0 were the fluorescence intensity of CM-CHIT-QDs-Au NPs in the presence and absence of lectin, respectively) and lectin concentration in the range of 0.2-192.5 nmol L(-1), And the detection limit could be down to 0.08 nmol L(-1). Furthermore, the proposed biosensor was employed for the determination of lectin in fetal bovine serum samples with satisfactory results. PMID:27286773

  10. A colorimetric and near-infrared fluorescent probe with high sensitivity and selectivity for acid phosphatase and inhibitor screening.

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    Xu, Yongqian; Li, Benhao; Xiao, Liangliang; Ouyang, Jia; Sun, Shiguo; Pang, Yi

    2014-08-14

    A dual-channel including a colorimetric and fluorescent probe based on the aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) and enzymolysis approach has been presented to screen acid phosphatase (ACP) and its inhibitor. Moreover, the ACP activity was determined by real time assay. PMID:24957006

  11. A highly sensitive and selective fluorescent chemosensor for detection of Zn2+ based on a Schiff base

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    Roy, Nayan; Pramanik, Harun A. R.; Paul, Pradip C.; Singh, T. Sanjoy

    2015-04-01

    A Schiff-base fluorescent probe - 2-((E)-(quinolin-8-ylimino)methyl)quinolin-8-ol (H7L) was synthesized and evaluated as a chemoselective Zn2+ sensor. Upon treatment with Zn2+, the complexation of H7L with Zn2+ resulted in a red shift with a pronounced enhancement in the fluorescence emission intensity in ethanol solution. Moreover, other common alkali, alkaline earth and transition metal ions failed to induce response or minimal spectral changes. Notably, this chemosensor could distinguish clearly Zn2+ from Cd2+. Fluorescence studies on H7L and H7L-Zn2+ complex reveal that the quantum yield strongly increases upon coordination. The stoichiometric ratio and association constant were evaluated using Benesi-Hildebrand relation giving 1:1 stoichiometry. This further corroborated 1:1 complex formation based on Job's plot analyses. This chemosensor exhibits a very good fluorescence sensing ability to Zn2+ over a wide range of pH.

  12. Valinomycin sensitivity proves that light-induced thylakoid voltages result in millisecond phase of chlorophyll fluorescence transients.

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    Pospísil, Pavel; Dau, Holger

    2002-04-22

    Upon sudden exposure of plants to an actinic light of saturating intensity, the yield of chlorophyll fluorescence increases typically by 200-400% of the initial O-level. At least three distinct phases of these O-J-I-P transients can be resolved: O-J (0.05-5 ms), J-I (5-50 ms), and I-P (50-1000 ms). In thylakoid membranes, the J-I increase accounts for approximately 30% of the total fluorescence increase; in Photosystem II membranes, the J-I phase is always lacking. In the presence of the ionophore valinomycin, which is known to inhibit specifically the formation of membrane voltages, the magnitude of the J-I phase is clearly diminished; in the presence of valinomycin supplemented by potassium, the J-I phase is fully suppressed. We conclude that the light-driven formation of the thylakoid-membrane voltage results in an increase of the chlorophyll excited-state lifetime, a phenomenon explainable by the electric-field-induced shift of the free-energy level of the primary radical pair [Dau and Sauer, Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1102 (1992) 91]. The assignment of the J-I increase in the fluorescence yield enhances the potential of using O-J-I-P fluorescence transients for investigations on photosynthesis in intact organisms. A putative role of thylakoid voltages in protection of PSII against photoinhibitory damage is discussed. PMID:12034474

  13. Implantable Microprobe with Arrayed Microsensors for Combined Amperometric Monitoring of the Neurotransmitters, Glutamate and Dopamine.

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    Tseng, Tina T-C; Monbouquette, Harold G

    2012-08-15

    An implantable, micromachined microprobe with a microsensor array for combined monitoring of the neurotransmitters, glutamate (Glut) and dopamine (DA), by constant potential amperometry has been created and characterized. Microprobe studies in vitro revealed Glut and DA microsensor sensitivities of 126±5 nA·μM(-1)·cm(-2) and 3250±50 nA·μM(-1)·cm(-2), respectively, with corresponding detection limits of 2.1±0.2 μM and 62±8 nM, both at comparable ~1 sec response times. No diffusional interaction of H(2)O(2) among arrayed microelectrodes was observed. Also, no responses from the electroactive interferents, ascorbic acid (AA), uric acid (UA), DOPA (a DA catabolite) or DOPAC (a DA precursor), over their respective physiological concentration ranges, were detected. The dual sensing microbe attributes of size, detection limit, sensitivity, response time and selectivity make it attractive for combined sensing of Glut and DA in vivo. PMID:23139647

  14. Cationic Conjugated Polymer/Hyaluronan-Doxorubicin Complex for Sensitive Fluorescence Detection of Hyaluronidase and Tumor-Targeting Drug Delivery and Imaging.

    PubMed

    Huang, Yanqin; Song, Caixia; Li, Huichang; Zhang, Rui; Jiang, Rongcui; Liu, Xingfen; Zhang, Guangwei; Fan, Quli; Wang, Lianhui; Huang, Wei

    2015-09-30

    Hyaluronidase (HAase) is becoming a new type of tumor marker since it has been demonstrated to be overexpressed in various kinds of cancer cells. In this study, we described a novel fluorescence method for sensitive, rapid, and convenient HAase detection and tumor-targeting drug delivery and imaging, using a probe prepared by electrostatic assembly of a cationic conjugated polymer (CCP) and anionic hyaluronan (HA) conjugated with the anticancer drug doxorubicin (Dox). The CCP we used was poly{[9,9-bis(6'-(N,N,N-diethylmethylammonium)hexyl)-2,7-fluorenylene ethynylene]-alt-co-[2,5-bis(3'-(N,N,N-diethylmethylammonium)-1'-oxapropyl)-1,4-phenylene]} tetraiodide (PFEP). HA is a natural mucopolysaccharide that can be hydrolyzed by HAase into fragments with low molecular weights. In the PFEP/HA-Dox complex, the fluorescence of PFEP was efficiently quenched due to electron transfer from PFEP to Dox. After the PFEP/HA-Dox complex was exposed to HAase or was taken up by cancer cells through the specific binding between HA and CD44 receptor, HA was degraded by HAase to release the Dox, leading to the recovery of PFEP fluorescence to the "turn-on" state. Moreover, the degree of fluorescence recovery was quantitatively correlated with the concentrations of HAase. Compared with many previously reported methods, our work did not require laborious multiple modifications of HA that may affect the activity of HAase. This point, combined with the excellent optoelectronic property of conjugated polymer, endowed this method with high sensitivity (detection limit: 0.075 U/mL), high specificity, and rapid response, making it applicable for reliable and routine detection of HAase. This fluorescent probe was successfully utilized to detect HAase levels in human urine samples; furthermore, it can also be employed as a multifunctional system by realizing tumor-targeting drug delivery and cell imaging simultaneously. The development of this fluorescence method showed promising potential for

  15. Volume labeling with Alexa Fluor dyes and surface functionalization of highly sensitive fluorescent silica (SiO2) nanoparticles

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    Wang, Wei; Nallathamby, Prakash D.; Foster, Carmen M.; Morrell-Falvey, Jennifer L.; Mortensen, Ninell P.; Doktycz, Mitchel J.; Gu, Baohua; Retterer, Scott T.

    2013-10-01

    A new synthesis approach is described that allows the direct incorporation of fluorescent labels into the volume or body of SiO2 nanoparticles. In this process, fluorescent Alexa Fluor dyes with different emission wavelengths were covalently incorporated into the SiO2 nanoparticles during their formation by the hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane. The dye molecules were homogeneously distributed throughout the SiO2 nanoparticles. The quantum yields of the Alexa Fluor volume-labeled SiO2 nanoparticles were much higher than nanoparticles labeled using conventional organic dyes. The size of the resulting nanoparticles was controlled using microemulsion reaction media with sizes in the range of 20-100 nm and a polydispersity of <15%. In comparison with conventional surface tagged particles created by post-synthesis modification, this process maintains the physical and surface chemical properties that have the most pronounced effect on colloidal stability and interactions with their surroundings. These volume-labeled nanoparticles have proven to be extremely robust, showing excellent signal strength, negligible photobleaching, and minimal loss of functional organic components. The native or ``free'' surface of the volume-labeled particles can be altered to achieve a specific surface functionality without altering fluorescence. Their utility was demonstrated for visualizing the association of surface-modified fluorescent particles with cultured macrophages. Differences in particle agglomeration and cell association were clearly associated with differences in observed nanoparticle toxicity. The capacity to maintain particle fluorescence while making significant changes to surface chemistry makes these particles extremely versatile and useful for studies of particle agglomeration, uptake, and transport in environmental and biological systems.A new synthesis approach is described that allows the direct incorporation of fluorescent labels into the volume or body of SiO2

  16. Volume Labeling with Alexa-Fluor Dyes and Surface Functionalization of Highly Sensitive Fluorescent SiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Wang, Wei; Foster, Carmen M; Morrell-Falvey, Jennifer L; Nallathamby, Prakash D; Mortensen, Ninell P; Doktycz, Mitchel John; Gu, Baohua; Retterer, Scott T; Gu, Baohua

    2013-01-01

    A new synthesis approach is described that allows the direct incorporation of fluorescent labels into the volume or body of SiO2 nanoparticles. In this process, fluorescent Alexa Fluor dyes with different emission wavelengths were covalently incorporated into the SiO2 nanoparticles during their formation by the hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane. The dye molecules were homogeneously distributed throughout the SiO2 nanoparticles. The quantum yields of the Alexa Fluor volume-labeled SiO2 nanoparticles were much higher than nanoparticles labeled using conventional organic dyes. The size of the resulting nanoparticles was controlled using microemulsion reaction media with sizes in the range of 20-100 nm and a polydispersity of <15%. In comparison with conventional surface tagged particles created by post-synthesis modification, this process maintains the physical and surface chemical properties that have the most pronounced effect on colloidal stability and interactions with their surroundings. These volume-labeled nanoparticles have proven to be extremely robust, showing excellent signal strength, negligible photobleaching, and minimal loss of functional organic components. The native or free surface of the volume-labeled particles can be altered to achieve a specific surface functionality without altering fluorescence. Their utility was demonstrated for visualizing the association of surface modified fluorescent particles with cultured macrophages. Differences in particle agglomeration and cell association were clearly associated with differences in observed nanoparticle toxicity. The capacity to maintain particle fluorescence while making significant changes to surface chemistry makes these particles extremely versatile and useful for studies of particle agglomeration, uptake, and transport in environmental and biological systems.

  17. High-sensitivity two-color detection of double-stranded DNA with a confocal fluorescence gel scanner using ethidium homodimer and thiazole orange.

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    Rye, H S; Quesada, M A; Peck, K; Mathies, R A; Glazer, A N

    1991-01-01

    Ethidium homodimer (EthD; lambda Fmax 620 nm) at EthD:DNA ratios up to 1 dye:4-5 bp forms stable fluorescent complexes with double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) which can be detected with high sensitivity using a confocal fluorescence gel scanner (Glazer, A.N., Peck, K. & Mathies, R.A. (1990) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 87, 3851-3855). However, on incubation with unlabeled DNA partial migration of EthD takes place from its complex with dsDNA to the unlabeled DNA. It is shown here that this migration is dependent on the fractional occupancy of intercalating sites in the original dsDNA-EthD complex and that there is no detectable transfer from dsDNA-EthD complexes formed at 50 bp: 1 dye. The monointercalator thiazole orange (TO; lambda Fmax 530 nm) forms readily dissociable complexes with dsDNA with a large fluorescence enhancement on binding (Lee, L.G., Chen, C. & Liu, L.A. (1986) Cytometry 7, 508-517). However, a large molar excess of TO does not displace EthD from its complex with dsDNA. When TO and EthD are bound to the same dsDNA molecule, excitation of TO leads to efficient energy transfer from TO to EthD. This observation shows the practicability of 'sensitizing' EthD fluorescence with a second intercalating dye having a very high absorption coefficient and efficient energy transfer characteristics. Electrophoresis on agarose gels, with TO in the buffer, of preformed linearized M13mp18 DNA-EthD complex together with unlabeled linearized pBR322 permits sensitive fluorescence detection in the same lane of pBR322 DNA-TO complex at 530 nm and of M13mp18 DNA-EthD complex at 620 nm. These observations lay the groundwork for the use of stable DNA-dye intercalation complexes carrying hundreds of chromophores in two-color applications such as the physical mapping of chromosomes. Images PMID:2014172

  18. Combination of precolumn nitro-reduction and ultraperformance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection for the sensitive quantification of 1-nitronaphthalene, 2-nitrofluorene, and 1-nitropyrene in meat products.

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    Deng, Kailin; Wong, Tin-Yan; Wang, Yinan; Leung, Elvis M K; Chan, Wan

    2015-04-01

    Carcinogenic nitropolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (nitro-PAHs) are ubiquitous in the ambient environment. They are emitted predominantly from internal combustion engines and by reacting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with nitrogen oxide. The emerging evidence that nitro-PAHs are taken up by plants and bioaccumulatd in the food chain has aroused worldwide concerns for the potential of chronic poisoning through dietary intake. Therefore, analytical methods of high sensitivity are extremely important for assessing the risk of human exposure to nitro-PAHs. This paper describes the development of a simple and robust ultraperformance liquid chromatography coupled fluorescence detector (UPLC-FLD) method for the sensitive determination of nitro-PAHs in meat products. The method entails precolumn reduction of the otherwise nonfluorescent nitro-PAHs to amino-PAHs which strongly fluoresce for their determination by UPLC-FLD analysis. The developed method was validated for extraction efficiency, accuracy, precision, and detection limit and has been successfully applied in quantifying 1-nitronaphthalene (1-NN), 2-nitrofluorene (2-NF), and 1-nitropyrene (1-NP) in fresh and cured meat products. The results showed that the combination of Fe/H(+)-induced nitro-reduction and UPLC-FLD analysis allows sensitive quantification of 1-NN, 2-NF, and 1-NP at detection limits of 0.59, 0.51, and 0.31 μg/kg, respectively, which is at least 10 times lower than those of the existing analytical methods. PMID:25763600

  19. pH-Sensitive self-assembling nanoparticles for tumor near-infrared fluorescence imaging and chemo-photodynamic combination therapy

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    Hou, Wenxiu; Zhao, Xin; Qian, Xiaoqing; Pan, Fei; Zhang, Chunlei; Yang, Yuming; de La Fuente, Jesús Martínez; Cui, Daxiang

    2015-12-01

    The development of visual tumor theranostic nanoparticles has become a great challenge. In this study, d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) was conjugated to acid-sensitive cis-aconitic anhydride-modified doxorubicin (CAD) to obtain pH-sensitive anti-tumor prodrug nanoparticles (TCAD NPs) via self-assembling. Subsequently, the photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6) was loaded into the resulting prodrug nanoparticles to prepare a novel tumor near-infrared fluorescence imaging and chemo-photodynamic combination therapy system (TCAD@Ce6 NPs). An accelerated release of doxorubicin (DOX) and chlorin e6 (Ce6) from the TCAD@Ce6 NPs could be achieved due to the hydrolysis of the acid-sensitive amide linker under mild acidic conditions (pH = 5.5). An in vitro experiment showed that A549 lung cancer cells exhibited a significantly higher uptake of DOX and Ce6 by using our delivery system than the free form of DOX and Ce6. An in vivo experiment showed that TCAD@Ce6 NPs displayed better tumor targeting gathering through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect than free Ce6, thus improving fluorescence imaging. Moreover, the chemo-photodynamic combination therapy of TCAD@Ce6 NPs combined with near-infrared laser irradiation was confirmed to be capable of inducing high apoptosis and necrosis of tumor cells (A549) in vitro and to display a significantly higher tumor growth suppression in the A549 lung cancer-bearing mice model. Furthermore, compared with exclusive chemotreatment (DOX) or photodynamic treatment (Ce6), our system showed enhanced therapeutic effects both in vitro and in vivo. In conclusion, the high performance TCAD@Ce6 NPs can be used as a promising NIR fluorescence imaging and highly effective chemo-photodynamic system for theranostics of lung cancer, etc. in the near future.The development of visual tumor theranostic nanoparticles has become a great challenge. In this study, d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) was

  20. NMR spectroscopy and perfusion of mammalian cells using surface microprobes.

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    Ehrmann, Klaus; Pataky, Kristopher; Stettler, Matthieu; Wurm, Florian Maria; Brugger, Jürgen; Besse, Pierre-André; Popovic, Radivoje

    2007-03-01

    NMR spectra of mammalian cells are taken using surface microprobes that are based on microfabricated planar coils. The surface microprobe resembles a miniaturized Petri dish commonly used in biological research. The diameter of the planar coils is 1 mm. Chinese Hamster Ovaries are immobilized in a uniform layer on the microprobe surface or patterned by an ink-jet printer in the centre of the microcoil, where the rf-field of the planar microcoil is most uniform. The acquired NMR spectra show the prevalent metabolites found in mammalian cells. The volumes of the detected samples range from 25 nL to 1 nL (or 50,000 to 1800 cells). With an extended set-up that provides fluid inlets and outlets to the microprobe, the cells can be perfused within the NMR-magnet while constantly taking NMR spectra. Perfusion of the cells opens the way to increased cell viability for long acquisitions or to analysis of the cells' response to environmental change. PMID:17330170

  1. RAMAN MICROPROBE ANALYSIS OF STATIONARY SOURCE PARTICULATE POLLUTANTS

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    The application of Raman spectroscopy to the molecular characterization of individual particles from stationary sources is described. The NBS-developed Raman microprobe has been used to characterize microparticles of oil- and coal-fired power plant emissions and boiler samples co...

  2. pH-Sensitive self-assembling nanoparticles for tumor near-infrared fluorescence imaging and chemo-photodynamic combination therapy.

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    Hou, Wenxiu; Zhao, Xin; Qian, Xiaoqing; Pan, Fei; Zhang, Chunlei; Yang, Yuming; de la Fuente, Jesús Martínez; Cui, Daxiang

    2016-01-01

    The development of visual tumor theranostic nanoparticles has become a great challenge. In this study, d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) was conjugated to acid-sensitive cis-aconitic anhydride-modified doxorubicin (CAD) to obtain pH-sensitive anti-tumor prodrug nanoparticles (TCAD NPs) via self-assembling. Subsequently, the photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6) was loaded into the resulting prodrug nanoparticles to prepare a novel tumor near-infrared fluorescence imaging and chemo-photodynamic combination therapy system (TCAD@Ce6 NPs). An accelerated release of doxorubicin (DOX) and chlorin e6 (Ce6) from the TCAD@Ce6 NPs could be achieved due to the hydrolysis of the acid-sensitive amide linker under mild acidic conditions (pH = 5.5). An in vitro experiment showed that A549 lung cancer cells exhibited a significantly higher uptake of DOX and Ce6 by using our delivery system than the free form of DOX and Ce6. An in vivo experiment showed that TCAD@Ce6 NPs displayed better tumor targeting gathering through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect than free Ce6, thus improving fluorescence imaging. Moreover, the chemo-photodynamic combination therapy of TCAD@Ce6 NPs combined with near-infrared laser irradiation was confirmed to be capable of inducing high apoptosis and necrosis of tumor cells (A549) in vitro and to display a significantly higher tumor growth suppression in the A549 lung cancer-bearing mice model. Furthermore, compared with exclusive chemotreatment (DOX) or photodynamic treatment (Ce6), our system showed enhanced therapeutic effects both in vitro and in vivo. In conclusion, the high performance TCAD@Ce6 NPs can be used as a promising NIR fluorescence imaging and highly effective chemo-photodynamic system for theranostics of lung cancer, etc. in the near future. PMID:26607263

  3. A Comparison of the Capability of Sensitivity Level 3 and Sensitivity Level 4 Fluorescent Penetrants to Detect Fatigue Cracks in Various Metals

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    Parker, Bradford H.

    2011-01-01

    In April 2008, NASA-STD-5009 established a requirement that only sensitivity level 4 penetrants are acceptable for NASA Standard Level liquid penetrant inspections. Having NASA contractors change existing processes or perform demonstration tests to certify sensitivity level 3 penetrants posed a potentially huge cost to the Agency. This study was conducted to directly compare the probability of detection (POD) of sensitivity level 3 and level 4 penetrants using both Method A and Method D inspection processes. POD demonstration tests were performed on 6061-Al, Haynes 188 and Ti-6Al-4V crack panel sets. The study results strongly support the conclusion that sensitivity level 3 penetrants are acceptable for NASA Standard Level inspections.

  4. Imaging and spectroscopic analysis of single microdroplets containing p-cresol using the near-infrared laser tweezers/Raman microprobe system

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    Ajito, Katsuhiro; Morita, Masao

    1999-06-01

    The near-infrared (NIR) laser tweezers/Raman microprobe system features two charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras with holographic notch filters (HNFs) for the imaging and spectroscopic analysis of molecules in a single microdroplet (MD). One CCD camera and a HNF are used to record an image of the laser microprobe in a trapped MD. The other CCD camera and two HNFs are used with a polychromator to obtain a Raman spectrum of molecules in the MD. A dielectric multilayer coated beam splitter divides the scattered NIR light into two optical paths for the cameras. The system provides sufficient sensitivity to obtain a Raman spectrum of p-cresol contained in a single picoliter toluene MD and sufficient spatial resolution to record an image of the laser microprobe in a trapped MD simultaneously. Furthermore, a difference in the solubility for the p-cresol in bulk solvent and in the MD solvent was clearly observed using this system.

  5. Differential phase contrast with a segmented detector in a scanning X-ray microprobe

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    Hornberger, B.; de Jonge, M. D.; Feser, M.; Holl, P.; Holzner, C.; Jacobsen, C.; Legnini, D.; Paterson, D.; Rehak, P.; Strüder, L.; Vogt, S.

    2008-01-01

    Scanning X-ray microprobes are unique tools for the nanoscale investigation of specimens from the life, environmental, materials and other fields of sciences. Typically they utilize absorption and fluorescence as contrast mechanisms. Phase contrast is a complementary technique that can provide strong contrast with reduced radiation dose for weakly absorbing structures in the multi-keV range. In this paper the development of a segmented charge-integrating silicon detector which provides simultaneous absorption and differential phase contrast is reported. The detector can be used together with a fluorescence detector for the simultaneous acquisition of transmission and fluorescence data. It can be used over a wide range of photon energies, photon rates and exposure times at third-generation synchrotron radiation sources, and is currently operating at two beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source. Images obtained at around 2 keV and 10 keV demonstrate the superiority of phase contrast over absorption for specimens composed of light elements. PMID:18552427

  6. Subsurface diffuse optical tomography can localize absorber and fluorescent objects but recovered image sensitivity is nonlinear with depth

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    Kepshire, Dax S.; Davis, Scott C.; Dehghani, Hamid; Paulsen, Keith D.; Pogue, Brian W.

    2007-04-01

    Subsurface tomography with diffuse light has been investigated with a noncontact approach to characterize the performance of absorption and fluorescence imaging. Using both simulations and experiments, the reconstruction of local subsurface heterogeneity is demonstrated, but the recovery of target size and fluorophore concentration is not linear when changes in depth occur, whereas the mean position of the object for experimental fluorescent and absorber targets is accurate to within 0.5 and 1.45 mm when located within the first 10 mm below the surface. Improvements in the linearity of the response with depth appear to remain challenging and may ultimately limit the approach to detection rather than characterization applications. However, increases in tissue curvature and/or the addition of prior information are expected to improve the linearity of the response. The potential for this type of imaging technique to serve as a surgical guide is highlighted.

  7. A simple and sensitive fluorescence method for the determination of trace ozone in air using acridine red as a probe.

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    Liu, Qingye; Lin, Chenyin; Zhang, Xinghui; Wen, Guiqing; Liang, Aihui

    2014-12-01

    The ozone in an air sample was trapped by H3 BO3 -LK solution to produce iodine (I2) that interacted with excess I(-) to form I3(-). In pH 4.0 acetate buffer solutions, the I3(-) reacted with acridine red to form acridine red-I3 ion association particles that resulted in the fluorescence peak decreased at 553 nm. The decreased value ΔF553 nm is linear to the O3 concentration in the range 0.08-53.3 × 10(-6) mol/L, with a detection limit of 4 × 10(-8) mol/L. This fluorescence method was used to determine ozone in air samples, and the results were in agreement with that of indigo carmine spectrophotometry. PMID:24733669

  8. A graphene oxide-peptide fluorescence sensor tailor-made for simple and sensitive detection of matrix metalloproteinase 2.

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    Feng, Duan; Zhang, Yangyang; Feng, Tingting; Shi, Wen; Li, Xiaohua; Ma, Huimin

    2011-10-14

    A graphene oxide-peptide based fluorescence sensor has been developed for matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2), and its applicability has been demonstrated by monitoring the concentration of MMP2 secreted by HeLa cells, revealing that HeLa cells with a density of 5.48 × 10(5) cells per mL can produce 22 nM in cell culture media in 24 h. PMID:21892449

  9. An efficient and sensitive fluorescent pH sensor based on amino functional metal-organic frameworks in aqueous environment.

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    Xu, Xiao-Yu; Yan, Bing

    2016-04-19

    A pH sensor is fabricated via a reaction between an Al(III) salt and 2-aminoterephthalic acid in DMF which leads to a MOF (Al-MIL-101-NH2) with free amino groups. The Al-MIL-101-NH2 samples show good luminescence and an intact structure in aqueous solutions with pH ranging from 4.0 to 7.7. Given its exceptional stability and pH-dependent fluorescence intensity, Al-MIL-101-NH2 has been applied to fluorescent pH sensing. Significantly, in the whole experimental pH range (4.0-7.7), the fluorescence intensity almost increases with increasing pH (R(2) = 0.99688) which can be rationalized using a linear equation: I = 2.33 pH + 26.04. In addition, error analysis and cycling experiments have demonstrated the accuracy and utilizability of the sensor. In practical applications (PBS and lake water), Al-MIL-101-NH2 also manifests its analytical efficiency in pH sensing. And the samples can be easily isolated from an aqueous solution by incorporating Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Moreover, the possible sensing mechanism based on amino protonation is discussed in detail. This work is on of the few cases for integrated pH sensing systems in aqueous solution based on luminescent MOFs. PMID:27002862

  10. Fluorescence Ratiometric Assay Strategy for Chemical Transmitter of Living Cells Using H2O2-Sensitive Conjugated Polymers.

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    Wang, Yunxia; Li, Shengliang; Feng, Liheng; Nie, Chenyao; Liu, Libing; Lv, Fengting; Wang, Shu

    2015-11-01

    A new water-soluble conjugated poly(fluorene-co-phenylene) derivative (PFP-FB) modified with boronate-protected fluorescein (peroxyfluor-1) via PEG linker has been designed and synthesized. In the presence of H2O2, the peroxyfluor-1 group can transform into green fluorescent fluorescein by deprotecting the boronate protecting groups. In this case, upon selective excitation of PFP-FB backbone at 380 nm, efficient fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from PFP-FB backbone to fluorescein occurs, and accordingly, the fluorescence color of PFP-FB changes from blue to green. Furthermore, the emission color of PFP-FB and the FRET ratio change in a concentration-dependent manner. By taking advantage of PFP-FB, ratiometric detection of choline and acetylcholine (ACh) through cascade enzymatic reactions and further dynamic monitoring of the choline consumption process of cancer cells have been successfully realized. Thus, this new polymer probe promotes the development of enzymatic biosensors and provides a simpler and more effective way for detecting the chemical transmitter of living cells. PMID:26451624

  11. Environment-sensitive quinolone demonstrating long-lived fluorescence and unusually slow excited-state intramolecular proton transfer kinetics

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    Zamotaiev, O. M.; Shvadchak, V.; Sych, T. P.; Melnychuk, N. A.; Yushchenko, D.; Mely, Y.; Pivovarenko, V. G.

    2016-09-01

    A new small fluorescent dye based on 3-hydroxybenzo[g]quinolone, a benzo-analogue of Pseudomonas quinolone signal species, has been synthesized. The dye demonstrates interesting optical properties, with absorption in the visible region, two band emission due to an excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction and high fluorescence quantum yield in both protic and aprotic media. Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy shows that the ESIPT reaction time is unusually long (up to 8 ns), indicating that both forward and backward ESIPT reactions are very slow in comparison to other 3-hydroxyquinolones. In spite of these slow rate constants, the ESIPT reaction was found to show a reversible character as a result of the very long lifetimes of both N* and T* forms (up to 16 ns). The ESIPT reaction rate is mainly controlled by the hydrogen bond donor ability in protic solvents and the polarity in aprotic solvents. Using large unilamellar vesicles and giant unilamellar vesicles of different lipid compositions, the probe was shown to preferentially label liquid disordered phases.

  12. A novel upconversion, fluorescence resonance energy transfer biosensor (FRET) for sensitive detection of lead ions in human serum.

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    Xu, Sai; Xu, Shihan; Zhu, Yongsheng; Xu, Wen; Zhou, Pingwei; Zhou, Chunyang; Dong, Biao; Song, Hongwei

    2014-11-01

    There has been great progress in the development of fluorescence biosensors based on quantum dots (QDs) for the detection of lead ions. However, most methods are detecting lead ions in aqueous solution rather than in human serum due to the influence of protein autofluorescence in serum excited by visible light. Thus, we developed a novel fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor by choosing the upconversion NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) nanoparticles as the energy donor and the CdTe QDs as the energy acceptor for lead ion detection. It is the first near infrared (NIR)-excited fluorescent probe for determination of lead ions in serum that is capable of overcoming self-luminescence from serum excitation with visible light. The sensor also shows high selectivity, a low detection limit (80 nm) and good linear Stern-Volmer characteristics (R = 0.996), both in the buffer and serum. This biosensor has great potential for versatile applications in lead ion detection in biological and analytical fields. PMID:25184968

  13. DNA derived fluorescent bio-dots for sensitive detection of mercury and silver ions in aqueous solution

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    Song, Ting; Zhu, Xuefeng; Zhou, Shenghai; Yang, Guang; Gan, Wei; Yuan, Qunhui

    2015-08-01

    Inspired by the high affinity between heavy metal ions and bio-molecules as well as the low toxicity of carbon-based quantum dots, we demonstrated the first application of a DNA derived carbonaceous quantum dots, namely bio-dots, in metal ion sensing. The present DNA-derived bio-dots contain graphitic carbon layers with 0.242 nm lattice fringes, exhibit excellent fluorescence property and can be obtained via a facile hydrothermal preparation procedure. Hg(II) and Ag(I) are prone to be captured by the bio-dots due to the existence of residual thymine (T) and cytosine (C) groups, resulting in a quenched fluorescence while other heavy metal ions would cause negligible changes on the fluorescent signals of the bio-dots. The bio-dots could be used as highly selective toxic-free biosensors, with two detecting linear ranges of 0-0.5 μM and 0.5-6 μM for Hg(II) and one linear range of 0-10 μM for Ag(I). The detection limits (at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3) were estimated to be 48 nM for Hg(II) and 0.31 μM for Ag(I), respectively. The detection of Hg(II) and Ag(I) could also be realized in the real water sample analyses, with satisfying recoveries ranging from 87% to 100%.

  14. High-Sensitivity In situ Fluorescence Imaging of Ytterbium Atoms in a Two-Dimensional Optical Lattice with Dual Optical Molasses

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    Shibata, Kosuke; Yamamoto, Ryuta; Takahashi, Yoshiro

    2014-01-01

    We developed a dual molasses technique which enabled us to perform high-sensitivity in situ fluorescence imaging of ytterbium (Yb) atoms in a two-dimensional optical lattice prepared in a thin glass cell. This technique successfully combines two different kinds of optical molasses for Yb atoms, that is, the one using the 1S0-1P1 transition which provides high-resolution in the in situ fluorescence imaging and the other using the 1S0-3P1 transition for cooling the atoms in the optical lattice. We performed in situ imaging of 174Yb atoms and could observe a Moiré pattern with a period of about 6 µm produced by the molasses beam with 556 nm and the optical lattice with 532 nm, which implies that the temperature was kept below the lattice depth during the fluorescence imaging. The number of photons per atom is estimated to be enough for single atom detection with our imaging system. This result is quite promising for the realization of an Yb quantum gas microscope.

  15. Highly Sensitive and Selective Determination of Tertiary Butylhydroquinone in Edible Oils by Competitive Reaction Induced "On-Off-On" Fluorescent Switch.

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    Yue, Xiaoyue; Zhu, Wenxin; Ma, Shuyue; Yu, Shaoxuan; Zhang, Yuhuan; Wang, Jing; Wang, Yanru; Zhang, Daohong; Wang, Jianlong

    2016-01-27

    As one of most common synthetic phenolic antioxidants, tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) has received increasing attention due to the potential risk for liver damage and carcinogenesis. Herein, a simple and rapid fluorescent switchable methodology was developed for highly selective and sensitive determination of TBHQ by utilizing the competitive interaction between the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) effect of carbon dots (CDs)/Fe(III) ions and the complexation reaction of TBHQ/Fe(III) ions. This novel fluorescent switchable sensing platform allows determining TBHQ in a wider range from 0.5 to 80 μg mL(-1) with a low detection limit of 0.01 μg mL(-1). Furthermore, high specificity and good accuracy with recoveries ranging from 94.29 to 105.82% in spiked edible oil samples are obtained with the present method, confirming its applicability for the trace detection of TBHQ in a complex food matrix. Thus, the present method provides a novel and effective fluorescent approach for rapid and specific screening of TBHQ in common products, which is beneficial for monitoring and reducing the risk of TBHQ overuse during food storage. PMID:26746696

  16. Time-resolved optical fluorescence spectroscopy of heterogeneous turbid media with special emphasis on brain tissue structures including diseased regions: A sensitivity analysis

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    Vaudelle, Fabrice; L'huillier, Jean-Pierre

    2013-09-01

    Fluorescence-enhanced optical imaging based on near-infrared light provides a promising tool to differentiate diseased lesions from normal tissue. However, the measurement sensitivity of the fluorescence signals acquired at the output surface of the tissue is greatly influenced by the tissue structure, the optical properties, the location and the size of the target. In this paper, we present a numerical model based on the Monte Carlo method that allows to simulate time-resolved reflectance signals acquired on the surface of the scalp of a human head model bearing a fluorescent diseased region (tumor, glioma). The influence of tumor depth, tumor size and tumor shape evolution on the computed signals are analyzed by taking into account the multi-layered tissue structure. The simulations show that the mean-time-of-flight and the difference between two mean-times acquired at two source-detector distances are both relevant to this problem type. Furthermore, the simulations suggest that the use of the difference between mean-flight-times may be interesting to probe scattering changes that occur in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

  17. Protonation and Trapping of a Small pH-Sensitive Near-Infrared Fluorescent Molecule in the Acidic Tumor Environment Delineate Diverse Tumors in Vivo.

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    Gilson, Rebecca C; Tang, Rui; Som, Avik; Klajer, Chloe; Sarder, Pinaki; Sudlow, Gail P; Akers, Walter J; Achilefu, Samuel

    2015-12-01

    Enhanced glycolysis and poor perfusion in most solid malignant tumors create an acidic extracellular environment, which enhances tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis. Complex molecular systems have been explored for imaging and treating these tumors. Here, we report the development of a small molecule, LS662, that emits near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence upon protonation by the extracellular acidic pH environment of diverse solid tumors. Protonation of LS662 induces selective internalization into tumor cells and retention in the tumor microenvironment. Noninvasive NIR imaging demonstrates selective retention of the pH sensor in diverse tumors, and two-photon microscopy of ex vivo tumors reveals significant retention of LS662 in tumor cells and the acid tumor microenvironment. Passive and active internalization processes combine to enhance NIR fluorescence in tumors over time. The low background fluorescence allows tumors to be detected with high sensitivity, as well as dead or dying cells to be delineated from healthy cells. In addition to demonstrating the feasibility of using small molecule pH sensors to image multiple aggressive solid tumor types via a protonation-induced internalization and retention pathway, the study reveals the potential of using LS662 to monitor treatment response and tumor-targeted drug delivery. PMID:26488921

  18. The sensitive capillary electrophoretic-LIF method for simultaneous determination of curcuminoids in turmeric by enhancing fluorescence intensities of molecules upon inclusion into (2-hydroxypropyl)-β-cyclodextrin.

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    Kalaycıoğlu, Zeynep; Hashemi, Parya; Günaydın, Keriman; Erim, F Bedia

    2015-10-01

    Curcuminoids have received great attention in the past decades due to their health benefit properties. The aim of this study is to develop a very simple, rapid, and sensitive capillary zone electrophoresis technique coupled with a laser induced fluorescence detector (LIF) for the simultaneous determination of three major curcuminoids of turmeric, namely, curcumin, demethoxy curcumin (DMC), and bisdemethoxy curcumin (BDMC). Background electrolyte was selected as borate at pH 9.6 and (2-hydroxypropyl)-β-cyclodextrin (2-HP-β-CD) was added to prevent rapid alkali degradation of curcuminoids in buffer and to increase fluorescence intensities of molecules. With the addition of 2-HP-β-CD to the separation electrolyte, the fluorescence signal intensities of curcuminoids were enhanced considerably by 30, 40, and 54 fold for curcumin, DMC, and BDMC, respectively. The three curcuminoids of turmeric were fully separated and quantified in less than 4.5 min. The repeatability of the peak areas of curcuminoids for intra-day and inter-day experiments was in the satisfactory range of 2.26 and 2.55%, respectively. The LOD and LOQ values for the developed method were equal to or less than 0.081 and 0.270 μg/mL, respectively, for all curcuminoids. The developed method was successfully applied to find curcuminoids amount in turmeric samples and herbal supplements. PMID:26178140

  19. [Determination of antibiotics residues in the raw fresh milk of farms in the Miyun County of Beijing with Mg2+ -sensitized metacycline fluorescence microscopic imaging technique].

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    Liu, Ying; Yang, Le

    2010-05-01

    Mg(2+) -sensitized metacycline fluorescence microscopic imaging technique was applied to detect the raw fresh milk of four cows breeding farms in the Miyun County of Beijing based on the capillary effect of solvent on solid supports. In the presence of NH3-NH4 Cl buffer solution (pH 9.99) and PVA-124, Mg2+ and metacycline can form a strong fluorescence complex of 1 : 1, and Mg(2+) -metacycline complex can form an SOR on the hydrophobic supports with the diameter of 0.93 mm and its ring belt width of 26.2 microm. By measuring the fluorescence intensity of the ring, the quantitative analysis of metacycline was achieved with the detection limit (3sigma) of 8.8 x 10(-14) mol x ring(-1) (1.8 x 10(-7) mol x L(-1)) and linear range of 2.2 x 10(-13) -3.6 x 10(-12) mol x ring(-1) (4.4 x 10(-7) -7.2 x 10(-6) mol x L(-1)) when 0.50 microL droplet was spotted. This method has been satisfactorily applied to the determination of metacycline in the raw fresh milk samples with the recovery of 93.8%-108% and RSD less than 4.3%. PMID:20672618

  20. Efficient ensemble system based on the copper binding motif for highly sensitive and selective detection of cyanide ions in 100% aqueous solutions by fluorescent and colorimetric changes.

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    Jung, Kwan Ho; Lee, Keun-Hyeung

    2015-09-15

    A peptide-based ensemble for the detection of cyanide ions in 100% aqueous solutions was designed on the basis of the copper binding motif. 7-Nitro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole-labeled tripeptide (NBD-SSH, NBD-SerSerHis) formed the ensemble with Cu(2+), leading to a change in the color of the solution from yellow to orange and a complete decrease of fluorescence emission. The ensemble (NBD-SSH-Cu(2+)) sensitively and selectively detected a low concentration of cyanide ions in 100% aqueous solutions by a colorimetric change as well as a fluorescent change. The addition of cyanide ions instantly removed Cu(2+) from the ensemble (NBD-SSH-Cu(2+)) in 100% aqueous solutions, resulting in a color change of the solution from orange to yellow and a "turn-on" fluorescent response. The detection limits for cyanide ions were lower than the maximum allowable level of cyanide ions in drinking water set by the World Health Organization. The peptide-based ensemble system is expected to be a potential and practical way for the detection of submicromolar concentrations of cyanide ions in 100% aqueous solutions. PMID:26320594