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  1. Medically relevant assays with a simple smartphone and tablet based fluorescence detection system.

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    Wargocki, Piotr; Deng, Wei; Anwer, Ayad G; Goldys, Ewa M

    2015-01-01

    Cell phones and smart phones can be reconfigured as biomedical sensor devices but this requires specialized add-ons. In this paper we present a simple cell phone-based portable bioassay platform, which can be used with fluorescent assays in solution. The system consists of a tablet, a polarizer, a smart phone (camera) and a box that provides dark readout conditions. The assay in a well plate is placed on the tablet screen acting as an excitation source. A polarizer on top of the well plate separates excitation light from assay fluorescence emission enabling assay readout with a smartphone camera. The assay result is obtained by analysing the intensity of image pixels in an appropriate colour channel. With this device we carried out two assays, for collagenase and trypsin using fluorescein as the detected fluorophore. The results of collagenase assay with the lowest measured concentration of 3.75 µg/mL and 0.938 µg in total in the sample were comparable to those obtained by a microplate reader. The lowest measured amount of trypsin was 930 pg, which is comparable to the low detection limit of 400 pg for this assay obtained in a microplate reader. The device is sensitive enough to be used in point-of-care medical diagnostics of clinically relevant conditions, including arthritis, cystic fibrosis and acute pancreatitis. PMID:26007723

  2. Medically Relevant Assays with a Simple Smartphone and Tablet Based Fluorescence Detection System

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    Wargocki, Piotr; Deng, Wei; Anwer, Ayad G.; Goldys, Ewa M.

    2015-01-01

    Cell phones and smart phones can be reconfigured as biomedical sensor devices but this requires specialized add-ons. In this paper we present a simple cell phone-based portable bioassay platform, which can be used with fluorescent assays in solution. The system consists of a tablet, a polarizer, a smart phone (camera) and a box that provides dark readout conditions. The assay in a well plate is placed on the tablet screen acting as an excitation source. A polarizer on top of the well plate separates excitation light from assay fluorescence emission enabling assay readout with a smartphone camera. The assay result is obtained by analysing the intensity of image pixels in an appropriate colour channel. With this device we carried out two assays, for collagenase and trypsin using fluorescein as the detected fluorophore. The results of collagenase assay with the lowest measured concentration of 3.75 µg/mL and 0.938 µg in total in the sample were comparable to those obtained by a microplate reader. The lowest measured amount of trypsin was 930 pg, which is comparable to the low detection limit of 400 pg for this assay obtained in a microplate reader. The device is sensitive enough to be used in point-of-care medical diagnostics of clinically relevant conditions, including arthritis, cystic fibrosis and acute pancreatitis. PMID:26007723

  3. 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

  4. Development and validation of a simple cell-based fluorescence assay for dipeptidyl peptidase 1 (DPP1) activity.

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    Thong, Bob; Pilling, James; Ainscow, Edward; Beri, Raj; Unitt, John

    2011-01-01

    Dipeptidyl peptidase 1 (DPP1) (EC 3.4.14.1; also known as cathepsin C, cathepsin J, dipeptidyl aminopeptidase, and dipeptidyl aminotransferase) is a lysosomal cysteinyl protease of the papain family involved in the intracellular degradation of proteins. Isolated enzyme assays for DPP1 activity using a variety of synthetic substrates such as dipeptide or peptide linked to amino-methyl-coumarin (AMC) or other fluorophores are well established. There is, however, no report of a simple whole-cell-based assay for measuring lysosomal DPP1 activity other than the use of flow cytometry (fluorescence-activated cell sorting) or the use of invasive activity-based probes or the production of physiological products such as neutrophil elastase. The authors investigated a number of DPP1 fluorogenic substrates that have the potential to access the lysosome and enable the measurement of DPP1 enzyme activity in situ. They describe the development and evaluation of a simple noninvasive fluorescence assay for measuring DPP1 activity in fresh or cryopreserved human THP-1 cells using the substrate H-Gly-Phe-AFC (amino-fluoro-coumarin). This cell-based fluorescence assay can be performed in a 96-well plate format and is ideally suited for determining the cell potency of potential DPP1 enzyme inhibitors. PMID:21088147

  5. A simple and sensitive fluorescent sensor for methyl parathion based on L-tyrosine methyl ester functionalized carbon dots.

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    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

  6. A Simple Fluorescence Probe Based on Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE) Property for the Detection of Mg(2+) Ions.

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    Bian, Yan-Jiang; Wang, Lu-Qiong; Cao, Fu-Xiang; Tang, Li-Jun

    2016-01-01

    A simple aggregation-induced emission-based fluorescence probe (1) for Mg(2+) was synthesized by condensation of benzene-1, 2-diamine with 5-bromo-2-hydroxybenzaldehyde, This compound shows favourable character of the AIE-active molecules. More importantly, after addition of Mg(2+) to probe (1) in acetonitrile, the solution changed from colorless to yellow colour solution under ultraviolet (UV) radiation obtained from hand-held UV lamp, this finding suggested that probe (1) can be used to detect Mg(2+) by colorimetric detection. Detection limit can reach 2.31 × 10(-5) M(-1). The practical value of the selective and sensitive fluorescence indicators was confirmed by its application to detection of magnesium ion in acetonitrile. PMID:26547420

  7. Dual-channel detection of Cu2+ and F- with a simple Schiff-based colorimetric and fluorescent sensor

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    Na, Yu Jeong; Choi, Ye Won; Yun, Jin Yeong; Park, Kyung-Min; Chang, Pahn-Shick; Kim, Cheal

    2015-02-01

    A simple and easily synthesized colorimetric and fluorescent receptor 1, based on 4-diethylaminosalicylaldehyde moieties as a binding and signaling unit, has been synthesized and characterized. The receptor 1 has a selective colorimetric sensing ability for copper (II) ion by changing color from colorless to yellow in aqueous solution, and could be utilized to monitor Cu(II) over a wide pH range of 4-11. In addition, the detection limit (12 ?M) of 1 for Cu2+ is much lower than that (30 ?M) recommended by WHO in drinking water, and its copper complex could be reversible simply through treatment with a proper reagent such as EDTA. Moreover, receptor 1 exhibited both a color change from colorless to yellow and fluorescence enhancement with a red shift upon addition to F- in DMSO. The recognition mechanism was attributed to the intermolecular proton transfer between the hydroxyl group of the receptor and the fluoride.

  8. A novel and simple fluorescent and colorimetric primary chemosensor based on Congo-Red for sulfite and resultant complex as secondary fluorescent chemosensor towards carbonate ions: Fluorescent probe mimicking INHIBIT logic gate.

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    Tavallali, Hossein; Deilamy-Rad, Gohar; Parhami, Abolfath; Lohrasbi, Sajedeh

    2016-03-01

    A simple receptor based on Congo-Red (CR) was prepared by complexation of CR into two equivalents of Cu (II) ([CR-(Cu)2]) and it has been designed for detection of sulfite and carbonate ions. This chemosensor exhibits high sensitivity for sulfite over other anions in aqueous buffer solution. It exhibits colorimetric 'naked eye' and fluorometric responses to SO3(2-) which results from the addition of SO3(2)(-) to CR diazo moiety. Hereupon, CO3(2-) greatly limits the fluorescence of the resultant sulfite-receptor complex via a hydrogen bonding interaction ([CR-(Cu)2]-SO3). This system can be applied for selective detection of CO3(2-) in the presence of other anions. The detection limits of SO3(2-), calculated by the colorimetric and fluorometric methods, were found to be 0.07 and 0.09µmolL(-)(1), respectively. The sulfite-receptor complex also displayed the ability to detect up to 0.06µmolL(-)(1) CO3(2-). The fluorescence output mimicked 'INHIBIT' logic gate function. The output was exhibited by the intramolecular charge transfer of the [CR-(Cu)2] probe, and was provided by chemical inputs (SO3(2-) and CO3(2-)). PMID:26717828

  9. Ethynyl and ?-stacked thymine-Hg2+-thymine base pairs enhanced fluorescence quenching via photoinduced electron transfer and simple and sensitive mercury ion sensing.

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    Zhang, Jian Rong; Huang, Wei Tao; Zeng, Ai Lian; Luo, Hong Qun; Li, Nian Bing

    2015-02-15

    Ethynyl triggered enhanced fluorescence quenching effect was first reported based on photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between fluorophore and ethynyl. Ethynyl and 6-carboxyl-fluorescein (FAM) were labeled at the 5'- and 3'-termini of a poly d(T) sequence containing three thymine units, respectively. In the presence of Hg(2+), Hg(2+) binds to two thymine residues through T-Hg(2+)-T interactions and the formed T-Hg(2+)-T base pairs bring FAM and ethynyl from two matched sequences into close proximity. On the one hand, ?-stacked T-Hg(2+)-T mediates and accepts electron transfer of the excited state of FAM and quenches the fluorescence through PET. On the other hand, ?-stacked interactions between ethynyl and FAM also provide a de-excitation process for the excited state of FAM via PET and trigger an enhanced fluorescence quenching. On the basis of fluorescence quenching, a simple, rapid, and sensitive Hg(2+) sensor was constructed; under optimum conditions, a good linear relationship was obtained over the concentration range of 5-150 nM for Hg(2+) and a very low detection limit (0.42 nM) was reached. The developed system was further designed as a cysteine (Cys) sensor based on fluorescence recovery resulted from the strong interaction between Cys and Hg(2+); the proposed Cys sensor has a linear range of 10-550 nM and a detection limit of 2.5 nM. The two sensors were used for analysis of real samples and the satisfactory results were achieved. PMID:25310495

  10. Simple time-saving method for iron determination based on fluorescence quenching of an azaflavanon-3-ol compound.

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    Ba?o?lu, Aysel; Tosun, Gonca; Ocak, Miraç; Alp, Hakan; Yayl?, Nurettin; Ocak, Ümmühan

    2015-03-18

    A simple and time-saving spectrofluorometric method developed using an azaflavanon-3-ol compound was used for the determination of iron in various food samples. Nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide were used for digestion of samples in a closed microwave system. The method was validated by analyzing two certified reference materials (CRM-SA-C Sandy Soil C and Mixed Polish Herbs INCT-MPH-2). Measurements were carried out using a modified standard addition method. The standard addition graph was linear until 21.6 mg/L in the determination of iron(III). Detection and quantification limits were 0.81 and 2.4 mg/L, respectively. Satisfactory accuracy was obtained for spinach, dill, mint, purslane, rocket, red lentils, dry beans, and two iron medicinal tablets. High recoveries were found for streamwater samples fortified at three different concentrations. The method is simple, time-saving, cost-effective, and suitable for the determination of the iron content of foods. PMID:25723252

  11. Fluorescent nucleic acid base analogues.

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    Wilhelmsson, L Marcus

    2010-05-01

    The use of fluorescent nucleic acid base analogues is becoming increasingly important in the fields of biology, biochemistry and biophysical chemistry as well as in the field of DNA nanotechnology. The advantage of being able to incorporate a fluorescent probe molecule close to the site of examination in the nucleic acid-containing system of interest with merely a minimal perturbation to the natural structure makes fluorescent base analogues highly attractive. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in developing novel candidates in this group of fluorophores for utilization in various investigations. This review describes the different classes of fluorophores that can be used for studying nucleic acid-containing systems, with an emphasis on choosing the right kind of probe for the system under investigation. It describes the characteristics of the large group of base analogues that has an emission that is sensitive to the surrounding microenvironment and gives examples of investigations in which this group of molecules has been used so far. Furthermore, the characterization and use of fluorescent base analogues that are virtually insensitive to changes in their microenvironment are described in detail. This group of base analogues can be used in several fluorescence investigations of nucleic acids, especially in fluorescence anisotropy and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) measurements. Finally, the development and characterization of the first nucleic base analogue FRET pair, tC(O)-tC(nitro), and its possible future uses are discussed. PMID:20478079

  12. Fluorescence-Based Sensors

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    Orellana, Guillermo

    The natural luminescent phenomena (from the Latin words "lumen" and "essentia", i.e., "made of light") such as northern lights (aurora borealis), marine brightness, glow-worms, shining putrid fish scales, "bluish"- appearing water when contained in certain wooden cups (quinine fluorescence), some stones heated at high temperatures with reducing agents (BaS phosphorescence), or light emitted while crushing sugar (triboluminescence) already fascinated our ancestors. Nowadays we understand that ultraviolet and visible emission of light originates from a competitive deactivation pathway of the lowest electronic excited state of atoms and molecules that produces the so called luminescence (the sub-terms fluorescence and phosphorescence just designate whether the return of the excited to the ground state is an "allowed" or "forbidden" process, namely it is fast or slow, the loosely-defined border between them being a 1-?s-1 rate constant). Actually, luminescence is the only method to generate light in the known Universe regardless it is powered by the nuclear reactions in the stars, the ohmical heating in bulbs, an electric discharge, the absorption of light or a (bio)chemical reaction (chemiluminescence).

  13. A simple approach to study the conformational switching of i-motif DNA by fluorescence anisotropy.

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    Huang, Hongduan; Hong, Xinying; Liu, Feng; Li, Na

    2015-09-01

    Fluorescence anisotropy, dictated by the rotational diffusion of the fluorophore associated entity, is sensitive to the volume and structural changes, and the measurements can be performed in a homogeneous manner. In this work, a simple approach based on fluorescence anisotropy was proposed for the study of conformational switching of the i-motif structure. Factors influencing the stability of the i-motif structure, including the composition of buffer, the number of i-motif tetrads and coexistence of the complementary DNA, were investigated in detail. This study elucidated the superiority of the fluorescence anisotropy measurement as a simple, cost-effective and sensitive method for the detection of DNA structural switching, opening a new avenue for the research of DNA structures and functions. PMID:26181763

  14. Aptamer-Based Fluorescent Biosensors

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    Wang, Rongsheng E.; Zhang, Yin; Cai, Jianfeng; Cai, Weibo; Gao, Ting

    2011-01-01

    Selected from random pools of DNA or RNA molecules through systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX), aptamers can bind to target molecules with high affinity and specificity, which makes them ideal recognition elements in the development of biosensors. To date, aptamer-based biosensors have used a wide variety of detection techniques, which are briefly summarized in this article. The focus of this review is on the development of aptamer-based fluorescent biosensors, with emphasis on their design as well as properties such as sensitivity and specificity. These biosensors can be broadly divided into two categories: those using fluorescently-labeled aptamers and others that employ label-free aptamers. Within each category, they can be further divided into “signal-on” and “signal-off” sensors. A number of these aptamer-based fluorescent biosensors have shown promising results in biological samples such as urine and serum, suggesting their potential applications in biomedical research and disease diagnostics. PMID:21838688

  15. 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

  16. Lens-based fluorescence nanoscopy.

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    Eggeling, Christian; Willig, Katrin I; Sahl, Steffen J; Hell, Stefan W

    2015-05-01

    The majority of studies of the living cell rely on capturing images using fluorescence microscopy. Unfortunately, for centuries, diffraction of light was limiting the spatial resolution in the optical microscope: structural and molecular details much finer than about half the wavelength of visible light (~200 nm) could not be visualized, imposing significant limitations on this otherwise so promising method. The surpassing of this resolution limit in far-field microscopy is currently one of the most momentous developments for studying the living cell, as the move from microscopy to super-resolution microscopy or 'nanoscopy' offers opportunities to study problems in biophysical and biomedical research at a new level of detail. This review describes the principles and modalities of present fluorescence nanoscopes, as well as their potential for biophysical and cellular experiments. All the existing nanoscopy variants separate neighboring features by transiently preparing their fluorescent molecules in states of different emission characteristics in order to make the features discernible. Usually these are fluorescent 'on' and 'off' states causing the adjacent molecules to emit sequentially in time. Each of the variants can in principle reach molecular spatial resolution and has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some require specific transitions and states that can be found only in certain fluorophore subfamilies, such as photoswitchable fluorophores, while other variants can be realized with standard fluorescent labels. Similar to conventional far-field microscopy, nanoscopy can be utilized for dynamical, multi-color and three-dimensional imaging of fixed and live cells, tissues or organisms. Lens-based fluorescence nanoscopy is poised for a high impact on future developments in the life sciences, with the potential to help solve long-standing quests in different areas of scientific research. PMID:25998828

  17. Evaluating Sense Codon Reassignment with a Simple Fluorescence Screen.

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    Biddle, Wil; Schmitt, Margaret A; Fisk, John D

    2015-12-22

    Understanding the interactions that drive the fidelity of the genetic code and the limits to which modifications can be made without breaking the translational system has practical implications for understanding the molecular mechanisms of evolution as well as expanding the set of encodable amino acids, particularly those with chemistries not provided by Nature. Because 61 sense codons encode 20 amino acids, reassigning the meaning of sense codons provides an avenue for biosynthetic modification of proteins, furthering both fundamental and applied biochemical research. We developed a simple screen that exploits the absolute requirement for fluorescence of an active site tyrosine in green fluorescent protein (GFP) to probe the pliability of the degeneracy of the genetic code. Our screen monitors the restoration of the fluorophore of GFP by incorporation of a tyrosine in response to a sense codon typically assigned another meaning in the genetic code. We evaluated sense codon reassignment at four of the 21 sense codons read through wobble interactions in Escherichia coli using the Methanocaldococcus jannaschii orthogonal tRNA/aminoacyl tRNA synthetase pair originally developed and commonly used for amber stop codon suppression. By changing only the anticodon of the orthogonal tRNA, we achieved sense codon reassignment efficiencies between 1% (Phe UUU) and 6% (Lys AAG). Each of the orthogonal tRNAs preferentially decoded the codon traditionally read via a wobble interaction in E. coli with the exception of the orthogonal tRNA with an AUG anticodon, which incorporated tyrosine in response to both the His CAU and His CAC codons with approximately equal frequencies. We applied our screen in a high-throughput manner to evaluate a 10(9)-member combined tRNA/aminoacyl tRNA synthetase library to identify improved sense codon reassigning variants for the Lys AAG codon. A single rapid screen with the ability to broadly evaluate reassignable codons will facilitate identification and improvement of the combinations of sense codons and orthogonal pairs that display efficient reassignment. PMID:26536053

  18. Fluorescent sensors based on bacterial fusion proteins

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    Prats Mateu, Batirtze; Kainz, Birgit; Pum, Dietmar; Sleytr, Uwe B.; Toca-Herrera, José L.

    2014-06-01

    Fluorescence proteins are widely used as markers for biomedical and technological purposes. Therefore, the aim of this project was to create a fluorescent sensor, based in the green and cyan fluorescent protein, using bacterial S-layers proteins as scaffold for the fluorescent tag. We report the cloning, expression and purification of three S-layer fluorescent proteins: SgsE-EGFP, SgsE-ECFP and SgsE-13aa-ECFP, this last containing a 13-amino acid rigid linker. The pH dependence of the fluorescence intensity of the S-layer fusion proteins, monitored by fluorescence spectroscopy, showed that the ECFP tag was more stable than EGFP. Furthermore, the fluorescent fusion proteins were reassembled on silica particles modified with cationic and anionic polyelectrolytes. Zeta potential measurements confirmed the particle coatings and indicated their colloidal stability. Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy showed that the fluorescence of the fusion proteins was pH dependent and sensitive to the underlying polyelectrolyte coating. This might suggest that the fluorescent tag is not completely exposed to the bulk media as an independent moiety. Finally, it was found out that viscosity enhanced the fluorescence intensity of the three fluorescent S-layer proteins.

  19. Ultrasound-modulated fluorescence based on fluorescent microbubbles

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    Liu, Yuan; Feshitan, Jameel A.; Wei, Ming-Yuan; Borden, Mark A.; Yuan, Baohong

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. Ultrasound-modulated fluorescence (UMF) imaging has been proposed to provide fluorescent contrast while maintaining ultrasound resolution in an optical-scattering medium (such as biological tissue). The major challenge is to extract the weakly modulated fluorescent signal from a bright and unmodulated background. UMF was experimentally demonstrated based on fluorophore-labeled microbubble contrast agents. These contrast agents were produced by conjugating N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-ester-attached fluorophores on the surface of amine-functionalized microbubbles. The fluorophore surface concentration was controlled so that a significant self-quenching effect occurred when no ultrasound was applied. The intensity of the fluorescent emission was modulated when microbubbles were oscillated by ultrasound pulses, presented as UMF signal. Our results demonstrated that the UMF signals were highly dependent on the microbubbles’ oscillation amplitude and the initial surface fluorophore-quenching status. A maximum of ?42% UMF modulation depth was achieved with a single microbubble under an ultrasound peak-to-peak pressure of 675 kPa. Further, UMF was detected from a 500-?m tube filled with contrast agents in water and scattering media with ultrasound resolution. These results indicate that ultrasound-modulated fluorescent microbubble contrast agents can potentially be used for fluorescence-based molecular imaging with ultrasound resolution in the future. PMID:25104407

  20. Ultrasound-modulated fluorescence based on fluorescent microbubbles.

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    Liu, Yuan; Feshitan, Jameel A; Wei, Ming-Yuan; Borden, Mark A; Yuan, Baohong

    2014-08-01

    Ultrasound-modulated fluorescence (UMF) imaging has been proposed to provide fluorescent contrast while maintaining ultrasound resolution in an optical-scattering medium (such as biological tissue). The major challenge is to extract the weakly modulated fluorescent signal from a bright and unmodulated background. UMF was experimentally demonstrated based on fluorophore-labeled microbubble contrast agents. These contrast agents were produced by conjugating N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-ester-attached fluorophores on the surface of amine-functionalized microbubbles. The fluorophore surface concentration was controlled so that a significant self-quenching effect occurred when no ultrasound was applied. The intensity of the fluorescent emission was modulated when microbubbles were oscillated by ultrasound pulses, presented as UMF signal. Our results demonstrated that the UMF signals were highly dependent on the microbubbles' oscillation amplitude and the initial surface fluorophore-quenching status. A maximum of ?42% UMF modulation depth was achieved with a single microbubble under an ultrasound peak-to-peak pressure of 675 kPa. Further, UMF was detected from a 500-?m tube filled with contrast agents in water and scattering media with ultrasound resolution. These results indicate that ultrasound-modulated fluorescent microbubble contrast agents can potentially be used for fluorescence-based molecular imaging with ultrasound resolution in the future. PMID:25104407

  1. A simple procedure to improve the surface passivation for single molecule fluorescence studies

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    Pan, Hai; Xia, Yifan; Qin, Meng; Cao, Yi; Wang, Wei

    2015-07-01

    The single-molecule fluorescence technique is becoming a general and mature tool to probe interactions and dynamics of biomolecules with ultra high precision and accuracy. However, nonspecific adsorption of biomolecules to the flow cells remains a major experimental riddle for the study of many complex biological systems, especially those exhibiting low binding affinity and presenting with weakly populated intermediates. Many novel surface passivation methods have been introduced to reduce nonspecific interactions. Here, we present an effective and inexpensive method to significantly reduce nonspecific binding of biomolecules in conventional poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based surface passivation protocols, without additional exogenous effects. In particular, we propose a simple 10 min Tween-20 treatment for the PEG passivated surface, which could further increase the hydrophilicity of the surface and thus promote passivation efficacy by about 5 to 10 times. We anticipate that this new procedure will find broad practical applications and extend the current reaches of single-molecule fluorescence studies.

  2. Selection of fluorescent DNA dyes for real-time LAMP with portable and simple optics.

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    Seyrig, Gregoire; Stedtfeld, Robert D; Tourlousse, Dieter M; Ahmad, Farhan; Towery, Keara; Cupples, Alison M; Tiedje, James M; Hashsham, Syed A

    2015-12-01

    Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is increasingly used for point-of-care nucleic acid based diagnostics. LAMP can be monitored in real-time by measuring the increase in fluorescence of DNA binding dyes. However, there is little information comparing the effect of various fluorescent dyes on signal to noise ratio (SNR) or threshold time (Tt). This information is critical for implementation with field deployable diagnostic tools that require small, low power consumption, robust, and inexpensive optical components with reagent saving low volume reactions. In this study, SNR and Tt during real-time LAMP was evaluated with eleven fluorescent dyes. Of all dyes tested, SYTO-82, SYTO-84, and SYTOX Orange resulted in the shortest Tt, and SYTO-81 had the widest range of working concentrations. The optimized protocol detected 10 genome copies of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in less than 10min, 10 copies of Giardia intestinalis in ~20min, and 10 copies of Staphylococcus aureus or Salmonella enterica in less than 15min. Results demonstrate that reaction efficiency depends on both dye type and concentration and the selected polymerase. The optimized protocol was evaluated in the Gene-Z™ device, a hand-held battery operated platform characterized via simple and low cost optics, and a multiple assay microfluidic chip with micron volume reaction wells. Compared to the more conventional intercalating dye (SYBR Green), reliable amplification was only observed in the Gene-Z™ when using higher concentrations of SYTO-81. PMID:26554941

  3. A simple dental caries detection system using full spectrum of laser-induced fluorescence

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    Rocha-Cabral, Renata Maciel; Mendes, Fausto Medeiros; Maldonado, Edison Puig; Zezell, Denise Maria

    2015-06-01

    Objectives: to develop an apparatus for the detection of early caries lesions in enamel using the full extent of the tooth fluorescence spectrum, through the integration of a laser diode, fiber optics, filters and one portable spectrometer connected to a computer, all commercially available; to evaluate the developed device in clinical and laboratory tests, and compare its performance with commercial equipment. Methods: clinical examinations were performed in patients with indication for exodontics of premolars. After examinations, the patients underwent surgery and the teeth were stored individually. The optical measurements were repeated approximately two months after extraction, on the same sites previously examined, then histological analysis was carried out. Results: the spectral detector has presented high specificity and moderate sensitivity when applied to differentiate between healthy and damaged tissues, with no significant differences from the performance of the commercial equipment. The developed device is able to detect initial damages in enamel, with depth of approximately 300 ?m. Conclusions: we successfully demonstrated the development of a simple and portable system based in laser-induced fluorescence for caries detection, assembled from common commercial parts. As the spectral detector acquires a complete recording of the spectrum from each tissue, it is possible to use it for monitoring developments of caries lesions.

  4. A simple and compact fluorescence detection system for capillary electrophoresis and its application to food analysis.

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    Zhai, Haiyun; Yuan, Kaisong; Yu, Xiao; Chen, Zuanguang; Liu, Zhenping; Su, Zihao

    2015-10-01

    A novel fluorescence detection system for CE was described and evaluated. Two miniature laser pointers were used as the excitation source. A Y-style optical fiber was used to transmit the excitation light and a four-branch optical fiber was used to collect the fluorescence. The optical fiber and optical filter were imported into a photomultiplier tube without any extra fixing device. A simplified PDMS detection cell was designed with guide channels through which the optical fibers were easily aligned to the detection window of separation capillary. According to different requirements, laser pointers and different filters were selected by simple switching and replacement. The fluorescence from four different directions was collected at the same detecting point. Thus, the sensitivity was enhanced without peak broadening. The fluorescence detection system was simple, compact, low-cost, and highly sensitive, with its functionality demonstrated by the separation and determination of red dyes and fluorescent whitening agents. The detection limit of rhodamine 6G was 7.7 nM (S/N = 3). The system was further applied to determine illegal food dyes. The CE system is potentially eligible for food safety analysis. PMID:26109527

  5. Ultrasensitive turn-on fluorescent detection of trace thiocyanate based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Song, Juan; Wu, Fang-Ying; Wan, Yi-Qun; Ma, Li-Hua

    2015-01-01

    Thiocyanate (SCN(-)) is a small anion byproduct of cyanide metabolism. Several methods have been reported to measure SCN(-) above the micromolar level. However, SCN(-) is derived from many sources such as cigarettes, waste water, food and even car exhaust and its effect is cumulative, which makes it necessary to develop methods for the detection of trace SCN(-). In this paper, a simple and ultrasensitive turn-on fluorescence assay of trace SCN(-) is established based on the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and fluorescein. The detection limit is 0.09 nM, to the best of our knowledge, which has been the lowest detection LOD ever without the aid of costly instrumentation. The fluorescence of fluorescein is significantly quenched when it is attached to the surface of AuNPs. Upon the addition of SCN(-), the fluorescence is turned on due to the competition action between SCN(-) and fluorescein towards the surface of AuNPs. Under an optimum pH, AuNPs size and concentration, incubation time, the fluorescence enhancement efficiency [(IF-I0)/I0] displays a linear relationship with the concentration of SCN(-) in the range of 1.0 nM to 40.0 nM. The fluorescein-AuNP sensor shows absolutely high selectivity toward SCN(-) than other 16 anions. The common metal ions, amino acids and sugars have no obvious interference effects. The accuracy and precision were evaluated based on the recovery experiments. The cost effective sensing system is successfully applied for the determination of SCN(-) in milk products and saliva samples. PMID:25476353

  6. Implantable fluorescence-based glucose sensor development

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    Ibey, Bennett L.; Yadavalli, Vamsi K.; Thomas, Hope R.; Rounds, Rebecca M.; Pishko, Michael V.; Cote, Gerard L.

    2005-03-01

    An implantable sensor is being created that allows measurement of blood glucose through fluorescent detection of an embedded chemical assay. The sensor is based on the competitive binding reaction between the protein Concanavalin A and various saccharide molecules, specifically a glycodendrimer and glucose. Previous studies have shown the ability of an embedded chemical assay using Con A and dextran with shorter wavelength dyes to both sense changes in glucose and generate sufficient fluorescent emission to pass through the dermal tissue. However, due to the chemical constituents of the assay, multivalent binding was evident resulting in poor spectral change due to glucose within the biological range. Use of a glycodendrimer and longer wavelength dyes has improved the sensor"s spectral change due to glucose and the overall signal to noise ratio of the sensor. In this work, a description of this sensor and the results obtained from it will be presented showing a large dynamic range of fluorescence with glucose.

  7. Optical oxygen sensor based on time-resolved fluorescence

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    Chu, Cheng-Shane; Chu, Ssu-Wei

    2015-07-01

    A new, simple signal processing, low-cost technique for the fabrication of a portable oxygen sensor based on time-resolved fluorescence is described. The sensing film uses the oxygen sensing dye platinum meso-tetra (pentfluorophenyl) porphyrin (PtTFPP) embedded in a polymer matrix. The experimental results reveal that the PtTFPP-doped oxygen sensor has a sensitivity of 2.2 in the 0-100% range. A preparation procedure for coating the photodiodes with the oxygen sensor film that produces repetitive and reliable sensing devices is proposed. The developed time-resolved optical oxygen sensor is portable, low-cost, has simple signal processing, and lacks optical filter elements. It is a cost-effective alternative to traditional electrochemical-based oxygen sensors and provides a platform for other optical based sensors.

  8. Fluorescent DNA base analogs: preparation, incorporation into oligonucleotides, and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Hochstrasser, Remo A.

    1996-04-01

    The synthesis of fluorescent DNA base analogs that can replace the natural bases adenine, thymine and cytosine and their incorporation into synthetic oligodeoxynucleotides is described. The effect on the stability of such modified nucleotides like 2-aminopurine and some pteridine derivatives, is studied by thermal melting studies and comparison with the corresponding unaltered oligonucleotides. The fluorescence spectroscopic properties and several applications of these new fluorescent DNA probes are described in greater detail. Structural information on the conformation of special oligonucleotides like hairpins, junctions and bulged duplexes can be obtained from fluorescence lifetime and fluorescence depolarization data. For example the fluorescence lifetime pattern of 2-aminopurine is a sensitive indicator of DNA base pairing. As examples the structure of the oligonucleotide-linker junction in a synthetically linked oligonucleotide hairpin and the base-pairing of the first 'deoxyribozyme' are discussed. A third application uses doubly, i.e., donor and acceptor, labeled oligonucleotides to measure distances by fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

  9. a Simple, Cost Effective Raman-Fluorescence Spectrometer for Use in Laboratory and Field Experiments

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    Marshall, Frank E.; Pride, Michael A.; Rojo, Michellle; Brinker, Katelyn R.; Walker, Zachary; Storrie-Lombardi, Michael; Mormile, Melanie R.; Grubbs, G. S., II

    2015-06-01

    Research, design, construction, and operation of a portable mixed Raman and Fluorescence type spectrometer implemented by the Missouri University of Science and Technology's Mars Rover Design Team will be presented. This spectrometer has been built for the team's annual competition. The spectrometer, completely built by undergraduates, is designed to use a 50 mW, 532 nm constant waveform laser to probe a sample of soil to find bacteria or bio-markers. However, initial tests of the spectrometer were carried out in a laboratory environment making the spectrometer also suitable for simple undergraduate physical chemistry or chemical physics laboratory experiments. The final cost of the device is roughly 2100, weighs 1.4 kg, and is 22.9 cm x 22.6 cm in size. Integrating the spectrometer with a computer database, results from the competition, complications of fitting mixed Raman-Fluorescence spectra, and future ideas/improvements will also be discussed.

  10. Fluorescent Protein Based FRET Pairs with Improved Dynamic Range for Fluorescence Lifetime Measurements

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    George Abraham, Bobin; Sarkisyan, Karen S.; Mishin, Alexander S.; Santala, Ville; Tkachenko, Nikolai V.; Karp, Matti

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) using fluorescent protein variants is widely used to study biochemical processes in living cells. FRET detection by fluorescence lifetime measurements is the most direct and robust method to measure FRET. The traditional cyan-yellow fluorescent protein based FRET pairs are getting replaced by green-red fluorescent protein variants. The green-red pair enables excitation at a longer wavelength which reduces cellular autofluorescence and phototoxicity while monitoring FRET. Despite the advances in FRET based sensors, the low FRET efficiency and dynamic range still complicates their use in cell biology and high throughput screening. In this paper, we utilized the higher lifetime of NowGFP and screened red fluorescent protein variants to develop FRET pairs with high dynamic range and FRET efficiency. The FRET variations were analyzed by proteolytic activity and detected by steady-state and time-resolved measurements. Based on the results, NowGFP-tdTomato and NowGFP-mRuby2 have shown high potentials as FRET pairs with large fluorescence lifetime dynamic range. The in vitro measurements revealed that the NowGFP-tdTomato has the highest Förster radius for any fluorescent protein based FRET pairs yet used in biological studies. The developed FRET pairs will be useful for designing FRET based sensors and studies employing Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM). PMID:26237400

  11. A highly selective quinoline-based fluorescent sensor for Zn(II)

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    Kim, Hyun; Kang, Juhye; Kim, Kyung Beom; Song, Eun Joo; Kim, Cheal

    2014-01-01

    A quinoline-based simple receptor (bis(2-quinolinylmethyl)benzylamine = 1) as a Zn2+ selective fluorescent chemosensor showed a large fluorescent enhancement with a blue shift in the presence of Zn2+ which is attributed to a chelation enhanced fluorescence (CHEF) effect with inhibition of a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process of 1. In particular, this receptor could clearly distinguish Zn2+ from Cd2+. The binding mode of 1 and Zn2+ was found to be a 1:1 and confirmed by Job plot, 1H NMR titration and ESI-mass spectrometry analysis.

  12. Carbon dots based fluorescent sensor for sensitive determination of hydroquinone.

    PubMed

    Ni, Pengjuan; Dai, Haichao; Li, Zhen; Sun, Yujing; Hu, Jingting; Jiang, Shu; Wang, Yilin; Li, Zhuang

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a novel biosensor based on Carbon dots (C-dots) for sensitive detection of hydroquinone (H2Q) is reported. It is interesting to find that the fluorescence of the C-dots could be quenched by H2Q directly. The possible quenching mechanism is proposed, which shows that the quenching effect may be caused by the electron transfer from C-dots to oxidized H2Q-quinone. Based on the above principle, a novel C-dots based fluorescent probe has been successfully applied to detect H2Q. Under the optimal condition, detection limit down to 0.1?M is obtained, which is far below U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated wastewater discharge limit of 0.5mg/L. Moreover, the proposed method shows high selectivity for H2Q over a number of potential interfering species. Finally, several water samples spiked with H2Q are analyzed utilizing the sensing method with satisfactory recovery. The proposed method is simple with high sensitivity and excellent selectivity, which provides a new approach for the detection of various analytes that can be transformed into quinone. PMID:26452819

  13. Sensitive turn-on fluorescent detection of melamine based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Guo, Liangqia; Zhong, Jianhai; Wu, Jinmei; Fu, FengFu; Chen, Guonan; Chen, Yongxuan; Zheng, Xiaoyan; Lin, Song

    2011-04-21

    We here report a novel fluorescent method for the detection of melamine based on the high fluorescence quenching ability of gold nanoparticles. The fluorescence was significantly quenched via fluorescence resonance energy transfer when fluorescein molecules were attached to the surface of gold nanoparticles by electrostatic interaction. Upon addition of melamine, the fluorescence was enhanced due to the competitive adsorption of gold nanoparticles between melamine and fluorescein. Under the optimum conditions, the fluorescence enhancement efficiency [(I-I(0))/I(0)] showed a linear relationship with the concentration of melamine in the range of 1.0 × 10(-7) mol L(-1)~4.0 × 10(-6) mol L(-1), and the detection limit was calculated to be 1.0 × 10(-9) mol L(-1). The proposed method showed several advantages such as high sensitivity, short analysis time, low cost and ease of operation. PMID:21359305

  14. A simple and rapid protocol for measuring neutral lipids in algal cells using fluorescence.

    PubMed

    Storms, Zachary J; Cameron, Elliot; de la Hoz Siegler, Hector; McCaffrey, William C

    2014-01-01

    Algae are considered excellent candidates for renewable fuel sources due to their natural lipid storage capabilities. Robust monitoring of algal fermentation processes and screening for new oil-rich strains requires a fast and reliable protocol for determination of intracellular lipid content. Current practices rely largely on gravimetric methods to determine oil content, techniques developed decades ago that are time consuming and require large sample volumes. In this paper, Nile Red, a fluorescent dye that has been used to identify the presence of lipid bodies in numerous types of organisms, is incorporated into a simple, fast, and reliable protocol for measuring the neutral lipid content of Auxenochlorella protothecoides, a green alga. The method uses ethanol, a relatively mild solvent, to permeabilize the cell membrane before staining and a 96 well micro-plate to increase sample capacity during fluorescence intensity measurements. It has been designed with the specific application of monitoring bioprocess performance. Previously dried samples or live samples from a growing culture can be used in the assay. PMID:24961928

  15. Economic and simple system to combine single-spot photolysis and whole-field fluorescence imaging

    PubMed Central

    Jaafari, Nadia; Henson, Mark; Graham, Jeremy; Canepari, Marco

    2013-01-01

    In the recent years, the use of light emitting diodes (LEDs) has become commonplace in fluorescence microscopy. LEDs are economical, easy to couple to commercial microscopes and provide powerful and stable light that can be triggered by TTL pulses in the range of tens of microseconds or shorter. LEDs are usually installed on the epifluorescence port of the microscope to obtain whole field illumination which is ideal for fluorescence imaging. In contrast, photolysis or channelrhodopsin stimulation often requires localised illumination, typically achieved using lasers. Here we show that insertion of a long-pass (>411 nm) filter with appropriately sized pinhole in the epifluorescence pathway, combined with dual UV/visible illumination, can produce efficient whole field visible illumination and spot UV illumination of 15–20 ?m. We tested our system by performing calcium imaging experiments combined with L-glutamate or NMDA photo-release in hippocampal neurons from brain slices or dissociated cultures, demonstrating the ability to obtain local activation of NMDA receptors exclusively in the illuminated spot. The very inexpensive and simple system that we report here will allow many laboratories with limited budget to run similar experiments in a variety of physiological applications. PMID:23764747

  16. Economic and simple system to combine single-spot photolysis and whole-field fluorescence imaging

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    Jaafari, Nadia; Henson, Mark; Graham, Jeremy; Canepari, Marco

    2013-06-01

    In recent years, the use of light emitting diodes (LEDs) has become commonplace in fluorescence microscopy. LEDs are economical and easy to couple to commercial microscopes, and they provide powerful and stable light that can be triggered by transistor-transistor logic pulses in the range of tens of microseconds or shorter. LEDs are usually installed on the epifluorescence port of the microscope to obtain whole-field illumination, which is ideal for fluorescence imaging. In contrast, photolysis or channelrhodopsin stimulation often requires localized illumination, typically achieved using lasers. Here we show that insertion of a long-pass (>411 nm) filter with an appropriately sized pinhole in the epifluorescence pathway, combined with dual UV/visible illumination, can produce efficient whole-field visible illumination and spot UV illumination of 15 to 20 ?m. We tested our system by performing calcium imaging experiments combined with L-glutamate or N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) photorelease in hippocampal neurons from brain slices or dissociated cultures, demonstrating the ability to obtain local activation of NMDA receptors exclusively in the illuminated spot. The very inexpensive and simple system that we report here will allow many laboratories with limited budgets to run similar experiments in a variety of physiological applications.

  17. Fluorescent-protein-based probes: general principles and practices.

    PubMed

    Ai, Hui-Wang

    2015-01-01

    An important application of fluorescent proteins is to derive genetically encoded fluorescent probes that can actively respond to cellular dynamics such as pH change, redox signaling, calcium oscillation, enzyme activities, and membrane potential. Despite the large diverse group of fluorescent-protein-based probes, a few basic principles have been established and are shared by most of these probes. In this article, the focus is on these general principles and strategies that guide the development of fluorescent-protein-based probes. A few examples are provided in each category to illustrate the corresponding principles. Since these principles are quite straightforward, others may adapt them to create fluorescent probes for their own interest. Hopefully, the development of the ever-growing family of fluorescent-protein-based probes will no longer be limited to a small number of laboratories specialized in senor development, leading to the situation that biological studies will be bettered assisted by genetically encoded sensors. PMID:25326886

  18. A FLUORESCENCE BASED ASSAY FOR DNA DAMAGE INDUCED BY RADIATION, CHEMICAL MUTAGENS AND ENZYMES

    EPA Science Inventory

    A simple and rapid assay to detect DNA damage is reported. This novel assay is based on changes in melting/annealing behavior and facilitated using certain dyes that increase their fluorescence upon association with double stranded (ds)DNA. Damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) ra...

  19. A FLUORESCENCE BASED ASSAY FOR DNA DAMAGE: INDUCED BY RADIATION, CHEMICALS AND ENZYMES

    EPA Science Inventory

    A simple and rapid assay to detect DNA damage is reported. This assay is based on the ability of certain dyes to fluoresce upon intercalation with dsDNA. Damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, chemicals or restriction enzymes is detected using this assay. UV radiation at...

  20. A FLUORESCENCE BASED ASSAY FOR DNA DAMAGE INDUCED BY STYRENE OXIDE

    EPA Science Inventory

    A rapid and simple assay to detect DNA damage to calf thymus DNA caused by styrene oxide (SO) is reported. This assay is based on changes observed in the melting and annealing behavior of the damaged DNA. The melting annealing process was monitored using a fluorescence indicat...

  1. Simple, Script-Based Science Processing Archive

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lynnes, Christopher; Hegde, Mahabaleshwara; Barth, C. Wrandle

    2007-01-01

    The Simple, Scalable, Script-based Science Processing (S4P) Archive (S4PA) is a disk-based archival system for remote sensing data. It is based on the data-driven framework of S4P and is used for data transfer, data preprocessing, metadata generation, data archive, and data distribution. New data are automatically detected by the system. S4P provides services such as data access control, data subscription, metadata publication, data replication, and data recovery. It comprises scripts that control the data flow. The system detects the availability of data on an FTP (file transfer protocol) server, initiates data transfer, preprocesses data if necessary, and archives it on readily available disk drives with FTP and HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) access, allowing instantaneous data access. There are options for plug-ins for data preprocessing before storage. Publication of metadata to external applications such as the Earth Observing System Clearinghouse (ECHO) is also supported. S4PA includes a graphical user interface for monitoring the system operation and a tool for deploying the system. To ensure reliability, S4P continuously checks stored data for integrity, Further reliability is provided by tape backups of disks made once a disk partition is full and closed. The system is designed for low maintenance, requiring minimal operator oversight.

  2. Boronate-Based Fluorescent Probes for Imaging Cellular Hydrogen Peroxide

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    Pralle, Arnd

    Boronate-Based Fluorescent Probes for Imaging Cellular Hydrogen Peroxide Evan W. Miller, Aaron E applications of the Peroxysensor family, a new class of fluorescent probes for hydrogen peroxide, are presented In particular, hydrogen peroxide is a major ROS byproduct in living organisms and a common marker for oxidative

  3. Fluorescent Sensors for Zn2+ Based on a Fluorescein Platform

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    Tsien, Roger Y.

    Fluorescent Sensors for Zn2+ Based on a Fluorescein Platform: Synthesis, Properties fluorescent sensors for Zn2+ that utilize fluorescein as a reporting group, Zinpyr-1 and Zinpyr-2, have been. Both Zinpyr sensors have excitation and emission wavelengths in the visible range (500 nm

  4. Flavin-based fluorescent proteins: emerging paradigms in biological imaging

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    Schroeder, Charles

    to the green fluorescent protein (GFP). FbFPs are at a nascent stage of development. However, they have already biology. From this perspective, there is a strong need for the develop- ment of new genetically encodedFlavin-based fluorescent proteins: emerging paradigms in biological imaging Arnab Mukherjee1

  5. Fluorescent protein-based molecular beacons by zinc finger protein-guided assembly.

    PubMed

    Blackstock, Daniel; Sun, Qing; Chen, Wilfred

    2015-02-01

    Molecular beacons (MBs) are stem-loop structured oligonucleotides capable of sensitive and specific nucleic acid detection. However, large-scale usage of MBs for high throughput applications has been hindered by the many expensive and tedious chemical modifications. In this paper, we reported a new class of fluorescent protein-based molecular beacons (FP-MBs) based on zinc finger protein-guided assembly. The design consisted of a single oligonucleotide which forms a hairpin structure with an extending arm on both ends for the attachment of two different fluorescent proteins upon simple mixing. This new design allows for simplified MB assembly and modifications for a wide range of applications. PMID:25163615

  6. Eco-friendly carbon-nanodot-based fluorescent paints for advanced photocatalytic systems.

    PubMed

    Park, So Young; Lee, Hyun Uk; Lee, Young-Chul; Choi, Saehae; Cho, Dae Hyun; Kim, Hee Sik; Bang, Sunghee; Seo, Soonjoo; Lee, Soon Chang; Won, Jonghan; Son, Byung-Chul; Yang, Mino; Lee, Jouhahn

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescent carbon nanomaterials, especially zero-dimensional (0D) carbon nanodots (CDs), are widely used in broad biological and optoelectronic applications. CDs have unique characteristics such as strong fluorescence, biocompatibility, sun-light response, and capability of mass-production. Beyond the previous green CD obtained from harmful natural substances, we report a new type of fluid-based fluorescent CD paints (C-paints) derived from polyethylene glycol (PEG; via simple ultrasound irradiation at room temperatures) and produced in quantum yields of up to ~14%. Additionally, C-paints possess a strong, UV- and visible-light-responsive photoluminescent (PL) property. Most especially, C-paints, by incorporation into a photocatalytic system, show additional roles in the emission of fluorescent light for activation of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) and the resultant detoxification of most organic dyes, thus further enabling embarkation in advanced water purification. PMID:26201431

  7. Eco-friendly carbon-nanodot-based fluorescent paints for advanced photocatalytic systems

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    Young Park, So; Uk Lee, Hyun; Lee, Young-Chul; Choi, Saehae; Hyun Cho, Dae; Sik Kim, Hee; Bang, Sunghee; Seo, Soonjoo; Chang Lee, Soon; Won, Jonghan; Son, Byung-Chul; Yang, Mino; Lee, Jouhahn

    2015-07-01

    Fluorescent carbon nanomaterials, especially zero-dimensional (0D) carbon nanodots (CDs), are widely used in broad biological and optoelectronic applications. CDs have unique characteristics such as strong fluorescence, biocompatibility, sun-light response, and capability of mass-production. Beyond the previous green CD obtained from harmful natural substances, we report a new type of fluid-based fluorescent CD paints (C-paints) derived from polyethylene glycol (PEG; via simple ultrasound irradiation at room temperatures) and produced in quantum yields of up to ~14%. Additionally, C-paints possess a strong, UV- and visible-light-responsive photoluminescent (PL) property. Most especially, C-paints, by incorporation into a photocatalytic system, show additional roles in the emission of fluorescent light for activation of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) and the resultant detoxification of most organic dyes, thus further enabling embarkation in advanced water purification.

  8. 10 CFR 429.35 - Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...false Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. 429...35 Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. ...applicable to bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps;...

  9. 10 CFR 429.35 - Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...false Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. 429...35 Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. ...applicable to bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps;...

  10. 10 CFR 429.35 - Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...false Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. 429...35 Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. ...applicable to bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps;...

  11. Simple process of hybrid white quantum dot/organic light-emitting diodes by using quantum dot plate and fluorescence

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    Lee, Ho Won; Lee, Ki-Heon; Lee, Jae Woo; Kim, Jong-Hoon; Yang, Heesun; Kim, Young Kwan

    2015-02-01

    In this work, the simple process of hybrid quantum dot (QD)/organic light-emitting diode (OLED) was proposed to apply a white illumination light by using QD plate and organic fluorescence. Conventional blue fluorescent OLEDs were firstly fabricated and then QD plates of various concentrations, which can be controlled of UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence spectrum, were attached under glass substrate of completed blue devices. The suggested process indicates that we could fabricate the white device through very simple process without any deposition of orange or red organic emitters. Therefore, this work would be demonstrated that the potential simple process for white applications can be applied and also can be extended to additional research on light applications.

  12. Molecular spies for bioimaging--fluorescent protein-based probes.

    PubMed

    Miyawaki, Atsushi; Niino, Yusuke

    2015-05-21

    Convergent advances in optical imaging and genetic engineering have fueled the development of new technologies for biological visualization. Those technologies include genetically encoded indicators based on fluorescent proteins (FPs) for imaging ions, molecules, and enzymatic activities "to spy on cells," as phrased by Roger Tsien, by sneaking into specific tissues, cell types, or subcellular compartments, and reporting on specific intracellular activities. Here we review the current range of unimolecular indicators whose working principle is the conversion of a protein conformational change into a fluorescence signal. Many of the indicators have been developed from fluorescence resonance energy transfer- and single-FP-based approaches. PMID:26000848

  13. Novel pyrazoline-based selective fluorescent probe for the detection of hydrazine

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    Zheng, Xiao-Xin; Wang, Sheng-Qing; Wang, Hao-Yan; Zhang, Rong-Rong; Liu, Jin-Ting; Zhao, Bao-Xiang

    2015-03-01

    A novel pyrazoline-based fluorescent probe, 2-[4-(3,5-diphenyl-4,5-dihydro-pyrazol-1-yl)-benzylidene]-malononitrile, with a simple structure and low detection limit (6.16 × 10-6 M) for the detection of hydrazine is designed and synthesized. The probe responds selectively to hydrazine over other molecules with marked fluorescence enhancement. The probe can detect hydrazine effectively at pH 5.0-9.0 with a special emission wavelength at 520 nm. Moreover, the probe can be used to detect hydrazine from variety of natural source water.

  14. Compound parabolic concentrator optical fiber tip for FRET-based fluorescent sensors

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    Ul Hassan, Hafeez; Nielsen, Kristian; Aasmul, Soren; Bang, Ole

    2015-09-01

    The Compound Parabolic Concentrator (CPC) optical fiber tip shape has been proposed for intensity based fluorescent sensors working on the principle of FRET (Förster Resonance Energy Transfer). A simple numerical Zemax model has been used to optimize the CPC tip geometry for a step-index multimode polymer optical fiber for an excitation and emission wavelength of 550 nm and 650nm, respectively. The model suggests an increase of a factor of 1.6 to 4 in the collected fluorescent power for an ideal CPC tip, as compared to the plane-cut fiber tip for fiber lengths between 5 and 45mm.

  15. A ratiometric fluorescent quantum dots based biosensor for organophosphorus pesticides detection by inner-filter effect.

    PubMed

    Yan, Xu; Li, Hongxia; Han, Xiaosong; Su, Xingguang

    2015-12-15

    In this work, we develop a novel and sensitive sensor for the detection of organophosphorus pesticides based on the inner-filter effect (IFE) between gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and ratiometric fluorescent quantum dots (RF-QDs). The RF-QDs has been designed by hybridizing two differently colored CdTe QDs, in which the red emissive QDs entrapped in the silica sphere acting as the reference signal, and the green emissive QDs covalently attached on the silica surface serving as the response signal.The fluorescence of RF-QDs could be quenched by AuNPs based on IFE. Protamine could effectively turn on the fluorescence due to the electrostatic attraction between protamine and AuNPs. Trypsin can easily hydrolyze protamine, leading to the quench of the fluorescence. Then, the fluorescence could be recovered again by the addition of parathion-methyl (PM) which could inhibit the activity of trypsin. By measuring the fluorescence of RF-QDs, the inhibition efficiency of PM to trypsin activity was evaluated. Under the optimized conditions, the inhibition efficiency was proportional to the logarithm of PM concentration in the range of 0.04-400 ng mL(-1), with a detection limit of 0.018 ng mL(-1). Furthermore, the simple and convenient method had been used for PM detection in environmental and agricultural samples with satisfactory results. PMID:26143468

  16. Towards a spectrum-based bar code for identification of weakly fluorescent microparticles

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    Petrášek, Zden?k; Wiedemann, Jens; Schwille, Petra

    2014-03-01

    Spectrally resolved detection of fluorescent probes can be used to identify multiple labeled target molecules in an unknown mixture. We study how the spectral shape, the experimental noise, and the number of spectral detection channels affect the success of identification of weakly fluorescent beads on basis of their emission spectra. The proposed formalism allows to estimate the performance of the spectral identification procedure with a given set of spectral codes on the basis of the reference spectra only. We constructed a simple prism-based setup for spectral detection and demonstrate that seven distinct but overlapping spectral codes realized by combining up to three fluorescent dyes bound to a single bead in a barcode-based manner can be reliably identified. The procedure allows correct identification even in the presence of known autofluorescence background stronger than the actual signal.

  17. A planarized 9-phenylanthracene: a simple electron-donating building block for fluorescent materials.

    PubMed

    Iwahara, Hideaki; Kushida, Tomokatsu; Yamaguchi, Shigehiro

    2016-01-01

    A 9-phenylanthracene, constrained in a coplanar fashion by two methylene tethers, was synthesized and its optoelectronic properties were investigated. The rigid planarization increased its electron-donating character and induced a bathochromic shift of its absorption, as well as an increased molar absorption coefficient and intense fluorescence. These properties render this compound a promising building block for fluorescent materials. PMID:26515716

  18. Fluorescence quenching of Rhodamine B base by two amines

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    Bakkialakshmi, S.; Selvarani, P.; Chenthamarai, S.

    2013-03-01

    Fluorescence quenching of Rhodamine B base (RhB) in DMF solution has been studied at different concentrations of the amine Triethyl amine (TEA) and n-butyl amine (NBA) at room temperature. It has been observed that the fluorescence intensity of RhB decrease with increase in the concentration of the TEA and NBA. It has been observed that the quenching due to amines proceeds via dynamic quenching process. The rate constants for the quenching process have been calculated using Stern-Volmer equation. Time resolved fluorescence study and 1H NMR spectral study have also been carried out and discussed.

  19. Tryptophan-based chromophore in fluorescent proteins can be anionic

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    Sarkisyan, Karen S.; Yampolsky, Ilia V.; Solntsev, Kyril M.; Lukyanov, Sergey A.; Lukyanov, Konstantin A.; Mishin, Alexander S.

    2012-01-01

    Cyan fluorescent proteins (CFP) with tryptophan66-based chromophore are widely used for live cell imaging. In contrast to green and red fluorescent proteins, no charged states of the CFP chromophore have been described. Here, we studied synthetic CFP chromophore and found that its indole group can be deprotonated rather easily (pKa 12.4).We then reproduced this effect in the CFP mCerulean by placing basic amino acids in the chromophore microenvironment. As a result, green-emitting variant with an anionic chromophore and key substitution Val61Lys was obtained. This is the first evidence strongly suggesting that tryptophan-based chromophores in fluorescent proteins can exist in an anionic charged state. Switching between protonated and deprotonated Trp66 in fluorescent proteins represents a new unexplored way to control their spectral properties. PMID:22934131

  20. Field portable mobile phone based fluorescence microscopy for detection of Giardia lamblia cysts in water samples

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    Ceylan Koydemir, Hatice; Gorocs, Zoltan; McLeod, Euan; Tseng, Derek; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2015-03-01

    Giardia lamblia is a waterborne parasite that causes an intestinal infection, known as giardiasis, and it is found not only in countries with inadequate sanitation and unsafe water but also streams and lakes of developed countries. Simple, sensitive, and rapid detection of this pathogen is important for monitoring of drinking water. Here we present a cost-effective and field portable mobile-phone based fluorescence microscopy platform designed for automated detection of Giardia lamblia cysts in large volume water samples (i.e., 10 ml) to be used in low-resource field settings. This fluorescence microscope is integrated with a disposable water-sampling cassette, which is based on a flow-through porous polycarbonate membrane and provides a wide surface area for fluorescence imaging and enumeration of the captured Giardia cysts on the membrane. Water sample of interest, containing fluorescently labeled Giardia cysts, is introduced into the absorbent pads that are in contact with the membrane in the cassette by capillary action, which eliminates the need for electrically driven flow for sample processing. Our fluorescence microscope weighs ~170 grams in total and has all the components of a regular microscope, capable of detecting individual fluorescently labeled cysts under light-emitting-diode (LED) based excitation. Including all the sample preparation, labeling and imaging steps, the entire measurement takes less than one hour for a sample volume of 10 ml. This mobile phone based compact and cost-effective fluorescent imaging platform together with its machine learning based cyst counting interface is easy to use and can even work in resource limited and field settings for spatio-temporal monitoring of water quality.

  1. Quinoline-based, glucose-pendant fluorescent zinc probes.

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    Mikata, Yuji; Ugai, Anna; Yasuda, Keiko; Itami, Saori; Tamotsu, Satoshi; Konno, Hideo; Iwatsuki, Satoshi

    2012-09-01

    Quinoline-based tetradentate ligands with glucose pendants, N,N'-bis[2-(?-d-glucopyranosyloxy)ethyl]-N,N'-bis[(6-methoxyquinolin-2-yl)methyl]ethylenediamine (N,N'-6-MeOBQBGEN) and its N,N-counterpart, N,N-6-MeOBQBGEN, have been prepared, and their fluorescence-spectral changes upon Zn binding were investigated. Upon excitation at 336 nm, N,N'-6-MeOBQBGEN showed weak fluorescence (? ? 0.016) in HEPES buffer (HEPES 50 mM, KCl 100 mM, pH 7.5). In the presence of Zn, N,N'-6-MeOBQBGEN exhibited a significant increase in fluorescence (? = 0.096) at 414 nm. The fluorescence enhancement is specific for Zn and Cd (I(Cd) /I(Zn) of 50% at 414 nm). On the other hand, N,N-6-MeOBQBGEN exhibited a smaller fluorescence enhancement upon Zn complexation (? = 0.043, ?(ex) = 334 nm, ?(em) = 407 nm) compared with N,N'-6-MeOBQBGEN. Fluorescence microscopic analysis using PC-12 rat adrenal cells revealed that N,N'-6-MeOBQBGEN exhibits a 1.8-fold higher fluorescence-signal response to Zn ion concentration compared with sugar-depleted compound 2 (N,N'-bis[(6-methoxyquinolin-2-yl)methyl]ethylenediamine), due to its enhanced uptake into cells due to the targeting ability of the attached carbohydrates. PMID:22976991

  2. [Curve fitting based on genetic algorithms for quantitative resolution in overlapped fluorescence spectra].

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    Xia, Xiang-hua; Sun, Han-wen

    2012-08-01

    The exponentially modified Gaussian (EMG) model-based genetic algorithm was used as a fitness function for fitting fluorescence spectrogram. The method was effective for solving the interference of fluorescent substance in the course of the multi-component quantitative analysis. As an example, the interference of endogenous fluorophores in different urines with the fluorescence of gatifloxacin (GFLX) was examined. A good eradicating efficacy was achieved by using the fitting fluorescence spectrogram. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the good linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity and GFLX concentration was obtained in the range of 0.06-3.5 microg x mL(-1) with a correlation coefficient of 0.9994. The detection limit and recovery were 0.02 microg x mL(-1) and 99.2%-109.4%, respectively, with the relative standard deviation from 1.3% to 2.7%. The proposed fitting fluorescence spectrometric method was rapid, simple and highly sensitive for the determination of GFLX in different human urine without preseparation. The recovery, selectivity, linearity, precision and accuracy of the method are convenient for routine assays and pharmacokinetic studies. PMID:23156772

  3. DNA-Based Self-Assembly of Fluorescent Nanodiamonds.

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    Zhang, Tao; Neumann, Andre; Lindlau, Jessica; Wu, Yuzhou; Pramanik, Goutam; Naydenov, Boris; Jelezko, Fedor; Schüder, Florian; Huber, Sebastian; Huber, Marinus; Stehr, Florian; Högele, Alexander; Weil, Tanja; Liedl, Tim

    2015-08-12

    As a step toward deterministic and scalable assembly of ordered spin arrays we here demonstrate a bottom-up approach to position fluorescent nanodiamonds (NDs) with nanometer precision on DNA origami structures. We have realized a reliable and broadly applicable surface modification strategy that results in DNA-functionalized and perfectly dispersed NDs that were then self-assembled in predefined geometries. With optical studies we show that the fluorescence properties of the nitrogen-vacancy color centers in NDs are preserved during surface modification and DNA assembly. As this method allows the nanoscale arrangement of fluorescent NDs together with other optically active components in complex geometries, applications based on self-assembled spin lattices or plasmon-enhanced spin sensors as well as improved fluorescent labeling for bioimaging could be envisioned. PMID:26196373

  4. Motor Oil Classification Based on Time-Resolved Fluorescence

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    Mu, Taotao; Chen, Siying; Zhang, Yinchao; Guo, Pan; Chen, He; Meng, Fandong

    2014-01-01

    A time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) technique is presented for classifying motor oils. The system is constructed with a third harmonic Nd:YAG laser, a spectrometer, and an intensified charge coupled device (ICCD) camera. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) measurements are reported for several motor oils. It is found that steady-state fluorescence is insufficient to distinguish the motor oil samples. Then contour diagrams of TRF intensities (CDTRFIs) are acquired to serve as unique fingerprints to identify motor oils by using the distinct TRF of motor oils. CDTRFIs are preferable to steady-state fluorescence spectra for classifying different motor oils, making CDTRFIs a particularly choice for the development of fluorescence-based methods for the discrimination and characterization of motor oils. The two-dimensional fluorescence contour diagrams contain more information, not only the changing shapes of the LIF spectra but also the relative intensity. The results indicate that motor oils can be differentiated based on the new proposed method, which provides reliable methods for analyzing and classifying motor oils. PMID:24988439

  5. Radioiodine detector based on laser induced fluorescence

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    McDonald, Jimmie R. (Upper Marlboro, MD); Baronavski, Andrew P. (Alexandria, VA)

    1980-01-01

    The invention involves the measurement of the concentration of the radioisotope .sup.129 I.sub.2 in the presence of a gas. The invention uses a laser to excite a sample of the .sup.129 I.sub.2 in a sample gas chamber and a reference sample of a known concentration of .sup.129 I.sub.2 in a reference gas chamber. The .sup.129 I.sub.2 in the sample and reference gas chamber each gives off fluorescence emissions which are received by photomultipliers which provide signals to a detector. The detector uses a ratioing technique to determine the concentration of .sup.129 I.sub.2 in the sample gas chamber.

  6. Visual and fluorescent detection of acetamiprid based on the inner filter effect of gold nanoparticles on ratiometric fluorescence quantum dots.

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    Yan, Xu; Li, Hongxia; Li, Yang; Su, Xingguang

    2014-12-10

    In this work, we develop a simple and rapid sensing method for the visual and fluorescent detection of acetamiprid (AC) based on the inner-filter effect (IFE) of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on ratiometric fluorescent quantum dots (RF-QDs). The RF-QDs based dual-emission nanosensor was fabricated by assembling green emissive QDs (QDs539nm, ?em=539 nm) on the surface of red emissive QDs (QDs661nm, ?em=661 nm)-doped silica microspheres. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity of RF-QDs could be quenched by AuNPs based on IFE. Acetamiprid can adsorb on the surface of AuNPs due to its cyano group that has good affinity with gold, which could induce the aggregation of AuNPs accompanying color change from red to blue. Thus, the IFE of AuNPs on RF-QDs was weakened and the PL intensity of RF-QDs was recovered accordingly. Under the optimized conditions, the PL intensity of the RF-QDs/AuNPs system was proportional to the concentration of AC in the range of 0.025-5.0 ?g mL(-1), with a detection limit of 16.8 ?g L(-1). The established method had been used for AC detection in environmental and agricultural samples with satisfactory results. PMID:25441897

  7. Fluorescence-based Total Protein Determination using the Compound CBQCA

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    Raizada, Manish N.

    Fluorescence-based Total Protein Determination using the Compound CBQCA Total protein content solutions at 280 nm (A280) can be performed, but are subject to interference from any nucleic acid absorbance-based methods to measure total protein content. Here we describe the use of 3-(4-carboxybenzoyl

  8. Shearlet-TGV Based Fluorescence Microscopy Image Deconvolution

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    Ferguson, Thomas S.

    Shearlet-TGV Based Fluorescence Microscopy Image Deconvolution Jing Qin1 , Xiyu Yi2 , Shimon Weiss2 of superresolution imaging method- ologies, various deconvolution algorithms have been applied to fluores- cence-blind or prior-guided blind deconvolution algorithms. In this paper, we propose a novel regularization based

  9. Vision-Based Navigation of Mobile Robot using Fluorescent Tubes

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    Ohya, Akihisa

    Vision-Based Navigation of Mobile Robot using Fluorescent Tubes Fabien LAUNAY, Akihisa OHYA a vision-based navigation method in an indoor environment for an au- tonomous mobile robot. In this method's position correction, we will give a brief overview of the mobile robot on which the system has been

  10. A simple-structured acridine derivative as a fluorescent enhancement chemosensor for the detection of Pd2+ in aqueous media

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    Zhou, Yanmei; Huang, Qi; Zhang, Qingyou; Min, Yinghao; Wang, Enze

    2015-02-01

    4,5-Bis(hydroxymethyl) acridine (sensor 1) has been discovered and synthesized as a simple-structured Pd2+ fluorescent probe. Sensor 1 showed highly selective recognition toward Pd2+ over other examined metal ions in aqueous solution. Under the optimized condition, fluorescence intensity was linearly proportional to the concentration of Pd2+ in the 0-1 ?M concentration range with detection limits of 0.021 ?M. The EDTA-adding and stoichiometry experiments indicated that sensor 1 was a reversible chemosensor for Pd2+ with a 2:1 ligand/metal complex at neutral pH. Moreover, the sensor 1 was also successfully applied to determination of Pd2+ in water samples and palladium-containing catalyst, which made it attractive for sensing applications.

  11. Simple flow through reaction cells for in situ transmission and fluorescence x-ray-absorption spectroscopy of heterogeneous catalysts

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    Bare, Simon R.; Mickelson, George E.; Modica, Frank S.; Ringwelski, Andrzej Z.; Yang, N.

    2006-02-01

    We report on the design of both transmission and fluorescence x-ray-absorption spectroscopy cells suitable for in situ characterization of heterogeneous catalysts. The heart of both cells is a quartz tube used to house the catalyst sample. Both cells allow in situ x-ray-absorption fine-structure (XAFS) data to be recorded from -196 to 825 °C using a wide range of gas flows at atmospheric pressure. Excellent temperature control is demonstrated with both designs. XAFS data can be recorded over a wide x-ray energy range (2.1-29 keV). These designs are simple, robust, relatively low cost, and, moreover, are reliable and easy to operate. All of the critical components of the transmission reactor can be purchased commercially, with little machining required. The design of the fluorescence reactor requires access to a skilled glass blower.

  12. Performance validation of EMCCD and ICCD based near-infrared fluorescence imaging systems on a fluorescence solid phantom

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    Zhu, Banghe; Sevick-Muraca, Eva M.

    2012-03-01

    Near infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging has been successfully applied for non-invasive assessment of both lymphatic architecture and function as well as potential disease markers of lymphatic dysfunction in clinical studies with intradermal injection of indocyanine green (ICG). For new "first-in-humans" NIR fluorescence imaging agents that need to be employed at far lower quantities, NIR fluorescence imaging devices with high measurement sensitivity are most favorable. However, the measurement sensitivity of NIR fluorescence imaging devices is limited by various parameters, including quantum efficiency of CCD chip, noise sources in the CCD camera, and the leakage of excitation light through optical filters. In this contribution, we present a quantum dot-based fluorescence solid phantom and its use for characterization of excitation light leakage and measurement sensitivity in both the intensified CCD (ICCD) and Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) based NIR fluorescence imaging devices. The stability of the constructed quantum dot-based fluorescence solid phantom was first demonstrated and used to demonstrate higher measurement sensitivity compared of the ICCD as opposed to the EMCCD based NIR fluorescence imaging device when integration time were maintained less than 1.0 s. The phantom was used to assess the calculated transmission ratio, R, to minimize noise owing to excitation light leakage and show optimized filtering capabilities. The constructed quantum dot based solid phantom and the methodology for measuring parameters of transmission ratio and SNR can be used as a standard and quantifiable metric for installation and operational qualification of all NIR fluorescence imaging devices.

  13. Broccoli: rapid selection of an RNA mimic of green fluorescent protein by fluorescence-based selection and directed evolution.

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    Filonov, Grigory S; Moon, Jared D; Svensen, Nina; Jaffrey, Samie R

    2014-11-19

    Genetically encoded fluorescent ribonucleic acids (RNAs) have diverse applications, including imaging RNA trafficking and as a component of RNA-based sensors that exhibit fluorescence upon binding small molecules in live cells. These RNAs include the Spinach and Spinach2 aptamers, which bind and activate the fluorescence of fluorophores similar to that found in green fluorescent protein. Although additional highly fluorescent RNA-fluorophore complexes would extend the utility of this technology, the identification of novel RNA-fluorophore complexes is difficult. Current approaches select aptamers on the basis of their ability to bind fluorophores, even though fluorophore binding alone is not sufficient to activate fluorescence. Additionally, aptamers require extensive mutagenesis to efficiently fold and exhibit fluorescence in living cells. Here we describe a platform for rapid generation of highly fluorescent RNA-fluorophore complexes that are optimized for function in cells. This procedure involves selection of aptamers on the basis of their binding to fluorophores, coupled with fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) of millions of aptamers expressed in Escherichia coli. Promising aptamers are then further optimized using a FACS-based directed evolution approach. Using this approach, we identified several novel aptamers, including a 49-nt aptamer, Broccoli. Broccoli binds and activates the fluorescence of (Z)-4-(3,5-difluoro-4-hydroxybenzylidene)-1,2-dimethyl-1H-imidazol-5(4H)-one. Broccoli shows robust folding and green fluorescence in cells, and increased fluorescence relative to Spinach2. This reflects, in part, improved folding in the presence of low cytosolic magnesium concentrations. Thus, this novel fluorescence-based selection approach simplifies the generation of aptamers that are optimized for expression and performance in living cells. PMID:25337688

  14. Dynamic fluorescence lifetime imaging based on acousto-optic deflectors

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    Yan, Wei; Peng, Xiao; Qi, Jing; Gao, Jian; Fan, Shunping; Wang, Qi; Qu, Junle; Niu, Hanben

    2014-11-01

    We report a dynamic fluorescence lifetime imaging (D-FLIM) system that is based on a pair of acousto-optic deflectors for the random regions of interest (ROI) study in the sample. The two-dimensional acousto-optic deflector devices are used to rapidly scan the femtosecond excitation laser beam across the sample, providing specific random access to the ROI. Our experimental results using standard fluorescent dyes in live cancer cells demonstrate that the D-FLIM system can dynamically monitor the changing process of the microenvironment in the ROI in live biological samples.

  15. Fluorescence based explosive detection: from mechanisms to sensory materials.

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    Sun, Xiangcheng; Wang, Ying; Lei, Yu

    2015-11-21

    The detection of explosives is one of the current pressing concerns in global security. In the past few decades, a large number of emissive sensing materials have been developed for the detection of explosives in vapor, solution, and solid states through fluorescence methods. In recent years, great efforts have been devoted to develop new fluorescent materials with various sensing mechanisms for detecting explosives in order to achieve super-sensitivity, ultra-selectivity, as well as fast response time. This review article starts with a brief introduction on various sensing mechanisms for fluorescence based explosive detection, and then summarizes in an exhaustive and systematic way the state-of-the-art of fluorescent materials for explosive detection with a focus on the research in the recent 5 years. A wide range of fluorescent materials, such as conjugated polymers, small fluorophores, supramolecular systems, bio-inspired materials and aggregation induced emission-active materials, and their sensing performance and sensing mechanism are the centerpiece of this review. Finally, conclusions and future outlook are presented and discussed. PMID:26335504

  16. Polyacrylamide based ICG nanocarriers for enhanced fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging

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    Ray, Aniruddha; Yoon, Hyung Ki; Ryu, HeeJu; Koo Lee, Yong-Eun; Kim, Gwangseong; Wang, Xueding; Kopelman, Raoul

    2013-02-01

    Indocyanine green (ICG) is an FDA approved tricarbocyanine dye. This dye, with a strong absorbance in the near infrared (NIR) region, has been extensively used for fluorescence and photoacoustic imaging in vivo. ICG in its free form, however, has a few drawbacks that limit its in vivo applications, such as non-targetability, tendency to form aggregates which changes its optical properties, fast degradation, short plasma lifetime and reduced fluorescence at body temperature. In order to bypass these inherent drawbacks, we demonstrate a polyacrylamide based nanocarrier that was particularly designed to carry the negatively charged ICG molecules. These nanocarriers are biodegradable, biocompatible and can be specifically targeted to any cell or tissue. Using these nanocarriers we avoid all the problems associated with free ICG, such as degradation, aggregation and short plasma lifetime, and also enhance demonstrate its ability towards photoacoustics and fluorescence imaging.

  17. Fluorescent detection of ATP based on signaling DNA aptamer attached silica nanoparticles

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    Wang, Yanyan; Wang, Yusong; Liu, Bin

    2008-10-01

    Novel methods for rapid, sensitive and low-cost biomolecule detection have attracted particular interest because of their wide use in medical diagnostics, food inspection and biomedical research applications. In this work, we report a simple and efficient silica nanoparticle (NP)-based fluorescent assay for ATP detection. It takes advantage of the washing and separation properties of NPs and the structure-switch property of DNA aptamers, resulting in fluorescence change of the supernatant in the presence of targets. A linear response for ATP detection was observed from 0 to 6 mM with a detection limit of ~34 µM. This detection strategy could be generalized to other aptamer-based detection systems.

  18. Colorimetric and Fluorescent Sensing of SCN- Based on meso-Tetraphenylporphyrin/meso-Tetraphenylporphyrin Cobalt(II) System

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    Zhang, Ying; Wang, Hua; Yang, Rong H.

    2007-01-01

    An approach for colorimetric and fluorescent sensing of thiocyanate (SCN-) has been proposed based on the competitive-displacement strategy between meso-tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) and meso-tetraphenylporphyrin cobalt(II) (CoTPP). In THF-water solution, TPP emits strong fluorescence at 651 nm; however, the fluorescence was quenched stepwise by CoTPP, and then restored by SCN-, the detection limit is 6.0 × 10-4 M. The recognition of SCN- could also be easily achieved by visual way since the assembly system showed significant color change by the anion. Both the fluorescence and the color change of the system exhibits remarkably high selectivity to SCN- over a large series of anions. The interaction mechanisms among TPP, CoTPP and SCN- were primarily investigated by fluorescence lifetime. The quenching of TPP fluorescence is attributed to the formation of TPP/CoTPP aggregates, and the fluorescence restoration is due to the binding of CoTPP with SCN-, releasing the free TPP. This simple system has the potential to be used as a latent fluorescent sensing approach for SCN- for environmental analysis.

  19. A peptide-based fluorescent chemosensor for multianalyte detection.

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    Wang, Peng; Liu, Lixuan; Zhou, Panpan; Wu, Wenyu; Wu, Jiang; Liu, Weisheng; Tang, Yu

    2015-10-15

    A novel multifunctional peptide fluorescent chemosensor (DP-3) with a lysine backbone and double sides conjugated with histidine and dansyl groups has been designed and synthesized by solid phase synthesis. This chemosensor is a promising analytical tool for detecting Zn(2+), Cu(2+), and S(2-) based on different mechanisms in 100% aqueous solutions, and intracellular biosensing has been successfully actualized. The peptide beacon structure of DP-3 makes it more stable and capable of achieving multianalyte detection, especially for sulfide ions. Until now, there have been few examples of using a peptide fluorescent chemosensor to detect anions with a continuous method. As designed, DP-3 exhibits excellent cell permeation and low biotoxicity and displays high selectivity and sensitivity, with Zn(2+) and Cu(2+) detection limits of 82 nM and 78 nM, respectively. This study raises the new possibility of a highly selective peptide fluorescent chemosensor for multifunctional detection, including cation and anions, by different mechanisms in environmental and biological systems. We expect that this work will inspire the development of a multifunctional beacon peptide-based fluorescent chemosensor library using modifiable lateral and terminal groups for a variety of practical applications in physiological and pathological events. PMID:25957834

  20. The Fluorescence Enhancement of Mercury Detected in Food Based on Rhodamine Derivatives.

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    Fan, Cai-ling; Xie, Pu-hui; Cui, Shu-min; Yang, Li-na; Sun, Qing; Ai, Zhi-lu

    2015-05-01

    Recently, the problem of food security is more and more serious, and people pay attention to mercury because of the toxic of it. A new approach for the determination of mercury content in foodstuff is devised. In this paper, first, we design and synthesis a new kind of fluorescent probe whose matrix based on rhodamine B, hydrazine hydrate and hydroxy benzaldehyde. Through the analysis of H-NMR spectra of the synthesized product L1, we confirm that the synthetic substance is the adjacent carboxyl benzaldehyde hydrazone structure generation of rhodamine B. Then, we measure the fluorescence signal intensity of the probe with different concentrations of mercury ions fully upon complexation by fluorescence spectrometer and we can study the relationship between the mercury ion concentration and the fluorescence intensity and draw the standard working curve. Following, It's time to discuss the microwave digestion processing of tea, after digestion we use the synthetic probe Li for determination of mercury content in tea. The experimental results show that the maximum excitation wavelength of the probe and coordination compound are 568. 05 and 560. 00 nm, the maximum emission wavelength are 587. 94 and 580. 00 nm. Then we can find the best testing conditions to improve the degree of accuracy, that is: room temperature, 50% the methanol solution, 3. 0 mL pH 4. 0 buffer solution, in the extent of 30 min. The experimental results show that Na+, K+, Ca2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Al3+ have little impact on the fluorescence intensity of the:probe. Fe3+, Mg2+, Ba2+ has a weak enhancement to the fluorescence intensity of the probe. While a low concentrations of Hg2+ have an obviously enhanced effect on the fluorescence intensity of the probe. In contrast to other metal ions, the probe for Hg2+ has a good selectivity. Linear relationship between the magnitude of increase in fluorescence intensity and concentration of mercury ion was in the range of 5~20 ng . L-1 with detection limit (3S/N) of 1. 9 ng . L-1. The proposed method was applied to determination of mercury ion in samples of tea and sausage and the obtained result and sample recovery were all satisfactory. The methods of analysis instrument has the advantages of simple structure, sensitivity, high accuracy, good selectivity and less volume of simple, without the need for enrichment, being very practical. PMID:26415448

  1. Simple, rapid detection of influenza A (H1N1) viruses using a highly sensitive peptide-based molecular beacon.

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    Lim, Eun-Kyung; Guk, Kyeonghye; Kim, Hyeran; Chung, Bong-Hyun; Jung, Juyeon

    2015-12-15

    A peptide-based molecular beacon (PEP-MB) was prepared for the simple, rapid, and specific detection of H1N1 viruses using a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) system. The PEP-MB exhibited minimal fluorescence in its "closed" hairpin structure. However, in the presence of H1N1 viruses, the specific recognition of the hemagglutinin (HA) protein of H1 strains by the PEP-MB causes the beacon to assume an "open" structure that emits strong fluorescence. The PEP-MB could detect H1N1 viruses within 15 min or even 5 min and can exhibit strong fluorescence even at low viral concentrations, with a detection limit of 4 copies. PMID:26509476

  2. Immunosensor systems with the Langmuir-film-based fluorescence detection

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    Chudinova, G K; Nagovitsyn, I A; Savranskii, V V; Karpov, R E

    2003-09-30

    A method is developed for detecting protein antigens for fluorescent immunoassay using a model system based on the technique for preparation of Langmuir films. Fluorescein isothiocyanate and donor-acceptor energy-transfer pairs of markers (the Yb complex of tetraphenyl porphyrin - benzoyl trifluoroacetoneisothiocyanate and derivatives of tetra(carboxyphenyl) porphyrin - cyanine dye containing a five-membered polyene chain), which were nor studied earlier, were used as markers for detecting the binding of an antigen on the surface of Langmuir films of antibodies. Fluorescence was detected in the near-IR region (for the first pair) and in the visible spectral range (for the second pair). To reduce the nonspecific sorption of a protein (antigen), a method was proposed for the preparation of a nonpolar surface by applying an even number of layers of stearic acid as a substrate for the Langmuir - Blodgett film. A high sensitivity of model systems to a protein antigen in solution was achieved ({approx}10{sup -11} M), the assay time being 6 - 8 min. The model system with the first donor - acceptor pair was tested in analysis of the blood plasma. The fluorescence of the Dy{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+} complexes of tetraphenyl porphyrin sensitised by diketonate complexes of lanthanides was studied for the first time and the enhancement of the IR fluorescence of these complexes in a Langmuir film was demonstrated. (papers devoted to the memory of academician a m prokhorov)

  3. Cell uptake and localization studies of squaramide based fluorescent probes.

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    Sampedro, Angel; Villalonga-Planells, Ruth; Vega, Manuel; Ramis, Guillem; Fernández de Mattos, Silvia; Villalonga, Priam; Costa, Antoni; Rotger, Carmen

    2014-08-20

    Cell internalization is a major issue in drug design. Although squaramide-based compounds are receiving much attention because of their interesting bioactivity, cell uptake and trafficking within cells of this type of compounds are still unknown. In order to monitor the cell internalization process of cyclosquaramide compounds we have prepared two fluorescent probes by covalently linking a fluorescent dye (BODIPY derivative or fluorescein) to a noncytotoxic cyclosquaramide framework. These two probes (C2-BDP and C2-FITC) rapidly internalize across live cell membranes through endocytic receptor-mediated mechanisms. Due to its higher fluorescence and photochemical stability, C2-BDP is a superior dye than C2-FITC. C2-BDP remains sequestered in late endosomes allowing their fast and selective imaging in various live cell types. Cyclosquaramide-cell membrane interactions facilitate cell uptake and have been investigated by binding studies in solution as well as in live cells. Cyclosquaramide 1 (C2-BDP) can be used as a highly fluorescent probe for the rapid and selective imaging of late endosomes in live cells. PMID:25036647

  4. A Simple Visualization of Double Bond Properties: Chemical Reactivity and UV Fluorescence

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    Grayson, Scott M.

    2012-01-01

    A simple, easily visualized thin-layer chromatography (TLC) staining experiment is presented that highlights the difference in reactivity between aromatic double bonds and nonaromatic double bonds. Although the stability of aromatic systems is a major theme in organic chemistry, the concept is rarely reinforced "visually" in the undergraduate…

  5. A novel fluorescence assay for inorganic pyrophosphatase based on modulated aggregation of graphene quantum dots.

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    Zhu, Xueli; Liu, Jinwen; Peng, Haiyang; Jiang, Jianhui; Yu, Ruqin

    2016-01-01

    A simple and highly sensitive fluorometric method has been developed for inorganic pyrophosphatase (PPase) activity detection based on the disaggregation and aggregation of graphene quantum dots (GQDs). Copper ions can trigger the severe aggregation of GQDs with rich carboxyl groups, which results in effective fluorescence quenching. While, with the addition of pyrophosphate (PPi), the quenched fluorescence is effectively recovered owing to the strong interaction between PPi and Cu(2+). Furthermore, under the catalytic hydrolysis of PPase, the complex of PPi-Cu(2+)-PPi is rapidly disassembled, and the fluorescence is re-quenched. This method is highly sensitive and selective for PPase detection, with a linear correlation between the fluorescence intensity and the PPase concentration in the range from 1 to 200 mU mL(-1) with a detection limit down to 1 mU mL(-1) (S/N = 3). Additionally, the inhibition effect of NaF on the PPase activity is also studied. Thus, the proposed method may hold a potential application in the diagnosis of PPase-related diseases and screening of PPase inhibitors, to evaluate the function and inhibition of PPase in biological systems. PMID:26581179

  6. Determination of adenine based on the fluorescence recovery of the L-Tryptophan-Cu2+ complex

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    Duan, Ruilin; Li, Chunyan; Liu, Shaopu; Liu, Zhongfang; Li, Yuanfang; Yuan, Yusheng; Hu, Xiaoli

    2016-01-01

    A simple and sensitive method for determination of adenine was developed based on fluorescence quenching and recovery of L-Tryptophan (L-Trp). The fluorescence of L-Trp could efficiently quenched by copper ion compared with other common metal ions. Upon addition of adenine (Ade) in L-Trp-Cu(II) system, the fluorescence was reoccurred. Under the optimum conditions, the recovery fluorescence intensity was linearly correlated with the concentration of adenine in the range from 0.34 to 25.0 ?mol L-1, with a correlation coefficient (R2) of 0.9994. The detection limit (3?/k) was 0.046 ?mol L-1, indicating that this method could applied to detect trace adenine. In this study, amino acids including L-Trp, D-Trp, L-Tyr, D-Tyr, L-Phe, D-Phe were investigated and only L-Trp could well chelated copper ion. Additionally, the mechanism of quench and recovery also were discussed and the method was successfully applied to detect the adenine in DNA with satisfactory results.

  7. Determination of adenine based on the fluorescence recovery of the L-Tryptophan-Cu(2+) complex.

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    Duan, Ruilin; Li, Chunyan; Liu, Shaopu; Liu, Zhongfang; Li, Yuanfang; Yuan, Yusheng; Hu, Xiaoli

    2016-01-01

    A simple and sensitive method for determination of adenine was developed based on fluorescence quenching and recovery of L-Tryptophan (L-Trp). The fluorescence of L-Trp could efficiently quenched by copper ion compared with other common metal ions. Upon addition of adenine (Ade) in L-Trp-Cu(II) system, the fluorescence was reoccurred. Under the optimum conditions, the recovery fluorescence intensity was linearly correlated with the concentration of adenine in the range from 0.34 to 25.0?molL(-1), with a correlation coefficient (R(2)) of 0.9994. The detection limit (3?/k) was 0.046?molL(-1), indicating that this method could applied to detect trace adenine. In this study, amino acids including L-Trp, D-Trp, L-Tyr, D-Tyr, L-Phe, D-Phe were investigated and only L-Trp could well chelated copper ion. Additionally, the mechanism of quench and recovery also were discussed and the method was successfully applied to detect the adenine in DNA with satisfactory results. PMID:26225734

  8. A fluorescence enhancement-based sensor for hydrogen sulfate ion.

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    Yang, Shih-Tse; Liao, De-Jhong; Chen, Shau-Jiun; Hu, Ching-Han; Wu, An-Tai

    2012-04-01

    Sugar-aza-crown ether-based cavitand 1 can act as a selective turn-on fluorescence sensor for hydrogen sulfate ion in methanol among a series of tested anions. Spectroscopic studies, particularly NMR spectroscopy, revealed that the C-H hydrogen bonding between 1,2,3-triazole ring of cavitand 1 and hydrogen sulfate ion is crucial for the high selectivity of the receptor for hydrogen sulfate. PMID:22363932

  9. Information-based analysis of simple incoherent imaging systems

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    Ashok, Amit

    Information-based analysis of simple incoherent imaging systems Amit Ashok and Mark A. Neifeld@ece.arizona.edu Abstract: We present an information-based analysis of three candidate imagers: a conventional lens system.3050) Information processing; (220.4830) Op- tical systems design References and links 1. J. van der Gracht and G. W

  10. A label-free, fluorescence based assay for microarray

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    Niu, Sanjun

    DNA chip technology has drawn tremendous attention since it emerged in the mid 90's as a method that expedites gene sequencing by over 100-fold. DNA chip, also called DNA microarray, is a combinatorial technology in which different single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecules of known sequences are immobilized at specific spots. The immobilized ssDNA strands are called probes. In application, the chip is exposed to a solution containing ssDNA of unknown sequence, called targets, which are labeled with fluorescent dyes. Due to specific molecular recognition among the base pairs in the DNA, the binding or hybridization occurs only when the probe and target sequences are complementary. The nucleotide sequence of the target is determined by imaging the fluorescence from the spots. The uncertainty of background in signal detection and statistical error in data analysis, primarily due to the error in the DNA amplification process and statistical distribution of the tags in the target DNA, have become the fundamental barriers in bringing the technology into application for clinical diagnostics. Furthermore, the dye and tagging process are expensive, making the cost of DNA chips inhibitive for clinical testing. These limitations and challenges make it difficult to implement DNA chip methods as a diagnostic tool in a pathology laboratory. The objective of this dissertation research is to provide an alternative approach that will address the above challenges. In this research, a label-free assay is designed and studied. Polystyrene (PS), a commonly used polymeric material, serves as the fluorescence agent. Probe ssDNA is covalently immobilized on polystyrene thin film that is supported by a reflecting substrate. When this chip is exposed to excitation light, fluorescence light intensity from PS is detected as the signal. Since the optical constants and conformations of ssDNA and dsDNA (double stranded DNA) are different, the measured fluorescence from PS changes for the same intensity of excitation light. The fluorescence contrast is used to quantify the amount of probe-target hybridization. A mathematical model that considers multiple reflections and scattering is developed to explain the mechanism of the fluorescence contrast which depends on the thickness of the PS film. Scattering is the dominant factor that contributes to the contrast. The potential of this assay to detect single nucleotide polymorphism is also tested.

  11. Monitoring methionine sulfoxide with stereospecific mechanism-based fluorescent sensors

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    Tarrago, Lionel; Péterfi, Zalán; Lee, Byung Cheon; Michel, Thomas; Gladyshev, Vadim N.

    2015-01-01

    Methionine can be reversibly oxidized to methionine sulfoxide (MetO) under physiological and pathophysiological conditions, but its use as a redox marker suffers from the lack of tools to detect and quantify MetO within cells. In this work, we created a pair of complementary stereospecific genetically-encoded mechanism-based ratiometric fluorescent sensors of MetO by inserting a circularly yellow fluorescent protein between yeast methionine sulfoxide reductases and thioredoxins. The two sensors, named MetSOx and MetROx for their ability to detect S and R-forms of MetO, respectively, were utilized for targeted analysis of protein oxidation, regulation and repair, as well as for monitoring MetO in bacterial and mammalian cells, analyzing compartment-specific changes in MetO, and examining responses to physiological stimuli. PMID:25799144

  12. A simple and rapid fluorescence in situ hybridization microwave protocol for reliable dicentric chromosome analysis.

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    Cartwright, Ian M; Genet, Matthew D; Kato, Takamitsu A

    2013-03-01

    Fluorescence in situhybridization (FISH) is an extremely effective and sensitive approach to analyzing chromosome aberrations. Until recently, this procedure has taken multiple days to complete. The introduction of telomeric and centromeric peptide nucleic acid (PNA) probes has reduced the procedure's duration to several hours, but the protocols still call for a high temperature (80-90°C) step followed by 1-3 h of hybridization. The newest method to speed up the FISH protocol is the use of a microwave to shorten the heating element to less than a minute; however this protocol still calls for a 1-h hybridization period. We have utilized PNA centromere/telomere probes in conjunction with a microwave oven to show telomere and centromere staining in as little as 30 s. We have optimized the hybridization conditions to increase the sensitivity and effectiveness of the new protocol and can effectively stain chromosomes in 2 min and 30 s of incubation. We have found that our new approach to FISH produces extremely clear and distinct signals. Radiation-induced dicentric formation in mouse and human fibroblast cells was analyzed by two individual scorers and the observed dicentrics matched very well. PMID:23161278

  13. A colorimetric and turn-on fluorescent chemosensor for Al(III) based on a chromone Schiff-base

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    Fan, Long; Li, Tian-rong; Wang, Bao-dui; Yang, Zheng-yin; Liu, Chun-jiao

    2014-01-01

    A simple Schiff-base receptor 7-methoxychromone-3-carbaldehyde-(pyridylformyl) hydrazone (MCNH) was prepared. It exhibits an “off-on-type” mode with high sensitivity in the presence of Al3+. This compound could be used as Al3+ probe in ethanol and it features visible light excitation (433 nm) and emission (503 nm) profiles. Upon binding of Al3+, a significant fluorescence enhancement with a turn-on ratio over 800-fold was triggered. However, other metal ions had no such significant effect on the fluorescence. MCNH can also be used as a colorimetric chemosensor for Al3+, which is easily observed from colorless to yellow-green by the naked-eye. The detection limit of MCNH for Al3+ was as low as 1.9 × 10-7 M.

  14. A colorimetric and turn-on fluorescent chemosensor for Al(III) based on a chromone Schiff-base.

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    Fan, Long; Li, Tian-rong; Wang, Bao-dui; Yang, Zheng-yin; Liu, Chun-jiao

    2014-01-24

    A simple Schiff-base receptor 7-methoxychromone-3-carbaldehyde-(pyridylformyl) hydrazone (MCNH) was prepared. It exhibits an "off-on-type" mode with high sensitivity in the presence of Al(3+). This compound could be used as Al(3+) probe in ethanol and it features visible light excitation (433 nm) and emission (503 nm) profiles. Upon binding of Al(3+), a significant fluorescence enhancement with a turn-on ratio over 800-fold was triggered. However, other metal ions had no such significant effect on the fluorescence. MCNH can also be used as a colorimetric chemosensor for Al(3+), which is easily observed from colorless to yellow-green by the naked-eye. The detection limit of MCNH for Al(3+) was as low as 1.9×10(-7) M. PMID:24140792

  15. Seminaphthofluorescein-Based Fluorescent Probes for Imaging Nitric Oxide in Live Cells

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    Pluth, Michael D.

    Fluorescent turn-on probes for nitric oxide based on seminaphthofluorescein scaffolds were prepared and spectroscopically characterized. The Cu(II) complexes of these fluorescent probes react with NO under anaerobic ...

  16. A colorimetric and fluorescent cyanide chemosensor based on dicyanovinyl derivatives: Utilization of the mechanism of intramolecular charge transfer blocking

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    Li, Qiao; Cai, Yi; Yao, Hong; Lin, Qi; Zhu, Yuan-Rong; Li, Hui; Zhang, You-Ming; Wei, Tai-Bao

    2015-02-01

    Chemosensor (CS1) was designed and synthesized by simple green chemistry procedure. CS1 exhibited both colorimetric and fluorescence turn-off responses for cyanide (CN-) ion in aqueous solution. The probe showed an immediate visible color changes from yellow to colorless and green fluorescence disappearance when CN- was added. The mechanism of chemosensor reaction with CN- was studied using 1HH NMR and 13C NMR spectroscopies and mass spectrometry. Moreover, test strips based on the sensor were fabricated, which served as convenient and efficient CN- test kits.

  17. A Simple E-learning System based on Classroom Competition

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    Cantador, Iván

    A Simple E-learning System based on Classroom Competition Iván Cantador, José M. Conde Departamento on online forms that allows teachers to easily organise competitions in a classroom. This system is used in a preliminary study to evaluate whether cooperative competition is positive or not in education, and to identify

  18. A Simple Model of Neurogenesis and Cell Differentiation Based on

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    Ruppin, Eytan

    Chapter 1 A Simple Model of Neurogenesis and Cell Differentiation Based on Evolutionary Large Scale running on the metabolic rules in the genome of the cell. 1.2 Cell Differentiation All the cells, is called Cell Differentiation. This process is not trivial and raises a few questions, among them: ffl

  19. A Simple Inquiry-Based Lab for Teaching Osmosis

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    Taylor, John R.

    2014-01-01

    This simple inquiry-based lab was designed to teach the principle of osmosis while also providing an experience for students to use the skills and practices commonly found in science. Students first design their own experiment using very basic equipment and supplies, which generally results in mixed, but mostly poor, outcomes. Classroom "talk…

  20. Fluorescent nanosensor for probing histone acetyltransferase activity based on acetylation protection and magnetic graphitic nanocapsules.

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    Han, Yitao; Li, Pei; Xu, Yiting; Li, Hao; Song, Zhiling; Nie, Zhou; Chen, Zhuo; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2015-02-18

    Protein acetylation catalyzed by histone acetyltransferases (HATs) is significant in biochemistry and pharmacology because of its crucial role in epigenetic gene regulations. Herein, an antibody-free fluorescent nanosensor is developed for the facile detection of HAT activity based on acetylation protection against exopeptidase cleavage and super-quenching ability of nanomaterials. It is shown for the first time that HAT-catalyzed acetylation could protect the peptide against exopeptidase digestion. FITC-tagged acetylated peptide causes the formation of a nano-quenchers/peptide nano-complex resulting in fluorescence quenching, while the unacetylated peptide is fully degraded by exopeptidase to release the fluorophore and restore fluorescence. Four kinds of nano-quenchers, including core-shell magnetic graphitic nanocapsules (MGN), graphene oxide (GO), single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), are comprehensively compared. MGN shows the best selectivity to recognize the acetylated peptide and the lowest detection limit because of its excellent quenching efficiency and magnetic enrichment property. With this MGN-based nanosensor, HAT p300 is detected down to 0.1 nM with wide linear range from 0.5 to 100 nM. This sensor is feasible to assess HAT inhibition and detect p300 activity in cell lysate. The proposed nanosensor is simple, sensitive, and cost-effective for HAT assay, presenting a promising toolkit for epigenetic research and HAT-targeted drug discovery. PMID:25277402

  1. Photon upconversion in homogeneous fluorescence-based bioanalytical assays.

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    Soukka, Tero; Rantanen, Terhi; Kuningas, Katri

    2008-01-01

    Upconverting phosphors (UCPs) are very attractive reporters for fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based bioanalytical assays. The large anti-Stokes shift and capability to convert near-infrared to visible light via sequential absorption of multiple photons enable complete elimination of autofluorescence, which commonly impairs the performance of fluorescence-based assays. UCPs are ideal donors for FRET, because their very narrow-banded emission allows measurement of the sensitized acceptor emission, in principle, without any crosstalk from the donor emission at a wavelength just tens of nanometers from the emission peak of the donor. In addition, acceptor dyes emitting at visible wavelengths are essentially not excited by near-infrared, which further emphasizes the unique potential of upconversion FRET (UC-FRET). These characteristics result in favorable assay performance using detection instrumentation based on epifluorometer configuration and laser diode excitation. Although UC-FRET is a recently emerged technology, it has already been applied in both immunoassays and nucleic acid hybridization assays. The technology is also compatible with optically difficult biological samples, such as whole blood. Significant advances in assay performance are expected using upconverting lanthanide-doped nanocrystals, which are currently under extensive research. UC-FRET, similarly to other fluorescence techniques based on resonance energy transfer, is strongly distance dependent and may have limited applicability, for example in sandwich-type assays for large biomolecules, such as viruses. In this article, we summarize the essentials of UC-FRET, describe its current applications, and outline the expectations for its future potential. PMID:18596348

  2. Cyanine-based probe\\tag-peptide pair fluorescence protein imaging and fluorescence protein imaging methods

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    Mayer-Cumblidge, M. Uljana; Cao, Haishi

    2013-01-15

    A molecular probe comprises two arsenic atoms and at least one cyanine based moiety. A method of producing a molecular probe includes providing a molecule having a first formula, treating the molecule with HgOAc, and subsequently transmetallizing with AsCl.sub.3. The As is liganded to ethanedithiol to produce a probe having a second formula. A method of labeling a peptide includes providing a peptide comprising a tag sequence and contacting the peptide with a biarsenical molecular probe. A complex is formed comprising the tag sequence and the molecular probe. A method of studying a peptide includes providing a mixture containing a peptide comprising a peptide tag sequence, adding a biarsenical probe to the mixture, and monitoring the fluorescence of the mixture.

  3. Cell-Based Lipid Flippase Assay Employing Fluorescent Lipid Derivatives.

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    Jensen, Maria S; Costa, Sara; Günther-Pomorski, Thomas; López-Marqués, Rosa L

    2016-01-01

    P-type ATPases in the P4 subfamily (P4-ATPases) are transmembrane proteins unique for eukaryotes that act as lipid flippases, i.e., to translocate phospholipids from the exofacial to the cytofacial monolayer of cellular membranes. While initially characterized as aminophospholipid translocases, studies of individual P4-ATPase family members from fungi, plants, and animals show that P4-ATPases differ in their substrate specificities and mediate transport of a broader range of lipid substrates. Here, we describe an assay based on fluorescent lipid derivatives to monitor and characterize lipid flippase activities in the plasma membrane of cells, using yeast as an example. PMID:26695048

  4. Fluorescence sensors for Zn2+ based on conjugated indole Schiff base

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    Xu, Ting; Duan, Hongdong; Wang, Xingjian; Meng, Xia; Bu, Juan

    2015-03-01

    Two novel fluorescence probes based on conjugated Schiff base for the detection of Zn2+ were developed. Corresponding molecular geometries, orbital energies, electron contributions and absorption properties of the fluorescence probes were calculated at B3LYP/6-31G? by density functional theory. The fluorescence properties of the probes were investigated by UV-vis and fluorescence spectrometer. Results indicate that the probes exhibit excellent sensitivity and selectivity for Zn2+ compared with metal ions examined. For example, the enhancement efficiency of the compound 2 for Zn2+ is up to 846%. The detection limit of the sensor toward Zn2+ could low to 1.0 × 10-7 M. Moreover, mechanisms for the high selectivity and sensitivity of the probes to Zn2+ were studied.

  5. Physically-based in silico light sheet microscopy for visualizing fluorescent brain models

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    2015-01-01

    Background We present a physically-based computational model of the light sheet fluorescence microscope (LSFM). Based on Monte Carlo ray tracing and geometric optics, our method simulates the operational aspects and image formation process of the LSFM. This simulated, in silico LSFM creates synthetic images of digital fluorescent specimens that can resemble those generated by a real LSFM, as opposed to established visualization methods producing visually-plausible images. We also propose an accurate fluorescence rendering model which takes into account the intrinsic characteristics of fluorescent dyes to simulate the light interaction with fluorescent biological specimen. Results We demonstrate first results of our visualization pipeline to a simplified brain tissue model reconstructed from the somatosensory cortex of a young rat. The modeling aspects of the LSFM units are qualitatively analysed, and the results of the fluorescence model were quantitatively validated against the fluorescence brightness equation and characteristic emission spectra of different fluorescent dyes. AMS subject classification Modelling and simulation PMID:26329404

  6. Folding coupled with assembly in split green fluorescent proteins studied by structure-based molecular simulations.

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    Ito, Mashiho; Ozawa, Takeaki; Takada, Shoji

    2013-10-24

    Split green fluorescent protein (GFP) is a powerful tool for imaging of protein-protein interactions in living cells, but molecular mechanisms of the folding and the assembly of split GFPs are poorly understood. Here, using a simple Go model that is based on the energy landscape theory, we performed comprehensive folding simulations of six split GFPs with different split points. Of the six, the fluorescence recovery was reported in four but not in the other two. In the simulations, we found that when the complete folding and assembly were observed, the N-terminal fragment always folded earlier than the C-terminal fragment. The in silico folding rates of the split GFPs were larger for the four split GFPs that the fluorescence recovery was reported in literature. The stability of standalone N-terminal fragments were well-correlated with the folding rates of split GFPs. These suggest that the efficient folding and assembly of split GFPs are realized when the N-terminal fragment folds spontaneously with the central ?-helix as a nucleation core and that the C-terminal fragment folding is coupled to the assembly to the preformed N-terminal fragment. PMID:23679014

  7. Fluorescent sensing of pyrophosphate anion in synovial fluid based on DNA-attached magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Tong, Li-Li; Chen, Zhen-zhen; Jiang, Zhong-yao; Sun, Miao-miao; Li, Lu; Liu, Ju; Tang, Bo

    2015-10-15

    In this work, a new fluorescent method for sensitive detection of pyrophosphate anion (P2O7(4-), PPi) in the synovial fluid was developed using fluorophore labeled single-stranded DNA-attached Fe3O4 NPs. The sensing approach is based on the strong affinity of PPi to Fe3O4 NPs and highly efficient fluorescent quenching ability of Fe3O4 NPs for fluorophore labeled single-stranded DNA. In the presence of PPi, the fluorescence would enhance dramatically due to desorption of fluorophore labeled single-stranded DNA from the surface of Fe3O4 NPs, which allowed the analysis of PPi in a very simple manner. The proposed sensing system allows for the sensitive determination of PPi in the range of 2.0 × 10(-7)-4 × 10(-6)M with a detection limit of 76 nM. Importantly, the protocol exhibits excellent selectivity for the determination of PPi over other phosphate-containing compounds. The method was successfully applied to the determination of PPi in the synovial fluid, which suggests our proposed method has great potential for diagnostic purposes. PMID:25957830

  8. Novel Spectrofluorimetric Method for the Determination of Perindopril Erbumine Based on Fluorescence Quenching of Rhodamine B.

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    Fael, Hanan; Sakur, Amir Al-Haj

    2015-11-01

    A novel, simple and specific spectrofluorimetric method was developed and validated for the determination of perindopril erbumine (PDE). The method is based on the fluorescence quenching of Rhodamine B upon adding perindopril erbumine. The quenched fluorescence was monitored at 578 nm after excitation at 500 nm. The optimization of the reaction conditions such as the solvent, reagent concentration, and reaction time were investigated. Under the optimum conditions, the fluorescence quenching was linear over a concentration range of 1.0-6.0 ?g/mL. The proposed method was fully validated and successfully applied to the analysis of perindopril erbumine in pure form and tablets. Statistical comparison of the results obtained by the developed and reference methods revealed no significant differences between the methods compared in terms of accuracy and precision. The method was shown to be highly specific in the presence of indapamide, a diuretic that is commonly combined with perindopril erbumine. The mechanism of rhodamine B quenching was also discussed. PMID:26438658

  9. Introducing a fluorescence-based standard to quantify protein partitioning into membranes.

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    Thomas, Franziska A; Visco, Ilaria; Petrášek, Zden?k; Heinemann, Fabian; Schwille, Petra

    2015-11-01

    The affinity of peripheral membrane proteins for a lipid bilayer can be described using the partition coefficient (KP). Although several methods to determine KP are known, all possess limitations. To address some of these issues, we developed both: a versatile method based on single molecule detection and fluorescence imaging for determining KP, and a simple measurement standard employing hexahistidine-tagged enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP-His6) and free standing membranes of giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) functionalized with NTA(Ni) lipids as binding sites. To ensure intrinsic control, our method features two measurement modes. In the single molecule mode, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) is applied to quantify free and membrane associated protein concentrations at equilibrium and calculate KP. In the imaging mode, confocal fluorescence images of GUVs are recorded and analyzed with semi-automated software to extract protein mean concentrations used to derive KP. Both modes were compared by determining the affinity of our standard, resulting in equivalent KP values. As observed in other systems, eGFP-His6 affinity for membranes containing increasing amounts of NTA(Ni) lipids rises in a stronger-than-linear fashion. We compared our dual approach with a FCS-based assay that uses large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs), which however fails to capture the stronger-than-linear trend for our NTA(Ni)-His6 standard. Hence, we determined the KP of the MARCKS effector domain with our FCS approach on GUVs, whose results are consistent with previously published data using LUVs. We finally provide a practical manual on how to measure KP and understand it in terms of molecules per lipid surface. PMID:26342678

  10. A simple, rapid, and high-throughput fluorescence polarization immunoassay for simultaneous detection of organophosphorus pesticides in vegetable and environmental water samples

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    A simple, rapid, and high-throughput fluorescent polarization immunoassay (FPIA) for simultaneous determination of organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) was developed. Three haptens were labeled with a fluorescein probe and used as tracers to develop a homogenous FPIA using a broad-specificity monoclon...

  11. Expression-Enhanced Fluorescent Proteins Based on Enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein for Super-resolution Microscopy.

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    Duwé, Sam; De Zitter, Elke; Gielen, Vincent; Moeyaert, Benjamien; Vandenberg, Wim; Grotjohann, Tim; Clays, Koen; Jakobs, Stefan; Van Meervelt, Luc; Dedecker, Peter

    2015-10-27

    "Smart fluorophores", such as reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins, are crucial for advanced fluorescence imaging. However, only a limited number of such labels is available, and many display reduced biological performance compared to more classical variants. We present the development of robustly photoswitchable variants of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP), named rsGreens, that display up to 30-fold higher fluorescence in E. coli colonies grown at 37 °C and more than 4-fold higher fluorescence when expressed in HEK293T cells compared to their ancestor protein rsEGFP. This enhancement is not due to an intrinsic increase in the fluorescence brightness of the probes, but rather due to enhanced expression levels that allow many more probe molecules to be functional at any given time. We developed rsGreens displaying a range of photoswitching kinetics and show how these can be used for multimodal diffraction-unlimited fluorescence imaging such as pcSOFI and RESOLFT, achieving a spatial resolution of ?70 nm. By determining the first ever crystal structures of a negative reversibly switchable FP derived from Aequorea victoria in both the "on"- and "off"-conformation we were able to confirm the presence of a cis-trans isomerization and provide further insights into the mechanisms underlying the photochromism. Our work demonstrates that genetically encoded "smart fluorophores" can be readily optimized for biological performance and provides a practical strategy for developing maturation- and stability-enhanced photochromic fluorescent proteins. PMID:26308583

  12. Monitoring water supplies for weaponized bacteria and bacterial toxins using rapid fluorescence-based viability and affinity assays

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    Van Tassell, Roger L.; Evans, Mishell

    2004-03-01

    The rapid detection of weaponized bacteria and toxins is a major problem during a biological attack. Although sensitive detection formats exist for many biowarfare agents, they often require advanced training and complex procedures. Luna has developed simple, rapid means for determining the presence of pathogens and bacterial toxins in water supplies using fluorescence-based assays that can be adapted for field use. The batteries of rapid assays are designed for i) determining cell viability and bacterial loads by exploiting metabolic markers (e.g., acid-production, redox potentials, etc) and ii) detecting bacterial toxins using fluorescent, polymerized affinity liposomes (fluorosomes). The viability assays were characterized using E. coli, S. aureus and the anthrax simulant, B. globigii. The viability assays detected bacterial loads of ~ 104 CFU/ml and with simple filtration ~ 100CFU/ml could be detected. The affinity fluorosomes were characterized using cholera toxin (CT). Affinity liposomes displaying GM1 and anti-CT antibodies could detect CT at fluorescence system, Luna characterized the binding of affinity fluorosomes to respective targets and determined the responses of bacterial loads in the fluorescent viability assays. Using this two-tiered approach, Luna demonstrated that water susceptible to sabotage could be easily monitored and confirmed for specific agents using simple, general and specific fluorescence-based detection schemes based on metabolism and ligand-target interactions.

  13. Simple and Rapid Quality Control of Sulfated Glycans by a Fluorescence Sensor Assay—Exemplarily Developed for the Sulfated Polysaccharides from Red Algae Delesseria sanguinea

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    Lühn, Susanne; Grimm, Juliane C.; Alban, Susanne

    2014-01-01

    Sulfated polysaccharides (SP) from algae are of great interest due to their manifold biological activities. Obstacles to commercial (especially medical) application include considerable variability and complex chemical composition making the analysis and the quality control challenging. The aim of this study was to evaluate a simple microplate assay for screening the quality of SP. It is based on the fluorescence intensity (FI) increase of the sensor molecule Polymer-H by SP and was originally developed for direct quantification of SP. Exemplarily, 65 SP batches isolated from the red alga Delesseria sanguinea (D.s.-SP) and several other algae polysaccharides were investigated. Their FI increase in the Polymer-H assay was compared with other analytical parameters. By testing just one concentration of a D.s.-SP sample, quality deviations from the reference D.s.-SP and thus both batch-to-batch variability and stability can be detected. Further, structurally distinct SP showed to differ in their concentration-dependent FI profiles. By using corresponding reference compounds, the Polymer-H assay is therefore applicable as identification assay with high negative predictability. In conclusion, the Polymer-H assay showed to represent not only a simple method for quantification, but also for characterization identification and differentiation of SP of marine origin. PMID:24727392

  14. Simple and rapid quantification of gadolinium in urine and blood plasma samples by means of total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF).

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    Telgmann, Lena; Holtkamp, Michael; Künnemeyer, Jens; Gelhard, Carsten; Hartmann, Marcel; Klose, Annika; Sperling, Michael; Karst, Uwe

    2011-10-01

    A simple and rapid method to determine gadolinium (Gd) concentrations in urine and blood plasma samples by means of total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) was developed. With a limit of detection (LOD) of 100 ?g L(-1) in urine and 80 ?g L(-1) in blood plasma and a limit of quantification (LOQ) of 330 ?g L(-1) in urine and 270 ?g L(-1) in blood plasma, it allows analyzing urine samples taken from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) patients during a period of up to 20 hours after the administration of Gd-based MRI contrast agents by means of TXRF. By parallel determination of the urinary creatinine concentration, it was possible to monitor the excretion kinetics of Gd from the patient's body. The Gd concentration in blood plasma samples, taken immediately after an MRI examination, could be determined after rapid and easy sample preparation by centrifugation. All measurements were validated with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). TXRF is considered to be an attractive alternative for fast and simple Gd analysis in human body fluids during daily routine in clinical laboratories. PMID:21847492

  15. Silicon nanoparticle based fluorescent biological label via low temperature thermal degradation of chloroalkylsilane

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    Das, Pradip; Saha, Arindam; Maity, Amit Ranjan; Ray, Sekhar C.; Jana, Nikhil R.

    2013-06-01

    A simple low temperature colloid-chemical synthetic method is reported for size controlled synthesis of hydrophobic silicon nanoparticles in the 1-10 nm range. These silicon nanoparticles show size dependent tunable visible emission from blue to red with fluorescence quantum yield in the range of 6-13%. These silicon nanoparticles can be subjected to extensive surface chemistry without significant loss of their fluorescence properties. The as-synthesized red emitting nanoparticles have been transformed into water soluble functional nanoprobes of 18 nm hydrodynamic diameter and 5% fluorescence quantum yield and used as fluorescent biological labels.A simple low temperature colloid-chemical synthetic method is reported for size controlled synthesis of hydrophobic silicon nanoparticles in the 1-10 nm range. These silicon nanoparticles show size dependent tunable visible emission from blue to red with fluorescence quantum yield in the range of 6-13%. These silicon nanoparticles can be subjected to extensive surface chemistry without significant loss of their fluorescence properties. The as-synthesized red emitting nanoparticles have been transformed into water soluble functional nanoprobes of 18 nm hydrodynamic diameter and 5% fluorescence quantum yield and used as fluorescent biological labels. Electronic supporting information (ESI) available: Details of experimental section, characterization details, control cell labeling and cytotoxicity data, summary of earlier synthetic methods for fluorescent silicon nanoparticles. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00932g

  16. Simple structured hybrid WOLEDs based on incomplete energy transfer mechanism: from blue exciplex to orange dopant

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    Zhang, Tianyou; Zhao, Bo; Chu, Bei; Li, Wenlian; Su, Zisheng; Yan, Xingwu; Liu, Chengyuan; Wu, Hairuo; Gao, Yuan; Jin, Fangming; Hou, Fuhua

    2015-05-01

    Exciplex is well known as a charge transfer state formed between electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules. However, exciplex based organic light emitting diodes (OLED) often performed low efficiencies relative to pure phosphorescent OLED and could hardly be used to construct white OLED (WOLED). In this work, a new mechanism is developed to realize efficient WOLED with extremely simple structure by redistributing the energy of triplet exciplex to both singlet exciplex and the orange dopant. The micro process of energy transfer could be directly examined by detailed photoluminescence decay measurement and time resolved photoluminescence analysis. This strategy overcomes the low reverse intersystem crossing efficiency of blue exciplex and complicated device structure of traditional WOLED, enables us to achieve efficient hybrid WOLEDs. Based on this mechanism, we have successfully constructed both exciplex-fluorescence and exciplex-phosphorescence hybrid WOLEDs with remarkable efficiencies.

  17. Simple structured hybrid WOLEDs based on incomplete energy transfer mechanism: from blue exciplex to orange dopant

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    Zhang, Tianyou; Zhao, Bo; Chu, Bei; Li, Wenlian; Su, Zisheng; Yan, Xingwu; Liu, Chengyuan; Wu, Hairuo; Gao, Yuan; Jin, Fangming; Hou, Fuhua

    2015-01-01

    Exciplex is well known as a charge transfer state formed between electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules. However, exciplex based organic light emitting diodes (OLED) often performed low efficiencies relative to pure phosphorescent OLED and could hardly be used to construct white OLED (WOLED). In this work, a new mechanism is developed to realize efficient WOLED with extremely simple structure by redistributing the energy of triplet exciplex to both singlet exciplex and the orange dopant. The micro process of energy transfer could be directly examined by detailed photoluminescence decay measurement and time resolved photoluminescence analysis. This strategy overcomes the low reverse intersystem crossing efficiency of blue exciplex and complicated device structure of traditional WOLED, enables us to achieve efficient hybrid WOLEDs. Based on this mechanism, we have successfully constructed both exciplex-fluorescence and exciplex-phosphorescence hybrid WOLEDs with remarkable efficiencies. PMID:25975371

  18. Simple structured hybrid WOLEDs based on incomplete energy transfer mechanism: from blue exciplex to orange dopant.

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    Zhang, Tianyou; Zhao, Bo; Chu, Bei; Li, Wenlian; Su, Zisheng; Yan, Xingwu; Liu, Chengyuan; Wu, Hairuo; Gao, Yuan; Jin, Fangming; Hou, Fuhua

    2015-01-01

    Exciplex is well known as a charge transfer state formed between electron-donating and electron-accepting molecules. However, exciplex based organic light emitting diodes (OLED) often performed low efficiencies relative to pure phosphorescent OLED and could hardly be used to construct white OLED (WOLED). In this work, a new mechanism is developed to realize efficient WOLED with extremely simple structure by redistributing the energy of triplet exciplex to both singlet exciplex and the orange dopant. The micro process of energy transfer could be directly examined by detailed photoluminescence decay measurement and time resolved photoluminescence analysis. This strategy overcomes the low reverse intersystem crossing efficiency of blue exciplex and complicated device structure of traditional WOLED, enables us to achieve efficient hybrid WOLEDs. Based on this mechanism, we have successfully constructed both exciplex-fluorescence and exciplex-phosphorescence hybrid WOLEDs with remarkable efficiencies. PMID:25975371

  19. A new turn-off fluorescence probe based on graphene quantum dots for detection of Au(III) ion

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    Amjadi, Mohammad; Shokri, Roghayeh; Hallaj, Tooba

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a new turn-off fluorescence probe based on the graphene quantum dots (GQDs) was designed for detection and quantification of Au(III) ion. GQDs were prepared by two simple carbonization methods using glucose (g-GQDs) and citric acid (c-GQDs) as carbon sources. The effect of some metal ions on the fluorescence intensity of the prepared GQDs was studied. It was found that the fluorescence of both GQDs is significantly quenched by Au(III) ions but the sensitivity and analytical performances are different for two prepared GQDs. Using g-GQDs, a new analytical method was developed for the determination of Au(III) in the concentration range of 1.0-80 ?M, with a detection limit of 0.5 ?M. The developed method was applied to the determination of Au(III) in water and plasma samples with satisfactory results.

  20. A new turn-off fluorescence probe based on graphene quantum dots for detection of Au(III) ion.

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    Amjadi, Mohammad; Shokri, Roghayeh; Hallaj, Tooba

    2016-01-15

    In this work, a new turn-off fluorescence probe based on the graphene quantum dots (GQDs) was designed for detection and quantification of Au(III) ion. GQDs were prepared by two simple carbonization methods using glucose (g-GQDs) and citric acid (c-GQDs) as carbon sources. The effect of some metal ions on the fluorescence intensity of the prepared GQDs was studied. It was found that the fluorescence of both GQDs is significantly quenched by Au(III) ions but the sensitivity and analytical performances are different for two prepared GQDs. Using g-GQDs, a new analytical method was developed for the determination of Au(III) in the concentration range of 1.0-80?M, with a detection limit of 0.5?M. The developed method was applied to the determination of Au(III) in water and plasma samples with satisfactory results. PMID:26452097

  1. Glycol Chitosan-Based Fluorescent Theranostic Nanoagents for Cancer Therapy

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    Rhee, Jin-Kyu; Park, Ok Kyu; Lee, Aeju; Yang, Dae Hyeok; Park, Kyeongsoon

    2014-01-01

    Theranostics is an integrated nanosystem that combines therapeutics with diagnostics in attempt to develop new personalized treatments with enhanced therapeutic efficacy and safety. As a promising therapeutic paradigm with cutting-edge technologies, theranostic agents are able to simultaneously deliver therapeutic drugs and diagnostic imaging agents and also monitor the response to therapy. Polymeric nanosystems have been intensively explored for biomedical applications to diagnose and treat various cancers. In recent years, glycol chitosan-based nanoagents have been developed as dual-purpose materials for simultaneous diagnosis and therapy. They have shown great potential in cancer therapies, such as chemotherapeutics and nucleic acid and photodynamic therapies. In this review, we summarize the recent progress and potential applications of glycol chitosan-based fluorescent theranostic nanoagents for cancer treatments and discuss their possible underlying mechanisms. PMID:25522316

  2. Real-time fluorescence ligase chain reaction for sensitive detection of single nucleotide polymorphism based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Sun, Yueying; Lu, Xiaohui; Su, Fengxia; Wang, Limei; Liu, Chenghui; Duan, Xinrui; Li, Zhengping

    2015-12-15

    Most of practical methods for detection of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) need at least two steps: amplification (usually by PCR) and detection of SNP by using the amplification products. Ligase chain reaction (LCR) can integrate the amplification and allele discrimination in one step. However, the detection of LCR products still remains a great challenge for highly sensitive and quantitative SNP detection. Herein, a simple but robust strategy for real-time fluorescence LCR has been developed for highly sensitive and quantitative SNP detection. A pair of LCR probes are firstly labeled with a fluorophore and a quencher, respectively. When the pair of LCR probes are ligated in LCR, the fluorophore will be brought close to the quencher, and thus, the fluorescence will be specifically quenched by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The decrease of fluorescence intensity resulted from FRET can be real-time monitored in the LCR process. With the proposed real-time fluorescence LCR assay, 10 aM DNA targets or 100 pg genomic DNA can be accurately determined and as low as 0.1% mutant DNA can be detected in the presence of a large excess of wild-type DNA, indicating the high sensitivity and specificity. The real-time measuring does not require the detection step after LCR and gives a wide dynamic range for detection of DNA targets (from 10 aM to 1 pM). As LCR has been widely used for detection of SNP, DNA methylation, mRNA and microRNA, the real-time fluorescence LCR assay shows great potential for various genetic analysis. PMID:26210467

  3. Simple, Rapid Mycobacterium ulcerans Disease Diagnosis from Clinical Samples by Fluorescence of Mycolactone on Thin Layer Chromatography

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    Wadagni, Anita; Frimpong, Michael; Phanzu, Delphin Mavinga; Ablordey, Anthony; Kacou, Emmanuel; Gbedevi, Mirabelle; Marion, Estelle; Xing, Yalan; Babu, Vaddela Sudheer; Phillips, Richard Odame; Wansbrough-Jones, Mark; Kishi, Yoshito; Asiedu, Kingsley

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Mycobacterium ulcerans infection, known as Buruli ulcer, is a disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissues which is an important but neglected tropical disease with its major impact in rural parts of West and Central Africa where facilities for diagnosis and management are poorly developed. We evaluated fluorescent thin layer chromatography (f-TLC) for detection of mycolactone in the laboratory using samples from patients with Buruli ulcer and patients with similar lesions that gave a negative result on PCR for the IS2404 repeat sequence of M. ulcerans Methodology/Principal findings Mycolactone and DNA extracts from fine needle aspiration (FNA), swabs and biopsy specimen were used to determine the sensitivity and specificity of f-TLC when compared with PCR for the IS2404. For 71 IS2404 PCR positive and 28 PCR negative samples the sensitivity was 73.2% and specificity of 85.7% for f-TLC. The sensitivity was similar for swabs (73%), FNAs (75%) and biopsies (70%). Conclusions We have shown that mycolactone can be detected from M. ulcerans infected skin tissue by f-TLC technique. The technique is simple, easy to perform and read with minimal costs. In this study it was undertaken by a member of the group from each endemic country. It is a potentially implementable tool at the district level after evaluation in larger field studies. PMID:26583925

  4. Wafer-scale aluminum plasmonics for fluorescence based biodetection

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    Farhang, Arash; George, Matthew C.; Williamson, Brent; Black, Mike; Wangensteen, Ted; Fraser, James; Petrova, Rumyana; Prestgard, Kent

    2015-08-01

    Moxtek has leveraged existing capabilities in wafer-scale patterning of sub-wavelength wire grid polarizers into the fabrication of 1D and 2D periodic aluminum plasmonic structures. This work will discuss progress in 200 mm diameter wafer-scale fabrication, with detailed emphasis within the realm of microarray based fluorescence detection. Aluminum nanohole arrays in a hexagonal lattice are first numerically investigated. The nanohole array geometry and periodicity are specifically tuned to coincide both with the excitation of the fluorophore Cy3, and to provide a high field enhancement within the nanoholes where labeled biomolecules are captured. This is accomplished through numerical modelling, nanofabrication, SEM imaging, and optical characterization. A 200mm diameter wafer, patterned with the optically optimized nanohole array, is cut into standard 1x3 inch microscope slide pieces and then subsequently printed with various antigens at 9 different concentrations. A sandwich bioassay is then carried out, using the corresponding conjugate antibodies in order to demonstrate specificity. The nanohole array exhibit a 3-4 times total fluorescence enhancement of Cy3, when compared to a leading commercial microarray glass slide.

  5. CuInS2 quantum dots-based fluorescence turn off/on probe for detection of melamine.

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    Liu, Siyu; Hu, Junjie; Zhang, Hao; Su, Xingguang

    2012-11-15

    In this paper, a sensitive and simple method for the determination of melamine (MA) was developed based on the fluorescence changes of the water-soluble CuInS(2) quantum dots (QDs). The water-soluble CuInS(2) QDs capped by mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) was directly synthesized by hydrothermal method based on our previous report. The fluorescence emission of CuInS(2) QDs was quenched by the oxidation of the surface of the QDs with H(2)O(2), and the quenched fluorescence of CuInS(2) QDs could be recovered upon the addition of small amounts of MA, which might be due to the surface passivation of the CuInS(2) QDs by MA. The other amino acids such as glycine and lysine had no effect on the quenched fluorescence of CuInS(2) QDs. Under optimum conditions, there was a good linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity of CuInS(2) QDs and the concentration range of MA from 1.0×10(-8) to 1.0×10(-5) mol/L with a detection limit as low as 5 nM. The proposed method was successfully applied to detect trace MA in raw milk with satisfactory results. Compared with previous reports, the proposed method manifested several advantages such as high sensitivity, short analysis time, low cost and ease of operation. PMID:23158336

  6. Fluorescence-based detection methodologies for nitric oxide using transition metal scaffolds

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    Hilderbrand, Scott A. (Scott Alan), 1976-

    2004-01-01

    Chapter 1. Fluorescence-Based Detection Methodologies for Nitric Oxide: A Review. Chapter 2. Cobalt Chemistry with Mixed Aminotroponimine Salicylaldimine Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Nitric Oxide Reactivity. ...

  7. Coordination polymer based on cyano: Synthesis, crystal structure, and fluorescence

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    Fang, Zhen-Lan; He, Jian-Gang; Ju, Qiang; Wu, Xiao-Yuan; Lu, Can-Zhong

    2010-07-01

    One novel 2-D polythreading framework named as [Cu 3(CN) 3(NH 3)] ( 1), was obtained through the self-assembling of CuCN under hydrothermal reaction. It is remarkable that there is a 26-membered [Cu 10(CN) 8] decanuclear metallamacrocycle with the effective size of ca. 16.8×6.83 Ĺ 2 along the a-axis. These 2-D layers stack in an ··ABAB···staggered fashion, with the lateral {(CN)Cu 3(NH 3)} moieties of each layer inserting into the voids of the decanuclear metallamacrocycles from two adjacent layers. Optical diffuse reflectance spectrum and the result of DFT calculation reveal that 1 is potential direct semiconducting material. In the solid state at room temperature, 1 shows bright yellow fluorescence under ultraviolet light illumination. Its emissive excited state is primarily attributed to the LMCT, LLCT and 3[MMLCT] excited state, based on the result of DFPT calculation.

  8. Nanoparticle-based energy transfer for rapid and simple detection of protein glycosylation

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    Oh, Eunkeu; Lee, Dohoon; Kim, Young-Pil; Cha, Seung YOUP; Oh, Doo BEYONG; Kim, Jungbae; Kang, Hyun AH; Kim, Hak SUNG

    2006-12-04

    Glycan moiety of glycoproteins plays an essential role in its biological activity in vivo, and the analysis of glycosylation is of great importance in the development of protein therapeutics. In this study, we report a rapid and simple detection of protein glycosylation based on the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between concanavalin A-conjugated gold nanoparticles (ConA-AuNPs) and dextran-conjugated quantum dots (Dex-QDs). The increased photoluminescence (PL) signals of Dex-QDs due to the competitive inhibition of glycoproteins were well correlated with the glycosylation chain length of glucose oxidases as well as the mannosylation degree of bovine serum albumin (BSA). The parallel analysis of the diversely mannosylated BSAs using an image analyzer further demonstrated the potential of this new technique in high-throughput screening of glycoprotein and carbohydrate therapeutics.

  9. Rapid and quantitative detection of 4(5)-methylimidazole in caramel colours: A novel fluorescent-based immunochromatographic assay.

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    Wu, Xinlan; Huang, Minghui; Yu, Shujuan; Kong, Fansheng

    2016-01-01

    A novel fluorescence-based immunochromatographic assay (ICA) for rapid detecting 4(5)-methylimidazole (4-MI) is presented in this study. In our work, the conjugates of fluorescent microspheres (FMs) and 4-MI monoclonal antibody were used as probe for ICA. Under optimal conditions, a standard curve of ICA-based detection of 4-MI was developed, linear detection ranged from 0.50 to 32.0 mg/L. The cross-reactivities were observed less than 3.93% by detecting 6 selected structural analogues of 4-MI. The recoveries of 4-MI in caramels detection were ranged from 82.85% to 102.31%, with the coefficient of variation (n = 3) below 9.06%. Quantitative comparison of the established fluorescence-based ICA with high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) and indirect competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ic-ELISA) analysis of real caramel colour samples indicated a good correlation among the methods. Therefore, our developed fluorescence-based ICA method shows great potential for simple, rapid, sensitive, and cost-effective quantitative detection of 4-MI in food safety control. PMID:26213047

  10. Latest methods of fluorescence-based protein crystal identification

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    Meyer, Arne; Betzel, Christian; Pusey, Marc

    2015-01-01

    Successful protein crystallization screening experiments are dependent upon the experimenter being able to identify positive outcomes. The introduction of fluorescence techniques has brought a powerful and versatile tool to the aid of the crystal grower. Trace fluorescent labeling, in which a fluorescent probe is covalently bound to a subpopulation (<0.5%) of the protein, enables the use of visible fluorescence. Alternatively, one can avoid covalent modification and use UV fluorescence, exploiting the intrinsic fluorescent amino acids present in most proteins. By the use of these techniques, crystals that had previously been obscured in the crystallization drop can readily be identified and distinguished from amorphous precipitate or salt crystals. Additionally, lead conditions that may not have been obvious as such under white-light illumination can be identified. In all cases review of the screening plate is considerably accelerated, as the eye can quickly note objects of increased intensity. PMID:25664782

  11. Fluorescence-based visualization of autophagic activity predicts mouse embryo viability

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    Tsukamoto, Satoshi; Hara, Taichi; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Kito, Seiji; Minami, Naojiro; Kubota, Toshiro; Sato, Ken; Kokubo, Toshiaki

    2014-03-01

    Embryo quality is a critical parameter in assisted reproductive technologies. Although embryo quality can be evaluated morphologically, embryo morphology does not correlate perfectly with embryo viability. To improve this, it is important to understand which molecular mechanisms are involved in embryo quality control. Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved catabolic process in which cytoplasmic materials sequestered by autophagosomes are degraded in lysosomes. We previously demonstrated that autophagy is highly activated after fertilization and is essential for further embryonic development. Here, we developed a simple fluorescence-based method for visualizing autophagic activity in live mouse embryos. Our method is based on imaging of the fluorescence intensity of GFP-LC3, a versatile marker for autophagy, which is microinjected into the embryos. Using this method, we show that embryonic autophagic activity declines with advancing maternal age, probably due to a decline in the activity of lysosomal hydrolases. We also demonstrate that embryonic autophagic activity is associated with the developmental viability of the embryo. Our results suggest that embryonic autophagic activity can be utilized as a novel indicator of embryo quality.

  12. Fluorogen-based reporters for fluorescence imaging: a review

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    Jullien, Ludovic; Gautier, Arnaud

    2015-12-01

    Fluorescence bioimaging has recently jumped into a new area of spatiotemporal resolution and sensitivity thanks to synergistic advances in both optical physics and probe/biosensor design. This review focuses on the recent development of genetically encodable fluorescent reporters that bind endogenously present or exogenously applied fluorogenic chromophores (so-called fluorogens) and activate their fluorescence. We highlight the innovative engineering and design that gave rise to these new natural and synthetic fluorescent reporters, and describe some of the emerging applications in imaging and biosensing.

  13. Fluorescent glutathione probe based on MnO2-phenol formaldehyde resin nanocomposite.

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    Wang, Xudong; Wang, Dan; Guo, Yali; Yang, Chengduan; Liu, Xiaoyu; Iqbal, Anam; Liu, Weisheng; Qin, Wenwu; Yan, Dan; Guo, Huichen

    2016-03-15

    MnO2-phenol formaldehyde resin (MnO2-PFR) nanocomposite is successfully prepared by a simple chemical reduction process. The resultant MnO2-PFR nanocomposite is well characterized. The absorption band of non-fluorescent MnO2 nanosheets overlaps well with the fluorescence emission of PFR nanoparticles. The green fluorescence of PFR in this nanocomposite can be effectively quenched by fluorescence resonance energy transfer from PFR to MnO2. In the presence of glutathione (GSH), the fluorescence of PFR could be recovered due to MnO2 was reduced to Mn(2+) by GSH. The nanocomposite can be use for detecting glutathione in blood serum. PMID:26426853

  14. Competitive quenching fluorescence immunoassay for chlorophenols based on laser-induced fluorescence detection in microdroplets.

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    Nichkova, Mikaela; Feng, Jun; Sanchez-Baeza, Francisco; Marco, M Pilar; Hammock, Bruce D; Kennedy, Ian M

    2003-01-01

    An improved biomonitoring system for the analysis of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) in urine samples has been developed. The principle of the biosensor device is the detection of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) in single microdroplets by a homogeneous quenching fluorescence immunoassay (QFIA). The competitive immunoassay occurs in microdroplets (d = 58,4 microm) produced by a piezoelectric generator system with 10-microm-diameter orifice. A continuous Ar ion laser (488 nm) excites the fluorescent tracer; its fluorescence is detected by a spectrometer attached to a 512 x 512 cooled, charge-coupled device camera. Fluorescence is quenched by specific binding of TCP polyclonal antibodies to the fluorescent tracer (hapten A-fluorescein); the quenching effect is diminished by the presence of the analyte. Thus, an increase in the signal is produced in a positive dose-dependent manner when TCP is present in the sample. In 10 mM PBS buffer, the IC50 of the LIF-microdroplet QFIA is 0.45 microg L(-1) reaching a LOD of 0.04 microg L(-1). The QFIA with the same reagents performed in microtiter plate format achieved a LOD of 0.36 microg L(-1) in buffer solution. Performance in human urine was similar to that observed in the buffer. A LOD of 1.6 ,g L(-1), with a dynamic range between 4 and 149.5 microg L(-1) in urine, was obtained without any sample treatment other than dilution with the assay buffer. The detectability achieved is sufficient for occupational exposure risk assessment. PMID:12530822

  15. Validation of a simple and fast method to quantify in vitro mineralization with fluorescent probes used in molecular imaging of bone

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    Moester, Martiene J.C.; Schoeman, Monique A.E.; Oudshoorn, Ineke B.; Percuros BV, Leiden ; Beusekom, Mara M. van; Mol, Isabel M.; Percuros BV, Leiden ; Kaijzel, Eric L.; Löwik, Clemens W.G.M.; Rooij, Karien E. de; Percuros BV, Leiden

    2014-01-03

    Highlights: •We validate a simple and fast method of quantification of in vitro mineralization. •Fluorescently labeled agents can detect calcium deposits in the mineralized matrix of cell cultures. •Fluorescent signals of the probes correlated with Alizarin Red S staining. -- Abstract: Alizarin Red S staining is the standard method to indicate and quantify matrix mineralization during differentiation of osteoblast cultures. KS483 cells are multipotent mouse mesenchymal progenitor cells that can differentiate into chondrocytes, adipocytes and osteoblasts and are a well-characterized model for the study of bone formation. Matrix mineralization is the last step of differentiation of bone cells and is therefore a very important outcome measure in bone research. Fluorescently labelled calcium chelating agents, e.g. BoneTag and OsteoSense, are currently used for in vivo imaging of bone. The aim of the present study was to validate these probes for fast and simple detection and quantification of in vitro matrix mineralization by KS483 cells and thus enabling high-throughput screening experiments. KS483 cells were cultured under osteogenic conditions in the presence of compounds that either stimulate or inhibit osteoblast differentiation and thereby matrix mineralization. After 21 days of differentiation, fluorescence of stained cultures was quantified with a near-infrared imager and compared to Alizarin Red S quantification. Fluorescence of both probes closely correlated to Alizarin Red S staining in both inhibiting and stimulating conditions. In addition, both compounds displayed specificity for mineralized nodules. We therefore conclude that this method of quantification of bone mineralization using fluorescent compounds is a good alternative for the Alizarin Red S staining.

  16. Immunosensor based on fluorescence quenching matrix of the conducting polymer polypyrrole.

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    Ramanavicius, A; Ryskevic, N; Oztekin, Y; Kausaite-Minkstimiene, A; Jursenas, S; Baniukevic, J; Kirlyte, J; Bubniene, U; Ramanaviciene, A

    2010-12-01

    In this study, the combination of autofluorescent proteins and fluorescence quenching polymers was shown to be a design which can increase the selectivity and sensitivity of immunosensors. With this objective, the conducting polymer polypyrrole (Ppy) was used as a matrix for immobilization of proteins, which enables biological recognition of the analyte, and as a fluorescence quencher, which increases the selectivity of fluorescence-based detection. In this study, bovine leukemia virus proteins gp51 were immobilized within the Ppy matrix and formed a polymeric layer with affinity for antibodies against protein gp51 (anti-gp51). The anti-gp51 antibodies are present at high levels in the blood serum of cattle infected by bovine leukemia virus. Secondary antibodies labeled with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) were used as specific fluorescent probes for detection of a particular target, because the fluorescence of HRP was readily detectable at the required sensitivity. The Ppy was used as fluorescent background, because its fluorescence was almost undetectable when excited by near UV light at 325 nm. Moreover the Ppy quenched the fluorescence of some fluorescent agents including fluorescein-5(6)-isothiocyanate (fluorescein), rhodamine B, and HRP by almost 100% when these fluorescent agents were adsorbed on the surface of Ppy. It is predicted that Ppy-induced fluorescence quenching could be used in the design of immunosensors to increase selectivity and sensitivity. PMID:20941482

  17. Latest methods of fluorescence-based protein crystal identification

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    Meyer, Arne; Betzel, Christian

    2015-01-28

    Fluorescence, whether intrinsic or by using trace fluorescent labeling, can be a powerful aid in macromolecule crystallization. Its use in screening for crystals is discussed here. Successful protein crystallization screening experiments are dependent upon the experimenter being able to identify positive outcomes. The introduction of fluorescence techniques has brought a powerful and versatile tool to the aid of the crystal grower. Trace fluorescent labeling, in which a fluorescent probe is covalently bound to a subpopulation (<0.5%) of the protein, enables the use of visible fluorescence. Alternatively, one can avoid covalent modification and use UV fluorescence, exploiting the intrinsic fluorescent amino acids present in most proteins. By the use of these techniques, crystals that had previously been obscured in the crystallization drop can readily be identified and distinguished from amorphous precipitate or salt crystals. Additionally, lead conditions that may not have been obvious as such under white-light illumination can be identified. In all cases review of the screening plate is considerably accelerated, as the eye can quickly note objects of increased intensity.

  18. Novel Ion Traps for Enhanced Fluorescence Collections and Single Photon Sources Based on Barium Ions

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    Blinov, Boris

    Novel Ion Traps for Enhanced Fluorescence Collections and Single Photon Sources Based on Barium Ions Gang Shu A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Washington Abstract Novel Ion Traps for Enhanced Fluorescence Collections and Single Photon Sources Based

  19. Optical fiber-based fluorescent viscosity sensor Mark A. Haidekker and Walter J. Akers

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    Theodorakis, Emmanuel

    Optical fiber-based fluorescent viscosity sensor Mark A. Haidekker and Walter J. Akers Department bound to a fiber-optic tip without loss of viscosity sensi- tivity. The optical fiber itself may be used to molecular rotors in solution. An optical fiber-based fluorescent vis- cosity sensor may be used in real

  20. A simple plasmid-based transient gene expression method using High Five cells.

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    Shen, Xiao; Pitol, Ana K; Bachmann, Virginie; Hacker, David L; Baldi, Lucia; Wurm, Florian M

    2015-12-20

    The High Five (H5) cell line, derived from the lepidopteran Trichoplusia ni, is one of the major insect cell hosts for the production of recombinant proteins using the baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS). Here, we describe a simple polyethylenimine (PEI)-based transient gene expression (TGE) process for the rapid production of recombinant proteins from suspension-adapted H5 cells. The method was optimized using two model proteins, enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) and human tumor necrosis factor receptor-Fc fusion protein (TNFR-Fc). After screening several promoter and enhancer combinations for high levels of TNFR:Fc production, an expression vector containing the Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus immediate early 1 (ie1) promoter and homologous region 5 (hr5) enhancer was selected. Cells were transfected at a density of 2×10(6) cells/mL by direct addition of DNA and PEI. Under optimized conditions, a 90% transfection efficiency (percentage of EGFP-positive cells) was obtained. In addition, we observed volumetric TNFR-Fc yields over 150?g/mL within 4 days of transfection. The method was found to be reproducible and scalable to 300mL. This plasmid-based transient transfection process is a simple and efficient alternative to the BEVS for recombinant protein production in H5 cells. PMID:26476358

  1. Simple, Scalable, Script-Based Science Processor (S4P)

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    Lynnes, Christopher; Vollmer, Bruce; Berrick, Stephen; Mack, Robert; Pham, Long; Zhou, Bryan; Wharton, Stephen W. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The development and deployment of data processing systems to process Earth Observing System (EOS) data has proven to be costly and prone to technical and schedule risk. Integration of science algorithms into a robust operational system has been difficult. The core processing system, based on commercial tools, has demonstrated limitations at the rates needed to produce the several terabytes per day for EOS, primarily due to job management overhead. This has motivated an evolution in the EOS Data Information System toward a more distributed one incorporating Science Investigator-led Processing Systems (SIPS). As part of this evolution, the Goddard Earth Sciences Distributed Active Archive Center (GES DAAC) has developed a simplified processing system to accommodate the increased load expected with the advent of reprocessing and launch of a second satellite. This system, the Simple, Scalable, Script-based Science Processor (S42) may also serve as a resource for future SIPS. The current EOSDIS Core System was designed to be general, resulting in a large, complex mix of commercial and custom software. In contrast, many simpler systems, such as the EROS Data Center AVHRR IKM system, rely on a simple directory structure to drive processing, with directories representing different stages of production. The system passes input data to a directory, and the output data is placed in a "downstream" directory. The GES DAAC's Simple Scalable Script-based Science Processing System is based on the latter concept, but with modifications to allow varied science algorithms and improve portability. It uses a factory assembly-line paradigm: when work orders arrive at a station, an executable is run, and output work orders are sent to downstream stations. The stations are implemented as UNIX directories, while work orders are simple ASCII files. The core S4P infrastructure consists of a Perl program called stationmaster, which detects newly arrived work orders and forks a job to run the appropriate executable (registered in a configuration file for that station). Although S4P is written in Perl, the executables associated with a station can be any program that can be run from the command line, i.e., non-interactively. An S4P instance is typically monitored using a simple Graphical User Interface. However, the reliance of S4P on UNIX files and directories also allows visibility into the state of stations and jobs using standard operating system commands, permitting remote monitor/control over low-bandwidth connections. S4P is being used as the foundation for several small- to medium-size systems for data mining, on-demand subsetting, processing of direct broadcast Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, and Quick-Response MODIS processing. It has also been used to implement a large-scale system to process MODIS Level 1 and Level 2 Standard Products, which will ultimately process close to 2 TB/day.

  2. Fluorescent nanodiamonds for ultrasensitive detection

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    Kimball, Joseph; Shumilov, Dmytro; Maliwa, Badri; Zerda, T. W.; Rout, Bibhu; Fudala, Rafal; Raut, Sangram; Gryczynski, Ignacy; Simanek, Eric; Borejdo, Julian; Rich, Ryan; Akopova, Irina; Gryczynski, Zygmunt

    2014-03-01

    Fluorescent nanodiamonds (NDs) are new and emerging nanomaterials that have potential to be used as fluorescence imaging agents and also as a highly versatile platform for the controlled functionalization and delivery of a wide spectrum of therapeutic agents. We will utilize two experimental methods, TIRF, a relatively simple method based on total internal reflection fluorescence and SPRF, fluorescence enhanced by resonance coupling with surface plasmons. We estimate that the SPRF method will be 100 times sensitive than currently available similar detectors based on detectors. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop microarray platforms that could be used for sensitive, fast and inexpensive gene sequencing and protein detection.

  3. Fluorescent indicators for Ca2+based on green fluorescent proteins and calmodulin

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    Miyawaki, Atsushi; Llopis, Juan; Heim, Roger; McCaffery, J. Michael; Adams, Joseph A.; Ikura, Mitsuhiko; Tsien, Roger Y.

    1997-08-01

    Important Ca2+ signals in the cytosol and organelles are often extremely localized and hard to measure. To overcome this problem we have constructed new fluorescent indicators for Ca2+ that are genetically encoded without cofactors and are targetable to specific intracellular locations. We have dubbed these fluorescent indicators `cameleons'. They consist of tandem fusions of a blue- or cyan-emitting mutant of the green fluorescent protein (GFP),, calmodulin, the calmodulin-binding peptide M13 (ref. 6), and an enhanced green- or yellow-emitting GFP. Binding of Ca2+ makes calmodulin wrap around the M13 domain, increasing the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the flanking GFPs. Calmodulin mutations can tune the Ca2+ affinities to measure free Ca2+ concentrations in the range 10-8 to 10-2 M. We have visualized free Ca2+ dynamics in the cytosol, nucleus and endoplasmic reticulum of single HeLa cells transfected with complementary DNAs encoding chimaeras bearing appropriate localization signals. Ca2+ concentration in the endoplasmic reticulum of individual cells ranged from 60 to 400 µM at rest, and 1 to 50 µM after Ca2+ mobilization. FRET is also an indicator of the reversible intermolecular association of cyan-GFP-labelled calmodulin with yellow-GFP-labelled M13. Thus FRET between GFP mutants can monitor localized Ca2+ signals and protein heterodimerization in individual live cells.

  4. ALA-based fluorescent diagnosis of malignant oral lesions in the presence of bacterial porphyrin formation

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    Schleier, P.; Berndt, A.; Zinner, K.; Zenk, W.; Dietel, W.; Pfister, W.

    2006-02-01

    The aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) -based fluorescence diagnosis has been found to be promising for an early detection and demarcation of superficial oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC). This method has previously demonstrated high sensitivity, however this clinical trial showed a specificity of approximately 62 %. This specificity was mainly restricted by tumor detection in the oral cavity in the presence of bacteria. After topical ALA application in the mouth of patients with previously diagnosed OSSC, red fluorescent areas were observed which did not correlate to confirm histological findings. Swabs and plaque samples were taken from 44 patients and cultivated microbiologically. Fluorescence was investigated (OMA-system) from 32 different bacteria strains found naturally in the oral cavity. After ALA incubation, 30 of 32 strains were found to synthesize fluorescent porphyrins, mainly Protoporphyrin IX. Also multiple fluorescent spectra were obtained having peak wavelengths of 636 nm and around 618 nm - 620 nm indicating synthesis of different porphyrins, such as the lipophylic Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and hydrophylic porphyrins (water soluble porphyrins, wsp). Of the 32 fluorescent bacterial strains, 18 produced wsp, often in combination with PpIX, and 5 produced solely wsp. These results clarify that ALA-based fluorescence diagnosis without consideration or suppression of bacteria fluorescence may lead to false-positive findings. It is necessary to suppress bacteria fluorescence with suitable antiseptics before starting the procedure. In this study, when specific antiseptic pre-treatment was performed bacterial associated fluorescence was significantly reduced.

  5. Highly sensitive detection of target molecules using a new fluorescence-based bead assay

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    Scheffler, Silvia; Strauß, Denis; Sauer, Markus

    2007-07-01

    Development of immunoassays with improved sensitivity, specificity and reliability are of major interest in modern bioanalytical research. We describe the development of a new immunomagnetic fluorescence detection (IM-FD) assay based on specific antigen/antibody interactions and on accumulation of the fluorescence signal on superparamagnetic PE beads in combination with the use of extrinsic fluorescent labels. IM-FD can be easily modified by varying the order of coatings and assay conditions. Depending on the target molecule, antibodies (ABs), entire proteins, or small protein epitopes can be used as capture molecules. The presence of target molecules is detected by fluorescence microscopy using fluorescently labeled secondary or detection antibodies. Here, we demonstrate the potential of the new assay detecting the two tumor markers IGF-I and p53 antibodies in the clinically relevant concentration range. Our data show that the fluorescence-based bead assay exhibits a large dynamic range and a high sensitivity down to the subpicomolar level.

  6. A simple sequence repeat-based linkage map of barley.

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    Ramsay, L; Macaulay, M; degli Ivanissevich, S; MacLean, K; Cardle, L; Fuller, J; Edwards, K J; Tuvesson, S; Morgante, M; Massari, A; Maestri, E; Marmiroli, N; Sjakste, T; Ganal, M; Powell, W; Waugh, R

    2000-01-01

    A total of 568 new simple sequence repeat (SSR)-based markers for barley have been developed from a combination of database sequences and small insert genomic libraries enriched for a range of short simple sequence repeats. Analysis of the SSRs on 16 barley cultivars revealed variable levels of informativeness but no obvious correlation was found with SSR repeat length, motif type, or map position. Of the 568 SSRs developed, 242 were genetically mapped, 216 with 37 previously published SSRs in a single doubled-haploid population derived from the F(1) of an interspecific cross between the cultivar Lina and Hordeum spontaneum Canada Park and 26 SSRs in two other mapping populations. A total of 27 SSRs amplified multiple loci. Centromeric clustering of markers was observed in the main mapping population; however, the clustering severity was reduced in intraspecific crosses, supporting the notion that the observed marker distribution was largely a genetical effect. The mapped SSRs provide a framework for rapidly assigning chromosomal designations and polarity in future mapping programs in barley and a convenient alternative to RFLP for aligning information derived from different populations. A list of the 242 primer pairs that amplify mapped SSRs from total barley genomic DNA is presented. PMID:11102390

  7. Two Schiff-base fluorescent sensors for selective sensing of aluminum (III): Experimental and computational studies

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    Qin, Jing-Can; Cheng, Xiao-ying; Fang, Ran; Wang, Ming-fang; Yang, Zheng-yin; Li, Tian-rong; Li, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Two Schiff-base fluorescent sensors have been synthesized, which both can act as fluorescent probes for Al3+, upon addition of Al3+, they exhibit a large fluorescence enhancement which might be attributed to the formation of 1:1 ligand-Al complexes which inhibit photoinduced electron transfer (PET) progress, and that the proposed binding modes of the sensors and Al3+ are identified by theoretical calculations.

  8. Two Schiff-base fluorescent sensors for selective sensing of aluminum (III): Experimental and computational studies.

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    Qin, Jing-Can; Cheng, Xiao-Ying; Fang, Ran; Wang, Ming-Fang; Yang, Zheng-Yin; Li, Tian-Rong; Li, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Two Schiff-base fluorescent sensors have been synthesized, which both can act as fluorescent probes for Al(3+), upon addition of Al(3+), they exhibit a large fluorescence enhancement which might be attributed to the formation of 1:1 ligand-Al complexes which inhibit photoinduced electron transfer (PET) progress, and that the proposed binding modes of the sensors and Al(3+) are identified by theoretical calculations. PMID:26232579

  9. A fluorescent biosensor based on carbon dots-labeled oligodeoxyribonucleotide and graphene oxide for mercury (II) detection.

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    Cui, Xin; Zhu, Lei; Wu, Jing; Hou, Yu; Wang, Peiyao; Wang, Zhenni; Yang, Mei

    2015-01-15

    As the newest two members of the carbon materials family, carbon dots (CDs) and graphene oxide (GO) possess many excellent optical properties resulting in a wide range of applications. In this work, we successfully synthesized CDs with a high-quantum-yield, and labeled them on oligodeoxyribonucleotide (ODN). The fluorescence of resultant CDs-labeled oligodeoxyribonucleotide (ODN-CDs) was quenched by GO via fluorescence resonance energy transfer. In the presence of Hg(2+), the fluorescence was recovered by the release of ODN-CDs from GO due to the formation of T-Hg(2+)-T duplex. In the light of this theory, we designed a simple, highly sensitive and selective fluorometric Hg(2+) sensor based on CDs-labeled oligodeoxyribonucleotide and GO without complicated, costly and time-consuming operations. Under the optimal conditions, a linear relationship was obtained between relative fluorescence intensity and the concentration of Hg(2+) in the range of 5-200 nM (R(2)=0.974). The present GO-based sensor system is highly selective toward Hg(2+) over a wide range of metal ions and has a detection limit of 2.6 nM. This method is reliable, and has been successfully applied for the detection of Hg(2+) in practical samples. PMID:25137567

  10. Simple-random-sampling-based multiclass text classification algorithm.

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    Liu, Wuying; Wang, Lin; Yi, Mianzhu

    2014-01-01

    Multiclass text classification (MTC) is a challenging issue and the corresponding MTC algorithms can be used in many applications. The space-time overhead of the algorithms must be concerned about the era of big data. Through the investigation of the token frequency distribution in a Chinese web document collection, this paper reexamines the power law and proposes a simple-random-sampling-based MTC (SRSMTC) algorithm. Supported by a token level memory to store labeled documents, the SRSMTC algorithm uses a text retrieval approach to solve text classification problems. The experimental results on the TanCorp data set show that SRSMTC algorithm can achieve the state-of-the-art performance at greatly reduced space-time requirements. PMID:24778587

  11. A sensitive quantum dots-based "OFF-ON" fluorescent sensor for ruthenium anticancer drugs and ctDNA.

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    Huang, Shan; Zhu, Fawei; Qiu, Hangna; Xiao, Qi; Zhou, Quan; Su, Wei; Hu, Baoqing

    2014-05-01

    In this contribution, a simple and sensitive fluorescent sensor for the determination of both the three ruthenium anticancer drugs (1 to 3) and calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) was established based on the CdTe quantum dots (QDs) fluorescence "OFF-ON" mode. Under the experimental conditions, the fluorescence of CdTe QDs can be effectively quenched by ruthenium anticancer drugs because of the surface binding of these drugs on CdTe QDs and the subsequent photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process from CdTe QDs to ruthenium anticancer drugs, which render the system into fluorescence "OFF" status. The system can then be "ON" after the addition of ctDNA which brought the restoration of CdTe QDs fluorescence intensity, since ruthenium anticancer drugs broke away from the surface of CdTe QDs and inserted into double helix structure of ctDNA. The fluorescence quenching effect of the CdTe QDs-ruthenium anticancer drugs systems was mainly concentration dependent, which could be used to detect three ruthenium anticancer drugs. The limits of detection were 5.5 × 10(-8) M for ruthenium anticancer drug 1, 7.0 × 10(-8) M for ruthenium anticancer drug 2, and 7.9× 10(-8) M for ruthenium anticancer drug 3, respectively. The relative restored fluorescence intensity was directly proportional to the concentration of ctDNA in the range of 1.0 × 10(-8) M ? 3.0 × 10(-7) M, with a correlation coefficient (R) of 0.9983 and a limit of detection of 1.1 × 10(-9) M. The relative standard deviation (RSD) for 1.5 × 10(-7) M ctDNA was 1.5% (n = 5). There was almost no interference to some common chemical compounds, nucleotides, amino acids, and proteins. The proposed method was applied to the determination of ctDNA in three synthetic samples with satisfactory results. The possible reaction mechanism of CdTe QDs fluorescence "OFF-ON" was further investigated. This simple and sensitive approach possessed some potential applications in the investigation of interaction between drug molecules and DNA. PMID:24657609

  12. Knowledge-based vision and simple visual machines.

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    Cliff, D; Noble, J

    1997-01-01

    The vast majority of work in machine vision emphasizes the representation of perceived objects and events: it is these internal representations that incorporate the 'knowledge' in knowledge-based vision or form the 'models' in model-based vision. In this paper, we discuss simple machine vision systems developed by artificial evolution rather than traditional engineering design techniques, and note that the task of identifying internal representations within such systems is made difficult by the lack of an operational definition of representation at the causal mechanistic level. Consequently, we question the nature and indeed the existence of representations posited to be used within natural vision systems (i.e. animals). We conclude that representations argued for on a priori grounds by external observers of a particular vision system may well be illusory, and are at best place-holders for yet-to-be-identified causal mechanistic interactions. That is, applying the knowledge-based vision approach in the understanding of evolved systems (machines or animals) may well lead to theories and models that are internally consistent, computationally plausible, and entirely wrong. PMID:9304684

  13. A simple microviscometric approach based on Brownian motion tracking

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    Hnyluchová, Zuzana; Bjalon?íková, Petra; Karas, Pavel; Mravec, Filip; Halasová, Tereza; Peka?, Miloslav; Kubala, Lukáš; Víte?ek, Jan

    2015-02-01

    Viscosity—an integral property of a liquid—is traditionally determined by mechanical instruments. The most pronounced disadvantage of such an approach is the requirement of a large sample volume, which poses a serious obstacle, particularly in biology and biophysics when working with limited samples. Scaling down the required volume by means of microviscometry based on tracking the Brownian motion of particles can provide a reasonable alternative. In this paper, we report a simple microviscometric approach which can be conducted with common laboratory equipment. The core of this approach consists in a freely available standalone script to process particle trajectory data based on a Newtonian model. In our study, this setup allowed the sample to be scaled down to 10 ?l. The utility of the approach was demonstrated using model solutions of glycerine, hyaluronate, and mouse blood plasma. Therefore, this microviscometric approach based on a newly developed freely available script can be suggested for determination of the viscosity of small biological samples (e.g., body fluids).

  14. A simple microviscometric approach based on Brownian motion tracking.

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    Hnyluchová, Zuzana; Bjalon?íková, Petra; Karas, Pavel; Mravec, Filip; Halasová, Tereza; Peka?, Miloslav; Kubala, Lukáš; Víte?ek, Jan

    2015-02-01

    Viscosity-an integral property of a liquid-is traditionally determined by mechanical instruments. The most pronounced disadvantage of such an approach is the requirement of a large sample volume, which poses a serious obstacle, particularly in biology and biophysics when working with limited samples. Scaling down the required volume by means of microviscometry based on tracking the Brownian motion of particles can provide a reasonable alternative. In this paper, we report a simple microviscometric approach which can be conducted with common laboratory equipment. The core of this approach consists in a freely available standalone script to process particle trajectory data based on a Newtonian model. In our study, this setup allowed the sample to be scaled down to 10 ?l. The utility of the approach was demonstrated using model solutions of glycerine, hyaluronate, and mouse blood plasma. Therefore, this microviscometric approach based on a newly developed freely available script can be suggested for determination of the viscosity of small biological samples (e.g., body fluids). PMID:25725855

  15. Designation of rapid detection system for chlorophyll fluorescence parameters based on LED irradiation

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    Li, Zhengming; Ji, Jianwei; Xu, Minghu

    2013-03-01

    Adopting high-power light-emitting diode (LED) as excitation light source, the study designed a rapid detection system for fluorescence parameters based on MINIPAM. The system uses a microcomputer as the core of the programmable power supply to provide constant current drive of the LED array, and the LED array as a fluorescence excitation light source produces light photochemical system needed. It also uses MINIPAM to detect the fluorescence, analyzing the fluorescence parameters of the mathematical model, studying the plant photosystem& light response curve. The System is of great significance in the evaluation of chlorophyll photosynthesis ability and the plant physiological stress response and the appropriate mechanism.

  16. A turn-on fluorescent probe for hypochlorous acid based on the oxidation of diphenyl telluride.

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    Venkatesan, Parthiban; Wu, Shu-Pao

    2015-02-21

    A fluorescent probe HCTe was developed for rapid detection of hypochlorous acid based on the specific HOCl-promoted oxidation of diphenyl telluride. The reaction is accompanied by an 82-fold increase in the fluorescence quantum yield (from 0.009 to 0.75). The fluorescence turn-on mechanism is achieved by the suppression of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from the diphenyl telluride group to BODIPY. The fluorescence intensity of the reaction between HOCl and HCTe is linear in the HOCl concentration range of 1 to 10 ?M with a detection limit of 41.3 nM (S/N = 3). In addition, confocal fluorescence microscopy imaging using RAW264.7 macrophages demonstrated that HCTe could be an efficient fluorescent probe for HOCl detection in living cells. PMID:25580477

  17. Cytometric sorting based on the fluorescence lifetime of spectrally overlapping signals

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    Cao, Ruofan; Pankayatselvan, Varayini; Houston, Jessica P.

    2013-01-01

    Flow cytometry is a well-established and powerful high-throughput fluorescence measurement tool that also allows for the sorting and enrichment of subpopulations of cells expressing unique fluorescence signatures. Owing to the reliance on intensity-only signals, flow cytometry sorters cannot easily discriminate between fluorophores that spectrally overlap. In this paper we demonstrate a new method of cell sorting using a fluorescence lifetime-dependent methodology. This approach, referred to herein as phase-filtered cell sorting (PFCS), permits sorting based on the average fluorescence lifetime of a fluorophore by separating fluorescence signals from species that emit differing average fluorescence lifetimes. Using lifetime-dependent hardware, cells and microspheres labeled with fluorophores were sorted with purities up to 90%. PFCS is a practical approach for separating populations of cells that are stained with spectrally overlapping fluorophores or that have interfering autofluorescence signals. PMID:23787669

  18. A tubulin-based fluorescent polarization assay for paclitaxel Sergi Morais,a

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    Chen, Wilfred

    A tubulin-based fluorescent polarization assay for paclitaxel Sergi Morais,a Sean OŐMalley on the binding interaction of paclitaxel to tubulin, the re- ceptor protein on which this drug acts. The bioassay (Rh-Tx) competed for tubulin binding, causing a change in fluorescence polarization, which

  19. A chromenoquinoline-based fluorescent off-on thiol probe for bioimaging.

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    Kand, Dnyaneshwar; Kalle, Arunasree Marasanapalli; Varma, Sreejith Jayasree; Talukdar, Pinaki

    2012-03-11

    A new chromenoquinoline-based fluorescent off-on thiol probe 2 is reported. In aqueous buffer solutions at physiological pH, the probe exhibited 223-fold enhancement in fluorescence intensity by a Michael addition of cysteine to the maleimide appended to a chromenoquinoline. Cell permeability and live cell imaging of thiols are also demonstrated. PMID:22301487

  20. A Simple, Scalable, Script-based Science Processor

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    Lynnes, Christopher

    2004-01-01

    The production of Earth Science data from orbiting spacecraft is an activity that takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At the Goddard Earth Sciences Distributed Active Archive Center (GES DAAC), this results in as many as 16,000 program executions each day, far too many to be run by human operators. In fact, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) was launched aboard the Terra spacecraft in 1999, the automated commercial system for running science processing was able to manage no more than 4,000 executions per day. Consequently, the GES DAAC developed a lightweight system based on the popular Per1 scripting language, named the Simple, Scalable, Script-based Science Processor (S4P). S4P automates science processing, allowing operators to focus on the rare problems occurring from anomalies in data or algorithms. S4P has been reused in several systems ranging from routine processing of MODIS data to data mining and is publicly available from NASA.

  1. Quantitative Detection Method of Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles Based on Eu(3+) Fluorescent Labeling in Vitro and in Vivo.

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    Xie, Yunfei; Perera, Thalagalage Shalika Harshani; Li, Fang; Han, Yingchao; Yin, Meizhen

    2015-11-01

    One major challenge for application of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (nHAP) in nanomedicine is the quantitative detection method. Herein, we exploited one quantitative detection method for nHAP based on the Eu(3+) fluorescent labeling via a simple chemical coprecipitation method. The trace amount of nHAP in cells and tissues can be quantitatively detected on the basis of the fluorescent quantitative determination of Eu(3+) ions in nHAP crystal lattice. The lowest concentration of Eu(3+) ions that can be quantitatively detected is 0.5 nM using DELFIA enhancement solution. This methodology can be broadly applicable for studying the tissue distribution and metabolization of nHAP in vivo. PMID:26495748

  2. Applicability of fluorescence-based sensors to the determination of kinetic parameters for O? in oxygenases.

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    Di Russo, Natali V; Bruner, Steven D; Roitberg, Adrian E

    2015-04-15

    Optical methods for O2 determination based on dynamic fluorescence quenching have been applied to measure oxygen uptake rates in cell culture and to determine intracellular oxygen levels. Here we demonstrate the applicability of fluorescence-based probes in determining kinetic parameters for O2 using as an example catalysis by a cofactor-independent oxygenase (DpgC). Fluorescence-based sensors provide a direct assessment of enzyme-catalyzed O2 consumption using commercially available, low-cost instrumentation that is easily customizable and, thus, constitutes a convenient alternative to the widely used Clark-type electrode, especially in cases where chemical interference is expected to be problematic. PMID:25637681

  3. Dissolved oxygen sensing based on fluorescence quenching of ceria nanoparticles

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    Shehata, Nader; Meehan, Kathleen; Leber, Donald

    2012-10-01

    The development of oxygen sensors has positively impacted the fields of medical science, bioengineering, environmental monitoring, solar cells, industrial process control, and a number of military applications. Fluorescent quenching sensors have an inherent high sensitivity, chemical selectivity, and stability when compared to other types of sensors. While cerium oxide thin films have been used to monitor oxygen in the gas phase, the potential of cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles as the active material in sensor for oxygen gas has only recently been investigated. Ceria nanoparticles are one of the most unique nanomaterials that are being studied today due to the diffusion and reactivity of its oxygen vacancies, which contributes to its high oxygen storage capability. The reactivity of the oxygen vacancies, which is also related to conversion of cerium ion from the Ce+4 to Ce+3 state, affects the fluorescence properties of the ceria nanoparticles. Our research demonstrates that the ceria nanoparticles (~7 nm in diameter) have application as a fluorescence quenching sensor to measure dissolved oxygen in water. We have found a strong inverse correlation between the amplitude of the fluorescence emission (?excitation = 430 nm and ?peak = 520 nm) and the dissolved oxygen concentration between 5 - 13 mg/L. The Stern-Volmer constant, which is an indication of the sensitivity of gas sensing is 184 M-1 for the ceria nanoparticles. The results show that ceria nanoparticles can be used in an improved, robust fluorescence sensor for dissolved oxygen in a liquid medium.

  4. A base-modified PNA-graphene oxide platform as a turn-on fluorescence sensor for the detection of human telomeric repeats

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    Sabale, Pramod M.; George, Jerrin Thomas; Srivatsan, Seergazhi G.

    2014-08-01

    Given the biological and therapeutic significance of telomeres and other G-quadruplex forming sequences in human genome, it is highly desirable to develop simple methods to study these structures, which can also be implemented in screening formats for the discovery of G-quadruplex binders. The majority of telomere detection methods developed so far are laborious and use elaborate assay and instrumental setups, and hence, are not amenable to discovery platforms. Here, we describe the development of a simple homogeneous fluorescence turn-on method, which uses a unique combination of an environment-sensitive fluorescent nucleobase analogue, the superior base pairing property of PNA, and DNA-binding and fluorescence quenching properties of graphene oxide, to detect human telomeric DNA repeats of varying lengths. Our results demonstrate that this method, which does not involve a rigorous assay setup, would provide new opportunities to study G-quadruplex structures.Given the biological and therapeutic significance of telomeres and other G-quadruplex forming sequences in human genome, it is highly desirable to develop simple methods to study these structures, which can also be implemented in screening formats for the discovery of G-quadruplex binders. The majority of telomere detection methods developed so far are laborious and use elaborate assay and instrumental setups, and hence, are not amenable to discovery platforms. Here, we describe the development of a simple homogeneous fluorescence turn-on method, which uses a unique combination of an environment-sensitive fluorescent nucleobase analogue, the superior base pairing property of PNA, and DNA-binding and fluorescence quenching properties of graphene oxide, to detect human telomeric DNA repeats of varying lengths. Our results demonstrate that this method, which does not involve a rigorous assay setup, would provide new opportunities to study G-quadruplex structures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. Figures, tables, experimental procedures and NMR spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr00878b

  5. Fluorescence-Based Sensor for Monitoring Activation of Lunar Dust

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    Wallace, William T.; Jeevarajan, Antony S.

    2012-01-01

    This sensor unit is designed to determine the level of activation of lunar dust or simulant particles using a fluorescent technique. Activation of the surface of a lunar soil sample (for instance, through grinding) should produce a freshly fractured surface. When these reactive surfaces interact with oxygen and water, they produce hydroxyl radicals. These radicals will react with a terephthalate diluted in the aqueous medium to form 2-hydroxyterephthalate. The fluorescence produced by 2-hydroxyterephthalate provides qualitative proof of the activation of the sample. Using a calibration curve produced by synthesized 2-hydroxyterephthalate, the amount of hydroxyl radicals produced as a function of sample concentration can also be determined.

  6. Fluorescence molecular tomographic image reconstruction based on reduced measurement data

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    Zou, Wei; Wang, Jiajun; Feng, David Dagan; Fang, Erxi

    2015-07-01

    The analysis of fluorescence molecular tomography is important for medical diagnosis and treatment. Although the quality of reconstructed results can be improved with the increasing number of measurement data, the scale of the matrices involved in the reconstruction of fluorescence molecular tomography will also become larger, which may slow down the reconstruction process. A new method is proposed where measurement data are reduced according to the rows of the Jacobian matrix and the projection residual error. To further accelerate the reconstruction process, the global inverse problem is solved with level-by-level Schur complement decomposition. Simulation results demonstrate that the speed of the reconstruction process can be improved with the proposed algorithm.

  7. Fluorescence switch of dye-infiltrated SiO2 inverse opal based on acid-base vapors or light

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    Zhang, Y. Q.; Wang, J. X.; Shang, Y. L.; Song, Y. L.; Jiang, L.

    2011-03-01

    The acid-base vapors/light double responsive dye-infiltrated SiO2 inverse opal photonic crystals (PCs) were fabricated by sacrificial template method and a subsequent infiltration of spiropyran derivative dye molecules. The fluorescence of ring-open dye molecules infiltrated in PCs can be switched on/off based on different fluorescence properties of spiropyran dye under stimuli of acid-base vapors or light, when PCs with suitable stopband were selected. The fluorescence switch behavior based on PCs has potential applications in data storage, color displays, chemical and biological sensors.

  8. Simple Method to Enhance the Photostability of the Fluorescence Reporter R6G for Prolonged Single-Molecule Studies

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    Shorter, James

    -nitrobenzyl alcohol (NBA), or 6- hydroxy-2,5,7,8-tetramethylchroman-2-carboxylic acid (Tro- lox). Further in photostability observed in single-molecule fluorescence measurements.16 However, NBA and Trolox do not quench the Cy5 triplet state, and possible stabilization mechanisms of NBA and Trolox could involve passivation

  9. A graphitic carbon nitride based fluorescence resonance energy transfer detection of riboflavin.

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    Han, Jing; Zou, Hong Yan; Gao, Ming Xuan; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2016-02-01

    Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), which occurs between two luminescent chromophores, can greatly improve the selectivity and sensitivity of a fluorescent assay when a ratiometric signaling with the fluorescence enhancement of the acceptor at the expense of the donor is adopted. In this study, a fluorescence ratiometric detection (FRD) of riboflavin (RF) has been made based on FRET, as the strong overlap occurred between the emission spectrum of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) and absorption spectrum of RF, in which g-C3N4 acts as the energy donor and RF as the energy acceptor. With increasing concentration of RF, the fluorescence intensity of g-C3N4 emission at 444nm decreased and the fluorescence peak at 523nm for RF increased regularly, making the fluorescence intensity ratio of 523nm to 444nm linearly dependent on the concentration of RF in the range from 0.4?M to 10?M, giving a limit of the detection of 170nM. This method can be used to quantify RF in complex systems such as milk and drink, showing that the novel FRET-based fluorescence ratiometric detection can enable an attractive assay platform for analytes of interest. PMID:26653450

  10. Exciton energy transfer-based quantum dot fluorescence sensing array: "chemical noses" for discrimination of different nucleobases.

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    Liu, Jianbo; Li, Gui; Yang, Xiaohai; Wang, Kemin; Li, Li; Liu, Wei; Shi, Xing; Guo, Yali

    2015-01-20

    A novel exciton energy transfer-based fluorescence sensing array for the discrimination of different nucleobases was developed through target nucleobase-triggered self-assembly of quantum dots (QDs). Four QD nanoprobes with different ligand receptors, including mercaptoethylamine, N-acetyl-l-cysteine, 2-dimethyl-aminethanethiol, and thioglycolic acid, were created to detect and identify nucleobase targets. These QDs served as both selective recognition scaffolds and signal transduction elements for a biomolecule target. The extent of particle assembly, induced by the analyte-triggered self-assembly of QDs, led to an exciton energy transfer effect between interparticles that gave a readily detectable fluorescence quenching and distinct fluorescence response patterns. These patterns are characteristic for each nucleobase and can be quantitatively differentiated by linear discriminate analysis. Furthermore, a fingerprint-based barcode was established to conveniently discriminate the nucleobases. This pattern sensing was successfully used to identify nucleobase samples at unknown concentrations and five rare bases. In this "chemical noses" strategy, the robust characteristics of QD nanoprobes, coupled with the diversity of surface functionality that can be readily obtained using nanoparticles, provides a simple and label-free biosensing approach that shows great promise for biomedical applications. PMID:25495103

  11. Attomolar Sensitivity in Bioassays Based on Surface Plasmon Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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    Turro, Nicholas J.

    ¨rn Persson, Stefan Lo¨fĺs, and Wolfgang Knoll*, Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, D biomolecular binding kinetics in a highly sensitive way. However, the fluorescence emission from the bound as a binding matrix to overcome these drawbacks of SPFS. The functional chains (e.g., polymer brushes5

  12. Adaptive finite element based tomography for fluorescence optical

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    Bangerth, Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Bangerth,2 and Eva M. Sevick-Muraca1 1 Photon Migration Laboratories, Texas A & M University Society of America OCIS codes: (170.3010) Image Reconstruction Techniques; (170.5280) Photon Migration resolution fluorescence molecular imaging system for small animal imaging," Med. Phys. 30, 901­911 (2003). (C

  13. Development of a Green Fluorescent Protein-Based Laboratory Curriculum

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    Larkin, Patrick D.; Hartberg, Yasha

    2005-01-01

    A laboratory curriculum has been designed for an undergraduate biochemistry course that focuses on the investigation of the green fluorescent protein (GFP). The sequence of procedures extends from analysis of the DNA sequence through PCR amplification, recombinant plasmid DNA synthesis, bacterial transformation, expression, isolation, and…

  14. Development of a radiative transport based, fluorescence-enhanced, frequency-domain small animal imaging system 

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    Rasmussen, John C.

    2009-05-15

    transport based forward model for prediction of time-dependent propagation of photons in small, non-diffuse volumes, and an algorithm which utilizes the forward model to reconstruct fluorescent yields from air/tissue boundary measurements. The major...

  15. Metal-based turn-on fluorescent probes for nitric oxide sensing

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    Lim, Mi Hee

    2006-01-01

    Chapter 1. Metal-Based Turn-On Fluorescent Probes for Sensing Nitric Oxide. Nitric oxide, a reactive free radical, regulates a variety of biological processes. The absence of tools to detect NO directly, rapidly, specifically ...

  16. Using co-cultures expressing fluorescence resonance energy transfer based protein biosensors to simultaneously image caspase-3 and Ca2+

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    Using co-cultures expressing fluorescence resonance energy transfer based protein biosensors received: 8 June 2005; Accepted 11 June 2005 Key words: biosensor, fluorescence imaging, fluorescence)-based protein biosensors allow the spatial and temporal imaging of signaling events in living cells. However

  17. Active, polymer-based composite material implementing simple shear 

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    Lee, Sang Jin

    2009-05-15

    A novel active material for controllable, high work density applications was designed, fabricated, analyzed, and tested. This active material uses a lens-shaped element to implement simple shear motion with gas pressure ...

  18. A new boronic acid fluorescent sensor based on fluorene for monosaccharides at physiological pH

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    Hosseinzadeh, Rahman; Mohadjerani, Maryam; Pooryousef, Mona; Eslami, Abbas; Emami, Saeed

    2015-06-01

    Fluorescent boronic acids are very useful fluorescent sensor for detection of biologically important saccharides. Herein we synthesized a new fluorene-based fluorescent boronic acid that shows significant fluorescence changes upon addition of saccharides at physiological pH. Upon addition of fructose, sorbitol, glucose, galactose, ribose, and maltose at different concentration to the solution of 7-(dimethylamino)-9,9-dimethyl-9H-fluoren-2-yl-2-boronic acid (7-DMAFBA, 1), significant decreases in fluorescent intensity were observed. It was found that this boronic acid has high affinity (Ka = 3582.88 M-1) and selectivity for fructose over glucose at pH = 7.4. The sensor 1 showed a linear response toward D-fructose in the concentrations ranging from 2.5 × 10-5 to 4 × 10-4 mol L-1 with the detection limit of 1.3 × 10-5 mol L-1.

  19. Selective recognition of Ni2+ ion based on fluorescence enhancement chemosensor

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    Ganjali, M. R.; Hosseini, M.; Motalebi, M.; Sedaghat, M.; Mizani, F.; Faridbod, F.; Norouzi, P.

    2015-04-01

    A new enhancing fluorescent chemosensor was introduced for selective and sensitive determination of nickel ions based on 2-(1-H-benzo[d]imidazol-2yl)-N-phenyl hydrazine carbothioamide (L). L has an intrinsic fluorescent emission which enhances in presence of nickel ions in CH3CN/H2O (70:30, v/v) solution. The fluorescence enhancement of L is attributed to a 1:1 complex formation between L and Ni2+ ion which has been used for selective detection of Ni2+ ion. At the optimum conditions, the fluorescence intensity of L at 352 nm enhances linearly by the concentration of nickel ion from 1.6 × 10-5 to 1.6 × 10-7 M and detection limit of 7.9 × 10-8 M. The new fluorescent probe exhibited high selectivity to Ni2+ ion over the other common mono, di-and trivalent cations.

  20. [Photosynthetic Parameters Inversion Algorithm Study Based on Chlorophyll Fluorescence Induction Kinetics Curve].

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    Qiu, Xiao-han; Zhang, Yu-jun; Yin, Gao-fang; Shi, Chao-yi; Yu, Xiao-ya; Zhao, Nan-jing; Liu, Wen-qing

    2015-08-01

    The fast chlorophyll fluorescence induction curve contains rich information of photosynthesis. It can reflect various information of vegetation, such as, the survival status, the pathological condition and the physiology trends under the stress state. Through the acquisition of algae fluorescence and induced optical signal, the fast phase of chlorophyll fluorescence kinetics curve was fitted. Based on least square fitting method, we introduced adaptive minimum error approaching method for fast multivariate nonlinear regression fitting toward chlorophyll fluorescence kinetics curve. We realized Fo (fixedfluorescent), Fm (maximum fluorescence yield), ?PSII (PSII functional absorption cross section) details parameters inversion and the photosynthetic parameters inversion of Chlorella pyrenoidosa. And we also studied physiological variation of Chlorella pyrenoidosa under the stress of Cu(2+). PMID:26672292

  1. Angular shaping of fluorescence from synthetic opal-based photonic crystal

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    Boiko, Vitalii; Dovbeshko, Galyna; Dolgov, Leonid; Kiisk, Valter; Sildos, Ilmo; Loot, Ardi; Gorelik, Vladimir

    2015-02-01

    Spectral, angular, and temporal distributions of fluorescence as well as specular reflection were investigated for silica-based artificial opals. Periodic arrangement of nanosized silica globules in the opal causes a specific dip in the defect-related fluorescence spectra and a peak in the reflectance spectrum. The spectral position of the dip coincides with the photonic stop band. The latter is dependent on the size of silica globules and the angle of observation. The spectral shape and intensity of defect-related fluorescence can be controlled by variation of detection angle. Fluorescence intensity increases up to two times at the edges of the spectral dip. Partial photobleaching of fluorescence was observed. Photonic origin of the observed effects is discussed.

  2. Angular shaping of fluorescence from synthetic opal-based photonic crystal.

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    Boiko, Vitalii; Dovbeshko, Galyna; Dolgov, Leonid; Kiisk, Valter; Sildos, Ilmo; Loot, Ardi; Gorelik, Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    Spectral, angular, and temporal distributions of fluorescence as well as specular reflection were investigated for silica-based artificial opals. Periodic arrangement of nanosized silica globules in the opal causes a specific dip in the defect-related fluorescence spectra and a peak in the reflectance spectrum. The spectral position of the dip coincides with the photonic stop band. The latter is dependent on the size of silica globules and the angle of observation. The spectral shape and intensity of defect-related fluorescence can be controlled by variation of detection angle. Fluorescence intensity increases up to two times at the edges of the spectral dip. Partial photobleaching of fluorescence was observed. Photonic origin of the observed effects is discussed. PMID:25852393

  3. Lanthanide based dual-emission fluorescent probe for detection of mercury (II) in milk.

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    Tan, Hongliang; Li, Qian; Ma, Chanjiao; Song, Yonghai; Xu, Fugang; Chen, Shouhui; Wang, Li

    2015-01-15

    It is highly desirable to develop a simple and sensitive method for Hg(2+) detection because of the dangerous nature of Hg(2+). In this work, we prepared a dual-emission fluorescent probe for Hg(2+) detection by combining two lanthanide chelates with different emission wavelengths. Green-emitting terbium (Tb(3+)) chelates as reference signals were embedded into SiO2 nanoparticles and red-emitting europium (Eu(3+)) chelates as response units were covalently linked to the surface of silica shell. Upon the addition of Hg(2+), the fluorescence of Eu(3+) chelates can be selectively quenched, while the fluorescence of Tb(3+) chelates remained unchanged. As a kind of Hg(2+) nanosensor, the dual-emission fluorescent probe exhibited excellent selectivity to Hg(2+) and high sensitivity up to 7.07 nM detection limit. The Hg(2+) levels in drinking water and milk samples were determined by using the dual-emission fluorescent probe with satisfied recovery. Additionally, our probe has a long enough fluorescence lifetime, which can avoid the interference from autofluorescence of the biological samples. We envision that the proposed probe could find great potential applications for ultrasensitive time-resolved fluorometric assays and biomedical imaging in the future. PMID:25168765

  4. Soft nanomaterial-based targeting polymersomes for near-infrared fluorescence multispectral in vivo imaging

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    Li, Zuhong; Wu, Liyuan; Hu, Peiran; Han, Sihai; Zhang, Tao; Fan, Hongliang; Jin, Wei; Jin, Qinhan; Mu, Ying

    2012-10-01

    We report here the soft nanomaterial-based targeting polymersomes for near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging to carry out in vivo tumor detection. Two polymersome-based NIR fluorescent probes were prepared through the self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers, poly(butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) (PEO-b-PBD). Each of them was encapsulated with distinct hydrophobic near-infrared dyes (DiD and DiR) and modified with different targeting ligands (anti-CEA antibody and anti-EGFR antibody), respectively. After simultaneous injection of these two probes into the tumor-bearing mice via tail vein, multispectral near-infrared fluorescence images were obtained. The results indicate that both probes are successfully directed to the tumor foci, where two distinguishable fluorescent signals were detected through the unmixed fluorescence images. By taking advantage of two targeting polymersome-based probes with distinct fluorescent features, the proposed multispectral near-infrared fluorescence imaging method can greatly improve the specificity and accuracy for in vivo tumor detection.

  5. Highly selective fluorescence imaging of zinc distribution in HeLa cells and Arabidopsis using a naphthalene-based fluorescent probe.

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    Lee, Ji Ha; Lee, Jin Hyeok; Jung, Sung Ho; Hyun, Tae Kyung; Feng, Mingxiao; Kim, Jae-Yean; Lee, Jae-Hong; Lee, Hoyeon; Kim, Jong Seung; Kang, Chulhun; Kwon, Ki-Young; Jung, Jong Hwa

    2015-05-01

    2-(N,N-Dimethylamino)naphthalene-based probe 1 was found to exhibit a dramatic enhancement in fluorescence upon addition of Zn(2+), but not with any other metal ions. Probe 1 as a chemoprobe enabled high-resolution fluorescence imaging of zinc ions in HeLa cells and Arabidopsis. PMID:25828452

  6. Two fluorescent Schiff base sensors for Zn(2+): the Zn(2+)/Cu(2+) ion interference.

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    Jiménez-Sánchez, Arturo; Ortíz, Benjamín; Ortiz Navarrete, Vianney; Farfán, Norberto; Santillan, Rosa

    2015-09-01

    Two simple and low cost 2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-[(1-hydroxycyclohexylmethylimino)methyl]phenol (L1) and 2-[{(1-hydroxycyclohexyl)methylimino}methyl]phenol (L2) Schiff base sensors exhibiting selectivity for Zn(2+) in water:methanol (95:5, v/v, 10 mM HEPES) are described. L1 and L2 display an "off-on" fluorescence effect forming the L1·Zn and L2·Zn complexes, respectively. In the case of L1·Zn, the emission response is quenched by the addition of Cu(2+) forming the respective L1·Cu complex; in spite of that, the fluorescence signal can be completely restored only by the addition of tartrate anions (C4H4O6(2-)) forming again L1·Znvia the "off-on" displacement approach. However, in the case of L2·Zn no Cu(2+) interference is observed, which is a typical problem for Zn(2+) sensors. Here we describe that a very subtle structural change in the ligand during transition from the enol-imine tautomer in L1 to the keto-enamine tautomer in L2 is enough to modulate the Zn(2+)/Cu(2+) selectivity. Also, the Zn(2+)vs. Cd(2+) discrimination for L1 and L2 is proved. Moreover, we found that the interaction between both L·Zn complexes and tartrate anions completely restored the free ligands by the ligand substitution mechanism even in a more efficient association than phosphate anions. Further, a second colorimetric response channel upon addition of Fe(2+) was observed for L1 and L2. Then, TD-DFT theoretical calculations were conducted in order to study the efficiency of the sensors to give different responses in the presence of such metal ions. Finally, the L2 sensor successfully detects Zn(2+) in Jurkat cells cultured with and without Zn(2+) enriched medium. PMID:26192046

  7. A label-free fluorescent molecular beacon based on DNA-Ag nanoclusters for the construction of versatile Biosensors.

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    Cao, Qiao; Teng, Ye; Yang, Xuan; Wang, Jin; Wang, Erkang

    2015-12-15

    In this paper, we developed a simple, low-cost and sensitive DNA sequences detection biosensor based on a label-free molecular beacon (MB) whose DNA hairpin structure terminal has a guanine-rich sequence that can enhance fluorescence of silver nanoclusters (Ag NCs). Without hybridization between hairpin probe and target DNA, the Ag NCs presented bright fluorescence for the proximity of guanine-rich sequences (GRSs). After binding with target DNA, the hairpin shape was destroyed which results in a decrease of the Ag NCs fluorescence intensity. With this biosensor, we detected three disease-related genes that were the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) gene, hepatitis B virus (HBV) gene and human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) gene. The detection limits based on S/N of 3 were 4.4 nM, 6.8 nM and 8.5 nM for HIV gene, HBV gene and HTLV-I gene, respectively. Our sensor was also of high selectivity and could distinguish even one nucleotide mismatched target. PMID:26159151

  8. Fluorescence based Measurement of Mixing in a Microscale Mixer

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    Truesdell, Richard; Bartsch, Joe; Tione, Buranda; Larry, Sklar; Andrea, Mammoli

    2004-11-01

    We present an experimental investigation of a micromixer that uses pulsatile action to mix two streams entering a tube from two separate branches of a bifurcation (Y-connection) at low Reynolds numbers. The pulsatile action is provided by two pinch valves, which deform flexible tubing immediately upstream of the connection. The pinch valve action is controlled using a master-slave pulse generator setup. The quality of mixing is evaluated directly by measuring the fluorescence that results from the chemical reaction of species transported in the two streams, one containing native biotin and the other, fluorescein biotin bound to streptavidin. The reaction kinetics are accounted for by normalization using fluorescence measurements on well mixed solutions at the same residence time. The results show that the pulsatile micromixer provides almost complete mixing. Furthermore, the present measurements match results obtained in a previous experiment where flow visualization and image analysis were used to measure mixing quality in a scaled-up model.

  9. A simple chip free-flow electrophoresis for monosaccharide sensing via supermolecule interaction of boronic acid functionalized quencher and fluorescent dye.

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    Yin, Xiao-Yang; Dong, Jing-Yu; Wang, Hou-Yu; Li, Si; Fan, Liu-Yin; Cao, Cheng-Xi

    2013-08-01

    Here, a simple micro free-flow electrophoresis (?FFE) was developed for fluorescence sensing of monosaccharide via supermolecule interaction of synthesized boronic acid functionalized benzyl viologen (?-BBV) and fluorescent dye. The ?FFE contained two open electrode cavities and an ion-exchange membrane was sandwiched between two polymethylmethacrylate plates. The experiments demonstrated the following merits of developed ?FFE: (i) up to 90.5% of voltage efficiency due to high conductivity of ion-exchange membrane; (ii) a strong ability against influence of bubble produced in two electrodes due to open design of electrode cavities; and (iii) reusable and washable separation chamber (45 mm × 17 mm × 100 ?m, 77 ?L) avoiding the discard of ?FFE due to blockage of solute precipitation in chamber. Remarkably, the ?FFE was first designed for the sensing of monosaccharide via the supermolecule interaction of synthesized ?-BBV, fluorescent dye, and monosaccharide. Under the optimized conditions, the minimum concentration of monosaccharide that could be detected was 1 × 10(-11) M. Finally, the developed device was used for the detection of 0.3 mM glucose spiked in human urine. All of the results demonstrated the feasibility of monosaccharide detection via the ?FFE. PMID:23712879

  10. Label free selective detection of estriol using graphene oxide-based fluorescence sensor

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    Kushwaha, H. S.; Sao, Reshma; Vaish, Rahul

    2014-07-01

    Water-soluble and fluorescent Graphene oxide (GO) is biocompatible, easy, and economical to synthesize. Interestingly, GO is also capable of quenching fluorescence. On the basis of its fluorescence and quenching abilities, GO has been reported to serve as an energy acceptor in a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) sensor. GO-based FRET biosensors have been widely reported for sensing of proteins, nucleic acid, ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), etc. GO complexes with fluorescent dyes and enzymes have been used to sense metal ions. Graphene derivatives have been used for sensing endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenols and chlorophenols with high sensitivity and good reproducibility. On this basis, a novel GO based fluorescent sensor has been successfully designed to detect estriol with remarkable selectivity and sensitivity. Estriol is one of the three estrogens in women and is considered to be medically important. Estriol content of maternal urine or plasma acts as an important screening marker for estimating foetal growth and development. In addition, estriol is also used as diagnostic marker for diseases like breast cancer, osteoporosis, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, insulin resistance, lupus erythematosus, endometriosis, etc. In this present study, we report for the first time a rapid, sensitive with detection limit of 1.3 nM, selective and highly biocompatible method for label free detection of estriol under physiological conditions using fluorescence assay.

  11. Novel and remarkable enhanced-fluorescence system based on gold nanoclusters for detection of tetracycline.

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    Yang, Xiaoming; Zhu, Shanshan; Dou, Yao; Zhuo, Yan; Luo, Yawen; Feng, Yuanjiao

    2014-05-01

    Tetracycline and Eu(3+), while coexisting, usually appear as a complex by chelating. This complex shows low fluorescence intensity, leading to its limitation of analytical goals. Gold nanoclusters (AuNCs), emerging as novel nano-material, are attracting increasing attentions in multiple fields. Herein, gold nanoclusters first function as a fluorescence-enhanced reagent rather than a conventional fluorescent-probe, and a dramatic enhanced-fluorescence system was built based on Eu(3+)-Tetracycline complex (EuTC) by introducing gold nanoclusters. Simultaneously, three types of gold nanoclusters were employed for exploring various conditions likely affecting the system, which demonstrate that no other gold nanoclusters than DNA-templated gold nanoclusters enormously caused fluorescence-enhancement of EuTC. Moreover, this enhanced-fluorescence system permitted available detection of tetracycline (TC) in a linear range of 0.01-5 ?M, with a detection limit of 4 nM at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. Significantly, the practicality of this method for detection of TC in human urine and milk samples was validated, demonstrating its advantages of simplicity, sensitivity and low cost. Interestingly, this system described here is probably promising for kinds of applications based on its dramatically enhanced-fluorescence. PMID:24720959

  12. A simple low pressure drop suspension-based microfluidic mixer

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    Workamp, Marcel; Saggiomo, Vittorio; Dijksman, Joshua A.

    2015-09-01

    We present a novel microfluidic mixer that is easy to fabricate and simple to use. The mixer features a single mixing chamber in which particles are driven by a moving magnet. We show that the mixing efficiency is markedly increased by addition of particles to the chip, as a result of the diffusive motion of the sheared particles. The mixer is efficient for a range of driving rates and features a low pressure drop due to its simple design, making the mixer design compatible with soft chip material. It is therefore ideal to incorporate in lab-on-a-chip devices.

  13. A rhodamine-based fluorescent probe for Cu(II) determination in aqueous solution.

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    Mao, Jie; Cheng, Junhua; Wang, Xuchun; Wang, Shui; Cheng, Nianshou; Wang, Junfeng

    2015-03-01

    An 'off-on' rhodamine-based fluorescence probe for the selective detection of Cu(II) has been designed, exploiting the guest-induced structure transform mechanism. This system shows a sharp Cu(II)-selective fluorescence enhancement response in an aqueous system under physiological pH, and possesses high selectivity against a background of environmentally and biologically relevant metal ions. Under optimum conditions, the fluorescence intensity enhancement of this system is linearly proportional to the Cu(II) concentration from 50?nM to 6.0??M with a detection limit of 29 nM. PMID:25045042

  14. Micro-optical lens array for fluorescence detection in droplet-based microfluidics.

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    Lim, Jiseok; Gruner, Philipp; Konrad, Manfred; Baret, Jean-Christophe

    2013-04-21

    We demonstrate the design and integration of droplet-based microfluidic devices with microoptical element arrays for enhanced detection of fluorescent signals. We show that the integration of microlenses and mirror surfaces in these devices results in an 8-fold increase in the fluorescence signal and in improved spatial resolution. Using an array of microlenses, massively parallel detection of droplets containing fluorescent dyes was achieved, leading to detection throughputs of about 2000 droplets per second and per lens, parallelized over 625 measurement points. PMID:23455606

  15. Silver nanoclusters-based fluorescence assay of protein kinase activity and inhibition.

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    Shen, Congcong; Xia, Xiaodong; Hu, Shengqiang; Yang, Minghui; Wang, Jianxiu

    2015-01-01

    A simple and sensitive fluorescence method for monitoring the activity and inhibition of protein kinase (PKA) has been developed using polycytosine oligonucleotide (dC12)-templated silver nanoclusters (Ag NCs). Adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) was found to enhance the fluorescence of Ag NCs, while the hydrolysis of ATP to adenosine diphosphate (ADP) by PKA decreased the fluorescence of Ag NCs. Compared to the existing methods for kinase activity assay, the developed method does not involve phosphorylation of the substrate peptides, which significantly simplifies the detection procedures. The method exhibits high sensitivity, good selectivity, and wide linear range toward PKA detection. The inhibition effect of kinase inhibitor H-89 on the activity of PKA was also studied. The sensing protocol was also applied to the assay of drug-stimulated activation of PKA in HeLa cell lysates. PMID:25517425

  16. Phenylboronic acid functionalized reduced graphene oxide based fluorescence nano sensor for glucose sensing.

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    Basiruddin, S K; Swain, Sarat K

    2016-01-01

    Reduced graphene has emerged as promising tools for detection based application of biomolecules as it has high surface area with strong fluorescence quenching property. We have used the concept of fluorescent quenching property of reduced graphene oxide to the fluorescent probes which are close vicinity of its surface. In present work, we have synthesized fluorescent based nano-sensor consist of phenylboronic acid functionalized reduced graphene oxide (rGO-PBA) and di-ol modified fluorescent probe for detection of biologically important glucose molecules. This fluorescent graphene based nano-probe has been characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), Atomic force microscope (AFM), UV-visible, Photo-luminescence (PL) and Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Finally, using this PBA functionalized reduced GO based nano-sensor, we were able to detect glucose molecule in the range of 2mg/mL to 75mg/mL in aqueous solution of pH7.4. PMID:26478292

  17. Preparation, regulation and biological application of a Schiff base fluorescence probe

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    Yin, Ninghua; Diao, Haipeng; Liu, Wen; Wang, Jingru; Feng, Liheng

    2016-01-01

    A facile fluorescence switch with Schiff base units was designed and achieved by nucleophilic addition and dehydration reaction. The fluorescence of the probe can be regulated by metal ions (Al3 + and Cu2 +). The whole process shows that the weak fluorescence of the probe enhances with the addition of Al3 +, and then the strong fluorescence of the probe/Al3 + ensemble reduces by introducing Cu2 +. Meanwhile, the solution color changes of the probe with metal ions can be observed under 365 nm UV-vis light from weak light, pale green, green, pale green to weak light. Noticeably, the photo regulation processes of the probe by metal ions can be realized in the biological system and applied in cells imaging. The work provides a new strategy for designing facile regulation probe and develops a new application for Schiff base derivatives.

  18. Preparation, regulation and biological application of a Schiff base fluorescence probe.

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    Yin, Ninghua; Diao, Haipeng; Liu, Wen; Wang, Jingru; Feng, Liheng

    2016-01-15

    A facile fluorescence switch with Schiff base units was designed and achieved by nucleophilic addition and dehydration reaction. The fluorescence of the probe can be regulated by metal ions (Al(3+) and Cu(2+)). The whole process shows that the weak fluorescence of the probe enhances with the addition of Al(3+), and then the strong fluorescence of the probe/Al(3+) ensemble reduces by introducing Cu(2+). Meanwhile, the solution color changes of the probe with metal ions can be observed under 365nm UV-vis light from weak light, pale green, green, pale green to weak light. Noticeably, the photo regulation processes of the probe by metal ions can be realized in the biological system and applied in cells imaging. The work provides a new strategy for designing facile regulation probe and develops a new application for Schiff base derivatives. PMID:26282317

  19. Selective fluorescence sensors for detection of nitroaniline and metal Ions based on ligand-based luminescent metal-organic frameworks

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    Yu, Zongchao; Wang, Fengqin; Lin, Xiangyi; Wang, Chengmiao; Fu, Yiyuan; Wang, Xiaojun; Zhao, Yongnan; Li, Guodong

    2015-12-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous crystalline materials with high potential for applications in fluorescence sensors. In this work, two solvent-induced Zn(II)-based metal-organic frameworks, Zn3L3(DMF)2 (1) and Zn3L3(DMA)2(H2O)3 (2) (L=4,4?-stilbenedicarboxylic acid), were investigated as selective sensing materials for detection of nitroaromatic compounds and metal ions. The sensing experiments show that 1 and 2 both exhibit selective fluorescence quenching toward nitroaniline with a low detection limit. In addition, 1 exhibits high selectivity for detection of Fe3+ and Al3+ by significant fluorescence quenching or enhancement effect. While for 2, it only exhibits significant fluorescence quenching effect for Fe3+. The results indicate that 1 and 2 are both promising fluorescence sensors for detecting and recognizing nitroaniline and metal ions with high sensitivity and selectivity.

  20. BODIPY based colorimetric fluorescent probe for selective thiophenol detection: theoretical and experimental studies.

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    Kand, Dnyaneshwar; Mishra, Pratyush Kumar; Saha, Tanmoy; Lahiri, Mayurika; Talukdar, Pinaki

    2012-09-01

    A BODIPY-based selective thiophenol probe capable of discriminating aliphatic thiols is reported. The fluorescence off-on effect upon reaction with thiol is elucidated with theoretical calculations. The sensing of thiophenol is associated with a color change from red to yellow and 63-fold enhancement in green fluorescence. Application of the probe for selective thiophenol detection is demonstrated by live cell imaging. PMID:22751002

  1. Reference Materials for Fluorescence Based on Inorganic Glass

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    Levin, A. D.; Pribytkov, V. A.; Nagaev, A. I.; Sadagov, A. Yu.

    Reference materials (RM) for relative spectral correction of emission spectra and day-to-day sensitivity monitoring of spectrofluorimeters were developed. The 2 kinds of inorganic glass were used as RM material - custom developed Cu+ -ion doped phosphate glass and colored optical glass SZS-17 (blue-green). RM can be either cuvette-shaped or in the form of flat plate and installed in sample compartment of the instrument. Flat plate geometry allows to minimize the dependency of RM fluorescence intensity from the characteristics of instrument's optical circuit due to inner filter effect.

  2. Diketopyrrolopyrrole: brilliant red pigment dye-based fluorescent probes and their applications.

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    Kaur, Matinder; Choi, Dong Hoon

    2015-01-01

    The development of fluorescent probes for the detection of biologically relevant species is a burgeoning topic in the field of supramolecular chemistry. A number of available dyes such as rhodamine, coumarin, fluorescein, and cyanine have been employed in the design and synthesis of new fluorescent probes. However, diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) and its derivatives have a distinguished role in supramolecular chemistry for the design of fluorescent dyes. DPP dyes offer distinctive advantages relative to other organic dyes, including high fluorescence quantum yields and good light and thermal stability. Significant advancements have been made in the development of new fluorescent probes based on DPP in recent years as a result of tireless research efforts by the chemistry scientific community. In this tutorial review, we highlight the recent progress in the development of DPP-based fluorescent probes for the period spanning 2009 to the present time and the applications of these probes to recognition of biologically relevant species including anions, cations, reactive oxygen species, thiols, gases and other miscellaneous applications. This review is targeted toward providing the readers with deeper understanding for the future design of DPP-based fluorogenic probes for chemical and biological applications. PMID:25186723

  3. A Model-based approach for microvasculature structure distortion correction in two-photon fluorescence microscopy images.

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    Dao, Lam; Glancy, Brian; Lucotte, Bertrand; Chang, Lin-Ching; Balaban, Robert S; Hsu, Li-Yueh

    2015-11-01

    This paper investigates a postprocessing approach to correct spatial distortion in two-photon fluorescence microscopy images for vascular network reconstruction. It is aimed at in vivo imaging of large field-of-view, deep-tissue studies of vascular structures. Based on simple geometric modelling of the object-of-interest, a distortion function is directly estimated from the image volume by deconvolution analysis. Such distortion function is then applied to subvolumes of the image stack to adaptively adjust for spatially varying distortion and reduce the image blurring through blind deconvolution. The proposed technique was first evaluated in phantom imaging of fluorescent microspheres that are comparable in size to the underlying capillary vascular structures. The effectiveness of restoring three-dimensional (3D) spherical geometry of the microspheres using the estimated distortion function was compared with empirically measured point-spread function. Next, the proposed approach was applied to in vivo vascular imaging of mouse skeletal muscle to reduce the image distortion of the capillary structures. We show that the proposed method effectively improve the image quality and reduce spatially varying distortion that occurs in large field-of-view deep-tissue vascular dataset. The proposed method will help in qualitative interpretation and quantitative analysis of vascular structures from fluorescence microscopy images. PMID:26224257

  4. A fluorescence-based hydrolytic enzyme activity assay for quantifying toxic effects of Roundup® to Daphnia magna.

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    Řrsted, Michael; Roslev, Peter

    2015-08-01

    Daphnia magna is a widely used model organism for aquatic toxicity testing. In the present study, the authors investigated the hydrolytic enzyme activity of D. magna after exposure to toxicant stress. In vivo enzyme activity was quantified using 15 fluorogenic enzyme probes based on 4-methylumbelliferyl or 7-amino-4-methylcoumarin. Probing D. magna enzyme activity was evaluated using short-term exposure (24-48 h) to the reference chemical K2 Cr2 O7 or the herbicide formulation Roundup®. Toxicant-induced changes in hydrolytic enzyme activity were compared with changes in mobility (International Organization for Standardization standard 6341). The results showed that hydrolytic enzyme activity was quantifiable as a combination of whole body fluorescence of D. magna and the fluorescence of the surrounding water. Exposure of D. magna to lethal and sublethal concentrations of Roundup resulted in loss of whole body enzyme activity and release of cell constituents, including enzymes and DNA. Roundup caused comparable inhibition of mobility and alkaline phosphatase activity with median effective concentration values at 20?°C of 8.7?mg active ingredient (a.i.)/L to 11.7?mg?a.i./L. Inhibition of alkaline phosphatase activity by Roundup was lowest at 14?°C and greater at 20?°C and 26?°C. The results suggest that the fluorescence-based hydrolytic enzyme activity assay (FLEA assay) can be used as an index of D. magna stress. Combining enzyme activity with fluorescence measurements may be applied as a simple and quantitative supplement for toxicity testing with D. magna. PMID:25809520

  5. A fluorescent biosensing platform based on the polydopamine nanospheres intergrating with Exonuclease III-assisted target recycling amplification.

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    Qiang, Weibing; Wang, Xi; Li, Wei; Chen, Xiang; Li, Hui; Xu, Danke

    2015-09-15

    Rapid, cost-effective, sensitive and specific analysis of biomolecules is important in the modern healthcare system. Here, a fluorescent biosensing platform based on the polydopamine nanospheres (PDANS) intergrating with Exonuclease III (Exo III) was developed. Due to the interaction between the ssDNA and the PDANS, the fluorescence of 6-carboxyfluorescein (FAM) labelled in the probe would been quenched by PDANS through FRET. While, in the present of the target DNA, the probe DNA would hybridize with the target DNA to form the double-strand DNA complex. Thus, Exo III could catalyze the stepwise removal of mononucleotides from 3'-terminus in the probe DNA, releasing the target DNA. As the FAM was released from the probe DNA, the fluorescence would no longer been quenched, led to the signal on. As one target DNA molecule could undergo a number of cycles to trigger the degradation of abundant probe DNA, Exo III-assisted target recycling would led to the amplification of the signal. The detection limit for DNA was 5 pM, which was 20 times lower than that without Exo III. And the assay time was largely shortened due to the faster signal recovery kinetics. What is more, this target recycling strategy was also applied to conduct an aptamer-based biosensing platform. The fluorescence intensity was also enhanced for the assay of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). For the Exo III-assisted target recycling amplification, DNA and ATP were fast detected with high sensitivity and selectivity. This work provides opportunities to develop simple, rapid, economical, and sensitive biosensing platforms for biomedical diagnostics. PMID:25897884

  6. Tissue viability assessment via laser-based fluorescence monitor

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    Curtis, Craig H.; Peyghambarian, Nasser; Dereniak, Eustace L.; Frink, Edward

    1996-04-01

    A preliminary study of the degree to which recently introduced inhalation anesthetics influence the intracellular energetic metabolism of isolated perfused rat livers is undertaken via NADH fluorometry. During liver transplantation, anesthesiologists desire to maintain a high level of metabolic energy status in newly transplanted liver tissue. Ischemic storage of donor liver tissue prior to transplantation is known to inhibit mitochondrial electron transfer, which results in decreased levels of ATP and increased levels of NADH in the stored tissue. The ability of transplanted liver tissue to regenerate ATP at normal levels is desirable for early post- operative recovery of liver function. Previous studies have examined the differential effects inhalation anesthetics have on the energetic metabolism of tissue at the cellular level; the trend of such agents is to induce a dose-dependent increase in NADH fluorescence in accordance with their strengths as general anesthetics. The present study evaluates the differential effects exhibited by new inhalation anesthetics on the return of function of energetic metabolism in liver tissue. The third-harmonic (355 nm) output of a Nd:YAG laser is spatially filtered and used as the excitation source for surface fluorometric measurements of isolated buffer-perfused rat livers. Lastly, maximum fluorescence emission versus spot-size are measured.

  7. Molecular self assembly on optical fiber-based fluorescence sensor

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    Ayyagari, Madhu S. R.; Gao, Harry H.; Bihari, Bipin; Chittibabu, Kethinni G.; Kumar, Jayant; Marx, Kenneth A.; Kaplan, David L.; Tripathy, Sukant K.

    1994-03-01

    We discuss the molecular self-assembly on optical fibers in which a novel method for protein attachment to the sensing tip of the fiber is used. Our objective is to assemble a conjugated polythiophene copolymer as an attachment vehicle. Subsequent attachment of the photodynamic phycobiliprotein serves as the fluorescence probe element. Following our earlier experiments from Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of these polymeric materials as thin films on glass substrates, we extended the technique to optical fibers. First, the bare fiber surface is silanized with a C18 silane compound. The copolymer (3-undecylthiophene-co-3- methanolthiophene, biotinylated at the methanol moiety) assembly on the fiber is carried out presumable through van der Waals interactions between the hydrophobic fiber surface and the undecyl alkyl chains on the polymer backbone. A conjugated Str-PE (streptavidin covalently attached to phycoerythrin) complex is then attached to the copolymer via the conventional biotin-streptavidin interaction. The conjugated polymer not only supports the protein but, in principle, may help to transduce the signal generated by phycoerythrin to the fiber. Our results from fluorescence intensity measurements proved the efficacy of this system. An improved methodology is also sought to more strongly attach the conjugated copolymer to the fiber surface, and a covalent scheme is developed to polymerize and biotinylate polythiophene in situ on the fiber surface.

  8. Multi-color fluorescence imaging based on plasmonic wavelength selection and double illumination by white light.

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    Choi, Jong Min; Eom, Kyungsik; Hwang, Seoyoung; Lee, Yena; Jun, Sang Beom; Byun, Kyung Min; Kim, Sung June

    2014-03-10

    We demonstrate the proof-of-concept for developing a multi-color fluorescence imaging system based on plasmonic wavelength selection and double illumination by white light source. This technique is associated with fluorescence excitation by transmitted light via a diffraction of propagating surface plasmons. Since double illumination through both sides of isosceles triangle prism in the Kretschmann configuration enables multiple transmission beams of different wavelengths to interact with the specimen, our approach can be an alternative to conventional fluorescence detection owing to alignment stability and functional expandability. After fabricating a plasmonic wavelength splitter and integrating it with microscopic imaging system, we successfully confirm the performance by visualizing in vitro neuron cells labeled with green and red fluorescence dyes. The suggested method has a potential that it could be combined with plasmonic biosensor scheme to realize a multi-functional platform which allows imaging and sensing of biological samples at the same time. PMID:24663934

  9. Assay of ceftazidime and cefepime based on fluorescence quenching of carbon quantum dots.

    PubMed

    Huang, Yu; Zhang, Ying; Yan, Zhengyu; Liao, Shenghua

    2015-11-01

    A novel and sensitive method for the determination of ceftazidime and cefepime in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) has been developed based on the fluorescence quenching of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)2000-capped carbon quantum dots (CQDs) prepared using a chemical oxidation method. The quenching of fluorescence intensity is proportional to the concentration of ceftazidime and cefepime over the range of 0.33-3.30 and 0.24-2.40 µg/mL, respectively. The mode of interaction between PEG2000-capped CQDs and ceftazidime/cefepime in aqueous solutions was investigated using a fluorescence, UV/Vis and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) at physiological pH. UV/Vis and FTIR spectra demonstrated that ground state compounds were formed through hydrophobic interaction the fluorescence quenching of CQDs caused by ceftazidime and cefepime. The quenching constants decreased with increases in temperature, which was consistent with static quenching. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:25716774

  10. Long wavelength fluorescence based biosensors for in vivo continuous monitoring of metabolites

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    Thomas, Joseph; Ambroise, Arounaguiry; Birchfield, Kara; Cai, Wensheng; Sandmann, Christian; Singh, Sarabjit; Weidemaier, Kristin; Pitner, J. Bruce

    2006-02-01

    The early stage development studies of novel implantable continuous metabolite sensor systems for glucose, lactate and fatty acids are discussed. These sensors utilize non-enzymatic "reagentless" sensor systems based on NIR fluorophore-labeled binding proteins. For in vivo applications, NIR fluorescence based systems (beyond 600 nm) have the added benefit of reduced interference from background scattering, tissue and serum absorption and cell auto-fluorescence. The long wavelength emission facilitates implanted sensor disks to transmit fluorescence to an external reader through wireless connections and the resulting fluorescence signals can be correlated to metabolite concentrations. We have developed a prototype optical system that uses a bifurcated optical fiber to transmit excitation and read emission at the surface of the skin. With this system, fluorescence signals were read over time through animal skin. The changes in glucose concentration were studied using immobilized sensor proteins and were compared to non-immobilized sensors in solution. For sensors in solution, no response delay was observed. For immobilized systems, the fluorescence response showed a delay corresponding to the diffusion time for the metabolite to equilibrate within the sensor.

  11. Pyrrole-Based Anion Sensors, Part II: Fluorescence, Luminescence, and Electrochemical Sensors

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    Anzenbacher, Pavel

    This review focuses on fluorescence and luminescence-based sensors as well as electrochemical sensors based on the pyrrole moieties. The fluorescence sensors include porphyrins and expanded porphyrins such as sapphyrins, calixpyrroles with covalently attached fluorophore moieties, and are - together with the colorimetric sensors - the largest growing group of pyrrole-based sensors. Similarly, the electrochemical sensors comprising pyrrole moieties are also becoming popular. They include calixpyrrole, porphyrin, and calixphyrin receptors combined with metallocene, as well as dipyrrolylquinoxalines and others. While the electrochemical signal transduction is at times difficult to interpret, they hold a promise for the development of sensitive ion-selective electrodes (ISEs) and other devices in the future.

  12. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence based on black silver

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    Xu, Zhida; Jiang, Jing; Chen, Yi; Gartia, Manas R.; Liu, Gang Logan

    2011-10-01

    We demonstrate surface plasmon-induced enhancements in optical imaging and spectroscopy on silver coated silicon nanocones which we call black silver substrate. The black silver substrate with dense and homogeneous nanocone forest structure is fabricated on wafer level with a mass producible nanomanufacturing method. The black silver substrate is able to efficiently trap and convert incident photons into localized plasmons in a broad wavelength range, which permits the enhancement in optical absorption from UV to NIR range by 12 times, the visible fluorescence enhancement of ~30 times and the NIR Raman scattering enhancement factor up to ~108. We show a considerable potential of the black silver substrate in high sensitivity and broadband optical sensing and imaging of chemical and biological molecules.one)

  13. Fluorescence detection in capillary arrays based on galvanometer step scanning.

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    Xue, G; Yeung, E S

    2001-10-01

    A computer-controlled galvanometer scanner is adapted for scanning a focused laser beam across a 96-capillary array for laser-induced fluorescence detection. The signal at a single photomultiplier tube is temporally sorted to distinguish among the capillaries. The limit of detection for fluoresceins is 3 x 10(-11) M (S/N = 3) for 5 mW of total laser power scanned at 4 Hz. The observed cross-talk among capillaries is 0.2%. Advantages include the efficient utilization of light due to the high duty-cycle of step scan, good detection performance due to the reduction of stray light, ruggedness due to the small mass of the galvanometer mirror, low cost due to the simplicity of components, and flexibility due to the independent paths for excitation and emission. PMID:11669531

  14. Rapid, simple and inexpensive production of custom 3D printed equipment for large-volume fluorescence microscopy

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    Tyson, Adam L.; Hilton, Stephen T.; Andreae, Laura C.

    2015-01-01

    The cost of 3D printing has reduced dramatically over the last few years and is now within reach of many scientific laboratories. This work presents an example of how 3D printing can be applied to the development of custom laboratory equipment that is specifically adapted for use with the novel brain tissue clearing technique, CLARITY. A simple, freely available online software tool was used, along with consumer-grade equipment, to produce a brain slicing chamber and a combined antibody staining and imaging chamber. Using standard 3D printers we were able to produce research-grade parts in an iterative manner at a fraction of the cost of commercial equipment. 3D printing provides a reproducible, flexible, simple and cost-effective method for researchers to produce the equipment needed to quickly adopt new methods. PMID:25797056

  15. Rapid, simple and inexpensive production of custom 3D printed equipment for large-volume fluorescence microscopy.

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    Tyson, Adam L; Hilton, Stephen T; Andreae, Laura C

    2015-10-30

    The cost of 3D printing has reduced dramatically over the last few years and is now within reach of many scientific laboratories. This work presents an example of how 3D printing can be applied to the development of custom laboratory equipment that is specifically adapted for use with the novel brain tissue clearing technique, CLARITY. A simple, freely available online software tool was used, along with consumer-grade equipment, to produce a brain slicing chamber and a combined antibody staining and imaging chamber. Using standard 3D printers we were able to produce research-grade parts in an iterative manner at a fraction of the cost of commercial equipment. 3D printing provides a reproducible, flexible, simple and cost-effective method for researchers to produce the equipment needed to quickly adopt new methods. PMID:25797056

  16. [A Fluorescent Chemical Sensor Based on MgAl-8-HQ LDH Composite Particle for the Selective Detection of Fe3+].

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    Yang, Lei; Yao, Qi; Yuan, Xue-hua; Yang, Yan-ling

    2015-03-01

    In order to achieve the highly selective and Simple detection for ferric ion, strong-fluorescent 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ) Mg-Al layered double hydroxide(Mg(?)Al-8-HQ LDH) was designed and prepared by 8-HQ's intercalation and ready coordination based on adjustment of Al3+ on Mg-Al layered double hydroxides (MgAl LDH) laminates. Meanwhile its structure and property were characterized by IR, XRD, UV-Vis and fluorescent spectrometer. IR analysis showed coordinate bonds of C-O-Al and C-N-Al between 8-HQ and Al3+ were generated. XRD revealed that 8-HQ had already inserted in MgAl LDH laminates, and it made (003) diffraction peaks move to low 2? angle direction, and the diffraction peak intensity was enhanced with the molar ratio of Mg and Al increasing. Because the coordination reaction between 8-HQ and Al3+ in MgAl LDH laminates took place, it induced the absorption peak of 8-HQ at 314 nm disappeared, at the same time the transition absorption peak at 376 nm between metal ions and ligands appeared. As demonstrated by fluorescence spectroscopic analysis, fluorescence intensity of Mg(?)Al-8-HQ LDH increased with the content of Al3+ reducing, when the molar ratio of Magnesium and Aluminium ion is 4 : 1, its fluorescence intensity enhanced more significantly than 8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum. Through the research on the influence of metal ions on the fluorescence spectra of Mg4 Al-8-HQ LDH particle, it was found that the particle to metal ions exhibited significant selection and difference, especially with high selectivity for Fe3+ ion. The effect of [Fe3+] on the color and fluorescence intensity of Mg4Al-8-HQ LDH particle solution was further studied, and the results showed that the solution varied from light yellow to dark green with the content of Fe3+ in 10(-6) to 10(-2) mol x L(-1) increasing, so it can implement colorimetric sensing for Fe3+ in the above range. And at the same time its fluorescence intensity significantly decreased, and its fluorescence could be completely quenched, when [Fe3+] was 10(-3) mol x L(-1). When -log[Fe3+] was in 3 to 6, negative correlation function appeared between -log[Fe3+] and its fluorescence intensity, so it could implement fluorescence sensing detection for Fe3+ with high selectivity and sensitivity. According to the above research results, a new method of fluorescent and colorimetric dual sensor detection of Fe3+ by Mg4Al-8-HQ LDH particle was successfully established. PMID:26117879

  17. 10 CFR 429.35 - Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 3 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact....35 Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. (a) Sampling plan for selection of units for testing. (1) The requirements of § 429.11 are applicable to bare or covered...

  18. 10 CFR 429.35 - Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 3 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact....35 Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. (a) Sampling plan for selection of units for testing. (1) The requirements of § 429.11 are applicable to bare or covered...

  19. 10 CFR 429.35 - Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 3 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact....35 Bare or covered (no reflector) medium base compact fluorescent lamps. (a) Sampling plan for selection of units for testing. (1) The requirements of § 429.11 are applicable to bare or covered...

  20. Fluorescent properties of DNA base analogue tC upon incorporation into DNA — negligible influence of neighbouring bases on fluorescence quantum yield

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    Sandin, Peter; Wilhelmsson, L. Marcus; Lincoln, Per; Powers, Vicki E. C.; Brown, Tom; Albinsson, Bo

    2005-01-01

    The quantum yield of the fluorescent tricyclic cytosine analogue, 1,3-diaza-2-oxophenothiazine, tC, is high and virtually unaffected by incorporation into both single- and double-stranded DNA irrespective of neighbouring bases (0.17–0.24 and 0.16–0.21, respectively) and the corresponding fluorescence decay curves are all mono-exponential, properties that are unmatched by any base analogue so far. The fluorescence lifetimes increase when going from tC free in solution (3.2 ns) to single- and double-stranded DNA (on average 5.7 and 6.3 ns, respectively). The mono-exponential decays further support previous NMR results where it was found that tC has a well-defined position and geometry within the DNA helix. Furthermore, we find that the oxidation potential of tC is 0.4 V lower than for deoxyguanosine, the natural base with the lowest oxidation potential. This suggests that tC may be of interest in charge transfer studies in DNA as an electron hole acceptor. We also present a novel synthetic route to the phosphoramidite form of tC. The results presented here together with previous work show that tC is a very good C-analogue that induces minimal perturbation to the native structure of DNA. This makes tC unique as a fluorescent base analogue and is thus highly interesting in a range of applications for studying e.g. structure, dynamics and kinetics in nucleic acid systems. PMID:16147985

  1. A unique fluorescent base analogue for the expansion of the genetic alphabet.

    PubMed

    Kimoto, Michiko; Mitsui, Tsuneo; Yokoyama, Shigeyuki; Hirao, Ichiro

    2010-04-14

    Fluorescent nucleobase analogues are useful in a wide variety of biology and biotechnology tools as molecular probes and reporters for nucleic acids. Here we present a novel fluorescent purine analogue, 7-(2,2'-bithien-5-yl)-imidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (denoted as Dss). The nucleoside triphosphates of Dss can be site-specifically incorporated into DNA and RNA by polymerases, opposite its pairing partner, pyrrole-2-carbaldehyde (Pa), in DNA templates. Despite its high specificity in replication and transcription, Dss in oligonucleotides functions as a universal base that pairs with all four natural bases with nearly equal thermal stabilities. Thus, Dss would be a powerful tool for fluorescent base replacements at specific positions in functional DNA and RNA molecules. PMID:20334374

  2. Simple method of determination of copper, mercury and lead in potable water with preliminary pre-concentration by total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry

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    Ho?y?ska, B.; Ostachowicz, B.; W?grzynek, D.

    1996-06-01

    Total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and chemical pre-concentration procedures have been applied for the analysis of trace concentrations of copper, mercury, and lead in drinking water samples. A simple total reflection module has been used in X-ray measurements. The elements under investigation were pre-concentrated by complexation using a mixture of carbamates followed by solvent extraction with methyl isobutyl ketone. The preconcentration procedure was tested with the use of twice-distilled water samples and samples of mineral and tap water spiked with known additions of copper, mercury, and lead. The obtained recovery and precision values are presented. The minimum detection limits for the determination of these elements in mineral and tap water samples were found to be 40 ng l -1, 60 ng l -1, and 60 ng l -1, respectively.

  3. Cyanine-based probe\\tag-peptide pair for fluorescence protein imaging and fluorescence protein imaging methods

    DOEpatents

    Mayer-Cumblidge, M. Uljana (Richland, WA); Cao, Haishi (Richland, WA)

    2010-08-17

    A molecular probe comprises two arsenic atoms and at least one cyanine based moiety. A method of producing a molecular probe includes providing a molecule having a first formula, treating the molecule with HgOAc, and subsequently transmetallizing with AsCl.sub.3. The As is liganded to ethanedithiol to produce a probe having a second formula. A method of labeling a peptide includes providing a peptide comprising a tag sequence and contacting the peptide with a biarsenical molecular probe. A complex is formed comprising the tag sequence and the molecular probe. A method of studying a peptide includes providing a mixture containing a peptide comprising a peptide tag sequence, adding a biarsenical probe to the mixture, and monitoring the fluorescence of the mixture.

  4. Wideband fluorescence-based thermometry by neural network recognition: Photothermal application with 10 ns time resolution

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    Liu, Liwang; Zhong, Kuo; Munro, Troy; Alvarado, Salvador; Côte, Renaud; Creten, Sebastiaan; Fron, Eduard; Ban, Heng; Van der Auweraer, Mark; Roozen, N. B.; Matsuda, Osamu; Glorieux, Christ

    2015-11-01

    Neural network recognition of features of the fluorescence spectrum of a thermosensitive probe is exploited in order to achieve fluorescence-based thermometry with an accuracy of 200 mK with 100 MHz bandwidth, and with high robustness against fluctuations of the probe laser intensity used. The concept is implemented on a rhodamine B dyed mixture of copper chloride and glycerol, and the temperature dependent fluorescence is investigated in the temperature range between 234 K and 311 K. The spatial dependence of the calibrated amplitude and phase of photothermally induced temperature oscillations along the axis of the excitation laser are determined at different modulation frequencies. The spatial and frequency dependence of the extracted temperature signals is well fitted by a 1D multi-layer thermal diffusion model. In a time domain implementation of the approach, the gradual temperature rise due to the accumulation of the DC component of the heat flux supplied by repetitive laser pulses as well the immediate transient temperature evolution after each single pulse is extracted from acquired temporal sequences of fluorescence spectra induced by a CW green laser. A stroboscopic implementation of fluorescence thermometry, using a pulsed fluorescence evoking probe laser, is shown to achieve remote detection of temperature changes with a time resolution of 10 ns.

  5. Modulation of a solid-state reversible fluorescent photoswitching based on a controllable photochromic pyrazolones

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    Liu, Hu; Guo, Jixi; Jia, Dianzeng; Guo, Mingxi; Le, Fuhe; Liu, Lang; Wu, Dongling; Li, Feng

    2014-08-01

    A novel solid-state reversible fluorescence photoswitching system (FPS) based on photochromism of photochromic pyrazolones has been developed by employing phosphor Sr2P2O7 co-doped with europium ion and chlorine ion (Sr2P2O7-EC) and 1,3-diphenyl-4-(3-chlorobenzal)-5-hydroxypyrazole-4-phenylsemicarbazone (1a) as the fluorescence dye and the photochromic compound, respectively. With carefully selected components, the absorption band of the keto-form photochromic pyrazolones well overlaps with the emission peak of Sr2P2O7-EC. The fluorescence emission intensity of Sr2P2O7-EC is efficiently modulated by the photoisomerization of 1a with controlling the exposure time in the solid state. The fluorescence photoswitching system displayed high fluorescence quenching efficiency and remarkable fatigue resistance. It can be repeated 7 cycles without observable the changes of emission intensity. A fluorescence quenching efficiency can be achieved with a reversible colour change from white to yellow.

  6. Use of Time-Resolved Fluorescence to Monitor Bioactive Compounds in Plant Based Foodstuffs.

    PubMed

    Lemos, M Adília; Sárniková, Katarína; Bot, Francesca; Anese, Monica; Hungerford, Graham

    2015-01-01

    The study of compounds that exhibit antioxidant activity has recently received much interest in the food industry because of their potential health benefits. Most of these compounds are plant based, such as polyphenolics and carotenoids, and there is a need to monitor them from the field through processing and into the body. Ideally, a monitoring technique should be non-invasive with the potential for remote capabilities. The application of the phenomenon of fluorescence has proved to be well suited, as many plant associated compounds exhibit fluorescence. The photophysical behaviour of fluorescent molecules is also highly dependent on their microenvironment, making them suitable probes to monitor changes in pH, viscosity and polarity, for example. Time-resolved fluorescence techniques have recently come to the fore, as they offer the ability to obtain more information, coupled with the fact that the fluorescence lifetime is an absolute measure, while steady state just provides relative and average information. In this work, we will present illustrative time-resolved measurements, rather than a comprehensive review, to show the potential of time-resolved fluorescence applied to the study of bioactive substances. The aim is to help assess if any changes occur in their form, going from extraction via storage and cooking to the interaction with serum albumin, a principal blood transport protein. PMID:26132136

  7. Use of Time-Resolved Fluorescence to Monitor Bioactive Compounds in Plant Based Foodstuffs

    PubMed Central

    Lemos, M. Adília; Sárniková, Katarína; Bot, Francesca; Anese, Monica; Hungerford, Graham

    2015-01-01

    The study of compounds that exhibit antioxidant activity has recently received much interest in the food industry because of their potential health benefits. Most of these compounds are plant based, such as polyphenolics and carotenoids, and there is a need to monitor them from the field through processing and into the body. Ideally, a monitoring technique should be non-invasive with the potential for remote capabilities. The application of the phenomenon of fluorescence has proved to be well suited, as many plant associated compounds exhibit fluorescence. The photophysical behaviour of fluorescent molecules is also highly dependent on their microenvironment, making them suitable probes to monitor changes in pH, viscosity and polarity, for example. Time-resolved fluorescence techniques have recently come to the fore, as they offer the ability to obtain more information, coupled with the fact that the fluorescence lifetime is an absolute measure, while steady state just provides relative and average information. In this work, we will present illustrative time-resolved measurements, rather than a comprehensive review, to show the potential of time-resolved fluorescence applied to the study of bioactive substances. The aim is to help assess if any changes occur in their form, going from extraction via storage and cooking to the interaction with serum albumin, a principal blood transport protein. PMID:26132136

  8. A PDMS-Based Cylindrical Hybrid Lens for Enhanced Fluorescence Detection in Microfluidic Systems

    PubMed Central

    Lin, Bor-Shyh; Yang, Yu-Ching; Ho, Chong-Yi; Yang, Han-Yu; Wang, Hsiang-Yu

    2014-01-01

    Microfluidic systems based on fluorescence detection have been developed and applied for many biological and chemical applications. Because of the tiny amount of sample in the system; the induced fluorescence can be weak. Therefore, most microfluidic systems deploy multiple optical components or sophisticated equipment to enhance the efficiency of fluorescence detection. However, these strategies encounter common issues of complex manufacturing processes and high costs. In this study; a miniature, cylindrical and hybrid lens made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to improve the fluorescence detection in microfluidic systems is proposed. The hybrid lens integrates a laser focusing lens and a fluorescence collecting lens to achieve dual functions and simplify optical setup. Moreover, PDMS has advantages of low-cost and straightforward fabrication compared with conventional optical components. The performance of the proposed lens is first examined with two fluorescent dyes and the results show that the lens provides satisfactory enhancement for fluorescence detection of Rhodamine 6G and Nile Red. The overall increments in collected fluorescence signal and detection sensitivity are more than 220% of those without lens, and the detection limits of Rhodamine 6G and Nile red are lowered to 0.01 ?g/mL and 0.05 ?g/mL, respectively. The hybrid lens is further applied to the detection of Nile red-labeled Chlorella vulgaris cells and it increases both signal intensity and detection sensitivity by more than 520%. The proposed hybrid lens also dramatically reduces the variation in detected signal caused by the deviation in incident angle of excitation light. PMID:24531300

  9. Fluorescence-Based Bioassays for the Detection and Evaluation of Food Materials

    PubMed Central

    Nishi, Kentaro; Isobe, Shin-Ichiro; Zhu, Yun; Kiyama, Ryoiti

    2015-01-01

    We summarize here the recent progress in fluorescence-based bioassays for the detection and evaluation of food materials by focusing on fluorescent dyes used in bioassays and applications of these assays for food safety, quality and efficacy. Fluorescent dyes have been used in various bioassays, such as biosensing, cell assay, energy transfer-based assay, probing, protein/immunological assay and microarray/biochip assay. Among the arrays used in microarray/biochip assay, fluorescence-based microarrays/biochips, such as antibody/protein microarrays, bead/suspension arrays, capillary/sensor arrays, DNA microarrays/polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based arrays, glycan/lectin arrays, immunoassay/enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)-based arrays, microfluidic chips and tissue arrays, have been developed and used for the assessment of allergy/poisoning/toxicity, contamination and efficacy/mechanism, and quality control/safety. DNA microarray assays have been used widely for food safety and quality as well as searches for active components. DNA microarray-based gene expression profiling may be useful for such purposes due to its advantages in the evaluation of pathway-based intracellular signaling in response to food materials. PMID:26473869

  10. Fluorescence-Based Bioassays for the Detection and Evaluation of Food Materials.

    PubMed

    Nishi, Kentaro; Isobe, Shin-Ichiro; Zhu, Yun; Kiyama, Ryoiti

    2015-01-01

    We summarize here the recent progress in fluorescence-based bioassays for the detection and evaluation of food materials by focusing on fluorescent dyes used in bioassays and applications of these assays for food safety, quality and efficacy. Fluorescent dyes have been used in various bioassays, such as biosensing, cell assay, energy transfer-based assay, probing, protein/immunological assay and microarray/biochip assay. Among the arrays used in microarray/biochip assay, fluorescence-based microarrays/biochips, such as antibody/protein microarrays, bead/suspension arrays, capillary/sensor arrays, DNA microarrays/polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based arrays, glycan/lectin arrays, immunoassay/enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)-based arrays, microfluidic chips and tissue arrays, have been developed and used for the assessment of allergy/poisoning/toxicity, contamination and efficacy/mechanism, and quality control/safety. DNA microarray assays have been used widely for food safety and quality as well as searches for active components. DNA microarray-based gene expression profiling may be useful for such purposes due to its advantages in the evaluation of pathway-based intracellular signaling in response to food materials. PMID:26473869

  11. A rapid technique for classifying phytoplankton fluorescence spectra based on self-organizing maps.

    PubMed

    Aymerich, Ismael F; Piera, Jaume; Soria-Frisch, Aureli; Cros, Lluďsa

    2009-06-01

    Fluorescence spectroscopy has been demonstrated to be a powerful tool for characterizing phytoplankton communities in marine environments. Using different fluorescence spectra techniques, it is now possible to discriminate the major phytoplankton groups. However, most of the current techniques are based on fluorescence excitation measurements, which require stimulation at different wavelengths and thus considerable time to obtain the complete spectral profile. This requirement may be an important constraint for several mobile oceanographic platforms, such as vertical profilers or autonomous underwater vehicles, which require rapid-acquisition instruments. This paper presents a novel technique for classifying fluorescence spectra based on self-organizing maps (SOMs), one of the most popular artificial neural network (ANN) methods. The method is able to achieve phytoplankton discrimination using only fluorescence emission spectra (single wavelength excitation), thus reducing the acquisition time. The discrimination capabilities of SOM using excitation and emission spectra are compared. The analysis shows that the SOM has a good performance using excitation spectra, whereas data preprocessing is required in order to obtain similar discrimination capabilities using emission spectra. The final results obtained using emission spectra indicate that the discrimination is properly achieved even between algal groups, such as diatoms and dinoflagellates, which cannot be discriminated with previous methods. We finally point out that although techniques based on excitation spectra can achieve a better taxonomic accuracy, there are some applications that require faster acquisition processes. Acquiring emission spectra is almost instantaneous, and techniques such as SOM can achieve good classification performance using appropriately preprocessed data. PMID:19531300

  12. A highly sensitive C3-symmetric Schiff-base fluorescent probe for Cd2+.

    PubMed

    Jiang, Xiu-Juan; Li, Min; Lu, Hong-Lin; Xu, Lin-Hua; Xu, Hong; Zang, Shuang-Quan; Tang, Ming-Sheng; Hou, Hong-Wei; Mak, Thomas C W

    2014-12-15

    A new C3-symmetric Schiff-base fluorescent probe (L) based on 8-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline has been developed. As expected, the probe L can display high fluorescent selectivity for Cd(2+) over Zn(2+) and most other common ions in neutral ethanol aqueous medium. Moreover, the mechanism of the L-Cd(2+) complex has been confirmed by X-ray crystallography and density functional theory calculation results. More importantly, L could be used to image Cd(2+) within living cells. PMID:25456106

  13. A "turn-on" fluorescent sensor for ultrasensitive detection of melamine based on a new fluorescence probe and AuNPs.

    PubMed

    Lu, Qiujun; Zhao, Jiangna; Xue, Shanyan; Yin, Peng; Zhang, Youyu; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2015-02-21

    In this study, we synthesized a new fluorescence probe which was used to detect melamine by coupling with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The new fluorescence probe has good optical stability and high fluorescence intensity, which can greatly improve the detection sensitivity. Compared to the traditional fluorophore, it is less dependent on the pH value. It has a very strong fluorescence emission peak at 550 nm, which has larger overlap with the absorption peak of AuNPs. When the probe incubates with the AuNPs, the fluorescence of the probe can be effectively quenched by AuNPs. Adding melamine into a probe-AuNPs mixture caused aggregation of AuNPs and released the adsorbed probe; the fluorescence intensity of the probe was recovered. By measuring the changes of the fluorescence intensity of the probe, the detection of melamine can be realized. Under optimized conditions, the linear response to melamine is in the range of 1.0 × 10(-8)-4.0 × 10(-6) mol L(-1) and lowers the detection limit down to 3.0 nmol L(-1) with the sensor. This method can detect melamine in milk and milk-based productions. PMID:25512948

  14. Evaluation of slide based cytometry (SBC) for concentration measurements of fluorescent dyes in solution

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    Pierzchalski, Arkadiusz; Marecka, Monika; Müller, Hans-Willy; Bocsi, József; Tárnok, Attila

    2009-02-01

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

  15. Reductive fluorescence quenching of the photoexcited free base meso-tetrakis (pentafluorophenyl) porphyrin by amines.

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    Prashanthi, Suthari; Kumar, P Hemant; Wang, Li; Perepogu, Arun Kumar; Bangal, Prakriti Ranjan

    2010-03-01

    Steady state and time resolved fluorescence quenching behaviors of meso-Tetrakis (pentafluorophenyl) porphyrin (H(2)F(20)TPP) in presence of different aliphatic and aromatic amines have been executed in homogeneous dichloromethane (DCM) solution. At room temperature in DCM, free base (H(2)F(20)TPP) shows fluorescence with two distinct peaks at 640 and 711 nm and natural lifetime tauf=9.8 ns which are very similar to that of meso-tetraphenyl porphyrin (TPP). Unlike TPP, addition of both aliphatic and aromatic amines to a solution containing H(2)F(20)TPP results in an efficient decrease in fluorescence intensity without altering the shape and peak position of fluorescence emission. Upon addition of amines there was no change in optical absorption spectra of H(2)F(20)TPP. The fluorescence quenching rate constants ranged from 1 x 10(9) to 4 x 10(9) s(-1), which are one order below to the diffusion control limit, and temperature dependent quenching rate constants yield the activation energies which are found to be order of 0.1 eV. Femto second transient absorption studies reveal the existence of amine cation radical and porphyrin anion radicals with very short decay time (15 ps). The fluorescence quenching reaction follows Stern-Volmer kinetics. Steady state and time-resolved data are interpreted within general kinetic scheme of Marcus semi-classical model which attributes bimolecular electron transfer process between amines and the lowest excited singlet state of H(2)F(20)TPP. Calculated internal reorganization energies are found to be in between 0.04 and 0.22 ev. Variation of electron transfer rate as function of free energy change (DeltaG(0)) points the ET reactions in the present systems are in Marcus normal region. This is the first example of reductive fluorescence quenching of free base neutral porphyrins in homogeneous organic solvent ever known. PMID:20063117

  16. DNA methyltransferase activity detection based on fluorescent silver nanocluster hairpin-shaped DNA probe with 5'-C-rich/G-rich-3' tails.

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    Liu, Wenting; Lai, Han; Huang, Rong; Zhao, Chuntao; Wang, Yimo; Weng, Xiaocheng; Zhou, Xiang

    2015-06-15

    DNA methylation has received a large amount of attention due to its close relationship to a wide range of biological phenomena, such as gene activation, gene imprinting, and chromatin stability. Herein, we have designed a hairpin-shaped DNA probe with 5'-C-rich/G-rich-3' tails and developed a simple and reliable fluorescence turn-off assay for DNA adenine methylation (Dam) methyltransferase (MTase) detection combining site recognition and the fluorescence enhancement of DNA-templated silver nanoclusters (DNA-AgNCs) by guanine-rich DNA sequences. A designed hairpin probe with 5' CCCTTACCCC and 3' GGGTGGGGTGGGGTGGGG displays a bright red emission after reacting with AgNO3 and NaBH4. In the presence of Dam MTase, the methylation-sensitive restriction endonuclease Dpn I which has the same recognition site with the Dam MTase can split the probe, freeing the G-rich sequence from the C-rich sequence, thus quenching the fluorescence of DNA-AgNCs. Compared to traditional fluorescent-based methods, this strategy is simple and inexpensive. A linear response to concentrations of Dam MTase which range from 1 U/mL to 100 U/mL and a detection limit of 1 U/mL are obtained without any amplification steps. In addition, we also demonstrate the method can be used for evaluation and screening of inhibitors for Dam MTase. PMID:25682501

  17. Live imaging of Tribolium castaneum embryonic development using light-sheet-based fluorescence microscopy.

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    Strobl, Frederic; Schmitz, Alexander; Stelzer, Ernst H K

    2015-10-01

    Tribolium castaneum has become an important insect model organism for evolutionary developmental biology, genetics and biotechnology. However, few protocols for live fluorescence imaging of Tribolium have been reported, and little image data is available. Here we provide a protocol for recording the development of Tribolium embryos with light-sheet-based fluorescence microscopy. The protocol can be completed in 4-7 d and provides procedural details for: embryo collection, microscope configuration, embryo preparation and mounting, noninvasive live imaging for up to 120 h along multiple directions, retrieval of the live embryo once imaging is completed, and image data processing, for which exemplary data is provided. Stringent quality control criteria for developmental biology studies are also discussed. Light-sheet-based fluorescence microscopy complements existing toolkits used to study Tribolium development, can be adapted to other insect species, and requires no advanced imaging or sample preparation skills. PMID:26334868

  18. Conventional and photonic crystal fiber based two-photon fluorescence biosensing

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    Myaing, Mon Thiri

    Optical fiber probes are widely used in the biomedical field for applications such as optical microscopy, endoscopy, and optical biopsy. Due to their flexibility and small size, optical fibers offer a minimally invasive light interface for imaging and spectroscopic analysis of internal tissue. The development of fluorescent probes for studies of biological processes has increased the importance of developing optical methods for quantitative, in vivo diagnosis. In this dissertation, we discuss the development of a novel two-photon optical fiber fluorescence (TPOFF) probe for real time, in vivo, quantitative fluorescence measurements in biological samples. In order to understand and optimize two-photon excitation through an optical fiber, pulse propagation effects must be considered. We found a simple phenomenological scaling behavior for the energy dependence of the pulse width for negatively pre-chirped pulses propagating in a normally dispersive fiber. As a consequence of this scaling behavior, the dependence of two-photon fluorescence (TPF) on the pulse intensity becomes sub-quadratic. The TPOFF probe employs a scheme where the same single-mode fiber (SMF) is used for both the excitation and collection of TPF. Using this fiber probe, we show quantification of tumor fluorescence both ex vivo and in vivo. In ex vivo measurements of tumors developed from cells expressing the green fluorescence protein (GFP), the TPOFF probe detected fluorescence from tumors with as little as 0.3% GFP cells. These results were similar to flow cytometry analysis of isolated cells from the tumors. The TPOFF measurements of GFP tumors in live, anesthetized mice showed a linear relationship between the measured fluorescence and the percentage of GFP expressing cells. The TPOFF probe was also used in targeted binding experiments of Herceptin antibody and folic acid-dendrimer nanoparticle conjugates. To improve the sensitivity of the TPOFF probe, a double-clad photonic crystal fiber (DCF) was employed. This fiber combines the advantages of both single mode fibers (high excitation efficiencies) and multimode fibers (high collection efficiencies). When we compare the through-fiber TPF signal from a Rhodamine dye gel collected by an SMF and DCF, we observe over an order of magnitude signal enhancement.

  19. Development of Ultrasound-switchable Fluorescence Imaging Contrast Agents based on Thermosensitive Polymers and Nanoparticles

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    Cheng, Bingbing; Wei, Ming-Yuan; Liu, Yuan; Pitta, Harish; Xie, Zhiwei; Hong, Yi; Nguyen, Kytai T.; Yuan, Baohong

    2015-01-01

    In this work we first introduced a recently developed high-resolution, deep-tissue imaging technique, ultrasound-switchable fluorescence (USF). The imaging principles based on two types of USF contrast agents were reviewed. To improve USF imaging techniques further, excellent USF contrast agents were developed based on high-performance thermoresponsive polymers and environment-sensitive fluorophores. Herein, such contrast agents were synthesized and characterized with five key parameters: (1) peak excitation and emission wavelengths (?ex and ?em), (2) the fluorescence intensity ratio between on and off states (IOn/IOff), (3) the fluorescence lifetime ratio between on and off states (?On/?Off), (4) the temperature threshold to switch on fluorophores (Tth), and (5) the temperature transition bandwidth (TBW). We mainly investigated fluorescence intensity and lifetime changes of four environment-sensitive dyes [7-(2-Aminoethylamino)-N,N-dimethyl-4-benzofurazansulfonamide (DBD-ED), St633, Sq660, and St700] as a function of temperature, while the dye was attached to poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) linear polymers or encapsulated in nanoparticles. Six fluorescence resonance energy transfer systems were invented in which both the donor (DBD-ED or ST425) and the acceptor (Sq660) were adopted. Our results indicate that three Förster resonance energy transfer systems, where both IOn/IOff and ?On/?Off are larger than 2.5, are promising for application in future surface tissue bioimaging by USF technique. PMID:26052192

  20. The photoinduced transformation of fluorescent DNA base analogue tC triggers DNA melting.

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    Preus, Sřren; Jřnck, Sřren; Pittelkow, Michael; Dierckx, Anke; Karpkird, Thitinun; Albinsson, Bo; Wilhelmsson, L Marcus

    2013-08-01

    While fluorescent analogues of the canonical nucleobases have proven to be highly valuable in a large number of applications, up until today, fluorescent DNA base analogues remain virtually inapplicable for single-molecule fluorescence experiments which require extremely bright and photostable dyes. Insight into the photodegradation processes of these fluorophores is thus a key step in the continuous development towards dyes with improved performances. Here, we show that the commercially available fluorescent nucleobase analogue tC under intense long-term illumination and in the presence of O2 is degraded to form a single photoreaction product which we suggest to be the sulfoxide form of tC. The photoproduct is characterized by a blue-shifted absorption and a less intense fluorescence compared to that of tC. Interestingly, when tC is positioned inside double-stranded DNA this photodriven conversion of tC to its photoproduct greatly reduces the duplex stability of the overall double helix in which the probe is positioned. Since tC can be excited selectively at 400 nm, well outside the absorption band of the natural DNA bases, this observation points towards the application of tC as a general light-triggered switch of DNA duplex stability. PMID:23689311

  1. Chemical biology-based approaches on fluorescent labeling of proteins in live cells.

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    Jung, Deokho; Min, Kyoungmi; Jung, Juyeon; Jang, Wonhee; Kwon, Youngeun

    2013-05-01

    Recently, significant advances have been made in live cell imaging owing to the rapid development of selective labeling of proteins in vivo. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) was the first example of fluorescent reporters genetically introduced to protein of interest (POI). While GFP and various types of engineered fluorescent proteins (FPs) have been actively used for live cell imaging for many years, the size and the limited windows of fluorescent spectra of GFP and its variants set limits on possible applications. In order to complement FP-based labeling methods, alternative approaches that allow incorporation of synthetic fluorescent probes to target POIs were developed. Synthetic fluorescent probes are smaller than fluorescent proteins, often have improved photochemical properties, and offer a larger variety of colors. These synthetic probes can be introduced to POIs selectively by numerous approaches that can be largely categorized into chemical recognition-based labeling, which utilizes metal-chelating peptide tags and fluorophore-carrying metal complexes, and biological recognition-based labeling, such as (1) specific non-covalent binding between an enzyme tag and its fluorophore-carrying substrate, (2) self-modification of protein tags using substrate variants conjugated to fluorophores, (3) enzymatic reaction to generate a covalent binding between a small molecule substrate and a peptide tag, and (4) split-intein-based C-terminal labeling of target proteins. The chemical recognition-based labeling reaction often suffers from compromised selectivity of metal-ligand interaction in the cytosolic environment, consequently producing high background signals. Use of protein-substrate interactions or enzyme-mediated reactions generally shows improved specificity but each method has its limitations. Some examples are the presence of large linker protein, restriction on the choice of introducible probes due to the substrate specificity of enzymes, and competitive reaction mediated by an endogenous analogue of the introduced protein tag. These limitations have been addressed, in part, by the split-intein-based labeling approach, which introduces fluorescent probes with a minimal size (~4 amino acids) peptide tag. In this review, the advantages and the limitations of each labeling method are discussed. PMID:23318293

  2. Simple membrane-based model of the Min oscillator

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    Petrášek, Zden?k; Schwille, Petra

    2015-04-01

    Min proteins in E. coli bacteria organize into a dynamic pattern oscillating between the two cell poles. This process identifies the middle of the cell and enables symmetric cell division. In an experimental model system consisting of a flat membrane with effectively infinite supply of proteins and energy source, the Min proteins assemble into travelling waves. Here we propose a simple one-dimensional model of the Min dynamics that, unlike the existing models, reproduces the sharp decrease of Min concentration when the majority of protein detaches from the membrane, and even the narrow MinE maximum immediately preceding the detachment. The proposed model thus provides a possible mechanism for the formation of the MinE ring known from cells. The model is restricted to one dimension, with protein interactions described by chemical kinetics allowing at most bimolecular reactions, and explicitly considering only three, membrane-bound, species. The bulk solution above the membrane is approximated as being well-mixed, with constant concentrations of all species. Unlike other models, our proposal does not require autocatalytic binding of MinD to the membrane. Instead, it is assumed that two MinE molecules are necessary to induce the dissociation of the MinD dimer and its subsequent detachment from the membrane. We investigate which reaction schemes lead to unstable homogeneous steady states and limit cycle oscillations, and how diffusion affects their stability. The suggested model qualitatively describes the shape of the Min waves observed on flat membranes, and agrees with the experimental dependence of the wave period on the MinE concentration. These results highlight the importance of MinE presence on the membrane without being bound to MinD, and of the reactions of Min proteins on the membrane.

  3. Label-free detection of kanamycin based on a G-quadruplex DNA aptamer-based fluorescent intercalator displacement assay

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    Xing, Yun-Peng; Liu, Chun; Zhou, Xiao-Hong; Shi, Han-Chang

    2015-01-01

    This work was the first to report that the kanamycin-binding DNA aptamer (5?-TGG GGG TTG AGG CTA AGC CGA-3?) can form stable parallel G-quadruplex DNA (G4-DNA) structures by themselves and that this phenomenon can be verified by nondenaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Based on these findings, we developed a novel label-free strategy for kanamycin detection based on the G4-DNA aptamer-based fluorescent intercalator displacement assay with thiazole orange (TO) as the fluorescence probe. In the proposed strategy, TO became strongly fluorescent upon binding to kanamycin-binding G4-DNA. However, the addition of kanamycin caused the displacement of TO from the G4-DNA–TO conjugate, thereby resulting in decreased fluorescent signal, which was inversely related to the kanamycin concentration. The detection limit of the proposed assay decreased to 59?nM with a linear working range of 0.1??M to 20??M for kanamycin. The cross-reactivity against six other antibiotics was negligible compared with the response to kanamycin. A satisfactory recovery of kanamycin in milk samples ranged from 80.1% to 98.0%, confirming the potential of this bioassay in the measurement of kanamycin in various applications. Our results also served as a good reference for developing similar fluorescent G4-DNA-based bioassays in the future. PMID:25634469

  4. Label-Free and Sensitive Fluorescent Detection of Sequence-Specific Single-Strand DNA Based on S1 Nuclease Cleavage Effects

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    Guan, Zheng; Liu, Jinchuan; Bai, Wenhui; Lv, Zhenzhen; Jiang, Xiaoling; Yang, Shuming; Chen, Ailiang; Lv, Guiyuan

    2014-01-01

    The ability to detect sequence-specific single-strand DNA (ssDNA) in complex, contaminant-ridden samples, using a fluorescent method directly without a DNA extraction and PCR step could simplify the detection of pathogens in the field and in the clinic. Here, we have demonstrated a simple label-free sensing strategy to detect ssDNA by employing its complementary ssDNA, S1 nuclease and nucleic acid fluorescent dyes. Upon clearing away redundant complementary ssDNA and possibly mismatched double strand DNA by using S1 nuclease, the fluorescent signal-to-noise ratio could be increased dramatically. It enabled the method to be adaptable to three different types of DNA fluorescent dyes and the ability to detect target ssDNA in complex, multicomponent samples, like tissue homogenate. The method can distinguish a two-base mismatch from avian influenza A (H1N1) virus. Also, it can detect the appearance of 50 pM target ssDNA in 0.5 µg·mL?1 Lambda DNA, and 50 nM target ssDNA in 5 µg·mL?1 Lambda DNA or in tissue homogenate. It is facile and cost-effective, and could be easily extended to detect other ssDNA with many common nucleic acid fluorescent dyes. PMID:25285445

  5. Base sizes for sporadic simple groups Timothy C. Burness

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    Wilson, Robert A.

    Zealand Robert A. Wilson School of Mathematical Sciences Queen Mary, University of London Mile End Road a conjecture of Cameron. 1 Introduction If G is a permutation group on a set then a subset B is a base for G], for example). A major motivation comes from a well-known conjecture of Cameron and Kantor [12, 14] on non

  6. Simple adaptive sparse representation based classification schemes for EEG based brain-computer interface applications.

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    Shin, Younghak; Lee, Seungchan; Ahn, Minkyu; Cho, Hohyun; Jun, Sung Chan; Lee, Heung-No

    2015-11-01

    One of the main problems related to electroencephalogram (EEG) based brain-computer interface (BCI) systems is the non-stationarity of the underlying EEG signals. This results in the deterioration of the classification performance during experimental sessions. Therefore, adaptive classification techniques are required for EEG based BCI applications. In this paper, we propose simple adaptive sparse representation based classification (SRC) schemes. Supervised and unsupervised dictionary update techniques for new test data and a dictionary modification method by using the incoherence measure of the training data are investigated. The proposed methods are very simple and additional computation for the re-training of the classifier is not needed. The proposed adaptive SRC schemes are evaluated using two BCI experimental datasets. The proposed methods are assessed by comparing classification results with the conventional SRC and other adaptive classification methods. On the basis of the results, we find that the proposed adaptive schemes show relatively improved classification accuracy as compared to conventional methods without requiring additional computation. PMID:26378500

  7. A biosensor for theophylline based on fluorescence detection of ligand-induced

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    Walter, Nils G.

    A biosensor for theophylline based on fluorescence detection of ligand-induced hammerhead ribozyme dependent on the concen- tration of the ligand. Our biosensor cleaves substrate at 0.46 min­1 in 1 m of theophylline. We have measured the theophylline- dependence profile of this biosensor, showing

  8. An efficient fluorescent sensing platform for biomolecules based on fenton reaction triggered molecular beacon cleavage strategy

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    Tan, Weihong

    molecular beacon cleavage strategy Rong Hu a , Ya-Ru Liu a , Xiao-Bing Zhang a,n , Weihong Tan a,b,n , Guo: Molecular beacons Fenton reaction Glucose Choline Biosensor a b s t r a c t A universal sensing platform for fluorescence turn-on detection of biomolecules is developed based on Fenton reaction triggered molecular beacon

  9. A Palette of Fluorescent Thiophene-Based Ligands for the Identification of Protein Aggregates

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    Shirani, Hamid; Linares, Mathieu; Sigurdson, Christina J; Lindgren, Mikael; Norman, Patrick; Nilsson, K Peter R

    2015-01-01

    By replacing the central thiophene unit of an anionic pentameric oligothiophene with other heterocyclic moities, a palette of pentameric thiophene-based ligands with distinct fluorescent properties were synthesized. All ligands displayed superior selectivity towards recombinant amyloid fibrils as well as disease-associated protein aggregates in tissue sections. PMID:26388448

  10. A fluorescent, photochromic and thermochromic trifunctional material based on a layered metal-viologen complex.

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    Wan, Fang; Qiu, Li-Xia; Zhou, Liang-Liang; Sun, Yan-Qiong; You, Yi

    2015-11-14

    The azide anion as an energy acceptor and an electron donor has been introduced into a metal-viologen compound to form a 2D layered viologen-based trifunctional material, which exhibits the rare discolored function of reversible photochromism and thermochromism. Interestingly, its fluorescence can be switched by visible light irradiation and heating in air. PMID:26445888

  11. Fluorescent-Protein-Based Biosensors: Modulation of Energy Transfer as a Design Principle

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    Campbell, Robert E.

    organelles or recombinant fusion proteins in live cells.6,4 Design and construction of gene chimerasFluorescent-Protein-Based Biosensors: Modulation of Energy Transfer as a Design Principle Robert E concentrations. (To listen to a podcast about this feature, please go to the Analytical Chemistry website at pubs

  12. Design of cell-permeable, fluorescent activity-based probes for the lysosomal cysteine protease asparaginyl

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    Bogyo, Matthew

    Design of cell-permeable, fluorescent activity-based probes for the lysosomal cysteine protease selective, cell-permeable reagents for monitoring legumain activity in complex proteomes. Ó 2006 Elsevier B cell lysates9 . However, this reagent lacks cell permeability and its overall selectivity toward

  13. Genetically encoded biosensors based on engineered fluorescent proteins Wolf B. Frommer, Michael W. Davidson, Robert Campbell

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    Campbell, Robert E.

    ,73 For imaging of protein activation and conformational changes Rho family GTPase activation Raichu-Ras, -Rap1Genetically encoded biosensors based on engineered fluorescent proteins Wolf B. Frommer, Michael W of metabolites various amino acids FLIP series; Arg sensor; GluSnFR 46,48-50 Protein kinase A ART; AKAR1-3 51

  14. Comparison of classification algorithms based on fluorescence data for the diagnosis of atherosclerosis

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    Yova, Dido M.; Gonis, Helen; Loukas, Spyros; Kassis, Kyriakos A.; Koukoutsis, Elias; Papaodysseus, Constantinos N.

    1996-01-01

    Fluorescence spectroscopy has been reported as a very promising approach for the discrimination between healthy and atherosclerotic arteries, as far as both, the spectral shape and the intensity of the corresponding spectra seem to be useful parameters for the diagnosis, at specific wavelengths. Nevertheless there are some difficulties in the precise diagnosis, mainly between the different categories of atherosclerotic arteries (fibrous, calcified, heavy calcified). These difficulties are based on the one hand on biophysical factors, such as the necessity for the preknowledge of tissue fluorophores or the complexity of tissue optics. On the other hand, different spectral classification algorithms have been used, such as multivariate linear regression, decision plane analysis and Bayesian decision analysis, each one with certain disadvantages. In this work, two different classification algorithms were developed and evaluated. During the first procedure, simple dimensionless functions were formed by the ratio of the intensities at selected wavelengths and the logistic model was used for statistical analysis. Decision surfaces were drawn and it was estimated that the probability of correct classification is 88%. The algorithm correctly discriminates 97% of healthy from diseased samples and 80% of fibrous from calcified coronary arteries. During the second procedure, a proper ratio was selected in the sense that the ratio groups of the populations P1 and P2 might be separated with an essential considerable veracity probability. The separability was confirmed by testing the validity of specific statistical hypotheses. The demonstration has been made by means of the Kolmogorov-Smirnov goodness of fit method. Therefore by applying statistical methods on proper parameters obtained from the specimens spectra, it has been able to automatically classify the arterial specimens into healthy (normal), fibrous, calcified and heavily calcified, with more than 99.9% probability (less than 0.1% confidence interval). The different classifications algorithms are thoroughly discussed and evaluated.

  15. Turn-On Fluorescent Chemosensor for Hg2+ Based on Multivalent Rhodamine Ligands

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    Wang, Xuemei; Iqbal, Mudassir; Huskens, Jurriaan; Verboom, Willem

    2012-01-01

    Rhodamine-based fluorescent chemosensors 1 and 2 exhibit selective fluorescence enhancement to Fe3+ and Hg2+ over other metal ions at 580 nm in CH3CN/H2O (3/1, v/v) solution. Bis(rhodamine) chemosensor 1, under optimized conditions (CH3CN/HEPES buffer (0.02 M, pH = 7.0) (95/5, v/v)), shows a high selectivity and sensitivity to Hg2+, with a linear working range of 0–50 ?M, a wide pH span of 4–10, and a detection limit of 0.4 ?M Hg2+. PMID:23222686

  16. A Fluorescent, Reagentless Biosensor for ATP, Based on Malonyl-Coenzyme A Synthetase

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    2015-01-01

    A fluorescent reagentless biosensor for ATP has been developed, based on malonyl-coenzyme A synthetase from Rhodopseudomonas palustris as the protein scaffold and recognition element. Two 5-iodoacetamidotetramethylrhodamines were covalently bound to this protein to provide the readout. This adduct couples ATP binding to a 3.7-fold increase in fluorescence intensity with excitation at 553 nm and emission at 575 nm. It measures ATP concentrations with micromolar sensitivity and is highly selective for ATP relative to ADP. Its ability to monitor enzymatic ATP production or depletion was demonstrated in steady-state kinetic assays in which ATP is a product or substrate, respectively. PMID:26355992

  17. A Fluorescent, Reagentless Biosensor for ATP, Based on Malonyl-Coenzyme A Synthetase.

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    Vancraenenbroeck, Renée; Webb, Martin R

    2015-11-20

    A fluorescent reagentless biosensor for ATP has been developed, based on malonyl-coenzyme A synthetase from Rhodopseudomonas palustris as the protein scaffold and recognition element. Two 5-iodoacetamidotetramethylrhodamines were covalently bound to this protein to provide the readout. This adduct couples ATP binding to a 3.7-fold increase in fluorescence intensity with excitation at 553 nm and emission at 575 nm. It measures ATP concentrations with micromolar sensitivity and is highly selective for ATP relative to ADP. Its ability to monitor enzymatic ATP production or depletion was demonstrated in steady-state kinetic assays in which ATP is a product or substrate, respectively. PMID:26355992

  18. SIMPLE PCB BASED S-PARAMETER EXTRACTION METHOD FOR RF AMPLIFIER CIRCUITS

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    Hwang, Sung Woo

    1 SIMPLE PCB BASED S-PARAMETER EXTRACTION METHOD FOR RF AMPLIFIER CIRCUITS S. C. Choi, J. E. Youm-parameters, de-embedding, printed circuit board (PCB), RF amplifier Abstract A new, simple S-parameter extraction-step layout and fabrication of a single reference PCB and the complicated extra calibration kit is not needed

  19. A simple data base for identification of risk profiles

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    Munganahalli, D.

    1996-12-31

    Sedco Forex is a drilling contractor that operates approximately 80 rigs on land and offshore worldwide. The HSE management system developed by Sedco Forex is an effort to prevent accidents and minimize losses. An integral part of the HSE management system is establishing risk profiles and thereby minimizing risk and reducing loss exposures. Risk profiles are established based on accident reports, potential accident reports and other risk identification reports (RIR) like the Du Pont STOP system. A rig could fill in as many as 30 accident reports, 30 potential accident reports and 500 STOP cards each year. Statistics are important for an HSE management system, since they are indicators of success or failure of HSE systems. It is however difficult to establish risk profiles based on statistical information, unless tools are available at the rig site to aid with the analysis. Risk profiles are then used to identify important areas in the operation that may require specific attention to minimize the loss exposure. Programs to address the loss exposure can then be identified and implemented with either a local or corporate approach. In January 1995, Sedco Forex implemented a uniform HSE Database on all the rigs worldwide. In one year companywide, the HSE database would contain information on approximately 500 accident and potential accident reports, and 10,000 STOP cards. This paper demonstrates the salient features of the database and describes how it has helped in establishing key risk profiles. It also shows a recent example of how risk profiles have been established at the corporate level and used to identify the key contributing factors to hands and finger injuries. Based on this information, a campaign was launched to minimize the frequency of occurrence and associated loss attributed to hands and fingers accidents.

  20. A novel method for image denoising of fluorescence molecular imaging based on fuzzy C-Means clustering

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    An, Yu; Liu, Jie; Ye, Jinzuo; Mao, Yamin; Yang, Xin; Jiang, Shixin; Chi, Chongwei; Tian, Jie

    2015-03-01

    As an important molecular imaging modality, fluorescence molecular imaging (FMI) has the advantages of high sensitivity, low cost and ease of use. By labeling the regions of interest with fluorophore, FMI can noninvasively obtain the distribution of fluorophore in-vivo. However, due to the fact that the spectrum of fluorescence is in the section of the visible light range, there are mass of autofluorescence on the surface of the bio-tissues, which is a major disturbing factor in FMI. Meanwhile, the high-level of dark current for charge-coupled device (CCD) camera and other influencing factor can also produce a lot of background noise. In this paper, a novel method for image denoising of FMI based on fuzzy C-Means clustering (FCM) is proposed, because the fluorescent signal is the major component of the fluorescence images, and the intensity of autofluorescence and other background signals is relatively lower than the fluorescence signal. First, the fluorescence image is smoothed by sliding-neighborhood operations to initially eliminate the noise. Then, the wavelet transform (WLT) is performed on the fluorescence images to obtain the major component of the fluorescent signals. After that, the FCM method is adopt to separate the major component and background of the fluorescence images. Finally, the proposed method was validated using the original data obtained by in vivo implanted fluorophore experiment, and the results show that our proposed method can effectively obtain the fluorescence signal while eliminate the background noise, which could increase the quality of fluorescence images.

  1. Detection of pretreated fingerprint fluorescence using an LED-based excitation system.

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    Takatsu, Masahisa; Shimoda, Osamu; Onishi, Kyoko; Onishi, Akira; Oguri, Naoki

    2008-07-01

    Optimization of a light emitting diode (LED)-based excitation system for the detection of pretreated fingerprint fluorescence is described. Fluorescent ridges can usually be excited by irradiation with forensic light sources such as xenon arc lamps or quartz-halogen lamps with high-power output and suitable filters. However, they are too expensive for many crime laboratories in smaller organizations. We concentrated on LEDs which have advantages over conventional light sources in that they are simpler and of lower cost, but the power output and quality of each individual LED unit is not sufficient for the detection of weak fluorescent ridges. To resolve this subject, blue and green LED arrays composed of ninety LED units were adopted and suitable low pass filters for them were designed. An experimental system, consisting of blue and green LED arrays with the suitable low pass filters for illumination, high pass filters for viewing, a digital camera and a computer, was tested. The fluorescent images of cyanoacrylate ester fumed/rhodamine 6G stained fingerprint on white polyethylene sheet and weak fluorescent ridges of ninhydrin/indium chloride treated fingerprint on white paper were successfully detected and photographed. It was shown that the improvement of LED beam in intensity and quality can compensate the disadvantages, resulting in well-contrasted images. PMID:18651840

  2. Multicolor-based discrimination of 21 short tandem repeats and amelogenin using four fluorescent universal primers.

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    Asari, Masaru; Okuda, Katsuhiro; Hoshina, Chisato; Omura, Tomohiro; Tasaki, Yoshikazu; Shiono, Hiroshi; Matsubara, Kazuo; Shimizu, Keiko

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a cost-effective genotyping method using high-quality DNA for human identification. A total of 21 short tandem repeats (STRs) and amelogenin were selected, and fluorescent fragments at 22 loci were simultaneously amplified in a single-tube reaction using locus-specific primers with 24-base universal tails and four fluorescent universal primers. Several nucleotide substitutions in universal tails and fluorescent universal primers enabled the detection of specific fluorescent fragments from the 22 loci. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) produced intense FAM-, VIC-, NED-, and PET-labeled fragments ranging from 90 to 400 bp, and these fragments were discriminated using standard capillary electrophoretic analysis. The selected 22 loci were also analyzed using two commercial kits (the AmpFLSTR Identifiler Kit and the PowerPlex ESX 17 System), and results for two loci (D19S433 and D16S539) were discordant between these kits due to mutations at the primer binding sites. All genotypes from the 100 samples were determined using 2.5 ng of DNA by our method, and the expected alleles were completely recovered. Multiplex 22-locus genotyping using four fluorescent universal primers effectively reduces the costs to less than 20% of genotyping using commercial kits, and our method would be useful to detect silent alleles from commercial kit analysis. PMID:26505528

  3. Fluorescent reversible regulation based on the interactions of topotecan hydrochloride, neutral red and quantum dots

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    Wang, Linlin; Shen, Yizhong; Liu, Shaopu; Yang, Jidong; Liang, Wanjun; Li, Dan; He, Youqiu

    2015-02-01

    The interactions of topotecan hydrochloride (THC), neutral red (NR) and thioglycolic acid (TGA) capped CdTe/CdS quantum dots (QDs) built a solid base for the controlling of the fluorescent reversible regulation of the system. This study was developed by means of ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption, fluorescence (FL), resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Corresponding experimental results revealed that the fluorescence of TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs could be effectively quenched by NR, while the RRS of the QDs enhanced gradually with the each increment of NR concentration. After the addition of THC, the strong covalent conjugation between NR and THC which was in carboxylate state enabled NR to be dissociated from the surface of TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs to form more stable complex with THC, thereby enhancing the fluorescence of the TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs-NR system. What is more, through analyzing the optical properties and experimental data of the reaction between TGA-CdTe/CdS QDs and NR, the possible reaction mechanism of the whole system was discussed. This combination of multiple spectroscopic techniques could contribute to the investigation for the fluorescent reversible regulation of QDs and a method could also be established to research the interactions between camptothecin drugs and dyes.

  4. A Fluorescence-Based Method for Rapid and Direct Determination of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Water

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    Shan, Huimei; Ma, Teng; Shang, Jianying; Pan, Duoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A new method was developed for rapid and direct measurement of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in aqueous samples using fluorescence spectroscopy. The fluorescence spectra of tri- to deca-BDE (BDE 28, 47, 99, 153, 190, and 209) commonly found in environment were measured at variable emission and excitation wavelengths. The results revealed that the PBDEs have distinct fluorescence spectral profiles and peak positions that can be exploited to identify these species and determine their concentrations in aqueous solutions. The detection limits as determined in deionized water spiked with PBDEs are 1.71–5.82?ng/L for BDE 28, BDE 47, BDE 190, and BDE 209 and 45.55–69.95?ng/L for BDE 99 and BDE 153. The effects of environmental variables including pH, humic substance, and groundwater chemical composition on PBDEs measurements were also investigated. These environmental variables affected fluorescence intensity, but their effect can be corrected through linear additivity and separation of spectral signal contribution. Compared with conventional GC-based analytical methods, the fluorescence spectroscopy method is more efficient as it only uses a small amount of samples (2–4?mL), avoids lengthy complicated concentration and extraction steps, and has a low detection limit of a few ng/L. PMID:25705548

  5. A fluorescence-based method for rapid and direct determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in water

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    Shan, Huimei; Liu, Chongxuan; Wang, Zheming; Ma, Teng; Shang, Jianying; Pan, Duoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A new method was developed for rapid and direct measurement of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in aqueous samples using fluorescence spectroscopy. The fluorescence spectra of tri- to deca-BDE (BDE 28, 47, 99, 153, 190, and 209) commonly found in environment were measured at variable emission and excitation wavelengths. The results revealed that the PBDEs have distinct fluorescence spectral profiles and peak positions that can be exploited to identify these species and determine their concentrations in aqueous solutions. The detection limits as determined in deionized water spiked with PBDEs are 1.71-5.82 ng/L for BDE 28, BDE 47, BDE 190, and BDE 209 and 45.55–69.95 ng/L for BDE 99 and BDE 153. The effects of environmental variables including pH, humic substance, and groundwater chemical composition on PBDEs measurements were also investigated. These environmental variables affected fluorescence intensity, but their effect can be corrected through linear additivity and separation of spectral signal contribution. Compared with conventional GC-based analytical methods, the fluorescence spectroscopy method is more efficient as it only uses a small amount of samples (2-4 mL), avoids lengthy complicated concentration and extraction steps, and has a low detection limit of a few ng/L.

  6. A fluorescence-based method for rapid and direct determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in water

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    Shan, Huimei; Liu, Chongxuan; Wang, Zheming; Ma, Teng; Shang, Jianying; Pan, Duoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A new method was developed for rapid and direct measurement of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in aqueous samples using fluorescence spectroscopy. The fluorescence spectra of tri- to deca-BDE (BDE 28, 47, 99, 153, 190, and 209) commonly found in environment were measured at variable emission and excitation wavelengths. The results revealed that the PBDEs have distinct fluorescence spectral profiles and peak positions that can be exploited to identify these species and determine their concentrations in aqueous solutions. The detection limits as determined in deionized water spiked with PBDEs are 1.71-5.82 ng/L for BDE 28, BDE 47, BDE 190, and BDEmore »209 and 45.55–69.95 ng/L for BDE 99 and BDE 153. The effects of environmental variables including pH, humic substance, and groundwater chemical composition on PBDEs measurements were also investigated. These environmental variables affected fluorescence intensity, but their effect can be corrected through linear additivity and separation of spectral signal contribution. Compared with conventional GC-based analytical methods, the fluorescence spectroscopy method is more efficient as it only uses a small amount of samples (2-4 mL), avoids lengthy complicated concentration and extraction steps, and has a low detection limit of a few ng/L.« less

  7. 2D fluorescence spectroscopy for monitoring ion-exchange membrane based technologies - Reverse electrodialysis (RED).

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    Pawlowski, Sylwin; Galinha, Claudia F; Crespo, Joăo G; Velizarov, Svetlozar

    2016-01-01

    Reverse electrodialysis (RED) is one of the emerging, membrane-based technologies for harvesting salinity gradient energy. In RED process, fouling is an undesirable operation constraint since it leads to a decrease of the obtainable net power density due to increasing stack electric resistance and pressure drop. Therefore, early fouling detection is one of the main challenges for successful RED technology implementation. In the present study, two-dimensional (2D) fluorescence spectroscopy was used, for the first time, as a tool for fouling monitoring in RED. Fluorescence excitation-emission matrices (EEMs) of ion-exchange membrane surfaces and of natural aqueous streams were acquired during one month of a RED stack operation. Fouling evolvement on the ion-exchange membrane surfaces was successfully followed by 2D fluorescence spectroscopy and quantified using principal components analysis (PCA). Additionally, the efficiency of cleaning strategy was assessed by measuring the membrane fluorescence emission intensity before and after cleaning. The anion-exchange membrane (AEM) surface in contact with river water showed to be significantly affected due to fouling by humic compounds, which were found to cross through the membrane from the lower salinity (river water) to higher salinity (sea water) stream. The results obtained show that the combined approach of using 2D fluorescence spectroscopy and PCA has a high potential for studying fouling development and membrane cleaning efficiency in ion exchange membrane processes. PMID:26497936

  8. A fluorescence-based bioassay for antibacterials and its application in screening natural product extracts.

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    Michels, Katharina; Heinke, Ramona; Schöne, Pia; Kuipers, Oscar P; Arnold, Norbert; Wessjohann, Ludger A

    2015-12-01

    The reliable assessment of the biological activity of a minor component embedded in a complex matrix of several hundred compounds is a difficult but common task in the search for natural product-based antibiotics, for example, by bioassay-guided fractionation. To quantify the antibiotic properties, it is necessary to assess the cell viability. Direct measurements use CFU counts, OD measurements or detection via fluorescent or reducible dyes. However, natural extracts often already possess intrinsic dye, fluorescent, reducing or protein denaturing properties, or they contain insoluble compounds or general protein-binding (tanning) polyphenols as disturbing features, while at the same time very little of the selective antibiotic sought after is present. A promising alternative is provided by intrinsically produced bright fluorescent proteins. In this paper, a rapid, robust and concentration-dependent assay for screening antibiotics with genetically modified mutants of Bacillus subtilis 168 (PabrB-iyfp) is presented. The Gram-positive bacteria exhibit a native fluorescence during their exponential growth phase due to the expression of improved yellow fluorescent protein. To demonstrate the applicability in the field of natural product research, several compounds and extracts were screened for antibacterial activity, with an emphasis on those from the fungal genus Hygrophorus (waxy caps). PMID:26152282

  9. Development of fluorescence based handheld imaging devices for food safety inspection

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    Lee, Hoyoung; Kim, Moon S.; Chao, Kuanglin; Lefcourt, Alan M.; Chan, Diane E.

    2013-05-01

    For sanitation inspection in food processing environment, fluorescence imaging can be a very useful method because many organic materials reveal unique fluorescence emissions when excited by UV or violet radiation. Although some fluorescence-based automated inspection instrumentation has been developed for food products, there remains a need for devices that can assist on-site inspectors performing visual sanitation inspection of the surfaces of food processing/handling equipment. This paper reports the development of an inexpensive handheld imaging device designed to visualize fluorescence emissions and intended to help detect the presence of fecal contaminants, organic residues, and bacterial biofilms at multispectral fluorescence emission bands. The device consists of a miniature camera, multispectral (interference) filters, and high power LED illumination. With WiFi communication, live inspection images from the device can be displayed on smartphone or tablet devices. This imaging device could be a useful tool for assessing the effectiveness of sanitation procedures and for helping processors to minimize food safety risks or determine potential problem areas. This paper presents the design and development including evaluation and optimization of the hardware components of the imaging devices.

  10. [The method of phytoplankton photosynthesis activity in-situ measurement based on light induced fluorescence].

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    Liu, Jing; Liu, Wen-qing; Zhao, Nan-jing; Zhang, Yu-jun; Ma, Ming-jun; Yin, Gao-fang; Dai, Pang-da; Wang, Zhi-gang; Wang, Chun-long; Duan, Jing-bo; Yu, Xiao-ya; Fang, Li

    2013-09-01

    According to the phytoplankton fluorescence induction characteristics under different light conditions, chlorophyll fluorescence as a probe for analysis of phytoplankton photosynthesis was studied. The present paper proposed a in-situ measurement method based on the chlorophyll fluorescence values Ft and Fm to get phytoplankton photosynthesis activity, Chlorella vulgaris, microcystis aeruginosa and Cyclotella meneghiniana Kiits were selected as experimental subjects, a comparison test was done between self-developed in-situ measurement system and Water PAM in lab, and the results showed that coefficients between the two methods were 0.9778, 0.8786 and 0.7953. This work provides a rapid and in-situ measurement method for phytoplankton photosynthesis activity. PMID:24369649

  11. Feasibility of fluorescence-based imaging of high-energy-density hydrodynamics experiments

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    Lanier, N. E.; Barnes, Cris W.; Perea, R.; Steckle, W.

    2003-03-01

    Experiments conducted on the LANL Trident two-beam facility show the viability of fluorescence-based imaging as a diagnostic in high-energy-density (HED) hydrodynamics experiments. Passive fluorescence experiments using titanium-pumped scandium-oxide, or iron-pumped manganese-oxide, show that fluorescence emission can be produced at sufficient intensities to be useful. Dynamic experiments, designed to demonstrate particle tracking in time for particle imaging velocimetry (PIV), were marginally successful in that only very large particulates could be definitively observed. However, our results indicate that experiments conducted on facilities offering a greater energy would be less susceptible to the limitations confronted in this study and thus, significantly enhance the prospect of PIV as an effective diagnostic tool in HED experiments.

  12. Glass-based fluorescence reference materials used for optical and biophotonic applications

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    Engel, A.; Ottermann, C.; Resch-Genger, U.; Hoffmann, K.; Schweizer, S.; Selling, J.; Spaeth, J.-M.; Rupertus, V.

    2006-04-01

    Fluorescence techniques are known for their high sensitivity and are widely used as analytical tools and detection methods for product and process control, material sciences, environmental and biotechnical analysis, molecular genetics, cell biology, medical diagnostics, and drug screening. For routine measurements by fluorescence techniques the existence of an improved quality assurance is one of the basic needs. According to DIN/ISO 17025 certified standards are used for fluorescence diagnostics having the drawback of giving relative values only. Typical requirements onto fluorescence reference materials or standards deal with the verification of the instrument performance as well as the improvement of the data comparability. Especially for biomedical applications fluorescence labels are used for the detection of proteins. In particular these labels consist of nano crystalline materials like CdS and CdSe. The field of Non-Cadmium containing materials is under investigation. In order to evaluate whether glass based materials can be used as standards it is necessary to calculate absolute values like absorption/excitation cross sections or relative quantum yields. This can be done using different quantities of dopands in glass, glass ceramics or crystals. The investigated materials are based on different types of glass, silicate, phosphate and boron glass, which play a dominant role for the absorption and emission mechanism. Additional to the so-called elementary fluorescence properties induced by raw earth elements the formation of defects lead to higher cross sections additionally. The main investigations deal with wavelength accuracy and lifetime of doped glasses, glass ceramics and crystalline samples. Moreover intensity patterns, homogeneity aspects and photo stability will be discussed.

  13. Information-based analysis of simple incoherent imaging systems.

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    Ashok, Amit; Neifeld, Mark

    2003-09-01

    We present an information-based analysis of three candidate imagers: a conventional lens system, a cubic phase mask system, and a random phase mask system. For source volumes comprising relatively few equal-intensity point sources we compare both the axial and lateral information content of detector intensity measurements. We include the effect of additive white Gaussian noise. Single and distributed aperture imaging is studied. A single detector in each of two apertures using conventional lenses can yield 36% of the available scene information when the source volume contains only single point source. The addition of cubic phase masks yields nearly 74% of the scene information. An identical configuration using random phase masks offers the best performance with 89% scene information available in the detector intensity measurements. PMID:19466103

  14. Simple DNA transformation in Pseudomonas based on the Yoshida effect.

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    Rodríguez-Beltrán, Jerónimo; Elabed, Hamouda; Gaddour, Kamel; Blázquez, Jesús; Rodríguez-Rojas, Alexandro

    2012-05-01

    Current protocols of recombinant DNA research, including gene cloning and complementation, quantification of gene expression and tagging with reporter proteins, are usually limited by the availability of effective bacteria transformation tools different from Escherichia coli. This is particularly relevant with respect to the Pseudomonas species due to their biotechnological and sanitary importance. Here, we describe an optimized and efficient plasmid transference protocol based on the Yoshida effect, a method that relies on DNA uptake mediated by friction forces. The main advantages of this method are: (i) no competent cell preparation is needed, (ii) cells in any physiological state can be used, (iii) the procedure is performed directly on agar plates and (iv) the protocol, which is neither time-consuming nor labor-intensive, offers good efficiency. This approach promises to become the gold standard for day to day genetic manipulation in Pseudomonas. PMID:22405834

  15. A fluorescence detection of D-penicillamine based on Cu2+-induced fluorescence quenching system of protein-stabilized gold nanoclusters

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    Wang, Peng; Li, Bang Lin; Li, Nian Bing; Luo, Hong Qun

    2015-01-01

    In this contribution, a luminescent gold nanoclusters which were synthesized by bovine serum albumin as novel fluorescent probes were successfully utilized for the determination of D-penicillamine for the first time. Cupric ion was employed to quench the strong fluorescence of the gold nanoclusters, whereas the addition of D-penicillamine caused obvious restoration of fluorescence intensity of the Cu2+-gold nanoclusters system. Under optimum conditions, the increment in fluorescence intensity of Cu2+-gold nanoclusters system caused by D-penicillamine was linearly proportional to the concentration of D-penicillamine in the range of 2.0 × 10-5-2.39 × 10-4 M. The detection limit for D-penicillamine was 5.4 × 10-6 M. With the off-on fluorescence signal at 650 nm approaching the near-infrared region, the present sensor for D-penicillamine detection had high sensitivity and low spectral interference. Furthermore, the novel gold nanoclusters-based fluorescent sensor has been applied to the determination of D-penicillamine in real biological samples with satisfactory results.

  16. Nontemplated Approach to Tuning the Spectral Propertiesof Cyanine-Based Fluorescent NanoGUMBOS

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    Das, Susmita; Bwambok, David; El-Zahab, Bilal; Monk, Joshua; De Rooy, Sergio; Challa, Santhosh; Li, Min; Hung, Francisco; Baker, Gary A; Warner, Isiah M

    2010-01-01

    Template-free controlled aggregation and spectral properties in fluorescent organic nanoparticles (FONs) is highly desirable for various applications.Herein, we report a nontemplated method for controlling the aggregation in near-infrared (NIR) cyanine-based nanoparticles derived from a group of uniformmaterials based on organic salts (GUMBOS). Cationic heptamethine cyanine dye 1,10,3,3,30,30-hexamethylindotricarbocyanine (HMT) was coupled with five different anions, viz., [NTf2 -], [BETI-], [TFPB-], [AOT-], and [TFP4B-], by an ion-exchange method to obtain the respective GUMBOS. The nanoGUMBOS obtained via a reprecipitation method were primarily amorphous and spherical (30-100 nm) as suggested by selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The formation of tunable self-assemblies within the nanoGUMBOS was characterized using absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy in conjunction with molecular dynamics simulations. Counterion-controlled spectral properties observed in the nanoGUMBOS were attributed to variations in J/H ratios with different anions. Association with the [AOT-] anion afforded predominant J aggregation enabling the highest fluorescence intensity, whereas [TFP4B-] disabled the fluorescence due to predominantHaggregation in the nanoparticles. Analyses of the stacking angle of the cations based on molecular dynamic simulation results in [HMT][NTf2], [HMT][BETI], and [HMT][AOT] dispersed in water and a visual analysis of the representative simulation snapshots also imply that the type of aggregation was controlled through the counterion associated with the dye cation.

  17. A fluorescence-based assay for the measurement of S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase activity in biological samples.

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    Hudec, Roman; Hamada, Kozo; Mikoshiba, Katsuhiko

    2013-02-15

    The methylation of DNA, RNA, and proteins plays crucial roles in numerous biological processes, including epigenetic control, virus replication, and cell differentiation. In mammals, the rate-limiting step of the S-adenosylmethionine-dependent methylation process is exclusively controlled by S-adenosylhomocysteine (S-AdoHcy) hydrolase (SAHH). SAHH hydrolyzes S-AdoHcy to adenosine and homocysteine (Hcy) and is therefore a potential therapeutic target for various diseases, including cancer, malaria, and viral diseases. However, a simple and highly sensitive assay for the evaluation of SAHH activity, particularly for drug discovery, had not yet been developed. Here we present the development of a fluorescence-based assay for the measurement of SAHH activity in biological samples. We combined the advantages of the detection of fluorescent thiol groups in Hcy by ThioGlo1 with the S-AdoHcy-driven enzyme-coupled reaction. Our results confirmed the reliability of the proposed assay for the measurement of the SAHH activity of purified SAHH and showed the potential of this assay for the measurement of the SAHH activity of biological samples. Therefore, the proposed SAHH activity assay may be utilized in clinical laboratories and in high-throughput screenings for the identification of new SAHH inhibitors with potentially beneficial effects on numerous pathologies. PMID:23079506

  18. Nucleic acid based fluorescent sensor for mercury detection

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    Lu, Yi; Liu, Juewen

    2013-02-05

    A nucleic acid enzyme comprises an oligonucleotide containing thymine bases. The nucleic acid enzyme is dependent on both Hg.sup.2+and a second ion as cofactors, to produce a product from a substrate. The substrate comprises a ribonucleotide, a deoxyribonucleotide, or both.

  19. Fluorescent chemosensor for pyridine based on N-doped carbon dots.

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    Campos, B B; Abellán, C; Zougagh, M; Jimenez-Jimenez, J; Rodríguez-Castellón, E; Esteves da Silva, J C G; Ríos, A; Algarra, M

    2015-11-15

    Fluorescent carbon dots (CDs) and its nitrogen doped (N-CDs) nanoparticles have been synthesized from lactose as precursor using a bottom-up hydrothermal methodology. The synthesized nanoparticles have been characterized by elemental analysis, FTIR, Raman, TEM, DLS, XPS, and steady-state and life-time fluorescence. The synthesized carbon nanoparticles, CDs and N-CDs, have a size at about 7.7±2.4 and 50±15nm, respectively, and quantum yields of 8% (CDs) and 11% (N-CDs). These techniques demonstrated the effectiveness of the synthesis procedure and the functionalization of the CDs surface with amine and amide groups in the presence of NH3 in aqueous media. The effect of excitation wavelength and pH on the luminescent properties was studied. Under the optimal conditions, the nitrogen doped nanoparticles can be used as pyridine sensor in aqueous media because they show an enhancement of its fluorescence with a good linear relationship. The analytical method is simple, reproducible and very sensitive for pyridine determination. PMID:26225491

  20. MATtrack: A MATLAB-Based Quantitative Image Analysis Platform for Investigating Real-Time Photo-Converted Fluorescent Signals in Live Cells.

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    Courtney, Jane; Woods, Elena; Scholz, Dimitri; Hall, William W; Gautier, Virginie W

    2015-01-01

    We introduce here MATtrack, an open source MATLAB-based computational platform developed to process multi-Tiff files produced by a photo-conversion time lapse protocol for live cell fluorescent microscopy. MATtrack automatically performs a series of steps required for image processing, including extraction and import of numerical values from Multi-Tiff files, red/green image classification using gating parameters, noise filtering, background extraction, contrast stretching and temporal smoothing. MATtrack also integrates a series of algorithms for quantitative image analysis enabling the construction of mean and standard deviation images, clustering and classification of subcellular regions and injection point approximation. In addition, MATtrack features a simple user interface, which enables monitoring of Fluorescent Signal Intensity in multiple Regions of Interest, over time. The latter encapsulates a region growing method to automatically delineate the contours of Regions of Interest selected by the user, and performs background and regional Average Fluorescence Tracking, and automatic plotting. Finally, MATtrack computes convenient visualization and exploration tools including a migration map, which provides an overview of the protein intracellular trajectories and accumulation areas. In conclusion, MATtrack is an open source MATLAB-based software package tailored to facilitate the analysis and visualization of large data files derived from real-time live cell fluorescent microscopy using photoconvertible proteins. It is flexible, user friendly, compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and a wide range of data acquisition software. MATtrack is freely available for download at eleceng.dit.ie/courtney/MATtrack.zip. PMID:26485569

  1. MATtrack: A MATLAB-Based Quantitative Image Analysis Platform for Investigating Real-Time Photo-Converted Fluorescent Signals in Live Cells

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    Courtney, Jane; Woods, Elena; Scholz, Dimitri; Hall, William W.; Gautier, Virginie W.

    2015-01-01

    We introduce here MATtrack, an open source MATLAB-based computational platform developed to process multi-Tiff files produced by a photo-conversion time lapse protocol for live cell fluorescent microscopy. MATtrack automatically performs a series of steps required for image processing, including extraction and import of numerical values from Multi-Tiff files, red/green image classification using gating parameters, noise filtering, background extraction, contrast stretching and temporal smoothing. MATtrack also integrates a series of algorithms for quantitative image analysis enabling the construction of mean and standard deviation images, clustering and classification of subcellular regions and injection point approximation. In addition, MATtrack features a simple user interface, which enables monitoring of Fluorescent Signal Intensity in multiple Regions of Interest, over time. The latter encapsulates a region growing method to automatically delineate the contours of Regions of Interest selected by the user, and performs background and regional Average Fluorescence Tracking, and automatic plotting. Finally, MATtrack computes convenient visualization and exploration tools including a migration map, which provides an overview of the protein intracellular trajectories and accumulation areas. In conclusion, MATtrack is an open source MATLAB-based software package tailored to facilitate the analysis and visualization of large data files derived from real-time live cell fluorescent microscopy using photoconvertible proteins. It is flexible, user friendly, compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and a wide range of data acquisition software. MATtrack is freely available for download at eleceng.dit.ie/courtney/MATtrack.zip. PMID:26485569

  2. Dual-emission fluorescent sensor based on AIE organic nanoparticles and Au nanoclusters for the detection of mercury and melamine

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    Niu, Caixia; Liu, Qiuling; Shang, Zhehai; Zhao, Liu; Ouyang, Jin

    2015-04-01

    A novel dual-emission ratiometric fluorescence probe is designed and developed by linking two parts, positively charged aggregation-induced emission (AIE) organic fluorescence nanoparticles (OFNs) as the reference and negatively charged Au nanoclusters (Au NCs) as the response, by electrostatic attraction for the first time. This probe can be used for not only visual but quantitative determination of Hg2+ as well as melamine, because red fluorescence of Au NCs can be quenched by mercury ions and recovered by melamine, due to the strong affinity metallophilic Hg2+-Au interaction and stronger affinity Hg2+-N. During this process, the green fluorescence of AIE-OFNs remains constant owing to the protection of ?-polylysine (?-Ply). In addition, the prepared dual-emission ratiometric fluorescence probe has good biocompatibility, indicating the potential of the probe in applications of biological imaging and detection. The results revealed that this dual-emission ratiometric fluorescence probe broadens the application of AIE-based organic fluorescent nanoparticles, and presents a new method to prepare more sensitive, biocompatible, and visual ratiometric fluorescent probes.A novel dual-emission ratiometric fluorescence probe is designed and developed by linking two parts, positively charged aggregation-induced emission (AIE) organic fluorescence nanoparticles (OFNs) as the reference and negatively charged Au nanoclusters (Au NCs) as the response, by electrostatic attraction for the first time. This probe can be used for not only visual but quantitative determination of Hg2+ as well as melamine, because red fluorescence of Au NCs can be quenched by mercury ions and recovered by melamine, due to the strong affinity metallophilic Hg2+-Au interaction and stronger affinity Hg2+-N. During this process, the green fluorescence of AIE-OFNs remains constant owing to the protection of ?-polylysine (?-Ply). In addition, the prepared dual-emission ratiometric fluorescence probe has good biocompatibility, indicating the potential of the probe in applications of biological imaging and detection. The results revealed that this dual-emission ratiometric fluorescence probe broadens the application of AIE-based organic fluorescent nanoparticles, and presents a new method to prepare more sensitive, biocompatible, and visual ratiometric fluorescent probes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis routes and 1H NMR spectrum of 9,10-bis(3-formylstyryl)anthracene; FT-IR spectra, zeta potential, fluorescence spectra and corresponding FL intensity of Ply-BFSA OFNs; zeta potential, absorption, excitation, emission spectra, and fluorescent pictures of the aqueous solution of Au NCs; MTT assay of HeLa cells treated with different concentrations of Au NCs and Ply-BFSA OFNs for 24 h. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00554j

  3. Double-cladding-fiber-based detection system for intravascular mapping of fluorescent molecular probes

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    Razansky, R. Nika; Rozental, Amir; Mueller, Mathias S.; Deliolanis, Nikolaos; Jaffer, Farouc A.; Koch, Alexander W.; Ntziachristos, Vasilis

    2011-03-01

    Early detection of high-risk coronary atherosclerosis remains an unmet clinical challenge. We have previously demonstrated a near-infrared fluorescence catheter system for two-dimensional intravascular detection of fluorescence molecular probes [1]. In this work we improve the system performance by introducing a novel high resolution sensor. The main challenge of the intravascular sensor is to provide a highly focused spot at an application relevant distance on one hand and a highly efficient collection of emitted light on the other. We suggest employing a double cladding optical fiber (DCF) in combination with focusing optics to provide a sensor with both highly focused excitation light and highly efficient fluorescent light collection. The excitation laser is coupled into the single mode core of DCF and guided through a focusing element and a right angle prism. The resulting side-fired beam exhibits a small spot diameter (50 ?m) throughout a distance of up to 2 mm from the sensor. This is the distance of interest for intravascular coronary imaging application, determined by an average human coronary artery diameter. At the blood vessel wall, an activatable fluorescence molecular probe is excited in the diseased lesions. Next light of slightly shifted wavelength emits only in the places of the inflammations, associated with dangerous plaques [2]. The emitted light is collected by the cladding of the DCF, with a large collection angle (NA=0.4). The doublecladding acts as multimodal fiber and guides the collected light to the photo detection elements. The sensor automatically rotates and pulled-back, while each scanned point is mapped according to the amount of detected fluorescent emission. The resulting map of fluorescence activity helps to associate the atherosclerotic plaques with the inflammation process. The presented detection system is a valuable tool in the intravascular plaque detection and can help to differentiate the atherosclerotic plaques based on their biological activity, identify the ones that prone to rupture and therefore require more medical attention.

  4. Streptavidin sensor and its sensing mechanism based on water-soluble fluorescence conjugated polymer

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    Chen, Yanguo; Hong, Peng; Xu, Baoming; He, Zhike; Zhou, Baohan

    2014-03-01

    Fluorescence quenching effect of water-soluble anionic conjugated polymer (CP) (poly[5-methoxy-2-(3-sulfopoxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MPS-PPV)) by [Re(N-N)(CO)3(py-CH2-NH-biotin)](PF6) [N-N=2,9-dimethyl-4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline; py-CH2-NH-biotin=N-[(4-pyridyl) methyl] biotinamide] (Re-Biotin) and fluorescence recovery in the presence of streptavidin (or avidin) were investigated using Re-Biotin as quencher tether ligand (QTL) probe. Meanwhile, the mechanisms of fluorescence quenching and recovery were discussed to provide new thoughts to design biosensor based on water-soluble CPs. The results indicate that the sensing mechanisms of streptavidin sensor or avidin sensor, using Re-Biotin as QTL probe, are the same and stable, whether in non-buffer system (aqueous solution) or different buffer systems [0.01 mol·L-1 phosphate buffered solution (pH = 7.4), 0.1 mol·L-1 ammonium carbonate buffered solution (pH = 8.9)]. There exists specific interactions between streptavidin (or avidin) and biotin of Re-Biotin. Fluorescence quenching and recovery processes of MPS-PPV are reversible. Mechanisms of Re-Biotin quenching MPS-PPV fluorescence can be interpreted as strong electrostatic interactions and charge transferences between Re-Biotin and MPS-PPV. Fluorescence recovery mechanisms of Re-Biotin-MPS-PPV system can be interpreted as specific interactions between streptavidin (or avidin) and biotin of Re-Biotin making Re-Biotin far away from MPS-PPV. Avidin or strptavidin as re-Biotin probe can not only be quantitatively determinated, but also be identified.

  5. Image overlay solution based on threshold detection for a compact near infrared fluorescence goggle system

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    Gao, Shengkui; Mondal, Suman B.; Zhu, Nan; Liang, RongGuang; Achilefu, Samuel; Gruev, Viktor

    2015-01-01

    Near infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging has shown great potential for various clinical procedures, including intraoperative image guidance. However, existing NIR fluorescence imaging systems either have a large footprint or are handheld, which limits their usage in intraoperative applications. We present a compact NIR fluorescence imaging system (NFIS) with an image overlay solution based on threshold detection, which can be easily integrated with a goggle display system for intraoperative guidance. The proposed NFIS achieves compactness, light weight, hands-free operation, high-precision superimposition, and a real-time frame rate. In addition, the miniature and ultra-lightweight light-emitting diode tracking pod is easy to incorporate with NIR fluorescence imaging. Based on experimental evaluation, the proposed NFIS solution has a lower detection limit of 25 nM of indocyanine green at 27 fps and realizes a highly precise image overlay of NIR and visible images of mice in vivo. The overlay error is limited within a 2-mm scale at a 65-cm working distance, which is highly reliable for clinical study and surgical use.

  6. Fast-Response Calmodulin-Based Fluorescent Indicators Reveal Rapid Intracellular Calcium Dynamics.

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    Helassa, Nordine; Zhang, Xiao-Hua; Conte, Ianina; Scaringi, John; Esposito, Elric; Bradley, Jonathan; Carter, Thomas; Ogden, David; Morad, Martin; Török, Katalin

    2015-01-01

    Faithful reporting of temporal patterns of intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics requires the working range of indicators to match the signals. Current genetically encoded calmodulin-based fluorescent indicators are likely to distort fast Ca(2+) signals by apparent saturation and integration due to their limiting fluorescence rise and decay kinetics. A series of probes was engineered with a range of Ca(2+) affinities and accelerated kinetics by weakening the Ca(2+)-calmodulin-peptide interactions. At 37?°C, the GCaMP3-derived probe termed GCaMP3fast is 40-fold faster than GCaMP3 with Ca(2+) decay and rise times, t1/2, of 3.3?ms and 0.9?ms, respectively, making it the fastest to-date. GCaMP3fast revealed discreet transients with significantly faster Ca(2+) dynamics in neonatal cardiac myocytes than GCaMP6f. With 5-fold increased two-photon fluorescence cross-section for Ca(2+) at 940?nm, GCaMP3fast is suitable for deep tissue studies. The green fluorescent protein serves as a reporter providing important novel insights into the kinetic mechanism of target recognition by calmodulin. Our strategy to match the probe to the signal by tuning the affinity and hence the Ca(2+) kinetics of the indicator is applicable to the emerging new generations of calmodulin-based probes. PMID:26527405

  7. Fluorescence-based determination of the copper concentration in drinking water

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    Hötzer, Benjamin; Scheu, Timo; Jung, Gregor; Castritius, Stefan

    2013-05-01

    Copper is a heavy metal, which is used in heat and electrical conductors and in a multitude of alloys in the technical context. Moreover, it is a trace element that is essential for the life of organisms but can cause toxic effects in elevated concentrations. Maximum limits in water and beverages exist. Here, the decrease of the fluorescence lifetime of green fluorescent protein (GFP) by Förster resonance energy transfer is used to measure the copper ion concentration in drinking water. Therefore, a system is developed that is based on a GFP sample in a predefined concentration. The GFP mutant can be excited with blue light. For binding of copper ions, a His-tag is included in the GFP. After measuring the fluorescence lifetime of pure GFP, the copper determination of the sample is performed by lifetime measurement. Therefore, the lifetime can be assigned to the copper concentration of the GFP-doped drinking water sample. In summary, a method for the quantification of copper ions based on changes of the fluorescence lifetime of GFP is developed, and the measurement of the copper concentration in water samples is performed.

  8. Fast-Response Calmodulin-Based Fluorescent Indicators Reveal Rapid Intracellular Calcium Dynamics

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    Helassa, Nordine; Zhang, Xiao-hua; Conte, Ianina; Scaringi, John; Esposito, Elric; Bradley, Jonathan; Carter, Thomas; Ogden, David; Morad, Martin; Török, Katalin

    2015-01-01

    Faithful reporting of temporal patterns of intracellular Ca2+ dynamics requires the working range of indicators to match the signals. Current genetically encoded calmodulin-based fluorescent indicators are likely to distort fast Ca2+ signals by apparent saturation and integration due to their limiting fluorescence rise and decay kinetics. A series of probes was engineered with a range of Ca2+ affinities and accelerated kinetics by weakening the Ca2+-calmodulin-peptide interactions. At 37?°C, the GCaMP3-derived probe termed GCaMP3fast is 40-fold faster than GCaMP3 with Ca2+ decay and rise times, t1/2, of 3.3?ms and 0.9?ms, respectively, making it the fastest to-date. GCaMP3fast revealed discreet transients with significantly faster Ca2+ dynamics in neonatal cardiac myocytes than GCaMP6f. With 5-fold increased two-photon fluorescence cross-section for Ca2+ at 940?nm, GCaMP3fast is suitable for deep tissue studies. The green fluorescent protein serves as a reporter providing important novel insights into the kinetic mechanism of target recognition by calmodulin. Our strategy to match the probe to the signal by tuning the affinity and hence the Ca2+ kinetics of the indicator is applicable to the emerging new generations of calmodulin-based probes. PMID:26527405

  9. Fluoromodule-based reporter/probes designed for in vivo fluorescence imaging.

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    Zhang, Ming; Chakraborty, Subhasish K; Sampath, Padma; Rojas, Juan J; Hou, Weizhou; Saurabh, Saumya; Thorne, Steve H; Bruchez, Marcel P; Waggoner, Alan S

    2015-10-01

    Optical imaging of whole, living animals has proven to be a powerful tool in multiple areas of preclinical research and has allowed noninvasive monitoring of immune responses, tumor and pathogen growth, and treatment responses in longitudinal studies. However, fluorescence-based studies in animals are challenging because tissue absorbs and autofluoresces strongly in the visible light spectrum. These optical properties drive development and use of fluorescent labels that absorb and emit at longer wavelengths. Here, we present a far-red absorbing fluoromodule-based reporter/probe system and show that this system can be used for imaging in living mice. The probe we developed is a fluorogenic dye called SC1 that is dark in solution but highly fluorescent when bound to its cognate reporter, Mars1. The reporter/probe complex, or fluoromodule, produced peak emission near 730 nm. Mars1 was able to bind a variety of structurally similar probes that differ in color and membrane permeability. We demonstrated that a tool kit of multiple probes can be used to label extracellular and intracellular reporter-tagged receptor pools with 2 colors. Imaging studies may benefit from this far-red excited reporter/probe system, which features tight coupling between probe fluorescence and reporter binding and offers the option of using an expandable family of fluorogenic probes with a single reporter gene. PMID:26348895

  10. Simple method for the simultaneous isolation and determination of fumonisin B1 and its metabolite aminopentol-1 in swine liver by liquid chromatography--fluorescence detection.

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    Pagliuca, Giampiero; Zironi, Elisa; Ceccolini, Alberto; Matera, Riccardo; Serrazanetti, Gian Paolo; Piva, Andrea

    2005-05-01

    An analytical method based on high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) combined with fluorescence detection (FL) has been developed for the simultaneous determination of fumonisin B1 (FB1) and its totally hydrolized metabolite aminopentol-1 (AP1) in pig liver. The sample preparation is based on a single solid phase extraction (SPE). o-Phthalaldehyde (OPA) was used for pre-column derivatization before the programmed reversed-phase analysis on phenylhexyl column. The developed method shows good repeatibility for inter- and intra-day precision as well as adequate linearity of calibration curves (r2 was 0.9855 for FB1 and 0.9831 for AP1). Average recoveries from the matrix were 93.6% for FB1 and 95.3% for AP1. The limit of quantification (LOQ) in swine liver was 75 microg/kg for FB1 and 42 microg/kg for AP1. PMID:15797527

  11. Use of 2-Aminopurine Fluorescence as a probe of DNA and computational studies of a new class of base analogues 

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    Wu, Xiaohua

    2012-06-22

    The steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence of 2-aminopurine (2AP) have been used to monitor base dynamics and base stacking interactions in DNA single strands and dinucleotides, and to investigate the interactions ...

  12. Hydrogen Sulfide Deactivates Common Nitrobenzofurazan-Based Fluorescent Thiol Labeling Reagents

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    2015-01-01

    Sulfhydryl-containing compounds, including thiols and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), play important but differential roles in biological structure and function. One major challenge in separating the biological roles of thiols and H2S is developing tools to effectively separate the reactivity of these sulfhydryl-containing compounds. To address this challenge, we report the differential responses of common electrophilic fluorescent thiol labeling reagents, including nitrobenzofurazan-based scaffolds, maleimides, alkylating agents, and electrophilic aldehydes, toward cysteine and H2S. Although H2S reacted with all of the investigated scaffolds, the photophysical response to each scaffold was significantly different. Maleimide-based, alkylating, and aldehydic thiol labeling reagents provided a diminished fluorescence response when treated with H2S. By contrast, nitrobenzofurazan-based labeling reagents were deactivated by H2S addition. Furthermore, the addition of H2S to thiol-activated nitrobenzofurazan-based reagents reduced the fluorescence signal, thus establishing the incompatibility of nitrobenzofurazan-based thiol labeling reagents in the presence of H2S. Taken together, these studies highlight the differential reactivity of thiols and H2S toward common thiol-labeling reagents and suggest that sufficient care must be taken when labeling or measuring thiols in cellular environments that produce H2S due to the potential for both false-positive and eroded responses. PMID:24852143

  13. When Simple Harmonic Motion is not That Simple: Managing Epistemological Complexity by Using Computer-based Representations

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    Parnafes, Orit

    2010-12-01

    Many real-world phenomena, even "simple" physical phenomena such as natural harmonic motion, are complex in the sense that they require coordinating multiple subtle foci of attention to get the required information when experiencing them. Moreover, for students to develop sound understanding of a concept or a phenomenon, they need to learn to get the same type of information across different contexts and situations (diSessa and Sherin 1998; diSessa and Wagner 2005). Rather than simplifying complex situations, or creating a linear instructional sequence in which students move from one context to another, this paper demonstrates the use of computer-based representations to facilitate developing understanding of complex physical phenomena. The data is collected from 8 studies in which pairs of students are engaged in an exploratory activity, trying to understand the dynamic behavior of a simulation and, at the same time, to attribute meaning to it in terms of the physical phenomenon it represents. The analysis focuses on three episodes. The first two episodes demonstrate the epistemological complexity involved in attempting to make sense of natural harmonic oscillation. A third episode demonstrates the process by which students develop understanding in this complex perceptual and conceptual territory, through the mediation (Vygotsky 1978) of computer-based representations designed to facilitate understanding in this topic.

  14. pH-responsive biocompatible fluorescent polymer nanoparticles based on phenylboronic acid for intracellular imaging and drug delivery

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    Li, Shengliang; Hu, Kelei; Cao, Weipeng; Sun, Yun; Sheng, Wang; Li, Feng; Wu, Yan; Liang, Xing-Jie

    2014-10-01

    To address current medical challenges, there is an urgent need to develop drug delivery systems with multiple functions, such as simultaneous stimuli-responsive drug release and real-time imaging. Biocompatible polymers have great potential for constructing smart multifunctional drug-delivery systems through grafting with other functional ligands. More importantly, novel biocompatible polymers with intrinsic fluorescence emission can work as theranostic nanomedicines for real-time imaging and drug delivery. Herein, we developed a highly fluorescent nanoparticle based on a phenylboronic acid-modified poly(lactic acid)-poly(ethyleneimine)(PLA-PEI) copolymer loaded with doxorubicin (Dox) for intracellular imaging and pH-responsive drug delivery. The nanoparticles exhibited superior fluorescence properties, such as fluorescence stability, no blinking and excitation-dependent fluorescence behavior. The Dox-loaded fluorescent nanoparticles showed pH-responsive drug release and were more effective in suppressing the proliferation of MCF-7 cells. In addition, the biocompatible fluorescent nanoparticles could be used as a tool for intracellular imaging and drug delivery, and the process of endosomal escape was traced by real-time imaging. These pH-responsive and biocompatible fluorescent polymer nanoparticles, based on phenylboronic acid, are promising tools for intracellular imaging and drug delivery.To address current medical challenges, there is an urgent need to develop drug delivery systems with multiple functions, such as simultaneous stimuli-responsive drug release and real-time imaging. Biocompatible polymers have great potential for constructing smart multifunctional drug-delivery systems through grafting with other functional ligands. More importantly, novel biocompatible polymers with intrinsic fluorescence emission can work as theranostic nanomedicines for real-time imaging and drug delivery. Herein, we developed a highly fluorescent nanoparticle based on a phenylboronic acid-modified poly(lactic acid)-poly(ethyleneimine)(PLA-PEI) copolymer loaded with doxorubicin (Dox) for intracellular imaging and pH-responsive drug delivery. The nanoparticles exhibited superior fluorescence properties, such as fluorescence stability, no blinking and excitation-dependent fluorescence behavior. The Dox-loaded fluorescent nanoparticles showed pH-responsive drug release and were more effective in suppressing the proliferation of MCF-7 cells. In addition, the biocompatible fluorescent nanoparticles could be used as a tool for intracellular imaging and drug delivery, and the process of endosomal escape was traced by real-time imaging. These pH-responsive and biocompatible fluorescent polymer nanoparticles, based on phenylboronic acid, are promising tools for intracellular imaging and drug delivery. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04054f

  15. A simple method for the multi-elemental analysis of organic fertilizer by slurry sampling and total reflection X-ray fluorescence.

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    Resende, Luciene V; Nascentes, Clésia C

    2016-01-15

    A simple and fast method for the multi-elemental determination of 18 inorganic constituents (P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ti, Cr, V, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr, Ba and Pb) in organic fertilizers employing slurry sampling and total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) is presented. A 2(3) factorial design with a central point was employed to optimize the slurry sampling procedure. The internal standard and instrumental conditions were optimized by univariate studies. The selectivity of the method to determining Se, As, Pb, Cr, Ni and Cd was assessed. The accuracy was evaluated by the analysis of four standard reference materials (SRM). The recoveries varied from 72% to 114%. For most of the elements, good agreement was achieved between the certified value and the value measured in the SRM. The relative standard deviation (RSD %) ranged from 0.5% to 14%. The evaluated method was applied to the determination of analytes in the press cake of palm, castor, curcas, sunflower, fodder turnip, white lupin, rapeseed and pequi, and their potential to be used as organic fertilizer was evaluated in accordance with Brazilian legislation. PMID:26592637

  16. Fluorescence properties of Schiff base - N,N?-bis(salicylidene) - 1,2-Phenylenediamine in presence of bile acid host

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    Roy, Nayan; Paul, Pradip C.; Singh, T. Sanjoy

    2015-05-01

    Fluorescence properties of Schiff base - N,N?-bis(salicylidene) - 1,2-phenylenediamine (LH2) is used to study the micelles formed by aggregation of different important bile acids like cholic acid, deoxycholic acid, chenodeoxycholic acid and glycocholic acid by steady state and picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The fluorescence band intensity was found out to increase with concomitant red shift with gradual addition of different bile acids. Binding constant of the probe with different bile acids as well as critical micelle concentration was obtained from the variation of fluorescence intensity on increasing concentration of bile acids in the medium. The increase in fluorescence quantum yields, fluorescence decay times and substantial decrease in nonradiative decay rate constants in bile acids micellar environment points to the restricted motion of the fluorophore inside the micellar subdomains.

  17. Detection of saccharides with a fluorescent sensing device based on a gold film modified with 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid monolayer

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    Chen, Shu-Jen; Chang, Jui-Feng; Cheng, Nai-Jen; Yih, Jeng-Nan; Chiu, Kuo-Chi

    2013-09-01

    An extremely sensitive fluorescent sensor based on a phenylboronic acid monolayer was developed for detecting saccharide molecules. The fluorescent sensor was prepared by assembling a monolayer of 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid (4-MPBA) onto a gold-coated compact disk. The change in the fluorescence of the 4-MPBA monolayer was extremely obvious in basic methanolic buffer containing monosaccharides down to the picomolar level. The fluorescence spectra demonstrated that the 4-MPBA monolayer was sensitive to monosaccharides and disaccharides, and the affinity of the monolayer toward saccharides was in the order of glucose < fructose < mannose < galactose < maltose > lactose > sucrose. Additionally, the fluorescence intensity of 4-MPBA monolayer was restorable after cleaning with weak acid, indicating that the reported fluorescent sensor with the detection limit of glucose down to the picomolar level is reusable for sensing saccharides.

  18. Ultrathin oligonucleotide layers for fluorescence-based DNA sensors

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    Furch, M.; Ueberfeld, J.; Hartmann, Andreas; Bock, Daniel; Seeger, Stefan

    1996-11-01

    Preliminary investigations into the design of an affinity sensor using evanescent wave technology concentrate upon the means of immobilization of the receptor molecules. In this work DNA served as the selective recognition element. The molecular principle of a sequence-selective biosensor for DNA is based on a sandwich-hybridization assay wherein the analyte, a single-stranded (ss)DNA, bound specifically to both an immobilized capture probe and a dye-labeled oligonucleotide in free solution. The efficiency of the capture array depends on the density of highly organized oligonucleotides on the waveguide surface and correlates therefore directly with the specificity and the sensitivity of the sensor. In the present approach using the Langmuir- Blodgett technique cinnamoylbutylether-cellulose monolayers were transferred onto optical fibers or planar waveguides. These films served as matrices for the immobilization of biotinylated oligonucleotides via streptavidin. For the first time streptavidin was immobilized by that manner. The specificity of the streptavidin layer or the following bounded nucleic acid molecules were controlled by an enzyme- linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Finally, this application has also shown to be suitable for the detection of Salmonella, which is an important pathogen associated with acute gastroenteritidis and food borne diseases.

  19. Molecularly imprinted polymers as biomimetic receptors for fluorescence-based optical sensors

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    Moreno-Bondi, María C.; Urraca, Javier L.; Benito-Peńa, Elena; Navarro-Villoslada, Fernando; Martins, Sofía A.; Orellana, Guillermo; Sellergren, Börje

    2007-07-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), human-made polymers capable of recognizing a particular molecule in the presence of others due to the selective cavities of the material, have been successfully applied to the development of chromatographic and solid phase extraction methods. They have also been applied to the development of electrochemical, piezoelectrical and optical sensors. In parallel with the classification of biosensors, MIP-based devices can work according to two different detection schemes: (1) affinity sensors ("plastic-bodies") and, (2) catalytic sensors ("plastic-enzymes"). In the first case the change in a characteristic optical property, most frequently fluorescence, of the analyte or of the polymer is monitored, upon their mutual interaction. Alternatively, a fluorescent analogue of the target analyte can also be used to develop sensors based on competitive assays (MIAs). Optimization of the polymer composition and, in particular, a proper choice of the nature of the functional monomers involved in the polymerization process, is critical to prepare materials able to selectively interact with the analyte in aqueous media and with the fast kinetics required for analytical applications. Moreover, a rational design of fluorescent analogues of non-naturally fluorescent templates or of fluorescent monomers able to change its property upon interaction with the analyte, is also a bottle neck for wide application of this recognition elements in optical sensing. In this paper we present several approaches to address these issues namely the optimization of MIP composition and the design and synthesis of novel fluorophores for the analysis of antibiotics and mycotoxins in real samples.

  20. Development of bio-photonic sensor based on laser-induced fluorescence

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    Kim, Chan Kyu

    Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) has been shown to be potentially useful for identifying microorganisms in real time. It is a selective and sensitive technique because the excitation is performed at one wavelength while the emission is monitored at longer wavelengths so that background from the excitation source can be eliminated. This specialized optical property of LIF can be applied to development of an optical sensor capable of quickly, non-invasively, and quantitatively probing complex biochemical transformations in microorganisms. Various bio-photonic optical fiber sensors based on laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy were developed as diagnostic tools for microorganisms. In the first phase, the enhancement of the sensitivity and selectivity of the optical sensor system focused on diagnosis of human breast cancer cell lines and Azotobacter vinelandii (an aerobic soil-dwelling organism). Auto-fluorescence spectra from human breast cancer cell lines and Azotobacter vinelandii corresponding to different growth environments were investigated. Then, the study has expanded to include the use of gold nanoparticles for specific DNA detection. The use of gold nanoparticles opens a door into construction of a compact, highly specific, inexpensive and user-friendly optical fiber senor for specific DNA detection. An optical fiber laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) sensor based has been developed to detect single-strand (ss) DNA hybridization at the femtomolar level. Effects of various experimental parameters and configuration were investigated in order to optimize sensor performance and miniaturize sensor size. Key words. Laser induced fluorescence, human breast cancer cell lines, Azotobacter vinelandii, DNA, gold nanoparticles.

  1. A ratiometric fluorescent nanoprobe based on terbium functionalized carbon dots for highly sensitive detection of an anthrax biomarker.

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    Chen, Hao; Xie, Yujie; Kirillov, Alexander M; Liu, Liangliang; Yu, Minghui; Liu, Weisheng; Tang, Yu

    2015-03-25

    A ratiometric fluorescent nanoprobe based on terbium functionalized carbon dots (CDs) was designed to detect dipicolinic acid (DPA) as an anthrax biomarker with high selectivity and sensitivity. CDs were generated by one-step synthesis using an ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid precursor, and served as a scaffold for coordination with Tb(3+) and a fluorescence reference. PMID:25706307

  2. A TICT based NIR-fluorescent probe for human serum albumin: a pre-clinical diagnosis in blood serum.

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    Reja, Shahi Imam; Khan, Imran A; Bhalla, Vandana; Kumar, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    A TICT based NIR-fluorescent probe has been designed and synthesized, which selectively detects HSA with fluorescence enhancement in blood plasma with a detection limit of 11 nM among the various proteins, nucleotides and thiols tested. PMID:26601767

  3. [Study of screening nephroprotective bioactive substances based on triple-color fluorescence probes in Carthami flos].

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    Lan, Xiao-Hong; Xiao, Shun; Gong, Wan; Wang, Yi; Zhao, Xiao-Ping

    2014-05-01

    In this study, an approach based on triple-color fluorescence probes was developed for screening potential nephro-protective bioactive substances. Three fluorescent probes (i. e. FDA, MTR and Hoechst 33342) were used to label HK-2 cells injured by doxorubicin hydrochloride, and cellular fluorescence images were subsequently acquired and analyzed by a cellular-fluorescence image microscopy platform. The established method was applied to screening 53 components of Carthami Flos, and three components C17, C18 and C19 were found to exhibit nephroprotective effects against doxorubicin hydrochloride induced injury on HK-2 cells. Eight compounds (i. e. hydroxysafflor yellow A, 6-hydroxykaempferol-3-O-rutinoside-6-O-glucoside, 6-hydroxykaempferol-3,6-di-O-gluco-side or 6-hydroxykaempferol-6, 7-di-O-glucoside, 6-hydroxykaempferol-3-O-rutinoside, 6-hydroxykaempferol-3-O-glucoside or 6-hydroxykaempferol-7-O-glucoside, rutin, isoquercetin, and kaempferol-3-O-rutinoside) in components C17, C18 and C19 were preliminarily identified by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). Isoquercetin, rutin, kaempferol-3-O-rutinoside, and hydroxysafflor yellow A were confirmed by comparing with reference substances, Further study indicated that these four compounds had moderate nephroprotective effects, while isoquercetin showed a significant nephroprotective effect in a dose-dependent manner. These results suggest that isoquercetin, rutin, kaempferol-3-O-rutinoside and hydroxysafflor yellow A might be the nephroprotective bioactive substances in Carthami Flos. PMID:25282899

  4. Wireless fluorescence capsule for endoscopy using single photon-based detection

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    Al-Rawhani, Mohammed A.; Beeley, James; Cumming, David R. S.

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence Imaging (FI) is a powerful technique in biological science and clinical medicine. Current FI devices that are used either for in-vivo or in-vitro studies are expensive, bulky and consume substantial power, confining the technique to laboratories and hospital examination rooms. Here we present a miniaturised wireless fluorescence endoscope capsule with low power consumption that will pave the way for future FI systems and applications. With enhanced sensitivity compared to existing technology we have demonstrated that the capsule can be successfully used to image tissue autofluorescence and targeted fluorescence via fluorophore labelling of tissues. The capsule incorporates a state-of-the-art complementary metal oxide semiconductor single photon avalanche detector imaging array, miniaturised optical isolation, wireless technology and low power design. When in use the capsule consumes only 30.9?mW, and deploys very low-level 468?nm illumination. The device has the potential to replace highly power-hungry intrusive optical fibre based endoscopes and to extend the range of clinical examination below the duodenum. To demonstrate the performance of our capsule, we imaged fluorescence phantoms incorporating principal tissue fluorophores (flavins) and absorbers (haemoglobin). We also demonstrated the utility of marker identification by imaging a 20??M fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) labelling solution on mammalian tissue. PMID:26678456

  5. Wireless fluorescence capsule for endoscopy using single photon-based detection.

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    Al-Rawhani, Mohammed A; Beeley, James; Cumming, David R S

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence Imaging (FI) is a powerful technique in biological science and clinical medicine. Current FI devices that are used either for in-vivo or in-vitro studies are expensive, bulky and consume substantial power, confining the technique to laboratories and hospital examination rooms. Here we present a miniaturised wireless fluorescence endoscope capsule with low power consumption that will pave the way for future FI systems and applications. With enhanced sensitivity compared to existing technology we have demonstrated that the capsule can be successfully used to image tissue autofluorescence and targeted fluorescence via fluorophore labelling of tissues. The capsule incorporates a state-of-the-art complementary metal oxide semiconductor single photon avalanche detector imaging array, miniaturised optical isolation, wireless technology and low power design. When in use the capsule consumes only 30.9?mW, and deploys very low-level 468?nm illumination. The device has the potential to replace highly power-hungry intrusive optical fibre based endoscopes and to extend the range of clinical examination below the duodenum. To demonstrate the performance of our capsule, we imaged fluorescence phantoms incorporating principal tissue fluorophores (flavins) and absorbers (haemoglobin). We also demonstrated the utility of marker identification by imaging a 20??M fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) labelling solution on mammalian tissue. PMID:26678456

  6. Quantification of nanoparticle endocytosis based on double fluorescent pH-sensitive nanoparticles.

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    Kurtz-Chalot, Andréa; Klein, Jean-Philippe; Pourchez, Jérémie; Boudard, Delphine; Bin, Valérie; Sabido, Odile; Marmuse, Laurence; Cottier, Michčle; Forest, Valérie

    2015-04-01

    Amorphous silica is a particularly interesting material because of its inertness and chemical stability. Silica nanoparticles have been recently developed for biomedical purposes but their innocuousness must be carefully investigated before clinical use. The relationship between nanoparticles physicochemical features, their uptake by cells and their biological activity represents a crucial issue, especially for the development of nanomedicine. This work aimed at adapting a method for the quantification of nanoparticle endocytosis based on pH-sensitive and double fluorescent particles. For that purpose, silica nanoparticles containing two fluorophores: FITC and pHrodo(TM) were developed, their respective fluorescence emission depends on the external pH. Indeed, FITC emits a green fluorescence at physiological pH and pHrodo(TM) emits a red fluorescence which intensity increased with acidification. Therefore, nanoparticles remained outside the cells could be clearly distinguished from nanoparticles uptaken by cells as these latter could be spotted inside cellular acidic compartments (such as phagolysosomes, micropinosomes…). Using this model, the endocytosis of 60 nm nanoparticles incubated with the RAW 264.7 macrophages was quantified using time-lapse microscopy and compared to that of 130 nm submicronic particles. The amount of internalized particles was also evaluated by fluorimetry. The biological impact of the particles was also investigated in terms of cytotoxicity, pro-inflammatory response and oxidative stress. Results clearly demonstrated that nanoparticles were more uptaken and more reactive than submicronic particles. Moreover, we validated a method of endocytosis quantification. PMID:25764066

  7. Self-quenching DNA probes based on aggregation of fluorescent dyes

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    Schafer, Gabriela; Muller, Matthias; Hafner, Bernhard; Habl, Gregor; Nolte, Oliver; Marme, Nicole; Knemeyer, Jens-Peter

    2005-04-01

    Here we present a novel class of self-quenching, double-labeled DNA probes based on the formation of non fluorescent H-type dye dimers. We therefore investigated the aggregation behavior of the red-absorbing oxazine derivative MR121 and found a dimerization constant of about 3000 M-1. This dye was successfully used to develop hairpin-structured as well as linear self-quenching DNA probes that report the presence of the target DNA by an increase of the fluorescence intensity by a factor of 3 to 12. Generally fluorescence quenching of the hairpin-structure probes is more efficient compared to the linear probes, whereas the kinetic of the fluorescence increase is significantly slower. The new probes were used for the identification of different mycobacteria and their antibiotic resistant species. As a test system a probe for the identification of a DNA sequence specific for the Mycobacterium xenopi was synthesized differing from the sequence of the Mycobacterium fortuitum by 6 nucleotides. Furthermore we developed a method for the discrimination between the sequences of the wild type and an antibiotic resistant species of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Both sequences differ by just 2 nucleotides and were detected specifically by the use of competing olignonucleotides.

  8. Multicolor Whole-Cell Bacterial Sensing Using a Synchronous Fluorescence Spectroscopy-Based Approach

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    Parrello, Damien; Mustin, Christian; Brie, David; Miron, Sebastian; Billard, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    The wide collection of currently available fluorescent proteins (FPs) offers new possibilities for multicolor reporter gene-based studies of bacterial functions. However, the simultaneous use of multiple FPs is often limited by the bleed-through of their emission spectra. Here we introduce an original approach for detection and separation of multiple overlapping fluorescent signals from mixtures of bioreporters strains. The proposed method relies on the coupling of synchronous fluorescent spectroscopy (SFS) with blind spectral decomposition achieved by the Canonical Polyadic (CP) decomposition (also known as Candecomp/Parafac) of three-dimensional data arrays. Due to the substantial narrowing of FP emission spectra and sensitive detection of multiple FPs in a one-step scan, SFS reduced spectral overlap and improved the selectivity of the CP unmixing procedure. When tested on mixtures of labeled E. coli strains, the SFS/CP approach could easily extract the contribution of at least four overlapping FPs. Furthermore, it allowed to simultaneously monitor the expression of three iron responsive genes and pyoverdine production in P. aeruginosa. Implemented in a convenient microplate format, this multiplex fluorescent reporter method provides a useful tool to study complex processes with different variables in bacterial systems. PMID:25822488

  9. Two-photon fluorescent probes for biological Mg(2+) detection based on 7-substituted coumarin.

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    Yin, Haijing; Zhang, Buchang; Yu, Haizhu; Zhu, Lin; Feng, Yan; Zhu, Manzhou; Guo, Qingxiang; Meng, Xiangming

    2015-05-01

    Two novel water-soluble coumarin-based compounds (OC7, NC7) were designed and synthesized as two-photon fluorescent probes for biological Mg(2+) detection. The compounds feature a ?-keto acid as a high selective binding site for Mg(2+) and the coumarin framework as the two-photon fluorophore. OC7 and NC7 show significant "off-on" detecting signals (9.05-fold and 23.8-fold fluorescence enhancement) and lower detection limits compared with previous reported two-photon fluorescent probes for Mg(2+). Moreover, OC7-Mg(2+) and NC7-Mg(2+) exhibit large two-photon absorption cross sections (340 and 615 GM) at the near-infrared wavelengths (740 and 860 nm), which indicates that the probes are very suitable for detection of Mg(2+) in vivo. Both OC7 and NC7 are pH-insensitive and of low cytotoxicity and can be applied to image intracellular Mg(2+) under two-photon microscopy (TPM). Our results provide a strategy to modify the coumarin fluorophore to get better two-photon fluorescent properties. And the results also suggest that electronic density of ?-keto acid plays a very important role in the recognition of Mg(2+). PMID:25844880

  10. Fluorescent "turn-on" detecting CN- by nucleophilic addition induced Schiff-base hydrolysis

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    Lin, Qi; Cai, Yi; Li, Qiao; Shi, Bing-Bing; Yao, Hong; Zhang, You-Ming; Wei, Tai-Bao

    2015-04-01

    A new chemosensor Sz based on Schiff-base group as recognition site and naphthalene as the fluorescence signal group was designed and synthesised. It could fluorescent "turn-on" detect cyanide (CN-) via a novel mechanism of nucleophilic addition induced Schiff-base hydrolysis. Adding the CN- into the solution of Sz could induce Sz to emit blue fluorescence at 435 nm instantly. Moreover, Sz could also colorimetric detect CN-. Upon the addition of CN-, the Sz showed dramatic color change from yellow to colorless. These sensing procedures could not be interfered by other coexistent competitive anions such as F-, AcO-, H2PO4- and SCN-. In addition, Sz showed high sensitivity for CN-, the detection limits is 3.42 × 10-8 M of CN-, which is far lower than the WHO guideline of CN- in drinking water (less than 1.9 × 10-6 M). The CN- test strips based on Sz could act as a convenient CN- test kits.

  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. Synthesis, fluorescence study and biological evaluation of three Zn(II) complexes with Paeonol Schiff base

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    Qin, Dong-dong; Yang, Zheng-yin; Qi, Gao-fei

    2009-10-01

    The synthesis of three Paeonol Schiff base ligand and their Zn(II) complexes are reported. The complexes were fully characterized by IR, 1H NMR, elemental analysis and molar conductivity. The experiment results show the three Zn(II) complexes can emit bright fluorescence at room temperature in DMF solution and solid state. The fluorescence quantum yields ( ?) of three Schiff base ligands and their Zn(II) complexes were calculated using quinine sulfate as the reference with a known ?R of 0.546 in 1.0N sulfuric acid. Furthermore, in order to develop these Zn(II) complexes' biological value, the antioxidant activities against hydroxyl radicals (OH rad ) were evaluated. The results show the three complexes possess excellent ability to scavenge hydroxyl radicals.

  13. Upconversion nanoparticle-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay for organophosphorus pesticides.

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    Long, Qian; Li, Haitao; Zhang, Youyu; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2015-06-15

    This paper reports a novel nanosensor for organophosphorus pesticides based on the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between NaYF4:Yb,Er upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The detection mechanism is based on the facts that AuNPs quench the fluorescence of UCNPs and organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) inhibit the activity of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) which catalyzes the hydrolysis of acetylthiocholine (ATC) into thiocholine. Under the optimized conditions, the logarithm of the pesticides concentration was proportional to the inhibition efficiency. The detection limits of parathion-methyl, monocrotophos and dimethoate reached 0.67, 23, and 67 ng/L, respectively. Meanwhile, the biosensor shows good sensitivity, stability, and could be successfully applied to detection of OPs in real food samples, suggesting the biosensor has potentially extensive application clinic diagnoses assays. PMID:25569873

  14. Triazole-based Zn˛?-specific molecular marker for fluorescence bioimaging.

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    Sinha, Sougata; Mukherjee, Trinetra; Mathew, Jomon; Mukhopadhyay, Subhra K; Ghosh, Subrata

    2014-04-25

    Fluorescence bioimaging potential, both in vitro and in vivo, of a yellow emissive triazole-based molecular marker has been investigated and demonstrated. Three different kinds of cells, viz Bacillus thuringiensis, Candida albicans, and Techoma stans pollen grains were used to investigate the intracellular zinc imaging potential of 1 (in vitro studies). Fluorescence imaging of translocation of zinc through the stem of small herb, Peperomia pellucida, having transparent stem proved in vivo bioimaging capability of 1. This approach will enable in screening cell permeability and biostability of a newly developed probe. Similarly, the current method for detection and localization of zinc in Gram seed sprouts could be an easy and potential alternative of the existing analytical methods to investigate the efficiency of various strategies applied for increasing zinc-content in cereal crops. The probe-zinc ensemble has efficiently been applied for detecting phosphate-based biomolecules. PMID:24725748

  15. A Fluorescent Imaging Probe Based on a Macrocyclic Scaffold That Binds to Cellular EpCAM.

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    Iwasaki, Kazuhiro; Goto, Yuki; Katoh, Takayuki; Yamashita, Taro; Kaneko, Shuichi; Suga, Hiroaki

    2015-12-01

    Here, we report a fluorescent probe based on a macrocyclic peptide scaffold that specifically stains EpCAM-expressing MCF7 cells. The 14-mer macrocyclic peptide binding to the extracellular domain of EpCAM with a dissociation constant in the low nM range (1.7 nM) was discovered using the random non-standard peptide-integrated discovery system. Notably, this probe containing a fluorescence tag is less than 3000 Da in total and able to visualize nearly every live cell under high cell-density conditions, which was not achieved by the conventional mAb staining method. This suggests that the molecular probe based on the compact macrocyclic scaffold has great potentials as an imaging tool for the EpCAM biomarker as well as a delivery vehicle for drug conjugates. PMID:26553371

  16. 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

    2012-12-01

    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

  17. A label-free fluorescent biosensor for ultratrace detection of terbium (?) based on structural conversion of G-quadruplex DNA mediated by ThT and terbium (?).

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    Chen, Qiang; Zuo, Junfeng; Chen, Jinfeng; Tong, Ping; Mo, Xiujuan; Zhang, Lan; Li, Jianrong

    2015-10-15

    In this paper, a novel label-free fluorescent biosensor for terbium (?) (Tb(3+)) was proposed based on structural conversion of G-quadruplex DNA mediated by Thioflavin T (ThT) and Tb(3+). In the presence of K(+), ThT could bind to K(+)-stabilized parallel G-quadruplex, giving rise to high fluorescence intensity. Upon the addition of Tb(3+), Tb(3+) could competitively bind to parallel G-quadruplex leading to the structural change, which resulted in fluorescence decrease. The change of fluorescence intensity (?F=F0-F) showed a good linear response toward the concentration of Tb(3+) over the range from 1.0 pM to 10.0 µM with a limit of detection of 0.55 pM. This proposed biosensor was simple and cost-effective in design and in operation with ultrahigh sensitivity and selectivity. Thus, the proposed biosensor could be a promising candidate for monitoring ultratrace Tb(3+) in environment. PMID:26002017

  18. A label-free fluorescence strategy for selective detection of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide based on a dumbbell-like probe with low background noise.

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    Chen, Xuexu; Lin, Chunshui; Chen, Yiying; Wang, Yiru; Chen, Xi

    2016-03-15

    In this work we developed a novel label-free fluorescence sensing approach for the detection of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) based on a dumbbell-like DNA probe designed for both ligation reaction and digestion reaction with low background noise. SYBR Green I (SG I), a double-helix dye, was chosen as the readout fluorescence signal. In the absence of NAD(+), the ligation reaction did not occur, but the probe was digested to mononucleotides after the addition of exonuclease I (Exo I) and exonuclease I (Exo III), resulting in a weak fluorescence intensity due to the weak interaction between SG I and mononucleotides. In the presence of NAD(+), the DNA probe was ligated by Escherichia coli DNA ligase, blocking the digestion by Exo I and Exo III. As a result, SG I was intercalated into the stem part of the DNA dumbbell probe and fluorescence enhancement was achieved. This method was simple in design, fast to operate, with good sensitivity and selectivity which could discriminate NAD(+) from its analogs. PMID:26454831

  19. Design, synthesis and photochemical properties of the first examples of iminosugar clusters based on fluorescent cores

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    Lepage, Mathieu L; Mirloup, Antoine; Ripoll, Manon; Stauffert, Fabien; Bodlenner, Anne

    2015-01-01

    Summary The synthesis and photophysical properties of the first examples of iminosugar clusters based on a BODIPY or a pyrene core are reported. The tri- and tetravalent systems designed as molecular probes and synthesized by way of Cu(I)-catalysed azide–alkyne cycloadditions are fluorescent analogues of potent pharmacological chaperones/correctors recently reported in the field of Gaucher disease and cystic fibrosis, two rare genetic diseases caused by protein misfolding. PMID:26124868

  20. Semi-Permeable Microcapsules for Use in Fluorescence-Based Glucose Sensing 

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    Joachim, Elizabeth G.

    2011-08-08

    stream_source_info JOACHIM-THESIS.pdf.txt stream_content_type text/plain stream_size 36096 Content-Encoding ISO-8859-1 stream_name JOACHIM-THESIS.pdf.txt Content-Type text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 SEMI-PERMEABLE... as HONORS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOW April 2010 Major: University Studies Honors SEMI-PERMEABLE MICROCAPSULES FOR USE IN FLUORESCENCE-BASED GLUCOSE SENSING An Honors Fellows Thesis by ELIZABETH GRACE JOACHIM Submitted...

  1. Blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence materials based on bis(phenylsulfonyl)benzene derivatives.

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    Liu, Ming; Seino, Yuki; Chen, Dongcheng; Inomata, Susumu; Su, Shi-Jian; Sasabe, Hisahiro; Kido, Junji

    2015-11-01

    Two blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence molecules based on bis(phenylsulfonyl)benzene with very small singlet-triplet splitting energy were designed and synthesized by combining 3,6-di-tert-butylcarbazole with 1,4-bis(phenylsulfonyl)benzene and 1,3-bis(phenylsulfonyl)benzene, and a maximum external quantum efficiency of 11.7% was achieved for an electroluminescent device. PMID:26405720

  2. Bay functionalized perylenediimide as a deaggregation based intracellular fluorescent probe for perchlorate.

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    Singh, Prabhpreet; Mittal, Lalit Singh; Vanita, Vanita; Kumar, Rahul; Bhargava, Gaurav; Walia, Amandeep; Kumar, Subodh

    2014-11-21

    The aggregates of perylenediimide based chemosensor (PDI 1) undergo de-aggregation induced fluorescence quenching selectively with ClO4(-) ions both in the solution and in the solid phase and can detect ClO4(-) ions in drinking water and fireworks. PDI 1 is permeable to C6 glioma cells, and ClO4(-) can be detected using confocal microscopy. PMID:25266857

  3. A high-throughput direct fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based assay for analyzing apoptotic proteases using flow cytometry and fluorescence lifetime measurements.

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    Suzuki, Miho; Sakata, Ichiro; Sakai, Takafumi; Tomioka, Hiroaki; Nishigaki, Koichi; Tramier, Marc; Coppey-Moisan, Maďté

    2015-12-15

    Cytometry is a versatile and powerful method applicable to different fields, particularly pharmacology and biomedical studies. Based on the data obtained, cytometric studies are classified into high-throughput (HTP) or high-content screening (HCS) groups. However, assays combining the advantages of both are required to facilitate research. In this study, we developed a high-throughput system to profile cellular populations in terms of time- or dose-dependent responses to apoptotic stimulations because apoptotic inducers are potent anticancer drugs. We previously established assay systems involving protease to monitor live cells for apoptosis using tunable fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based bioprobes. These assays can be used for microscopic analyses or fluorescence-activated cell sorting. In this study, we developed FRET-based bioprobes to detect the activity of the apoptotic markers caspase-3 and caspase-9 via changes in bioprobe fluorescence lifetimes using a flow cytometer for direct estimation of FRET efficiencies. Different patterns of changes in the fluorescence lifetimes of these markers during apoptosis were observed, indicating a relationship between discrete steps in the apoptosis process. The findings demonstrate the feasibility of evaluating collective cellular dynamics during apoptosis. PMID:26334608

  4. 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.

  5. An Optimized Fluorescence-Based Bidimensional Immunoproteomic Approach for Accurate Screening of Autoantibodies

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    Launay, David; Sobanski, Vincent; Dussart, Patricia; Chafey, Philippe; Broussard, Cédric; Duban-Deweer, Sophie; Vermersch, Patrick; Prin, Lionel; Lefranc, Didier

    2015-01-01

    Serological proteome analysis (SERPA) combines classical proteomic technology with effective separation of cellular protein extracts on two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, western blotting, and identification of the antigenic spot of interest by mass spectrometry. A critical point is related to the antigenic target characterization by mass spectrometry, which depends on the accuracy of the matching of antigenic reactivities on the protein spots during the 2D immunoproteomic procedures. The superimposition, based essentially on visual criteria of antigenic and protein spots, remains the major limitation of SERPA. The introduction of fluorescent dyes in proteomic strategies, commonly known as 2D-DIGE (differential in-gel electrophoresis), has boosted the qualitative capabilities of 2D electrophoresis. Based on this 2D-DIGE strategy, we have improved the conventional SERPA by developing a new and entirely fluorescence-based bi-dimensional immunoproteomic (FBIP) analysis, performed with three fluorescent dyes. To optimize the alignment of the different antigenic maps, we introduced a landmark map composed of a combination of specific antibodies. This methodological development allows simultaneous revelation of the antigenic, landmark and proteomic maps on each immunoblot. A computer-assisted process using commercially available software automatically leads to the superimposition of the different maps, ensuring accurate localization of antigenic spots of interest. PMID:26132557

  6. An Optimized Fluorescence-Based Bidimensional Immunoproteomic Approach for Accurate Screening of Autoantibodies.

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    Dutoit-Lefčvre, Virginie; Dubucquoi, Sylvain; Launay, David; Sobanski, Vincent; Dussart, Patricia; Chafey, Philippe; Broussard, Cédric; Duban-Deweer, Sophie; Vermersch, Patrick; Prin, Lionel; Lefranc, Didier

    2015-01-01

    Serological proteome analysis (SERPA) combines classical proteomic technology with effective separation of cellular protein extracts on two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, western blotting, and identification of the antigenic spot of interest by mass spectrometry. A critical point is related to the antigenic target characterization by mass spectrometry, which depends on the accuracy of the matching of antigenic reactivities on the protein spots during the 2D immunoproteomic procedures. The superimposition, based essentially on visual criteria of antigenic and protein spots, remains the major limitation of SERPA. The introduction of fluorescent dyes in proteomic strategies, commonly known as 2D-DIGE (differential in-gel electrophoresis), has boosted the qualitative capabilities of 2D electrophoresis. Based on this 2D-DIGE strategy, we have improved the conventional SERPA by developing a new and entirely fluorescence-based bi-dimensional immunoproteomic (FBIP) analysis, performed with three fluorescent dyes. To optimize the alignment of the different antigenic maps, we introduced a landmark map composed of a combination of specific antibodies. This methodological development allows simultaneous revelation of the antigenic, landmark and proteomic maps on each immunoblot. A computer-assisted process using commercially available software automatically leads to the superimposition of the different maps, ensuring accurate localization of antigenic spots of interest. PMID:26132557

  7. Pancreatic tumor detection using hypericin-based fluorescence spectroscopy and cytology

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    Lavu, Harish; Geary, Kevin; Fetterman, Harold R.; Saxton, Romaine E.

    2005-04-01

    Hypericin is a novel, highly fluorescent photosensitizer that exhibits selective tumor cell uptake properties and is particularly resistant to photobleaching. In this study, we have characterized hypericin uptake in human pancreatic tumor cells with relation to incubation time, cell number, and drug concentration. Ex vivo hypericin based fluorescence spectroscopy was performed to detect the presence of MIA PaCa-2 pancreatic tumor cells in the peritoneal cavity of BALB/c nude mice, as well as to quantify gross tumor burden. Hypericin based cytology of peritoneal lavage samples, using both one and two photon laser confocal microscopy, demonstrated more than a two-fold increase in fluorescence emission of pancreatic tumor cells as compared to control samples. In vitro treatment of pancreatic cancer cells with hypericin based photodynamic therapy showed tumor cell cytotoxicity in a drug dose, incident laser power, and time dependent manner. For these experiments, a continuous wavelength solid-state laser source (532 nm) was operated at power levels in the range of 100-400 mW. Potential applications of hypericin in tumor diagnosis, staging, and therapy will be presented.

  8. High-speed DNA sequencing: An approach based upon fluorescence detection of single molecules

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    Jett, J.H.; Keller, R.A.; Martin, J.C.; Marrone, B.L.; Moyzis, R.K.; Ratliff, R.L.; Seitzinger, N.K.; Shera, E.B.; Stewart, C.C.

    1989-01-01

    This document discusses the development of a laser based technique for the rapid sequencing of large fragments of DNA based upon the detection of single, fluorescently tagged nucleotides cleaved from a single DNA fragments. Demonstrated is significant progress on several of the important steps of this technique. The projected rate of sequencing is several hundred bases per second which is orders of magnitude faster than existing methods. Once developed, this technology could be utilized by investigators for rapid sequencing of genetic material from virtually any source. 24 refs., 4 figs.

  9. Fluorescence from an H-aggregated naphthalenediimide based peptide: photophysical and computational investigation of this rare phenomenon.

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    Basak, Shibaji; Nandi, Nibedita; Bhattacharyya, Kalishankar; Datta, Ayan; Banerjee, Arindam

    2015-11-11

    Fluorescence associated with J-aggregated naphthalenediimides (NDIs) is common. However, in this study an NDI based synthetic peptide molecule is found to form a fluorescent H-aggregate in a chloroform (CHCl3)-methylcyclohexane (MCH) mixture. An attempt has been made to explain the unusual fluorescence property of this H-aggregated NDI derivative. Time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) shows that the average lifetime of the NDI based molecule is on the order of a few nanoseconds. It is revealed from the computational study that the transition from the second exited state (S2) to the ground energy state (S0) is responsible for the fluorescence as S1 is a dark state. Such rare violation of Kasha's rule accounts for the unusual fluorescence properties of this type of NDI molecule in the H-aggregated state. PMID:26508537

  10. Enantioselective Recognition of Chiral Carboxylic Acids by a ?-Amino Acid and 1,10-Phenanthroline Based Chiral Fluorescent Sensor

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    Zhang, Yonghong; Hu, Fangzhi; Wang, Bin; Zhang, Xiaomei; Liu, Chenjiang

    2015-01-01

    A novel chiral 1,10-phenanthroline-based fluorescent sensor was designed and synthesized from optical active ?-amino acids. It used 1,10-phenanthroline moiety as a fluorescent signaling site and binding site, with optically active ?-amino acids as a chiral barrier site. Notably, the optically active ?-amino acids were obtained by a Lewis base catalyzed hydrosilylation of ?-enamino esters according to our former work. The chiral sensor has been used to conduct the enantioselective recognition of chiral mono and dicarboxylic acids derivatives. Using this fluorescent sensor, a moderate “turn-off” fluorescence-diminishment response towards enantiomer of tartaric acids, and proline was observed. It found that l-enantiomers quench the chiral fluorescence sensor more efficiently than d-enantiomers due to the absolute configuration of the ?-amino acid. PMID:25954953

  11. Recognition- and Reactivity-Based Fluorescent Probes for Studying Transition Metal Signaling in Living Systems

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    2015-01-01

    Conspectus Metals are essential for life, playing critical roles in all aspects of the central dogma of biology (e.g., the transcription and translation of nucleic acids and synthesis of proteins). Redox-inactive alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and zinc are widely recognized as dynamic signals, whereas redox-active transition metals such as copper and iron are traditionally thought of as sequestered by protein ligands, including as static enzyme cofactors, in part because of their potential to trigger oxidative stress and damage via Fenton chemistry. Metals in biology can be broadly categorized into two pools: static and labile. In the former, proteins and other macromolecules tightly bind metals; in the latter, metals are bound relatively weakly to cellular ligands, including proteins and low molecular weight ligands. Fluorescent probes can be useful tools for studying the roles of transition metals in their labile forms. Probes for imaging transition metal dynamics in living systems must meet several stringent criteria. In addition to exhibiting desirable photophysical properties and biocompatibility, they must be selective and show a fluorescence turn-on response to the metal of interest. To meet this challenge, we have pursued two general strategies for metal detection, termed “recognition” and “reactivity”. Our design of transition metal probes makes use of a recognition-based approach for copper and nickel and a reactivity-based approach for cobalt and iron. This Account summarizes progress in our laboratory on both the development and application of fluorescent probes to identify and study the signaling roles of transition metals in biology. In conjunction with complementary methods for direct metal detection and genetic and/or pharmacological manipulations, fluorescent probes for transition metals have helped reveal a number of principles underlying transition metal dynamics. In this Account, we give three recent examples from our laboratory and collaborations in which applications of chemical probes reveal that labile copper contributes to various physiologies. The first example shows that copper is an endogenous regulator of neuronal activity, the second illustrates cellular prioritization of mitochondrial copper homeostasis, and the third identifies the “cuprosome” as a new copper storage compartment in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii green algae. Indeed, recognition- and reactivity-based fluorescent probes have helped to uncover new biological roles for labile transition metals, and the further development of fluorescent probes, including ones with varied Kd values and new reaction triggers and recognition receptors, will continue to reveal exciting and new biological roles for labile transition metals. PMID:26215055

  12. Recognition- and reactivity-based fluorescent probes for studying transition metal signaling in living systems.

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    Aron, Allegra T; Ramos-Torres, Karla M; Cotruvo, Joseph A; Chang, Christopher J

    2015-08-18

    Metals are essential for life, playing critical roles in all aspects of the central dogma of biology (e.g., the transcription and translation of nucleic acids and synthesis of proteins). Redox-inactive alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and zinc are widely recognized as dynamic signals, whereas redox-active transition metals such as copper and iron are traditionally thought of as sequestered by protein ligands, including as static enzyme cofactors, in part because of their potential to trigger oxidative stress and damage via Fenton chemistry. Metals in biology can be broadly categorized into two pools: static and labile. In the former, proteins and other macromolecules tightly bind metals; in the latter, metals are bound relatively weakly to cellular ligands, including proteins and low molecular weight ligands. Fluorescent probes can be useful tools for studying the roles of transition metals in their labile forms. Probes for imaging transition metal dynamics in living systems must meet several stringent criteria. In addition to exhibiting desirable photophysical properties and biocompatibility, they must be selective and show a fluorescence turn-on response to the metal of interest. To meet this challenge, we have pursued two general strategies for metal detection, termed "recognition" and "reactivity". Our design of transition metal probes makes use of a recognition-based approach for copper and nickel and a reactivity-based approach for cobalt and iron. This Account summarizes progress in our laboratory on both the development and application of fluorescent probes to identify and study the signaling roles of transition metals in biology. In conjunction with complementary methods for direct metal detection and genetic and/or pharmacological manipulations, fluorescent probes for transition metals have helped reveal a number of principles underlying transition metal dynamics. In this Account, we give three recent examples from our laboratory and collaborations in which applications of chemical probes reveal that labile copper contributes to various physiologies. The first example shows that copper is an endogenous regulator of neuronal activity, the second illustrates cellular prioritization of mitochondrial copper homeostasis, and the third identifies the "cuprosome" as a new copper storage compartment in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii green algae. Indeed, recognition- and reactivity-based fluorescent probes have helped to uncover new biological roles for labile transition metals, and the further development of fluorescent probes, including ones with varied Kd values and new reaction triggers and recognition receptors, will continue to reveal exciting and new biological roles for labile transition metals. PMID:26215055

  13. Anomalous Fluorescence Enhancement from Double Heterostructure 3D Colloidal Photonic Crystals-A Multifunctional Fluorescence-Based Sensor Platform.

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    Eftekhari, Ehsan; Li, Xiang; Kim, Tak H; Gan, Zongsong; Cole, Ivan S; Zhao, Dongyuan; Kielpinski, Dave; Gu, Min; Li, Qin

    2015-01-01

    Augmenting fluorescence intensity is of vital importance to the development of chemical and biochemical sensing, imaging and miniature light sources. Here we report an unprecedented fluorescence enhancement with a novel architecture of multilayer three-dimensional colloidal photonic crystals self-assembled from polystyrene spheres. The new technique uses a double heterostructure, which comprises a top and a bottom layer with a periodicity overlapping the excitation wavelength (E) of the emitters, and a middle layer with a periodicity matching the fluorescence wavelength (F) and a thickness that supports constructive interference for the excitation wavelength. This E-F-E double heterostructure displays direction-dependent light trapping for both excitation and fluorescence, coupling the modes of photonic crystal with multiple-beam interference. The E-F-E double heterostructure renders an additional 5-fold enhancement to the extraordinary FL amplification of Rhodamine B in monolithic E CPhCs, and 4.3-fold acceleration of emission dynamics. Such a self-assembled double heterostructue CPhCs may find significant applications in illumination, laser, chemical/biochemical sensing, and solar energy harvesting. We further demonstrate the multi-functionality of the E-F-E double heterostructure CPhCs in Hg (II) sensing. PMID:26400503

  14. Development of rapid microbial methods for lysine quantification in feed ingredients based on green fluorescent protein fluorescence 

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    Chalova-Zhekova, Vesela I.

    2007-04-25

    ) was inserted in the genome of E. coli lysine auxotroph as a part of a mini-Tn5- transposon by conjugation. Bacterial growth response to external lysine and small peptides was monitored and recorded by measuring the fluorescence emitted by GFP. The second type...

  15. Anomalous Fluorescence Enhancement from Double Heterostructure 3D Colloidal Photonic Crystals-A Multifunctional Fluorescence-Based Sensor Platform

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    Eftekhari, Ehsan; Li, Xiang; Kim, Tak H.; Gan, Zongsong; Cole, Ivan S.; Zhao, Dongyuan; Kielpinski, Dave; Gu, Min; Li, Qin

    2015-09-01

    Augmenting fluorescence intensity is of vital importance to the development of chemical and biochemical sensing, imaging and miniature light sources. Here we report an unprecedented fluorescence enhancement with a novel architecture of multilayer three-dimensional colloidal photonic crystals self-assembled from polystyrene spheres. The new technique uses a double heterostructure, which comprises a top and a bottom layer with a periodicity overlapping the excitation wavelength (E) of the emitters, and a middle layer with a periodicity matching the fluorescence wavelength (F) and a thickness that supports constructive interference for the excitation wavelength. This E-F-E double heterostructure displays direction-dependent light trapping for both excitation and fluorescence, coupling the modes of photonic crystal with multiple-beam interference. The E-F-E double heterostructure renders an additional 5-fold enhancement to the extraordinary FL amplification of Rhodamine B in monolithic E CPhCs, and 4.3-fold acceleration of emission dynamics. Such a self-assembled double heterostructue CPhCs may find significant applications in illumination, laser, chemical/biochemical sensing, and solar energy harvesting. We further demonstrate the multi-functionality of the E-F-E double heterostructure CPhCs in Hg (II) sensing.

  16. Anomalous Fluorescence Enhancement from Double Heterostructure 3D Colloidal Photonic Crystals–A Multifunctional Fluorescence-Based Sensor Platform

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    Eftekhari, Ehsan; Li, Xiang; Kim, Tak H.; Gan, Zongsong; Cole, Ivan S.; Zhao, Dongyuan; Kielpinski, Dave; Gu, Min; Li, Qin

    2015-01-01

    Augmenting fluorescence intensity is of vital importance to the development of chemical and biochemical sensing, imaging and miniature light sources. Here we report an unprecedented fluorescence enhancement with a novel architecture of multilayer three-dimensional colloidal photonic crystals self-assembled from polystyrene spheres. The new technique uses a double heterostructure, which comprises a top and a bottom layer with a periodicity overlapping the excitation wavelength (E) of the emitters, and a middle layer with a periodicity matching the fluorescence wavelength (F) and a thickness that supports constructive interference for the excitation wavelength. This E-F-E double heterostructure displays direction-dependent light trapping for both excitation and fluorescence, coupling the modes of photonic crystal with multiple-beam interference. The E-F-E double heterostructure renders an additional 5-fold enhancement to the extraordinary FL amplification of Rhodamine B in monolithic E CPhCs, and 4.3-fold acceleration of emission dynamics. Such a self-assembled double heterostructue CPhCs may find significant applications in illumination, laser, chemical/biochemical sensing, and solar energy harvesting. We further demonstrate the multi-functionality of the E-F-E double heterostructure CPhCs in Hg (II) sensing. PMID:26400503

  17. Fluorescence Intensity- and Lifetime-Based Glucose Sensing Using Glucose/Galactose-Binding Protein

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    Pickup, John C.; Khan, Faaizah; Zhi, Zheng-Liang; Coulter, Jonathan; Birch, David J. S.

    2013-01-01

    We review progress in our laboratories toward developing in vivo glucose sensors for diabetes that are based on fluorescence labeling of glucose/galactose-binding protein. Measurement strategies have included both monitoring glucose-induced changes in fluorescence resonance energy transfer and labeling with the environmentally sensitive fluorophore, badan. Measuring fluorescence lifetime rather than intensity has particular potential advantages for in vivo sensing. A prototype fiber-optic-based glucose sensor using this technology is being tested.Fluorescence technique is one of the major solutions for achieving the continuous and noninvasive glucose sensor for diabetes. In this article, a highly sensitive nanostructured sensor is developed to detect extremely small amounts of aqueous glucose by applying fluorescence energy transfer (FRET). A one-pot method is applied to produce the dextran-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-conjugating mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), which afterward interact with the tetramethylrhodamine isothiocyanate (TRITC)-labeled concanavalin A (Con A) to form the FRET nanoparticles (FITC-dextran-Con A-TRITC@MSNs). The nanostructured glucose sensor is then formed via the self-assembly of the FRET nanoparticles on a transparent, flexible, and biocompatible substrate, e.g., poly(dimethylsiloxane). Our results indicate the diameter of the MSNs is 60 ± 5 nm. The difference in the images before and after adding 20 ?l of glucose (0.10 mmol/liter) on the FRET sensor can be detected in less than 2 min by the laser confocal laser scanning microscope. The correlation between the ratio of fluorescence intensity, I(donor)/I(acceptor), of the FRET sensor and the concentration of aqueous glucose in the range of 0.04–4 mmol/liter has been investigated; a linear relationship is found. Furthermore, the durability of the nanostructured FRET sensor is evaluated for 5 days. In addition, the recorded images can be converted to digital images by obtaining the pixels from the resulting matrix using Matlab image processing functions. We have also studied the in vitro cytotoxicity of the device. The nanostructured FRET sensor may provide an alternative method to help patients manage the disease continuously. PMID:23439161

  18. A fluorescent hydrogel-based flow cytometry high-throughput screening platform for hydrolytic enzymes.

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    Pitzler, Christian; Wirtz, Georgette; Vojcic, Ljubica; Hiltl, Stephanie; Böker, Alexander; Martinez, Ronny; Schwaneberg, Ulrich

    2014-12-18

    Screening throughput is a key in directed evolution experiments and enzyme discovery. Here, we describe a high-throughput screening platform based on a coupled reaction of glucose oxidase and a hydrolase (Yersinia mollaretii phytase [YmPh]). The coupled reaction produces hydroxyl radicals through Fenton's reaction, acting as initiator of poly(ethyleneglycol)-acrylate-based polymerization incorporating a fluorescent monomer. As a consequence, a fluorescent hydrogel is formed around Escherichia coli cells expressing active YmPh. We achieve five times enrichment of active cell population through flow cytometry analysis and sorting of mixed populations. Finally, we validate the performance of the fluorescent polymer shell (fur-shell) technology by directed phytase evolution that yielded improved variants starting from a library containing 10(7) phytase variants. Thus, fur-shell technology represents a rapid and nonlaborious way of identifying the most active variants from vast populations, as well as a platform for generation of polymer-hybrid cells for biobased interactive materials. PMID:25525992

  19. A Practical Solution for 77 K Fluorescence Measurements Based on LED Excitation and CCD Array Detector

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    Lamb, Jacob; Forfang, Kristin; Hohmann-Marriott, Martin

    2015-01-01

    The fluorescence emission spectrum of photosynthetic microorganisms at liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K) provides important insights into the organization of the photosynthetic machinery of bacteria and eukaryotes, which cannot be observed at room temperature. Conventionally, to obtain such spectra, a large and costly table-top fluorometer is required. Recently portable, reliable, and largely maintenance-free instruments have become available that can be utilized to accomplish a wide variety of spectroscopy-based measurements in photosynthesis research. In this report, we show how to build such an instrument in order to record 77K fluorescence spectra. This instrument consists of a low power monochromatic light-emitting diode (LED), and a portable CCD array based spectrometer. The optical components are coupled together using a fiber optic cable, and a custom made housing that also supports a dewar flask. We demonstrate that this instrument facilitates the reliable determination of chlorophyll fluorescence emission spectra for the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, and the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. PMID:26177548

  20. Development of a QDots 800 based fluorescent solid phantom for validation of NIRF imaging platforms

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    Zhu, Banghe; Sevick-Muraca, Eva M.

    2013-02-01

    Over the past decade, we developed near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) devices for non-invasive lymphatic imaging using microdosages of ICG in humans and for detection of lymph node metastasis in animal models mimicking metastatic human prostate cancer. To validate imaging, a NIST traceable phantom is needed so that developed "first-inhumans" drugs may be used with different luorescent imaging platforms. In this work, we developed a QDots 800 based fluorescent solid phantom for installation and operational qualification of clinical and preclinical, NIRF imaging devices. Due to its optical clearance, polyurethane was chosen as the base material. Titanium dioxide was used as the scattering agent because of its miscibility in polyurethane. QDots 800 was chosen owing to its stability and NIR emission spectra. A first phantom was constructed for evaluation of the noise floor arising from excitation light leakage, a phenomenon that can be minimized during engineering and design of fluorescent imaging systems. A second set of phantoms were constructed to enable quantification of device sensitivity associated with our preclinical and clinical devices. The phantoms have been successfully applied for installation and operational qualification of our preclinical and clinical devices. Assessment of excitation light leakage provides a figure of merit for "noise floor" and imaging sensitivity can be used to benchmark devices for specific imaging agents.

  1. A small azide-modified thiazole-based reporter molecule for fluorescence and mass spectrometric detection

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    Wolfram, Stefanie; Würfel, Hendryk; Habenicht, Stefanie H; Lembke, Christine; Richter, Phillipp; Birckner, Eckhard; Beckert, Rainer

    2014-01-01

    Summary Molecular probes are widely used tools in chemical biology that allow tracing of bioactive metabolites and selective labeling of proteins and other biomacromolecules. A common structural motif for such probes consists of a reporter that can be attached by copper(I)-catalyzed 1,2,3-triazole formation between terminal alkynes and azides to a reactive headgroup. Here we introduce the synthesis and application of the new thiazole-based, azide-tagged reporter 4-(3-azidopropoxy)-5-(4-bromophenyl)-2-(pyridin-2-yl)thiazole for fluorescence, UV and mass spectrometry (MS) detection. This small fluorescent reporter bears a bromine functionalization facilitating the automated data mining of electrospray ionization MS runs by monitoring for its characteristic isotope signature. We demonstrate the universal utility of the reporter for the detection of an alkyne-modified small molecule by LC–MS and for the visualization of a model protein by in-gel fluorescence. The novel probe advantageously compares with commercially available azide-modified fluorophores and a brominated one. The ease of synthesis, small size, stability, and the universal detection possibilities make it an ideal reporter for activity-based protein profiling and functional metabolic profiling. PMID:25383118

  2. A small azide-modified thiazole-based reporter molecule for fluorescence and mass spectrometric detection.

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    Wolfram, Stefanie; Würfel, Hendryk; Habenicht, Stefanie H; Lembke, Christine; Richter, Phillipp; Birckner, Eckhard; Beckert, Rainer; Pohnert, Georg

    2014-01-01

    Molecular probes are widely used tools in chemical biology that allow tracing of bioactive metabolites and selective labeling of proteins and other biomacromolecules. A common structural motif for such probes consists of a reporter that can be attached by copper(I)-catalyzed 1,2,3-triazole formation between terminal alkynes and azides to a reactive headgroup. Here we introduce the synthesis and application of the new thiazole-based, azide-tagged reporter 4-(3-azidopropoxy)-5-(4-bromophenyl)-2-(pyridin-2-yl)thiazole for fluorescence, UV and mass spectrometry (MS) detection. This small fluorescent reporter bears a bromine functionalization facilitating the automated data mining of electrospray ionization MS runs by monitoring for its characteristic isotope signature. We demonstrate the universal utility of the reporter for the detection of an alkyne-modified small molecule by LC-MS and for the visualization of a model protein by in-gel fluorescence. The novel probe advantageously compares with commercially available azide-modified fluorophores and a brominated one. The ease of synthesis, small size, stability, and the universal detection possibilities make it an ideal reporter for activity-based protein profiling and functional metabolic profiling. PMID:25383118

  3. Quantum dots-fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based nanosensors and their application.

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    Stanisavljevic, Maja; Krizkova, Sona; Vaculovicova, Marketa; Kizek, Rene; Adam, Vojtech

    2015-12-15

    Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) in combination with quantum dots (QDs) and their superior properties has enabled designing of the new and improved sensors. In this review, the latest novelties in development and application of FRET nanosensors employing QDs are presented. QDs offer several advantages over organic dyes - broad excitation spectra, narrow defined tunable emission peak, longer fluorescence lifetime, resistance to photobleaching and 10-100 times higher molar extinction coefficient. These properties of QDs allow multicolor QDs to be excited from one source by common fluorescent dyes without emission signal overlap and results in brighter probes comparing to conventional fluorophores. Due to these benefits, QD-FRET-based nanosensors gained a wide spread popularity in a variety of scientific areas. These sensors are most frequently applied in the domain of the nucleic acid and enzyme activity detection. Other applications are detection of peptides and low-molecular compounds, environmental pollutants, viruses, microorganisms and their toxins, QD-FRET-based immunoassays, and pH sensors. PMID:26188679

  4. Secondary caries detection with a novel fluorescence-based camera system in vitro

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    Brede, Olivier; Wilde, Claudia; Krause, Felix; Frentzen, Matthias; Braun, Andreas

    2010-02-01

    The aim of the study was to assess the ability of a fluorescence based optical system to detect secondary caries. The optical detecting system (VistaProof) illuminates the tooth surfaces with blue light emitted by high power GaN-LEDs at 405 nm. Employing this almost monochromatic excitation, fluorescence is analyzed using a RGB camera chip and encoded in color graduations (blue - red - orange - yellow) by a software (DBSWIN), indicating the degree of caries destruction. 31 freshly extracted teeth with existing fillings and secondary caries were cleaned, excavated and refilled with the same kind of restorative material. 19 of them were refilled with amalgam, 12 were refilled with a composite resin. Each step was analyzed with the respective software and analyzed statistically. Differences were considered as statistically significant at p<0.05. There was no difference between measurements at baseline and after cleaning (Mann Whitney, p>0.05). There was a significant difference between baseline measurements of the teeth primarily filled with composite resins and the refilled situation (p=0.014). There was also a significant difference between the non-excavated and the excavated group (Composite p=0.006, Amalgam p=0.018). The in vitro study showed, that the fluorescence based system allows detecting secondary caries next to composite resin fillings but not next to amalgam restorations. Cleaning of the teeth is not necessary, if there is no visible plaque. Further studies have to show, whether the system shows the same promising results in vivo.

  5. A Cu2+-selective fluorescent chemosensor based on BODIPY with two pyridine ligands and logic gate

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    Huang, Liuqian; Zhang, Jing; Yu, Xiaoxiu; Ma, Yifan; Huang, Tianjiao; Shen, Xi; Qiu, Huayu; He, Xingxing; Yin, Shouchun

    2015-06-01

    A novel near-infrared fluorescent chemosensor based on BODIPY (Py-1) has been synthesized and characterized. Py-1 displays high selectivity and sensitivity for sensing Cu2+ over other metal ions in acetonitrile. Upon addition of Cu2+ ions, the maximum absorption band of Py-1 in CH3CN displays a red shift from 603 to 608 nm, which results in a visual color change from pink to blue. When Py-1 is excited at 600 nm in the presence of Cu2+, the fluorescent emission intensity of Py-1 at 617 nm is quenched over 86%. Notably, the complex of Py-1-Cu2+ can be restored with the introduction of EDTA or S2-. Consequently, an IMPLICATION logic gate at molecular level operating in fluorescence mode with Cu2+ and S2- as chemical inputs can be constructed. Finally, based on the reversible and reproducible system, a nanoscale sequential memory unit displaying "Writing-Reading-Erasing-Reading" functions can be integrated.

  6. A LabVIEW-Based Virtual Instrument System for Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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    Wu, Qijun; Wang, Lufei; Zu, Lily

    2011-01-01

    We report the design and operation of a Virtual Instrument (VI) system based on LabVIEW 2009 for laser-induced fluorescence experiments. This system achieves synchronous control of equipment and acquisition of real-time fluorescence data communicating with a single computer via GPIB, USB, RS232, and parallel ports. The reported VI system can also accomplish data display, saving, and analysis, and printing the results. The VI system performs sequences of operations automatically, and this system has been successfully applied to obtain the excitation and dispersion spectra of ?-methylnaphthalene. The reported VI system opens up new possibilities for researchers and increases the efficiency and precision of experiments. The design and operation of the VI system are described in detail in this paper, and the advantages that this system can provide are highlighted. PMID:22013388

  7. A dansyl based fluorescence chemosensor for Hg2+ and its application in the complicated environment samples

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    Zhou, Shuai; Zhou, Ze-Quan; Zhao, Xuan-Xuan; Xiao, Yu-Hao; Xi, Gang; Liu, Jin-Ting; Zhao, Bao-Xiang

    2015-09-01

    We have developed a novel fluorescent chemosensor (DAM) based on dansyl and morpholine units for the detection of mercury ion with excellent selectivity and sensitivity. In the presence of Hg2+ in a mixture solution of HEPES buffer (pH 7.5, 20 mM) and MeCN (2/8, v/v) at room temperature, the fluorescence of DAM was almost completely quenched from green to colorless with fast response time. Moreover, DAM also showed its excellent anti-interference capability even in the presence of large amount of interfering ions. It is worth noting that DAM could be used to detect Hg2+ specifically in the Yellow River samples, which significantly implied the potential applications of DAM in the complicated environment samples.

  8. One new dicoumarol-based fluorescent compound: Synthesis, crystal structure and metal ions recognition

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    Bai, Yan; Yu, Ke; Pan, Hui; Dang, Dong-Bin

    2013-09-01

    A new dicoumarol-based compound (C6H4)[CH2NHCO(C9O2H4)N(C2H5)2]21 was synthesized and characterized by IR, UV spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The structure of 1 exhibits a transoid formation with the two coumarin-containing arms sited on the two sides of the center benzene ring. In the crystal packing the molecule further interact with each other and form a three-dimensional framework through ?-? stacking interactions and multiform hydrogen bonds. The compound 1 shows the main emission peak at 540 nm corresponding to the green hue in the solid state. The fluorescence recognition behaviors for various metal ions were investigated and 1 exhibits a highly fluorescence-quenching selectivity for FeIII ion in the mixed CH3CNsbnd H2O solvent.

  9. Stability of some Cactaceae proteins based on fluorescence, circular dichroism, and differential scanning calorimetry measurements.

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    Gorinstein, S; Zemser, M; Vargas-Albores, F; Ochoa, J L; Paredes-Lopez, O; Scheler, C; Aksu, S; Salnikow, J

    1999-02-01

    Characterization of three cactus proteins (native and denatured) from Machaerocereus gummosus (Pitahaya agria), Lophocereu schottii (Garambullo), and Cholla opuntia (Cholla), was based on electrophoretic, fluorescence, CD (circular dichroism), DSC (differential scanning calorimetry), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared) measurements. The obtained results of intrinsic fluorescence, DSC, and CD were dissimilar for the three species of cactus, providing evidence of differences in secondary and tertiary structures. Cactus proteins may be situated in the following order corresponding to their relative stability: Machaerocereus gummosus (Pitahaya agria) > Cholla opuntia (Cholla) > Lophocereu schottii (Garambullo). Thermodynamic properties of proteins and their changes upon denaturation (temperature of denaturation, enthalphy, and the number of ruptured hydrogen bonds) were correlated with the secondary structure of proteins and disappearance of alpha-helix. PMID:10333299

  10. Long term response of a Concanavalin-A based fluorescence glucose sensing assay

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    Locke, Andrea K.; Cummins, Brian M.; Abraham, Alexander A.; Coté, Gerard L.

    2015-03-01

    Competitive binding assays comprised of the protein Concanavalin A (ConA) have shown potential for use in continuous glucose monitoring devices. However, its time-dependent, thermal instability can impact the lifetime of these ConA based assays. In an attempt to design sensors with longer in vivo lifetimes, different groups have immobilized the protein to various surfaces. For example, Ballerstadt et al. have shown that immobilizing ConA onto the interior of a micro-dialysis membrane and allowing dextran to be freely suspended within solution allowed for successful in vivo glucose sensing up to 16 days. This work explores the glucose response of an assay comprised of modified ConA and a single fluorescently labeled competing ligand in free solution to increase the in vivo sensing lifetime without immobilization,. The behavior of this assay in the presence of varying glucose concentrations is monitored via fluorescence anisotropy over a 30 day period.

  11. A LabVIEW-Based Virtual Instrument System for Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

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    Wu, Qijun; Wang, Lufei; Zu, Lily

    2011-01-01

    We report the design and operation of a Virtual Instrument (VI) system based on LabVIEW 2009 for laser-induced fluorescence experiments. This system achieves synchronous control of equipment and acquisition of real-time fluorescence data communicating with a single computer via GPIB, USB, RS232, and parallel ports. The reported VI system can also accomplish data display, saving, and analysis, and printing the results. The VI system performs sequences of operations automatically, and this system has been successfully applied to obtain the excitation and dispersion spectra of ?-methylnaphthalene. The reported VI system opens up new possibilities for researchers and increases the efficiency and precision of experiments. The design and operation of the VI system are described in detail in this paper, and the advantages that this system can provide are highlighted. PMID:22013388

  12. Fluorescent-based lifetime measurement thermometer for use at subroom temperatures (200-300 K)

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    Anghel, F.; Iliescu, C.; Grattan, K. T. V.; Palmer, A. W.; Zhang, Z. Y.

    1995-03-01

    The development, construction, and evaluation of a simple ruby-based fiber optic thermometer, for use over the region 200-300 K, are described. The results are compared with those obtained from a simple theoretical model, which may be used for system calibration, and with those of previously published work, and good agreement is seen. The application of such a sensor to the food processing industry and environmental monitoring is indicated.

  13. Quantification of folate in fruits and vegetables: A fluorescence-based homogeneous assay.

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    Martin, Harry; Comeskey, Daniel; Simpson, Robert M; Laing, William A; McGhie, Tony K

    2010-07-15

    A high-throughput, homogeneous, fluorescence polarization, and fluorescence intensity assay has been developed for the measurement of folate in fruits and vegetables. This assay is based on the competitive displacement of the fluorescent folate ligands Alexa Fluor (Alexa) 594-folate and Alexa 660-folate from bovine milk folate-binding protein by folates in fruit and vegetable extracts. These fluorescent ligands are employed because their excitation and emission maxima are in regions of the spectrum with minimal autofluorescence in many extracts. Folate-binding protein and Alexa-folate were typically used at concentrations of 0.5 microg/ml and 5nM, respectively, in 20-microl volumes in 384-well microplates. The assay is complete within 100 min. The folate estimate is unaffected by the heterogeneity of polyglutamyl residues that complicates the liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)-based methods of quantification. In this assay, folic acid had an apparent affinity 2.5-fold greater than 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5MTHF); therefore, it cannot be used to quantify folate when both natural and synthetic folate are present. 5MTHF-equivalent values were measured in broccoli (240 microg/100g), strawberry (113 microg/100g), white grape (32 microg/100g), orange (44 microg/100g), tomato (12 microg/100g), raspberry (31 microg/100g), banana (29 microg/g), and kiwifruit (36 microg/100g). These data are similar to published values. However, the assay will not detect 5-formyltetrahydrofolate which is a significant constituent of the total folate in lettuce, spinach, carrot, and peppers. PMID:20361923

  14. Fiber-optic exhaust-gas sensor based on the fluorescence characteristics of Cu containing zeolites

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    Remillard, Jeffrey

    2000-03-01

    A single catalyst in the exhaust system can reduce the concentration of toxic gases emitted by automobiles if the engine is operated close to the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio. This is accomplished through the use of an electrochemical oxygen sensor in the exhaust stream. Near the stoichiometric point, this sensor produces a step-function response when the exhaust gas transitions from an oxygen-poor to an oxygen-rich condition. This talk describes a different kind of sensor based on the use of copper-containing zeolites that produces a proportional output. Zeolites are a class of aluminosilicate materials that have an open 3D structure containing channels and cavities. The Al sites are negatively charged and are generally compensated by cations present during formation of the zeolite. Our experiments use a zeolite designated Cu-ZSM-5, which has the protons originally present in the ZSM-5 material replaced with cupric (Cu^+2) ions. Exposure of this zeolite to a reducing gas results in the conversion of some cupric ions to cuprous (Cu^+1) ions. Subsequent exposure of the zeolite to an oxidizing gas reverses this reaction. The use of this material as a gas sensor is based on the observation that cuprous ions produce a green fluorescent emission when exposed to blue light, whereas no fluorescence is observed from cupric ions. Monitoring the fluorescence of Cu-ZSM-5 placed in a gas stream can thus provide information on the gas's reductant-to-oxidant ratio. We present the results of high temperature in-situ fluorescence spectra, intensity, and reponse-time measurements performed on samples of Cu-ZSM-5 exposed to various O_2-reductant combinations and also discuss data obtained from a single-fiber prototype sensor fabricated using a sol-gel processing technique.(J.T. Remillard et al.), Appl. Opt. 38 5306 (1999).

  15. Optimization of a Concanavalin A-based glucose sensor using fluorescence anisotropy

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    Garza, Javier T.; Coté, Gerard L.

    2013-01-01

    To date, the dependent nature of the recognition and transduction mechanisms in optical glucose sensors based upon Concanavalin A (ConA) has tended to prevent the sensors’ full potential from being realized. In this paper, these mechanisms are independently optimized for a given assay configuration in order to decrease the predictive error of a ConA-based glucose sensor and to give a more accurate demonstration of its potential. To this end, we used fluorescence anisotropy as the transduction mechanism to determine the binding of ConA to 4 kDa FITC-dextran by measuring the change in the rotational correlation lifetime between the bound and unbound populations. By tracking the fluorescence anisotropy of this ligand, the ranges of ConA and 4 kDa FITC-dextran concentrations capable of being explored were not limited by the transduction mechanism. Using predetermined association constants, the binding responses to physiological glucose concentrations were predicted for different assay configurations, and experimentally collected fluorescence anisotropy data displayed the predicted trends for these assay configurations. From the experimental results, a calibration fit was generated for the optimized assay configuration to predict the glucose concentrations using the fluorescence anisotropy. This optimized assay displayed a mean standard error of prediction of 7.5 mg/dL (0–300 mg/dL), and 100% of the data points fell within clinically acceptable zones (A and B) upon the Clarke Error Grid Analysis. This indicates that, by independently optimizing the recognition and transduction mechanisms for the final assay configuration, the sensitivity of a competitive binding chemistry using ConA can be appropriately configured for continuous glucose monitoring applications. PMID:23627407

  16. Cu nanoclusters-based ratiometric fluorescence probe for ratiometric and visualization detection of copper ions.

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    Liu, Zhi-Chao; Qi, Jian-Wen; Hu, Chun; Zhang, Li; Song, Wei; Liang, Ru-Ping; Qiu, Jian-Ding

    2015-10-01

    Copper is a highly toxic environmental pollutant with bioaccumulative properties. Therefore, sensitive detection of Cu(2+) is very important to prevent over-ingestion, and visual detection is preferred for practical applications. In this work, we developed a simple and environmental friendly approach to synthesize hyperbranched polyethyleneimine-protected copper nanoclusters (hPEI-Cu NCs) with great stability against extreme pH, high ionic strength, thiols etching and light illumination, which were then conjugated to the surface of silica coated CdSe quantum dots (QDs) to design a ratiometric fluorescence probe. In the presence of different amounts of Cu(2+) ions, the fluorescence of Cu NCs can be drastically quenched, while the emission from QDs stayed constant to serve as a reference signal and the color of the probe changed from yellow-green to red, resulting in ratiometric and visualization detection of Cu(2+) ion with high accuracy. The detection limit for Cu(2+) was estimated to be 8.9 nM, much lower than the allowable level of Cu(2+) in drinking water (?20 ?M) set by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, this probe can be also applied for the determination of Cu(2+) ion in complex real water samples. PMID:26454464

  17. Scaling of Space-Based Measurements of Sun Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence to Global Gross Primary Production

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    Voigt, Maximilian; Guanter, Luis; Jung, Martin

    2015-04-01

    Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) is the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide taken up by ecosystems via photosynthesis. This is the single largest flux of the global land carbon budget and makes plants an important component of the global climate system. The uncertainties of modeling terrestrial global GPP are large, partly because of lacking direct global measurements. The measurement of sun induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF), which is linked to photosynthesis could be therefore of vital importance for the modeling of GPP. The fluorescence signal, whose maximum lies in a spectral range of 650 nm - 800 nm, can be monitored globally with the GOME-2 instrument on board of the Metop-A satellite which has been launched in October 2006. Although the link between photosynthesis and fluorescence at the leaf scale is relatively well known based on lab- and field-experiments, the relationship at the canopy level and for the coarse spatial resolutions provided by space-borne instruments (of the order of 10 km-100 km) is still uninvestigated. An inspection of the functional relationship between remotely sensed SIF and a state of the art statistically upscaled GPP product on grid box basis (0.5° resolution) reveals good linear relations almost everywhere on the globe. However changes of tlhe slopes between pixels are observed, which are expected to be caused by canopy related properties. These can be structural effects, which alter the outgoing fluorescence signal by scattering and reabsorbtion, or changing efficiencies of photosynthesis and fluorescence. As estimates of these quantities are missing on a global scale, a set of meteorological variables (temperature, precipitation, etc.) and the clumping index are used as proxy variables. The changing relationship is then modeled with a model based partitioning algorithm. It can be shown that the model complexity can be drastically reduced without a significant loss of model performance by going from a per-pixel-fitting to the model based partitioning approach. As a result of this study we provide global estimates of GPP based on SIF observation on a monthly basis.

  18. Ratiometric Fluorescent Detection of Phosphate in Aqueous Solution Based on Near Infrared Fluorescent Silver Nanoclusters/Metal-Organic Shell Composite.

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    Dai, Cong; Yang, Cheng-Xiong; Yan, Xiu-Ping

    2015-11-17

    Synthesis of near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent AgNCs with high quantum yield and stability is challenging but important for sensing and bioimaging application. Here, we report the fabrication of AgNCs/metal-organic shell composite via the deposition of metal-organic (zinc-nitrogen) coordination shell around AgNCs for ratiometric detection of phosphate. The composite exhibits NIR emission at 720 nm with 30 nm red-shift in comparison to bare AgNCs and a weak emission at 510 nm from the shell. The absolute quantum yield of NIR fluorescence of the composite is 15%, owing to FRET from the shell to the AgNCs core under the excitation at 430 nm. Besides, the composite is stable due to the protection of the shell. On the basis of the composite, a novel ratiometric fluorescence probe for the detection of phosphate in aqueous solution with good sensitivity and selectivity was developed. The limit of detection (3s) is 0.06 ?M, and the relative standard deviation for 10 replicate detections of 10 ?M phosphate was 0.6%. The recoveries of spiked phosphate in water, human urine, and serum samples ranged from 94.1% to 103.4%. PMID:26489902

  19. Intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer of fluorescent probes based on 1,8-naphthalimide and aniline derivatives

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    Burmistrova, Natalia A.; Mushtakova, Svetlana P.; Zilberg, Rufina A.; Vakulin, Ivan V.; Duerkop, Axel

    2015-03-01

    The effect of conformation and electronic structure of fluorescent probes based on 1,8-naphthalimide and aniline derivatives (4-methoxyaniline and N,N-dimethyl-p-phenylenediamine) on the intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer (PET) was investigated by density functional theory calculations (B3LYP/6-31G (d, p)). We established restricted rotation around spacer bonds of the model compounds and their protonated and oxidized forms do not block the convergence of the nitrogen atoms involved in the electron transfer at a distance of ~3Ĺ, which is adequately for PET. Computed values of protonation free energy for the gas-phase (?G298 r) show that the investigated fluorescent probes are predominantly protonated on the nitrogen atoms of the donor moiety. Electron population and localization of the frontier orbitals (LUMO, HOMO, HOMO-1) on the donor and acceptor moieties are transformed under protonation and one-electron oxidation of fluorescent probes. The results show that appearance or disappearance of the PET can be predicted by the energy difference between the frontier orbitals and the nature of their location of donor and acceptor moieties, which is in agreement with the PET theory and observed experimental data.

  20. The modified fluorescence based vesicle fluctuation spectroscopy technique for determination of lipid bilayer bending properties.

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    Drabik, Dominik; Przyby?o, Magda; Chodaczek, Grzegorz; Igli?, Aleš; Langner, Marek

    2016-02-01

    Lipid bilayer is the main constitutive element of biological membrane, which confines intracellular space. The mechanical properties of biological membranes may be characterized by various parameters including membrane stiffness or membrane bending rigidity, which can be measured using flicker noise spectroscopy. The flicker noise spectroscopy exploits the spontaneous thermal undulations of the membrane. The method is based on the quantitative analysis of a series of microscopic images captured during thermal membrane fluctuations. Thus, measured bending rigidity coefficient depends on the image quality as well as the selection of computational tools for image processing and mathematical model used. In this work scanning and spinning disc confocal microscopies were used to visualize fluctuating membranes of giant unilamellar vesicles. The bending rigidity coefficient was calculated for different acquisition modes, using different fluorescent probes and different image processing methods. It was shown that both imaging approaches gave similar bending coefficient values regardless of acquisition time. Using the developed methodology the effect of fluorescent probe type and aqueous phase composition on the value of the membrane bending rigidity coefficient was measured. Specifically it was found that the bending rigidity coefficient of DOPC bilayer in water is smaller than that determined for POPC membrane. It has been found that the POPC and DOPC bending rigidities coefficient in sucrose solution was lower than that in water. Fluorescence imaging makes possible the quantitative analysis of membrane mechanical properties of inhomogeneous membrane. PMID:26615919

  1. A miniaturised image based fluorescence detection system for point-of-care-testing of cocaine abuse

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    Walczak, Rafa?; Krüger, Jan; Moynihan, Shane

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, we describe a miniaturised image-based fluorescence detection system and demonstrate its viability as a highly sensitive tool for point-of-care-analysis of drugs of abuse in human sweat with a focus on monitor individuals for drugs of abuse. Investigations of miniaturised and low power optoelectronic configurations and methodologies for real-time image analysis were successfully carried out. The miniaturised fluorescence detection system was validated against a reference detection system under controlled laboratory conditions by analysing spiked sweat samples in dip stick and then strip with sample pad. As a result of the validation studies, a 1?ng?mL-1 limit of detection of cocaine in sweat and full agreement of test results with the reference detection system can be reported. Results of the investigations open the way towards a detection system that integrates a hand-held fluorescence reader and a wearable skinpatch, and which can collect and in situ analyse sweat for the presence of cocaine at any point for up to tenths hours.

  2. BODIPY-Based Fluorescent Probes for Sensing Protein Surface-Hydrophobicity.

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    Dorh, Nethaniah; Zhu, Shilei; Dhungana, Kamal B; Pati, Ranjit; Luo, Fen-Tair; Liu, Haiying; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2015-01-01

    Mapping surface hydrophobic interactions in proteins is key to understanding molecular recognition, biological functions, and is central to many protein misfolding diseases. Herein, we report synthesis and application of new BODIPY-based hydrophobic sensors (HPsensors) that are stable and highly fluorescent for pH values ranging from 7.0 to 9.0. Surface hydrophobic measurements of proteins (BSA, apomyoglobin, and myoglobin) by these HPsensors display much stronger signal compared to 8-anilino-1-naphthalene sulfonic acid (ANS), a commonly used hydrophobic probe; HPsensors show a 10- to 60-fold increase in signal strength for the BSA protein with affinity in the nanomolar range. This suggests that these HPsensors can be used as a sensitive indicator of protein surface hydrophobicity. A first principle approach is used to identify the molecular level mechanism for the substantial increase in the fluorescence signal strength. Our results show that conformational change and increased molecular rigidity of the dye due to its hydrophobic interaction with protein lead to fluorescence enhancement. PMID:26679512

  3. Fluorescence-based fast diagnostics platform for the direct and indirect immunodiagnostic analysis methods

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    Mannila, Rami; Pulli, Timo; Saari, Heikki; Tappura, Kirsi; Tuppurainen, Jussi; Välimäki, Hannu; Niskanen, Aimo

    2007-07-01

    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed two reader prototypes for immunodiagnostic tests. VTT has also developed a one-step, homogeneous noncompetitive immunoassay for small analytes using recombinant antibodies and morphine as the model analyte. VTT developed reader for lateral flow test. Lateral flow test is a strip, which has a sample area and a detection area. In the sample area there are antibodies attached to gold or fluorescence particles, which are captured into the detection area, if a sample has a desired analyte. The concentration of the measured sample is then calculated from the fluorescence detection or color change. The second developed prototype reader is based on Time Resolved Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (TR-FRET). In this reader samples are put on microwell array. There are two fluorophores in each of the wells and emission of both fluorophores is measured. The sample concentration is calculated from these emission signals. The optimization of homogenous FRET assays for morphine was included to this project. The first results obtained with the TR-FRET reader prototype show that the sensitivity of the current morphine test is clearly adequate.

  4. Yellow fluorescent protein phiYFPv (Phialidium): structure and structure-based mutagenesis

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    Pletneva, Nadya V.; Pletnev, Vladimir Z. Souslova, Ekaterina; Chudakov, Dmitry M.; Lukyanov, Sergey; Martynov, Vladimir I.; Arhipova, Svetlena; Artemyev, Igor; Wlodawer, Alexander; Dauter, Zbigniew; Pletnev, Sergei

    2013-06-01

    The yellow fluorescent protein phiYFPv with improved folding has been developed from the spectrally identical wild-type phiYFP found in the marine jellyfish Phialidium. The yellow fluorescent protein phiYFPv (?{sub em}{sup max} ? 537 nm) with improved folding has been developed from the spectrally identical wild-type phiYFP found in the marine jellyfish Phialidium. The latter fluorescent protein is one of only two known cases of naturally occurring proteins that exhibit emission spectra in the yellow–orange range (535–555 nm). Here, the crystal structure of phiYFPv has been determined at 2.05 Ĺ resolution. The ‘yellow’ chromophore formed from the sequence triad Thr65-Tyr66-Gly67 adopts the bicyclic structure typical of fluorophores emitting in the green spectral range. It was demonstrated that perfect antiparallel ?-stacking of chromophore Tyr66 and the proximal Tyr203, as well as Val205, facing the chromophore phenolic ring are chiefly responsible for the observed yellow emission of phiYFPv at 537 nm. Structure-based site-directed mutagenesis has been used to identify the key functional residues in the chromophore environment. The obtained results have been utilized to improve the properties of phiYFPv and its homologous monomeric biomarker tagYFP.

  5. A peptide-based fluorescent chemosensor for measuring cadmium ions in aqueous solutions and live cells.

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    Wang, Peng; Wu, Jiang; Liu, Lixuan; Zhou, Panpan; Ge, Yushu; Liu, Dan; Liu, Weisheng; Tang, Yu

    2015-11-01

    A novel peptide fluorescent chemosensor (H2L) with a lysine backbone and both -NH2 sites conjugated with cysteine and dansyl groups has been designed and synthesized by solid phase peptide synthesis with Fmoc chemistry. This chemosensor is a promising analytical tool for detecting Cd(2+) based on the photo-induced electron transfer (PET) effect by turn-on response in 100% aqueous solutions. As designed, H2L exhibits excellent cell permeation and low biotoxicity as well as displaying relatively high selectivity and sensitivity. The chemosensor penetrated live HeLa cells and detected intracellular Cd(2+) by turn-on response. The binding stoichiometry and affinity, interference test, pH sensitivity, fluorescence quantum yield, quantum mechanical calculations, lifetimes, and cytotoxicity of the chemosensor H2L to Cd(2+) were also investigated. Moreover, H2L exhibits low biotoxicity with a limit of detection (LOD) for Cd(2+) of about 52 nM, implying that H2L can be used as a highly selective and sensitive peptide fluorescent chemosensor in biological systems. PMID:26411376

  6. The effect of dimethylsulfoxide on absorption and fluorescence spectra of aqueous solutions of acridine orange base.

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    Markarian, Shiraz A; Shahinyan, Gohar A

    2015-12-01

    The photophysical properties of aqueous solutions of acridine orange base (AOB) in wide concentration range of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) were studied by using absorption and steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy techniques at room temperature. The absorption spectrum of acridine orange in water shows two bands at 468 and 490 nm which were attributed to the dimer ((AOBH)2(2+)) and monomer (AOBH(+)) species respectively. In DMSO solution for the same AOB concentration only the basic form was detected with the band at 428 nm. The addition of DMSO to AOB aqueous solution leads to the decrease of absorption band at 490 nm and the new absorption band increases at 428 nm due to deprotonated (basic) form of AO and the first isosbestic point occurs at 450 nm. The evolution of isosbestic point reveals that an other equilibrium, due to the self-association of DMSO molecules takes place. From the steady-state fluorescence spectra Stokes shifts were calculated for AOB in aqueous and DMSO solutions. The addition of DMSO into the aqueous solution induced the enhancement in the fluorescence intensity of the dye compared to those in water. PMID:26163789

  7. Fluorescent sensor for Cr(VI) based in functionalized silicon quantum dots with dendrimers.

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    Campos, B B; Algarra, M; Alonso, B; Casado, C M; Jiménez-Jiménez, J; Rodríguez-Castellón, E; Esteves da Silva, J C G

    2015-11-01

    Highly luminescent nanoparticles based in Silicon quantum dots, coated by hydroxyl PAMAM dendrimer (PAMAM-OH) of 5th generation, were obtained by one step process by hydrothermal treatment of 3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) in aqueous solution. Previous to the optimization of the synthesis procedure, different dendritic molecules of 5th generation were tested to obtain the most intense fluorescence signal. The influence of different parameters such ratio APTES/PAMAM-OH, pH and ionic strength on the fluorescence intensity was studied. The fluorescence spectra showed maximum excitation and emission wavelengths at 370 and 446nm, respectively. The obtained silicon nanoparticles (SiQDs@PAMAM-OH) were characterized by TEM, DLS and XPS, and were found to detect selectively Cr(VI) in aqueous solutions at 2.7?M level of detection, sensitivity of 0.2?M with a RSD of 0.16% (n=10). To study the feasibility of the proposed system for Cr(VI) detection, it was tested in real electrochemical solution bath and a tanning effluent obtained from electrochemical industry and with two certified waters, demonstrating promising outcomes as nano-sensor. PMID:26452901

  8. BODIPY-Based Fluorescent Probes for Sensing Protein Surface-Hydrophobicity

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    Dorh, Nethaniah; Zhu, Shilei; Dhungana, Kamal B.; Pati, Ranjit; Luo, Fen-Tair; Liu, Haiying; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2015-01-01

    Mapping surface hydrophobic interactions in proteins is key to understanding molecular recognition, biological functions, and is central to many protein misfolding diseases. Herein, we report synthesis and application of new BODIPY-based hydrophobic sensors (HPsensors) that are stable and highly fluorescent for pH values ranging from 7.0 to 9.0. Surface hydrophobic measurements of proteins (BSA, apomyoglobin, and myoglobin) by these HPsensors display much stronger signal compared to 8-anilino-1-naphthalene sulfonic acid (ANS), a commonly used hydrophobic probe; HPsensors show a 10- to 60-fold increase in signal strength for the BSA protein with affinity in the nanomolar range. This suggests that these HPsensors can be used as a sensitive indicator of protein surface hydrophobicity. A first principle approach is used to identify the molecular level mechanism for the substantial increase in the fluorescence signal strength. Our results show that conformational change and increased molecular rigidity of the dye due to its hydrophobic interaction with protein lead to fluorescence enhancement. PMID:26679512

  9. Fluorescence-activated droplet sorting (FADS): efficient microfluidic cell sorting based on enzymatic activity.

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    Baret, Jean-Christophe; Miller, Oliver J; Taly, Valerie; Ryckelynck, Michaël; El-Harrak, Abdeslam; Frenz, Lucas; Rick, Christian; Samuels, Michael L; Hutchison, J Brian; Agresti, Jeremy J; Link, Darren R; Weitz, David A; Griffiths, Andrew D

    2009-07-01

    We describe a highly efficient microfluidic fluorescence-activated droplet sorter (FADS) combining many of the advantages of microtitre-plate screening and traditional fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). Single cells are compartmentalized in emulsion droplets, which can be sorted using dielectrophoresis in a fluorescence-activated manner (as in FACS) at rates up to 2000 droplets s(-1). To validate the system, mixtures of E. coli cells, expressing either the reporter enzyme beta-galactosidase or an inactive variant, were compartmentalized with a fluorogenic substrate and sorted at rates of approximately 300 droplets s(-1). The false positive error rate of the sorter at this throughput was <1 in 10(4) droplets. Analysis of the sorted cells revealed that the primary limit to enrichment was the co-encapsulation of E. coli cells, not sorting errors: a theoretical model based on the Poisson distribution accurately predicted the observed enrichment values using the starting cell density (cells per droplet) and the ratio of active to inactive cells. When the cells were encapsulated at low density ( approximately 1 cell for every 50 droplets), sorting was very efficient and all of the recovered cells were the active strain. In addition, single active droplets were sorted and cells were successfully recovered. PMID:19532959

  10. An Intelligent Optical Dissolved Oxygen Measurement Method Based on a Fluorescent Quenching Mechanism.

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    Li, Fengmei; Wei, Yaoguang; Chen, Yingyi; Li, Daoliang; Zhang, Xu

    2015-01-01

    Dissolved oxygen (DO) is a key factor that influences the healthy growth of fishes in aquaculture. The DO content changes with the aquatic environment and should therefore be monitored online. However, traditional measurement methods, such as iodometry and other chemical analysis methods, are not suitable for online monitoring. The Clark method is not stable enough for extended periods of monitoring. To solve these problems, this paper proposes an intelligent DO measurement method based on the fluorescence quenching mechanism. The measurement system is composed of fluorescent quenching detection, signal conditioning, intelligent processing, and power supply modules. The optical probe adopts the fluorescent quenching mechanism to detect the DO content and solves the problem, whereas traditional chemical methods are easily influenced by the environment. The optical probe contains a thermistor and dual excitation sources to isolate visible parasitic light and execute a compensation strategy. The intelligent processing module adopts the IEEE 1451.2 standard and realizes intelligent compensation. Experimental results show that the optical measurement method is stable, accurate, and suitable for online DO monitoring in aquaculture applications. PMID:26690176

  11. 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

  12. Label-free and enzyme-free detection of transcription factors with graphene oxide fluorescence switch-based multifunctional G-quadruplex-hairpin probe.

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    Zhu, Desong; Wang, Lei; Xu, Xiaowen; Jiang, Wei

    2016-01-15

    Transcription factors (TFs) play pivotal roles in the regulation of a variety of essential cellular processes and some of them have been recognized as potential diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets of some diseases. Sensitive and accurate detection of TFs is of great importance to better understanding their roles in gene regulation and evaluation of disease state. Here, we developed a simple, label-free and enzyme-free new fluorescent strategy for the detection of TFs by graphene oxide (GO) fluorescence switch-based multifunctional G-quadruplex-hairpin probe (MGHP). The MGHP possessed of three functions simultaneously, adsorbing onto GO with the loop part, binding to target with the stem part and serving as signal carrier with the terminal G-quadruplex. First, the MGHP was adsorbed quickly to GO. Next, the TF bound to the stem part of MGHP to form a huge target-MGHP complex, which led to desorption of the complex from GO. Finally, NMM was inserted into G-quadruplex in the complex to yield an enhanced fluorescence response. The GO used here, as a fluorescence switch, could quickly and efficiently quench the fluorescence of NMM inserted into the MGHP absorbed on the GO, guaranteeing a high signal-to-noise ratio. Sensitive detection of purified NF-?B p50 and HeLa cell nuclear extracts were achieved with detection limits of 0.2nM and 7.8ng/µL, respectively. Moreover, this proposed strategy could be used to screen inhibitors of NF-?B p50 activity. The strategy proposed here might offer a new potential approach for reliable quantification of TFs in clinical diagnostics and treatment research of some diseases. PMID:26318784

  13. Wide-field fluorescence molecular tomography with compressive sensing based preconditioning

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    Yao, Ruoyang; Pian, Qi; Intes, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Wide-field optical tomography based on structured light illumination and detection strategies enables efficient tomographic imaging of large tissues at very fast acquisition speeds. However, the optical inverse problem based on such instrumental approach is still ill-conditioned. Herein, we investigate the benefit of employing compressive sensing-based preconditioning to wide-field structured illumination and detection approaches. We assess the performances of Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (FMT) when using such preconditioning methods both in silico and with experimental data. Additionally, we demonstrate that such methodology could be used to select the subset of patterns that provides optimal reconstruction performances. Lastly, we compare preconditioning data collected using a normal base that offers good experimental SNR against that directly acquired with optimal designed base. An experimental phantom study is provided to validate the proposed technique. PMID:26713202

  14. Gramicidin-based Fluorescence Assay; for Determining Small Molecules Potential for Modifying Lipid Bilayer Properties

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    Ingólfsson, Helgi I.; Sanford, R. Lea; Kapoor, Ruchi; Andersen, Olaf S.

    2010-01-01

    Many drugs and other small molecules used to modulate biological function are amphiphiles that adsorb at the bilayer/solution interface and thereby alter lipid bilayer properties. This is important because membrane proteins are energetically coupled to their host bilayer by hydrophobic interactions. Changes in bilayer properties thus alter membrane protein function, which provides an indirect way for amphiphiles to modulate protein function and a possible mechanism for "off-target" drug effects. We have previously developed an electrophysiological assay for detecting changes in lipid bilayer properties using linear gramicidin channels as probes 3,12. Gramicidin channels are mini-proteins formed by the transbilayer dimerization of two non-conducting subunits. They are sensitive to changes in their membrane environment, which makes them powerful probes for monitoring changes in lipid bilayer properties as sensed by bilayer spanning proteins. We now demonstrate a fluorescence assay for detecting changes in bilayer properties using the same channels as probes. The assay is based on measuring the time-course of fluorescence quenching from fluorophore-loaded large unilamellar vesicles due to the entry of a quencher through the gramicidin channels. We use the fluorescence indicator/quencher pair 8-aminonaphthalene-1,3,6-trisulfonate (ANTS)/Tl+ that has been successfully used in other fluorescence quenching assays 5,13. Tl+ permeates the lipid bilayer slowly 8 but passes readily through conducting gramicidin channels 1,14. The method is scalable and suitable for both mechanistic studies and high-throughput screening of small molecules for bilayer-perturbing, and potential "off-target", effects. We find that results using this method are in good agreement with previous electrophysiological results 12. PMID:20972414

  15. Anion recognition by simple chromogenic and chromo-fluorogenic salicylidene Schiff base or reduced-Schiff base receptors.

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    Dalapati, Sasanka; Jana, Sankar; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2014-08-14

    This review contains extensive application of anion sensing ability of salicylidene type Schiff bases and their reduced forms having various substituents with respect to phenolic OH group. Some of these molecular systems behave as receptor for recognition or sensing of various anions in organic or aqueous-organic binary solvent mixture as well as in the solid supported test kits. Development of Schiff base or reduced Schiff base receptors for anion recognition event is commonly based on the theory of hydrogen bonding interaction or deprotonation of phenolic -OH group. The process of charge transfer (CT) or inhibition of excited proton transfer (ESIPT) or followed by photo-induced electron transfer (PET) lead to naked-eye color change, UV-vis spectral change, chemical shift in the NMR spectra and fluorescence spectral modifications. In this review we have tried to discuss about the anion sensing properties of Schiff base or reduced Schiff base receptors. PMID:24759755

  16. Anion recognition by simple chromogenic and chromo-fluorogenic salicylidene Schiff base or reduced-Schiff base receptors

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    Dalapati, Sasanka; Jana, Sankar; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2014-08-01

    This review contains extensive application of anion sensing ability of salicylidene type Schiff bases and their reduced forms having various substituents with respect to phenolic sbnd OH group. Some of these molecular systems behave as receptor for recognition or sensing of various anions in organic or aqueous-organic binary solvent mixture as well as in the solid supported test kits. Development of Schiff base or reduced Schiff base receptors for anion recognition event is commonly based on the theory of hydrogen bonding interaction or deprotonation of phenolic -OH group. The process of charge transfer (CT) or inhibition of excited proton transfer (ESIPT) or followed by photo-induced electron transfer (PET) lead to naked-eye color change, UV-vis spectral change, chemical shift in the NMR spectra and fluorescence spectral modifications. In this review we have tried to discuss about the anion sensing properties of Schiff base or reduced Schiff base receptors.

  17. Combination of adhesive-tape-based sampling and fluorescence in situ hybridization for rapid detection of Salmonella on fresh produce.

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    Bisha, Bledar; Brehm-Stecher, Byron F

    2010-01-01

    This protocol describes a simple approach for adhesive-tape-based sampling of tomato and other fresh produce surfaces, followed by on-tape fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for rapid culture-independent detection of Salmonella spp. Cell-charged tapes can also be placed face-down on selective agar for solid-phase enrichment prior to detection. Alternatively, low-volume liquid enrichments (liquid surface miniculture) can be performed on the surface of the tape in non-selective broth, followed by FISH and analysis via flow cytometry. To begin, sterile adhesive tape is brought into contact with fresh produce, gentle pressure is applied, and the tape is removed, physically extracting microbes present on these surfaces. Tapes are mounted sticky-side up onto glass microscope slides and the sampled cells are fixed with 10% formalin (30 min) and dehydrated using a graded ethanol series (50, 80, and 95%; 3 min each concentration). Next, cell-charged tapes are spotted with buffer containing a Salmonella-targeted DNA probe cocktail and hybridized for 15 - 30 min at 55°C, followed by a brief rinse in a washing buffer to remove unbound probe. Adherent, FISH-labeled cells are then counterstained with the DNA dye 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) and results are viewed using fluorescence microscopy. For solid-phase enrichment, cell-charged tapes are placed face-down on a suitable selective agar surface and incubated to allow in situ growth of Salmonella microcolonies, followed by FISH and microscopy as described above. For liquid surface miniculture, cell-charged tapes are placed sticky side up and a silicone perfusion chamber is applied so that the tape and microscope slide form the bottom of a water-tight chamber into which a small volume (? 500 ?L) of Trypticase Soy Broth (TSB) is introduced. The inlet ports are sealed and the chambers are incubated at 35 - 37°C, allowing growth-based amplification of tape-extracted microbes. Following incubation, inlet ports are unsealed, cells are detached and mixed with vigorous back and forth pipetting, harvested via centrifugation and fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin. Finally, samples are hybridized and examined via flow cytometry to reveal the presence of Salmonella spp. As described here, our "tape-FISH" approach can provide simple and rapid sampling and detection of Salmonella on tomato surfaces. We have also used this approach for sampling other types of fresh produce, including spinach and jalapeńo peppers. PMID:21048665

  18. Fluorescence imaging-based high-throughput screening of fast- and slow-cycling LOV proteins.

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    Kawano, Fuun; Aono, Yuki; Suzuki, Hideyuki; Sato, Moritoshi

    2013-01-01

    Light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domains function as blue light-inducible molecular switches. The photosensory LOV domains derived from plants and fungi have provided an indispensable tool for optogenetics. Here we develop a high-throughput screening system to efficiently improve switch-off kinetics of LOV domains. The present system is based on fluorescence imaging of thermal reversion of a flavin cofactor bound to LOV domains. We conducted multi site-directed random mutagenesis of seven amino acid residues surrounding the flavin cofactor of the second LOV domain derived from Avena sativa phototropin 1 (AsLOV2). The gene library was introduced into Escherichia coli cells. Then thermal reversion of AsLOV2 variants, respectively expressed in different bacterial colonies on agar plate, was imaged with a stereoscopic fluorescence microscope. Based on the mutagenesis and imaging-based screening, we isolated 12 different variants showing substantially faster thermal reversion kinetics than wild-type AsLOV2. Among them, AsLOV2-V416T exhibited thermal reversion with a time constant of 2.6 s, 21-fold faster than wild-type AsLOV2. With a slight modification of the present approach, we also have efficiently isolated 8 different decelerated variants, represented by AsLOV2-V416L that exhibited thermal reversion with a time constant of 4.3 × 10(3) s (78-fold slower than wild-type AsLOV2). The present approach based on fluorescence imaging of the thermal reversion of the flavin cofactor is generally applicable to a variety of blue light-inducible molecular switches and may provide a new opportunity for the development of molecular tools for emerging optogenetics. PMID:24367542

  19. A highly sensitive strategy for base excision repair enzyme activity detection based on graphene oxide mediated fluorescence quenching and hybridization chain reaction.

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    Xi, Qiang; Li, Jun-Jie; Du, Wen-Fang; Yu, Ru-Qin; Jiang, Jian-Hui

    2016-01-01

    A novel fluorescent nanosensor has been developed by combining super fluorescence quenching ability of graphene oxide and hybridization chain reaction amplification, which enables highly sensitive detection of base excision repair enzyme activity with a wide dynamic range from 0.0001 to 100 U mL(-1) and a detection limit of 0.00006 U mL(-1). PMID:26609920

  20. Fluorescent refrigeration

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    Epstein, Richard I. (Santa Fe, NM); Edwards, Bradley C. (Los Alamos, NM); Buchwald, Melvin I. (Santa Fe, NM); Gosnell, Timothy R. (Santa Fe, NM)

    1995-01-01

    Fluorescent refrigeration is based on selective radiative pumping, using substantially monochromatic radiation, of quantum excitations which are then endothermically redistributed to higher energies. Ultimately, the populated energy levels radiatively deexcite emitting, on the average, more radiant energy than was initially absorbed. The material utilized to accomplish the cooling must have dimensions such that the exciting radiation is strongly absorbed, but the fluorescence may exit the material through a significantly smaller optical pathlength. Optical fibers and mirrored glasses and crystals provide this requirement.

  1. Development of a Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)-Based DNA Biosensor for Detection of Synthetic Oligonucleotide of Ganoderma boninense

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    Mohd Bakhori, Noremylia; Yusof, Nor Azah; Abdullah, Abdul Halim; Hussein, Mohd Zobir

    2013-01-01

    An optical DNA biosensor based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) utilizing synthesized quantum dot (QD) has been developed for the detection of specific-sequence of DNA for Ganoderma boninense, an oil palm pathogen. Modified QD that contained carboxylic groups was conjugated with a single-stranded DNA probe (ssDNA) via amide-linkage. Hybridization of the target DNA with conjugated QD-ssDNA and reporter probe labeled with Cy5 allows for the detection of related synthetic DNA sequence of Ganoderma boninense gene based on FRET signals. Detection of FRET emission before and after hybridization was confirmed through the capability of the system to produce FRET at 680 nm for hybridized sandwich with complementary target DNA. No FRET emission was observed for non-complementary system. Hybridization time, temperature and effect of different concentration of target DNA were studied in order to optimize the developed system. The developed biosensor has shown high sensitivity with detection limit of 3.55 × 10?9 M. TEM results show that the particle size of QD varies in the range between 5 to 8 nm after ligand modification and conjugation with ssDNA. This approach is capable of providing a simple, rapid and sensitive method for detection of related synthetic DNA sequence of Ganoderma boninense. PMID:25587406

  2. Simple super-resolution live-cell imaging based on diffusion-assisted Forster

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    Ihee, Hyotcherl

    Simple super-resolution live-cell imaging based on diffusion-assisted Fo¨rster resonance energy Department of Chemistry, 2 Department of Physics, 3 Department of Bio and Brain Enginnering, 4 Department property, and favorable temporal resolution in live-cell imaging. We demonstrate super-resolution live-cell

  3. Two Simple Classroom Demonstrations for Scanning Probe Microscopy Based on a Macroscopic Analogy

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    Hajkova, Zdenka; Fejfar, Antonin; Smejkal, Petr

    2013-01-01

    This article describes two simple classroom demonstrations that illustrate the principles of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) based on a macroscopic analogy. The analogy features the bumps in an egg carton to represent the atoms on a chemical surface and a probe that can be represented by a dwarf statue (illustrating an origin of the prefix…

  4. An individual based model of fish recruitment using simple queuing theory

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    Baxter, Paul D.

    An individual based model of fish recruitment using simple queuing theory Paul D. Baxter, ˇ Jon W, the growth process forms an § queue. ¤ Queuing theory is a well developed branch of applied probability, and grows at a rate zero otherwise. larva zooplankton #12;The queuing model ¤ Zooplankton arrive at random

  5. A Simple System for Observing Dynamic Phase Equilibrium via an Inquiry-Based Laboratory or Demonstration

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    Cloonan, Carrie A.; Andrew, Julie A.; Nichol, Carolyn A.; Hutchinson, John S.

    2011-01-01

    This article describes an activity that can be used as an inquiry-based laboratory or demonstration for either high school or undergraduate chemistry students to provide a basis for understanding both vapor pressure and the concept of dynamic phase equilibrium. The activity includes a simple setup to create a closed system of only water liquid and…

  6. Spectral filtering modulation method for estimation of hemoglobin concentration and oxygenation based on a single fluorescence emission spectrum in tissue phantoms

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    Liu, Quan; Vo-Dinh, Tuan

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: Hemoglobin concentration and oxygenation in tissue are important biomarkers that are useful in both research and clinical diagnostics of a wide variety of diseases such as cancer. The authors aim to develop simple ratiometric method based on the spectral filtering modulation (SFM) of fluorescence spectra to estimate the total hemoglobin concentration and oxygenation in tissue using only a single fluorescence emission spectrum, which will eliminate the need of diffuse reflectance measurements and prolonged data processing as required by most current methods, thus enabling rapid clinical measurements. Methods: The proposed method consists of two steps. In the first step, the total hemoglobin concentration is determined by comparing a ratio of fluorescence intensities at two emission wavelengths to a calibration curve. The second step is to estimate oxygen saturation by comparing a double ratio that involves three emission wavelengths to another calibration curve that is a function of oxygen saturation for known total hemoglobin concentration. Theoretical derivation shows that the ratio in the first step is linearly proportional to the total hemoglobin concentrations and the double ratio in the second step is related to both total hemoglobin concentration and hemoglobin oxygenation for the chosen fiber-optic probe geometry. Experiments on synthetic fluorescent tissue phantoms, which included hemoglobin with both constant and varying oxygenation as the absorber, polystyrene spheres as scatterers, and flavin adenine dinucleotide as the fluorophore, were carried out to validate the theoretical prediction. Results: Tissue phantom experiments confirm that the ratio in the first step is linearly proportional to the total hemoglobin concentration and the double ratio in the second step is related to both total hemoglobin concentrations and hemoglobin oxygenation. Furthermore, the relations between the two ratios and the total hemoglobin concentration and hemoglobin oxygenation are insensitive to the scattering property of the tissue model for the chosen probe geometry. Conclusions: A simple two-step ratiometric method based on the SFM of fluorescence spectra is proposed to estimate the total hemoglobin concentration and oxygenation in a tissue model using only a single fluorescence emission spectrum. This method is immune to the variation in system throughput caused by inconsistent optical coupling because of its ratiometric nature. Calibration curves are insensitive to the scattering coefficient for the chosen probe geometry. Moreover, since only fluorescence intensities at a few wavelengths in a single fluorescence emission spectrum are needed in this method, the SFM method minimizes the amount of required data and reduces the data acquisition time. Finally, since this method does not use nonlinear regression, it can dramatically save computation time in data processing. The high sensitivity of the proposed method to superficial tissue volumes makes it ideal for fluorescence based oximetry and medical diagnostics in applications such as early epithelial cancer diagnosis or wherever the measured tissue volume is exposed to the outside such as in open surgery. PMID:19928112

  7. When Simple Harmonic Motion Is Not that Simple: Managing Epistemological Complexity by Using Computer-Based Representations

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    Parnafes, Orit

    2010-01-01

    Many real-world phenomena, even "simple" physical phenomena such as natural harmonic motion, are complex in the sense that they require coordinating multiple subtle foci of attention to get the required information when experiencing them. Moreover, for students to develop sound understanding of a concept or a phenomenon, they need to learn to get…

  8. Development of Tyrosinase Promoter-Based Fluorescent Assay for Screening of Anti-melanogenic Agents.

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    Lee, JaeHo; Lee, SeungJun; Lee, ByungMan; Roh, KyungBaeg; Park, DeokHoon; Jung, EunSun

    2015-10-01

    For screening of skin-whitening ingredients that modulate inhibition of melanogenesis, tyrosinase promoter-based assay using a three-dimensional (3D) spheroid culture technique is a beneficial tool to improve the accuracy of raw material screening in cosmetics through mimicking of the in vivo microenvironment. Although the advantages of high-throughput screening (HTS) are widely known, there has been little focus on specific cell-based promoter assays for HTS in identifying skin-whitening ingredients that inhibit accumulation of melanin. The aim of this study was therefore to develop a large-scale compatible assay through pTyr-EGFP, an enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-based tyrosinase-specific promoter, to seek potential melanogenesis inhibitors for cosmetic use. Herein, a stably transfected human melanoma cell line expressing EGFP under the control of a 2.2-kb fragment derived from the tyrosinase gene was generated. Spontaneous induction of the tyrosinase promoter by 3D spheroid culture resulted in increased expression of EGFP, providing a significant correlation with the tyrosinase mRNA level, and subsequent inhibition of tyrosinase activity. Importantly, the pTyr-EGFP system provided successful tracking of the changes in the live image and real-time monitoring. Thus tyrosinase promoter-based fluorescent assay using a 3D spheroid culture can be useful as a screening system for exploring the efficiency of anti-melanogenesis ingredients. PMID:26179334

  9. Quantitative Fluorescence Assays Using a Self-Powered Paper-Based Microfluidic Device and a Camera-Equipped Cellular Phone

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    Thom, Nicole K.; Lewis, Gregory G.; Yeung, Kimy

    2014-01-01

    Fluorescence assays often require specialized equipment and, therefore, are not easily implemented in resource-limited environments. Herein we describe a point-of-care assay strategy in which fluorescence in the visible region is used as a readout, while a camera-equipped cellular phone is used to capture the fluorescent response and quantify the assay. The fluorescence assay is made possible using a paper-based microfluidic device that contains an internal fluidic battery, a surface-mount LED, a 2-mm section of a clear straw as a cuvette, and an appropriately-designed small molecule reagent that transforms from weakly fluorescent to highly fluorescent when exposed to a specific enzyme biomarker. The resulting visible fluorescence is digitized by photographing the assay region using a camera-equipped cellular phone. The digital images are then quantified using image processing software to provide sensitive as well as quantitative results. In a model 30 min assay, the enzyme ?-D-galactosidase was measured quantitatively down to 700 pM levels. This Communication describes the design of these types of assays in paper-based microfluidic devices and characterizes the key parameters that affect the sensitivity and reproducibility of the technique. PMID:24490035

  10. 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

  11. Quantitative Fluorescence Assays Using a Self-Powered Paper-Based Microfluidic Device and a Camera-Equipped Cellular Phone.

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    Thom, Nicole K; Lewis, Gregory G; Yeung, Kimy; Phillips, Scott T

    2014-01-01

    Fluorescence assays often require specialized equipment and, therefore, are not easily implemented in resource-limited environments. Herein we describe a point-of-care assay strategy in which fluorescence in the visible region is used as a readout, while a camera-equipped cellular phone is used to capture the fluorescent response and quantify the assay. The fluorescence assay is made possible using a paper-based microfluidic device that contains an internal fluidic battery, a surface-mount LED, a 2-mm section of a clear straw as a cuvette, and an appropriately-designed small molecule reagent that transforms from weakly fluorescent to highly fluorescent when exposed to a specific enzyme biomarker. The resulting visible fluorescence is digitized by photographing the assay region using a camera-equipped cellular phone. The digital images are then quantified using image processing software to provide sensitive as well as quantitative results. In a model 30 min assay, the enzyme ?-D-galactosidase was measured quantitatively down to 700 pM levels. This Communication describes the design of these types of assays in paper-based microfluidic devices and characterizes the key parameters that affect the sensitivity and reproducibility of the technique. PMID:24490035

  12. Highly sensitive gold nanoparticles-based optical sensing of DNA hybridization using bis(8-hydroxyquinoline-5-solphonate)cerium(III) chloride as a novel fluorescence probe.

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    Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Memari, Zahra; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza; Norouzi, Parviz; Faridbod, Farnoush

    2016-01-25

    A simple and sensitive method for the detection of DNA hybridization in a homogeneous format was developed, using bis(8-hydroxyquinoline-5-solphonate)cerium(III) chloride (Ce(QS)2Cl) as a novel fluorescent probe. The method is based on fluorescence quenching by gold nanoparticles used as both nanoscafolds for the immobilization of the probe DNA sequence, which is related to Alicyclobacillus acidophilus strain TA-67 16S ribosomal RNA, and nanoquenchers of the Ce(QS)2Cl probe. The probe DNA-functionalized GNPs were synthesized by derivatizing the colloidal gold nanoparticles solution with 3-thiolated 16-base oligonucleotides. Addition of sequence-specific target DNAs (16 bases) into the mixture containing probe DNA-functionalized GNPs and fluorescent probe lead to the quenching of Ce(QS)2Cl fluorescence at 360nm (?ex=270nm), due to DNA hybridization, the resulting quenched intensity being proportional to the concentration of target DNA. Under optimal conditions of pH 7.4 and Ce(QS)2Cl concentration of 1.0×10(-7)M, the linear dynamic range found to be 1.0×10(-10)-3.0×10(-8)M DNA, with a limit of detection of 7.0×10(-11)M. The interaction mechanism for the binding of Ce(QS)2Cl to DNA was studied in detail, and results proved that the interaction mode between Ce(QS)2Cl and DNA is groove binding, with a binding constant of 1.0×10(5)M(-1). PMID:26600117

  13. A triazole Schiff base-based selective and sensitive fluorescent probe for Zn(2+): 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 51nmol/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

  14. Invertase-nanogold clusters decorated plant membranes for fluorescence-based sucrose sensor.

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    Bagal-Kestwal, Dipali; Kestwal, Rakesh Mohan; Chiang, Been-Huang

    2015-01-01

    In the present study, invertase-mediated nanogold clusters were synthesized on onion membranes, and their application for sucrose biosensor fabrication was investigated. Transmission electron microscopy revealed free nanoparticles of various sizes (diameter ~5 to 50 nm) along with clusters of nanogold (~95 to 200 nm) on the surface of inner epidermal membranes of onions (Allium cepa L.). Most of the polydispersed nanoparticles were spherical, although some were square shaped, triangular, hexagonal or rod-shaped. Ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometric observations showed the characteristic peak for nanoparticles decorated invertase-onion membrane at approximately 301 nm. When excited at 320 nm in the presence of sucrose, the membranes exhibited a photoemission peak at 348 nm. The fluorescence lifetime of this nanogold modified onion membrane was 6.20 ns, compared to 2.47 ns for invertase-onion membrane without nanogold. Therefore, a sucrose detection scheme comprised of an invertase/nanogold decorated onion membrane was successfully developed. This fluorescent nanogold-embedded onion membrane drop-test sensor exhibited wide acidic to neutral working pH range (4.0-7.0) with a response time 30 seconds (<1 min). The fabricated quenching-based probe had a low detection limit (2x10(-9) M) with a linear dynamic range of 2.25x10(-9) to 4.25x10(-8) M for sensing sucrose. A microplate designed with an enzyme-nanomaterial-based sensor platform exhibited a high compliance, with acceptable percentage error for the detection of sucrose in green tea samples in comparison to a traditional method. With some further, modifications, this fabricated enzyme-nanogold onion membrane sensor probe could be used to estimate glucose concentrations for a variety of analytical samples. Graphical abstract Synthesis and characterization of invertase assisted nanogold clusters on onion membranes and their application for fluorescence-based sucrose sensor. PMID:25886379

  15. A fast and effective reconstruction method for fluorescence molecular tomography based on sparsity adaptive subspace pursuit

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    Ye, Jinzuo; Chi, Chongwei; An, Yu; Xu, Han; Zhang, Shuang; Yang, Xin; Tian, Jie

    2014-02-01

    Fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT), which is a promising tomographic method for in vivo small animal imaging, has many successful applications. However, FMT reconstruction is usually an ill-posed problem because only the photon distribution over the body surface is measurable. The Lp-norm regularization is generally adopted to stabilize the solution, which can be regarded as a type of a priori information of the fluorescent probe bio-distribution. When FMT is used for the early detection of tumors, an important feature is the sparsity of the fluorescent sources because tumors are usually very small and sparse at early stage. Considering this, we propose a fast and effective method with L1-norm based on sparsity adaptive subspace pursuit to solve the FMT problem in this paper. Our proposed method treats FMT problem with sparsity-promoting L1-norm as the basis pursuit problem. At each iteration, a sparsity factor that indicates the number of unknowns is estimated and updated adaptively. Then our method seeks a small index set which indicates atoms exhibiting highest correlation with the current residual, and updates the current supporting set by merging the newly selected index set. It can be regarded as a kind of sparse approximation reconstruction strategy. To evaluate our proposed method, we compare it to the iterated-shrinkage-based method with L1-norm regularization in numerical experiments. The results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm is able to obtain satisfactory reconstruction results. In addition, the proposed method is about two orders of magnitude faster compared to the iterated-shrinkage-based method. Our method is a practical and effective FMT reconstruction method.

  16. A flavone-based turn-on fluorescent probe for intracellular cysteine/homocysteine sensing with high selectivity.

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    Zhang, Jian; Lv, Yanlin; Zhang, Wei; Ding, Hui; Liu, Rongji; Zhao, Yongsheng; Zhang, Guangjin; Tian, Zhiyuan

    2016-01-01

    A new type of flavone-based fluorescent probe (DMAF) capable of cysteine (Cys)/homocysteine (Hcy) sensing with high selectivity over other amino acids was developed. Such type of probe undergoes Cys/Hcy-mediated cyclization reaction with the involvement of its aldehyde group, which suppresses of the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process of the probe molecule and consequently leads to the enhancement of fluorescence emission upon excitation using visible light. The formation of product of the Cys/Hcy-mediated cyclization reaction was confirmed and the preliminary fluorescence imaging experiments revealed the biocompatibility of the as-prepared probe and validated its practicability for intracellular Cys/Hcy sensing. PMID:26695232

  17. Design of a novel coumarin-based multifunctional fluorescent probe for Zn˛?/Cu˛?/S˛? in aqueous solution.

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    Qin, Jing-Can; Yang, Zheng-Yin

    2015-12-01

    A multifunctional fluorescent chemosensor 7-(diethylamino)-coumarin-3-carbaldehyde-(2'-methylquinoline-4'-formyl) hydrazone (HL) has been designed and synthesized. The sensor shows significant fluorescence enhancement in the presence of Zn(2+), which might be mainly due to the restricted -CN isomerization process. In contrast, the fluorescence of the sensor is quenched by Cu(2+) attributed to the inherent paramagnetic species. More interestingly, the 'in situ' prepared L-Cu exhibits a selective response to S(2-) based on reversible formation-separation of complex L-Cu and CuS. PMID:26354263

  18. Ratiometric fluorescent chemosensor for fluoride ion based on inhibition of excited state intramolecular proton transfer

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    Gupta, Akul Sen; Paul, Kamaldeep; Luxami, Vijay

    2015-03-01

    ESIPT based benzimidazole derivative has been synthesized and investigated their photophysical behavior towards various anions. The probe 2 has been used for selective estimation of F- ions as compared to other anions and signaled the binding event through formation of new absorption band at 360 nm and emission band at 420 nm. The probe 2 showed fluorescence behavior towards fluoride ions through hydrogen bonding interactions and restricted the ESIPT emission at 540 nm from OH to nitrogen of benzimidazole moiety to release its enol emission at 420 nm.

  19. Noncontact full-angle fluorescence molecular tomography system based on rotary mirrors.

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    Wang, Daifa; He, Jin; Qiao, Huiting; Li, Ping; Fan, Yubo; Li, Deyu

    2015-08-10

    We propose a novel noncontact fluorescence molecular tomography system that achieves full-angle capacity with the use of a new rotary-mirrors-based imaging head. In the imaging head, four plane mirrors are mounted on a rotating gantry to enable illumination and detection over 360°. In comparison with existing full-angle systems, our system does not require rotation of the specimen animal, a large and heavy light source (with scanning head), or a bulky camera (with filters and lens). The system design and implementation are described in detail. Both physical phantom and in vivo experiments are performed to verify the performance of the proposed system. PMID:26368376

  20. Electron Transfer-Based Single Molecule Fluorescence as a Probe for Nano-Environment Dynamics

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    Chen, Ruiyun; Wu, Ruixiang; Zhang, Guofeng; Gao, Yan; Xiao, Liantuan; Jia, Suotang

    2014-01-01

    Electron transfer (ET) is one of the most important elementary processes that takes place in fundamental aspects of biology, chemistry, and physics. In this review, we discuss recent research on single molecule probes based on ET. We review some applications, including the dynamics of glass-forming systems, surface binding events, interfacial ET on semiconductors, and the external field-induced dynamics of polymers. All these examples show that the ET-induced changes of fluorescence trajectory and lifetime of single molecules can be used to sensitively probe the surrounding nano-environments. PMID:24496314

  1. A fluorescence-based high throughput assay for the determination of small molecule–human serum albumin protein binding

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    McCallum, Megan M.; Pawlak, Alan J.; Shadrick, William R.; Simeonov, Anton; Jadhav, Ajit; Yasgar, Adam; Maloney, David J.; Arnold, Leggy A.

    2014-01-01

    Herein, we describe the development of a fluorescence-based high throughput assay to determine the small molecule binding towards human serum albumin (HSA). This innovative competition assay is based on the use of a novel fluorescent small molecule Red Mega 500 with unique spectroscopic and binding properties. The commercially available probe displays a large fluorescence intensity difference between the protein-bound and protein-unbound state. The competition of small molecules for HSA binding in the presence of probe resulted in low fluorescence intensities. The assay was evaluated with the LOPAC small molecule library of 1280 compounds identifying known high protein binders. The small molecule competition of HSA–Red Mega 500 binding was saturable at higher compound concentrations and exhibited IC50 values between 3–24 ?M. The compound affinity towards HSA was confirmed by isothermal titration calorimetry indicating that the new protein binding assay is a valid high throughput assay to determine plasma protein binding. PMID:24390461

  2. Fluorescent gold nanoclusters based photoelectrochemical sensors for detection of H2O2 and glucose.

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    Zhang, Jianxiu; Tu, Liping; Zhao, Shuang; Liu, Guohua; Wang, Yangyun; Wang, Yong; Yue, Zhao

    2015-05-15

    In this work, low-toxicity fluorescent gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) based photoelectrochemical sensors were developed for H2O2 and glucose detection. Herein, the processes used to fabricate the sensors and the photoelectrochemical performances of the sensors under different conditions were presented. Based on the energy band levels of the AuNCs and electron tunneling processes, a detailed photoelectrochemical sensing model was given. The designed sensors were then used for H2O2 and glucose detection without any extra modification of the AuNCs or complex enzyme immobilization. The results demonstrate that the AuNCs allow for H2O2 sensing based on their capacity for both fluorescence and catalysis. Indeed, it was observed that H2O2 was catalyzed by the AuNCs and reduced by photoinduced electrons derived from excited AuNCs. Furthermore, an enhancement in photocurrent amplitude followed the increase in the concentrations of H2O2 and glucose. The effects of the types of ligands surrounding the AuNCs and the applied potential on the output photocurrent were well studied to optimize the measurement conditions. The sensitivity and LOD of MUA-AuNCs at -500 mV were 4.33 nA/mM and 35 ?M, respectively. All experimental results indicated that AuNCs could not only serve as a promising photoelectrical material for building the photoelectrochemical biosensors but as catalysts for H2O2 sensing. PMID:25190086

  3. An Evaluation of Commercial Fluorescent Bead-Based Luminex Cytokine Assays

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    Djoba Siawaya, Joel Fleury; Roberts, Teri; Babb, Chantal; Black, Gillian; Golakai, Hawa Jande; Stanley, Kim; Bapela, Nchinya Bennedict; Hoal, Eileen; Parida, Shreemanta; van Helden, Paul; Walzl, Gerhard

    2008-01-01

    The recent introduction of fluorescent bead-based technology, allowing the measurement of multiples analytes in a single 25–50 µl sample has revolutionized the study of cytokine responses. However, such multiplex approaches may compromise the ability of these assays to accurately measure actual cytokine levels. This study evaluates the performance of three commercially available multiplex cytokine fluorescent bead-based immunoassays (Bio-Rad's Cytokine 17-plex kit; LINCO Inc's 29-plex kit; and RnD System's Fluorokine-Multi Analyte Profiling (MAP) base kit A and B). The LINCO Inc kit was found to be the most sensitive assay for measuring concentrations of multiple recombinant cytokines in samples that had been spiked with serial dilutions of the standard provided by the manufacturer, followed respectively by the RnD Fluorokine-(MAP) and Bio-Rad 17-plex kits. A positive correlation was found in the levels of IFN-? measured in antigen stimulated whole blood culture supernatants by the LINCO Inc 29-plex, RnD Fluorokine-(MAP) and RnD system IFN-? Quantikine ELISA kits across a panel of controls and stimulated samples. Researchers should take the limitation of such multiplexed assays into account when planning experiments and the most appropriate use for these tests may currently be as screening tools for the selection of promising markers for analysis by more sensitive techniques. PMID:18596971

  4. Fluorescence-based retention assays reveals sustained release of vascular endothelial growth factor from bone grafts.

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    Kang, Wonmo; Yun, Ye-Rang; Lee, Dong-Sung; Kim, Tae-Hyun; Kim, Joong-Hyun; Kim, Hae-Won; Jang, Jun-Hyeog

    2016-01-01

    The sustained release of growth factors following their implantation in vivo is essential for successful outcomes in bone tissue engineering. In this study, we evaluated the release kinetics and delivery efficacies of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a potent angiogenic growth factor, incorporated into calcium phosphate bone grafts (BGs). We evaluated the release profile of VEGF from BGs using a novel fluorescence-based retention assay, which revealed that VEGF loaded on BGs can be released in a sustained manner without an initial burst (near zero-order cumulative release) with a controlled release rate of 13.6% per week for up to 7 weeks. In contrast, an ELISA-based release assay showed VEGF to have an early burst-release profile for the first week. However, the biological activity of VEGF released from the BGs was preserved over the 7-week release period, which is consistent with the sustained-release profile observed in the fluorescence-based retention assay. Furthermore, the in vivo bone-forming action of the VEGF-loaded BGs was well demonstrated in a rat subcutaneous model. Taken together, the sustained release of VEGF loaded onto BGs was effective in stimulating proliferation, angiogenesis and osteogenesis, suggesting the ultimate value of VEGF-engineered BGs for bone tissue engineering. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 283-290, 2016. PMID:26386269

  5. High performance magnesium anode in paper-based microfluidic battery, powering on-chip fluorescence assay

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    Koo, Youngmi; Sankar, Jagannathan; Yun, Yeoheung

    2014-01-01

    A high power density and long-lasting stable/disposable magnesium battery anode was explored for a paper-based fluidic battery to power on-chip functions of various Point of Care (POC) devices. The single galvanic cell with magnesium foil anode and silver foil cathode in Origami cellulose chip provided open circuit potential, 2.2?V, and power density, 3.0 mW/cm2. A paper-based fluidic galvanic cell was operated with one drop of water (80 ?l) and continued to run until it was dry. To prove the concept about powering on-chip POC devices, two-serial galvanic cells are developed and incorporated with a UV-light emitting diode (??=?365?nm) and fluorescence assay for alkaline phosphatase reaction. Further, detection using smart phones was performed for quantitative measurement of fluorescent density. To conclude, a magnesium-based fluidic battery paper chip was extremely low-cost, required minute sample volumes, was easy to dispose of, light weight, easy to stack, store and transport, easy to fabricate, scalable, and has faster analysis times. PMID:25332741

  6. Local SIMPLE multi-atlas-based segmentation applied to lung lobe detection on chest CT

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    Agarwal, M.; Hendriks, E. A.; Stoel, B. C.; Bakker, M. E.; Reiber, J. H. C.; Staring, M.

    2012-02-01

    For multi atlas-based segmentation approaches, a segmentation fusion scheme which considers local performance measures may be more accurate than a method which uses a global performance measure. We improve upon an existing segmentation fusion method called SIMPLE and extend it to be localized and suitable for multi-labeled segmentations. We demonstrate the algorithm performance on 23 CT scans of COPD patients using a leave-one- out experiment. Our algorithm performs significantly better (p < 0.01) than majority voting, STAPLE, and SIMPLE, with a median overlap of the fissure of 0.45, 0.48, 0.55 and 0.6 for majority voting, STAPLE, SIMPLE, and the proposed algorithm, respectively.

  7. Fluorescent magnetic bead-based mast cell biosensor for electrochemical detection of allergens in foodstuffs.

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    Jiang, Donglei; Zhu, Pei; Jiang, Hui; Ji, Jian; Sun, Xiulan; Gu, Wenshu; Zhang, Genyi

    2015-08-15

    In this study, a novel electrochemical rat basophilic leukemia cell (RBL-2H3) cell sensor, based on fluorescent magnetic beads, has been developed for the detection and evaluation of different allergens in foodstuffs. Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) was successfully fused inside the SiO2 layer of SiO2 shell-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles, which was superior to the traditional Fe3O4@SiO2@FITC modification process. The as-synthesized fluorescent magnetic beads were then encapsulated with lipidosome to form cationic magnetic fluorescent nanoparticles (CMFNPs) for mast cell magnetofection. The CMFNPs were then characterized by SEM, TEM, VSM, FTIR, and XRD analyses, and transfected into RBL-2H3 cells through a highly efficient, lipid-mediated magnetofection procedure. Magnetic glassy carbon electrode (MGCE), which possesses excellent reproducibility and regeneration qualities, was then employed to adsorb the CMFNP-transfected RBL-2H3 cells activated by an allergen antigen for electrochemical assay. Results show that the exposure of model antigen-dinitrophenol-bovine serum albumin (DNP-BSA) to anti-DNP IgE-sensitized mast cells induced a robust and long-lasting electrochemical impedance signal in a dose-dependent manner. The detection limit was identified at 3.3×10(-4) ng/mL. To demonstrate the utility of this mast cell-based biosensor for detection of real allergens in foodstuffs, Anti-Pen a1 IgE and Anti-PV IgE-activated cells were employed to quantify both shrimp allergen tropomyosin (Pen a 1) and fish allergen parvalbumin (PV). Results show high detection accuracy for these targets, with a limit of 0.03 ?g/mL (shrimp Pen a 1) and 0.16 ng/mL (fish PV), respectively. To this effect, we conclude the proposed method is a facile, highly sensitive, innovative electrochemical method for the evaluation of food allergens. PMID:25889258

  8. Coumarin-based 'turn-off' fluorescent chemosensor with high selectivity for Cu2+ in aqueous solution

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    Xu, Wen-Jun; Qi, De-Qiang; You, Jin-Zong; Hu, Fei-Fei; Bian, Jia-Ying; Yang, Chun-Xia; Huang, Juan

    2015-07-01

    Coumarin-based "turn-off" fluorescent chemosensor, 3-acetoacetyl-7-diethylaminocoumarin (1), has been synthesized and structurally characterized by IR, 1H NMR and X-ray crystal structure analysis. The fluorescence behaviors in the presence of various metal ions were investigated in aqueous media. 1 Exhibits highly selective and sensitive absorbance and fluorescence sensing ability for Cu2+ over other metal ions. Addition of Cu2+ to the aqueous solution of 1 gave rise to obvious absorbance change and fluorescence quenching. Other competing ions, such as Mg2+, Ba2+, Mn2+, Fe3+, Co2+, Ni2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cd2+, Hg2+, induced negligible absorbance and fluorescence changes under the same conditions. The job's plot showed that the stoichiometry between 1 and Cu2+ was estimated to be 1:1. The fluorescence intensity varied almost linearly vs. the concentration of Cu2+ (1.0-7.0 ?M), and the detection limit of Cu2+ was estimated to be 1.81 nM, indicating that 1 can be used as "turn-off" fluorescent chemosensor to selectively detect Cu2+ in aqueous solution.

  9. Carcino-embryonic antigen detection based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer between quantum dots and graphene oxide.

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    Zhou, Zi-Ming; Zhou, Jun; Chen, Jun; Yu, Rong-Na; Zhang, Ming-Zhen; Song, Ji-Tao; Zhao, Yuan-Di

    2014-09-15

    The mixture of graphene oxide (GO) and aptamer labeled fluorophore is widely used in developing fluorescent sensors for the analysis of biomolecules, according to the light signal 'off-on' procedure. Moreover, the laser-induced fluorescence-coupled affinity probe capillary electrophoresis (APCE) technique has been broadly applied for the separation of micromolecules. Here, a strategy is proposed for analysis of content of carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA) based on the combination of GO and quantum dots labeling aptamer (QD-aptamer) by capillary electrophoresis (CE). The method has three advantages: (i) combined with CE, only few samples are required and efficiency of separation is high, (ii) fluorescent detection can be carried out after separation of GO and fluorescence probe combined with targets by CE, while fluorescence detection sensitivity had been greatly improved, and (iii) the issues of APCE, including the effect of excess fluorescence probe and maximizing separation between analytes, could be solved by introducing GO. It has been proved that QD-aptamer-CEA complex can completely dissociate from GO. Results show that the fluorescence intensity has a linear relationship with the concentration of CEA in the range from 0.257 to 12.9 ng/mL, and the limit of detection is approximately 5 pg/mL (S/N=3). The proposed method with high specificity has been applied for the accurate analysis of content of CEA in patient?s serum. PMID:24768819

  10. Chromenoquinoline-based thiol probes: a study on the quencher position for controlling fluorescent Off-On characteristics.

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    Kand, Dnyaneshwar; Kalle, Arunasree Marasanapalli; Talukdar, Pinaki

    2013-02-13

    The design, synthesis and thiol sensing ability of chromenoquinoline-based fluorescent probes 4, 5 and 6 and are reported here. The relative position of the maleimide moiety was varied along the chromenoquinoline fluorophore to decrease the background fluorescence. Lower background fluorescence in probes 4 and 6 was rationalized by the smaller k(r)/k(nr) values compared to that of probe 5. An intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) mechanism was proposed for quenching and the extent was dependent on the position of the maleimide quencher. Fluorescent Off-On characteristics were evaluated by theoretical calculations. All probes were selective only towards thiol containing amino acids. Thiol sensing by probes 4 and 6 were much better compared to 5. Probe 4 displayed a better fluorescence response for less hindered thiol (185-, 223- and 156-fold for Hcy, Cys and GSH, respectively), while for probe 6, a higher enhancement in fluorescence was observed with more hindered thiols (180-, 205- and 245-fold for Hcy, Cys and GSH, respectively). The better response to bulkier thiol, GSH by probe 6 was attributed to the steric crowding at the C-4 position and bulkiness of the GSH group which force the succinimide unit to be in a nearly orthogonal conformation. This spatial arrangement was important in reducing the fluorescence quenching ability of the succinimide moiety. The application of probes 4, 5 and 6 was demonstrated by naked eye detection thiols using a 96-well plate system as well as by live-cell imaging. PMID:23364761

  11. A fluorescent biosensor for protein detection based on poly(thymine)-templated copper nanoparticles and terminal protection of small molecule-linked DNA.

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    Wang, Hai-Bo; Zhang, Hong-Ding; Chen, Ying; Liu, Yan-Ming

    2015-12-15

    In this paper, a fluorescent biosensor has been developed for protein detection based on poly(thymine) (poly T)-templated copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs) and terminal protection of small molecule linked-DNA. This strategy was demonstrated by using small molecule biotin and its binding protein streptavidin (SA) as a model case. In this assay, biotin-linked poly T (biotin-T30) probe was specifically bound to the target protein SA with strong affinity in the presence of SA. The selective binding events confirmed that biotin-T30 probe was protected against the hydrolysis by exonuclease I (Exo I), which could effectively template the formation of fluorescent Cu NPs. The results revealed that the developed strategy was highly sensitive for detecting SA in the concentration range from 0.5 to 1000 nM with a detection limit of 0.1 nM. In addition, the relative standard deviation was 3.6% in 5 repetitive assays of 50 nM SA, which indicated that the reproducibility of the method was acceptable. Besides desirable sensitivity, the developed biosensor also showed high selectivity, low cost, and simplified operations. Thus, it could hold considerable potential to construct a simple, selective and sensitive fluorescent platform for detection of small molecule-protein interactions in molecular diagnostics and genomic research. PMID:26190469

  12. Fluorescence turn-on detection of mercury ions based on the controlled adsorption of a perylene probe onto the gold nanoparticles.

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    Li, Juanmin; Chen, Jian; Chen, Yang; Li, Yongxin; Shahzad, Sohail Anjum; Wang, Yan; Yang, Meiding; Yu, Cong

    2016-01-01

    A novel fluorescence turn-on strategy based on Au nanoparticles and a perylene probe for the sensing of Hg(2+) ions has been developed. It was observed that a perylene probe could be adsorbed onto the surface of Au NPs through strong electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. Its fluorescence was efficiently quenched by the Au nanoparticles. However, in the presence of Hg(2+) and NaBH4, Hg(2+) was reduced and an Au/Hg amalgam was formed on the surface of the Au nanoparticles. The perylene probe could hardly be adsorbed and quenched by the Au/Hg amalgam. A turn on fluorescence signal was therefore detected. The assay is quite sensitive, and 5 nM Hg(2+) could be easily detected. It is also very selective, a number of metal ions were tested and no noticeable interference was observed. The assay was also successfully applied for the determination of Hg(2+) in lake water samples. A simple, fast, inexpensive, highly sensitive and selective Hg(2+) sensing strategy is therefore established. PMID:26618370

  13. Preparation of graphene quantum dots based core-satellite hybrid spheres and their use as the ratiometric fluorescence probe for visual determination of mercury(II) ions.

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    Hua, Mengjuan; Wang, Chengquan; Qian, Jing; Wang, Kan; Yang, Zhenting; Liu, Qian; Mao, Hanping; Wang, Kun

    2015-08-12

    We herein proposed a simple and effective strategy for preparing graphene quantum dots (GQDs)-based core-satellite hybrid spheres and further explored the feasibility of using such spheres as the ratiometric fluorescence probe for the visual determination of Hg(2+). The red-emitting CdTe QDs were firstly entrapped in the silica nanosphere to reduce their toxicity and improve their photo and chemical stabilities, thus providing a built-in correction for environmental effects, while the GQDs possessing good biocompatibility and low toxicity were electrostatic self-assembly on the silica surface acting as reaction sites. Upon exposure to the increasing contents of Hg(2+), the blue fluorescence of GQDs can be gradually quenched presumably due to facilitating nonradiative electron/hole recombination annihilation. With the embedded CdTe QDs as the internal standard, the variations of the tested solution display continuous fluorescence color changes from blue to red, which can be easily observed by the naked eye without any sophisticated instrumentations and specially equipped laboratories. This sensor exhibits high sensitivity and selectivity toward Hg(2+) in a broad linear range of 10 nM-22 ?M with a low detection limit of 3.3 nM (S/N = 3), much lower than the allowable Hg(2+) contents in drinking water set by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This prototype ratiometric probe is of good simplicity, low toxicity, excellent stabilities, and thus potentially attractive for Hg(2+) quantification related biological systems. PMID:26320973

  14. A novel device based on a fluorescent cross-responsive sensor array for detecting lung cancer related volatile organic compounds

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    Lei, Jin-can; Hou, Chang-jun; Huo, Dan-qun; Luo, Xiao-gang; Bao, Ming-ze; Li, Xian; Yang, Mei; Fa, Huan-bao

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, a novel, simple, rapid, and low-cost detection device for lung cancer related Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) was constructed. For this task, a sensor array based on cross-responsive mechanism was designed. A special gas chamber was made to insure sensor array exposed to VOCs sufficiently and evenly, and FLUENT software was used to simulate the performance of the gas chamber. The data collection and processing system was used to detect fluorescent changes of the sensor arrays before and after reaction, and to extract unique patterns of the tested VOCs. Four selected VOCs, p-xylene, styrene, isoprene, and hexanal, were detected by the proposed device. Unsupervised pattern recognition methods, hierarchical cluster analysis and principal component analysis, were used to analyze data. The results showed that the methods could 100% discriminate the four VOCs. What is more, combined with artificial neural network, the correct rate of quantitative detection was up to 100%, and the device obtained responses at concentrations below 50 ppb. In conclusion, the proposed detection device showed excellent selectivity and discrimination ability for the VOCs related to lung cancer. Furthermore, our preliminary study demonstrated that the proposed detection device has brilliant potential application for early clinical diagnosis of lung cancer.

  15. Crystal Structure of Phototoxic Orange Fluorescent Proteins with a Tryptophan-Based Chromophore

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    Pletneva, Nadya V.; Pletnev, Vladimir Z.; Sarkisyan, Karen S.; Gorbachev, Dmitry A.; Egorov, Evgeny S.; Mishin, Alexander S.; Lukyanov, Konstantin A.; Dauter, Zbigniew; Pletnev, Sergei

    2015-01-01

    Phototoxic fluorescent proteins represent a sparse group of genetically encoded photosensitizers that could be used for precise light-induced inactivation of target proteins, DNA damage, and cell killing. Only two such GFP-based fluorescent proteins (FPs), KillerRed and its monomeric variant SuperNova, were described up to date. Here, we present a crystallographic study of their two orange successors, dimeric KillerOrange and monomeric mKillerOrange, at 1.81 and 1.57 Ĺ resolution, respectively. They are the first orange-emitting protein photosensitizers with a tryptophan-based chromophore (Gln65-Trp66-Gly67). Same as their red progenitors, both orange photosensitizers have a water-filled channel connecting the chromophore to the ?-barrel exterior and enabling transport of ROS. In both proteins, Trp66 of the chromophore adopts an unusual trans-cis conformation stabilized by H-bond with the nearby Gln159. This trans-cis conformation along with the water channel was shown to be a key structural feature providing bright orange emission and phototoxicity of both examined orange photosensitizers. PMID:26699366

  16. Visualizing and Manipulating Temporal Signaling Dynamics with Fluorescence-Based Tools

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    Doupé, David P.; Perrimon, Norbert

    2015-01-01

    The use of genome-wide proteomic and RNA interference approaches has moved our understanding of signal transduction from linear pathways to highly integrated networks centered on core nodes. However, probing the dynamics of flow of information through such networks remains technically challenging. In particular, how the temporal dynamics of an individual pathway can elicit distinct outcomes in a single cell type and how multiple pathways may interact sequentially or synchronously to influence cell fate remain open questions in many contexts. The development of fluorescence-based reporters and optogenetic regulators of pathway activity enables the analysis of signaling in living cells and organisms with unprecedented spatiotemporal resolution and holds the promise of addressing these key questions. We present a brief overview of the evidence for the importance of temporal dynamics in cellular regulation, introduce these fluorescence-based tools, and highlight specific studies that leveraged these tools to probe the dynamics of information flow through signaling networks. In particular, we highlight two studies in Caenorhabditis elegans sensory neurons and cultured mammalian cells that demonstrate the importance of signal dynamics in determining cellular responses. PMID:24692594

  17. Fluorescence-based tools for single-cell approaches in food microbiology.

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    Bridier, A; Hammes, F; Canette, A; Bouchez, T; Briandet, R

    2015-11-20

    The better understanding of the functioning of microbial communities is a challenging and crucial issue in the field of food microbiology, as it constitutes a prerequisite to the optimization of positive and technological microbial population functioning, as well as for the better control of pathogen contamination of food. Heterogeneity appears now as an intrinsic and multi-origin feature of microbial populations and is a major determinant of their beneficial or detrimental functional properties. The understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms behind the behavior of bacteria in microbial communities requires therefore observations at the single-cell level in order to overcome "averaging" effects inherent to traditional global approaches. Recent advances in the development of fluorescence-based approaches dedicated to single-cell analysis provide the opportunity to study microbial communities with an unprecedented level of resolution and to obtain detailed insights on the cell structure, metabolism activity, multicellular behavior and bacterial interactions in complex communities. These methods are now increasingly applied in the field of food microbiology in different areas ranging from research laboratories to industry. In this perspective, we reviewed the main fluorescence-based tools used for single-cell approaches and their concrete applications with specific focus on food microbiology. PMID:26163933

  18. Design of ultrasensitive DNA-based fluorescent pH sensitive nanodevices

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    Halder, Saheli; Krishnan, Yamuna

    2015-05-01

    Here we tune the pH sensitivity of a DNA-based conformational switch, called the I-switch, to yield a set of fluorescent pH sensitive nanodevices with a collective, expanded pH sensing regime from 5.3 to 7.5. The expanded pH regime of this new family of I-switches originates from a dramatic improvement in the overall percentage signal change in response to pH of these nanodevices.Here we tune the pH sensitivity of a DNA-based conformational switch, called the I-switch, to yield a set of fluorescent pH sensitive nanodevices with a collective, expanded pH sensing regime from 5.3 to 7.5. The expanded pH regime of this new family of I-switches originates from a dramatic improvement in the overall percentage signal change in response to pH of these nanodevices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Materials and methods, ESI Fig. 1-6. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01158b

  19. Effect of Clouds on Apertures of Space-based Air Fluorescence Detectors

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    Sokolsky, P.; Krizmanic, J.

    2003-01-01

    Space-based ultra-high-energy cosmic ray detectors observe fluorescence light from extensive air showers produced by these particles in the troposphere. Clouds can scatter and absorb this light and produce systematic errors in energy determination and spectrum normalization. We study the possibility of using IR remote sensing data from MODIS and GOES satellites to delimit clear areas of the atmosphere. The efficiency for detecting ultra-high-energy cosmic rays whose showers do not intersect clouds is determined for real, night-time cloud scenes. We use the MODIS SST cloud mask product to define clear pixels for cloud scenes along the equator and use the OWL Monte Carlo to generate showers in the cloud scenes. We find the efficiency for cloud-free showers with closest approach of three pixels to a cloudy pixel is 6.5% exclusive of other factors. We conclude that defining a totally cloud-free aperture reduces the sensitivity of space-based fluorescence detectors to unacceptably small levels.

  20. Effect of Clouds on Apertures of Space-based Air Fluorescence Detectors

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    P. Sokolsky; J. Krizmanic

    2003-02-24

    Space-based ultra-high-energy cosmic ray detectors observe fluorescence light from extensive air showers produced by these particles in the troposphere. Clouds can scatter and absorb this light and produce systematic errors in energy determination and spectrum normalization. We study the possibility of using IR remote sensing data from MODIS and GOES satellites to delimit clear areas of the atmosphere. The efficiency for detecting ultra-high-energy cosmic rays whose showers do not intersect clouds is determined for real, night-time cloud scenes. We use the MODIS SST cloud mask product to define clear pixels for cloud scenes along the equator and use the OWL Monte Carlo to generate showers in the cloud scenes. We find the efficiency for cloud-free showers with closest approach of three pixels to a cloudy pixel is 6.5%, exclusive of other factors. We conclude that defining a totally cloud-free aperture reduces the sensitivity of space-based fluorescence detectors to unacceptably small levels.

  1. Screening for Small Molecules' Bilayer-Modifying Potential Using a Gramicidin-Based Fluorescence Assay

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    Ingólfsson, Helgi I.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Many drugs and other small molecules used to modulate biological function are amphiphiles that adsorb at the bilayer/solution interface and thereby alter lipid bilayer properties. This is important because membrane proteins are energetically coupled to their host bilayer by hydrophobic interactions. Changes in bilayer properties thus alter membrane protein function, which provides a possible mechanism for “off-target” drug effects. We have previously shown that channels formed by the linear gramicidins are suitable probes for changes in lipid bilayer properties, as experienced by bilayer-spanning proteins. We now report a gramicidin-based fluorescence assay for changes in bilayer properties. The assay is based on measuring the time course of fluorescence quenching in fluorophore-loaded large unilamellar vesicles, due to entry of a gramicidin channel-permeable quencher. The method is scalable and suitable for both mechanistic studies and high-throughput screening for bilayer-perturbing, potential off-target effects, which we illustrate using capsaicin (Cap) and other compounds. PMID:20233091

  2. A universal cloning method based on yeast homologous recombination that is simple, efficient, and versatile.

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    Joska, Tammy M; Mashruwala, Ameya; Boyd, Jeffrey M; Belden, William J

    2014-05-01

    Cloning by homologous recombination (HR) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an extremely efficient and cost-effective alternative to other methods of recombinant DNA technologies. Unfortunately, it is incompatible with all the various specialized plasmids currently used in microbiology and biomedical research laboratories, and is therefore, not widely adopted. In an effort to dramatically improve the versatility of yeast gap-repair cloning and make it compatible with any DNA plasmid, we demonstrate that by simply including a yeast-cloning cassette (YCC) that contains the 2-micron origin of replication (2?m ori) and the ura3 gene for selection, multiple DNA fragments can be assembled into any DNA vector. We show this has almost unlimited potential by building a variety of plasmid for different uses including: recombinant protein production, epitope tagging, site-directed mutagenesis, and expression of fluorescent fusion proteins. We demonstrate the use in a variety of plasmids for use in microbial systems and even demonstrate it can be used in a vertebrate model. This method is remarkably simple and extremely efficient, plus it provides a significant cost saving over commercially available kits. PMID:24418681

  3. Diarylethene based fluorescent switchable probes for the detection of amyloid-? pathology in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Lv, Guanglei; Cui, Baiping; Lan, Haichuang; Wen, Ying; Sun, Anyang; Yi, Tao

    2015-01-01

    Two fluorescent switchable diarylethene derivatives which exhibit high affinity for amyloid-? aggregates with the increase of fluorescence intensity were reported. Moreover, the probes show excellent photochromic and anti-photobleaching properties both in vitro and in vivo. PMID:25384304

  4. A Fast Global Fitting Algorithm for Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy Based on Image Segmentation

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    So, Peter

    harmonic generation from collagen and elastin autofluorescence to be differentiated in fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy images of ex vivo human skin. On our experimental measurement, this algorithm. INTRODUCTION Biological fluorescent probes are usually characterized by their wavelength of absorption

  5. DNA separation and fluorescent detection in an optofluidic chip with sub-base-pair resolution

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    Pollnau, Markus; Hammer, Manfred; Dongre, Chaitanya; Hoekstra, Hugo J.

    2015-03-01

    DNA sequencing in a lab-on-a-chip aims at providing cheap, high-speed analysis of low reagent volumes to, e.g., identify genomic deletions or insertions associated with genetic illnesses. Detecting single base-pair insertions/deletions from DNA fragments in the diagnostically relevant range of 150-1000 base-pairs requires a sizing accuracy of S < 10-3. Here we demonstrate S = 4×10-4. A microfluidic chip was post-processed by femtosecond-laser writing of an optical waveguide. 12 blue-labeled and 23 red-labeled DNA fragments were separated in size by capillary electrophoresis, each set excited by either of two lasers power-modulated at different frequencies, their fluorescence detected by a photomultiplier, and blue/red signals distinguished by Fourier analysis. Different calibration strategies were tested: a) use either set of DNA molecules as reference to calibrate the set-up and identify the base-pair sizes of the other set in the same flow experiment, thereby eliminating variations in temperature, wall-coating and sieving-gel conditions, and actuation voltages; b) use the same molecular set as reference and sample with the same fluorescence label, flown in consecutive experiments; c) perform cross-experiments based on different molecular sets with different labels, flown in consecutive experiments. From the results we conclude: Applying quadratic instead of linear fit functions improves the calibration accuracy. Blue-labeled molecules are separated with higher accuracy. The influence of dye label is higher than fluctuations between two experiments. Choosing a single, suitable dye label combined with reference calibration and sample investigation in consecutive experiments results in S = 4×10-4, enabling detection of single base-pair insertion/deletion in a lab-on-a-chip.

  6. A novel near-infrared fluorescent platform with good photostability and the application for a reaction-based Cu(2+) probe in living cells.

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    Liu, Keyin; Shang, Huiming; Meng, Fangfang; Liu, Yong; Lin, Weiying

    2016-01-15

    Most of the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent copper ion probes are coordination-based, and the fluorescence enhancement is between 10 and 20 folds. Herein, a novel NIR fluorescent dye named CSCN with excellent photostability and a reaction-based Cu(2+) NIR probe named CSCN-Cu were reported. CSCN exhibited good photostability toward photo irradiation. CSCN-Cu showed lower background fluorescent interference and over 40-fold fluorescence enhancement in NIR region, it also exhibited good selectivity toward Cu(2+) in Hepes solution. Biotic experiments demonstrated that CSCN-Cu possessed low toxicity and successfully imaged Cu(2+) in living cells under the conditions performed. PMID:26592595

  7. Fluorescent marker-based and marker-free discrimination between healthy and cancerous human tissues using hyper-spectral imaging

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    Arnold, Thomas; De Biasio, Martin; Leitner, Raimund

    2015-06-01

    Two problems are addressed in this paper (i) the fluorescent marker-based and the (ii) marker-free discrimination between healthy and cancerous human tissues. For both applications the performance of hyper-spectral methods are quantified. Fluorescent marker-based tissue classification uses a number of fluorescent markers to dye specific parts of a human cell. The challenge is that the emission spectra of the fluorescent dyes overlap considerably. They are, furthermore disturbed by the inherent auto-fluorescence of human tissue. This results in ambiguities and decreased image contrast causing difficulties for the treatment decision. The higher spectral resolution introduced by tunable-filter-based spectral imaging in combination with spectral unmixing techniques results in an improvement of the image contrast and therefore more reliable information for the physician to choose the treatment decision. Marker-free tissue classification is based solely on the subtle spectral features of human tissue without the use of artificial markers. The challenge in this case is that the spectral differences between healthy and cancerous tissues are subtle and embedded in intra- and inter-patient variations of these features. The contributions of this paper are (i) the evaluation of hyper-spectral imaging in combination with spectral unmixing techniques for fluorescence marker-based tissue classification, (ii) the evaluation of spectral imaging for marker-free intra surgery tissue classification. Within this paper, we consider real hyper-spectral fluorescence and endoscopy data sets to emphasize the practical capability of the proposed methods. It is shown that the combination of spectral imaging with multivariate statistical methods can improve the sensitivity and specificity of the detection and the staging of cancerous tissues compared to standard procedures.

  8. Improvement of fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography with improved optical filtering and accurate model-based reconstruction algorithms

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    Lu, Yujie; Zhu, Banghe; Darne, Chinmay; Tan, I.-Chih; Rasmussen, John C.; Sevick-Muraca, Eva M.

    2011-12-01

    The goal of preclinical fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography (FEOT) is to provide three-dimensional fluorophore distribution for a myriad of drug and disease discovery studies in small animals. Effective measurements, as well as fast and robust image reconstruction, are necessary for extensive applications. Compared to bioluminescence tomography (BLT), FEOT may result in improved image quality through higher detected photon count rates. However, background signals that arise from excitation illumination affect the reconstruction quality, especially when tissue fluorophore concentration is low and/or fluorescent target is located deeply in tissues. We show that near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging with an optimized filter configuration significantly reduces the background noise. Model-based reconstruction with a high-order approximation to the radiative transfer equation further improves the reconstruction quality compared to the diffusion approximation. Improvements in FEOT are demonstrated experimentally using a mouse-shaped phantom with targets of pico- and subpico-mole NIR fluorescent dye.

  9. In vitro detection of drug-induced phospholipidosis using gene expression and fluorescent phospholipid based methodologies.

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    Nioi, Paul; Perry, Brad K; Wang, Er-Jia; Gu, Yi-Zhong; Snyder, Ronald D

    2007-09-01

    Phospholipidosis (PLD) is characterized by the excessive intracellular accumulation of phospholipids. It is well established that a large number of cationic amphiphilic drugs have the potential to induce PLD. In the present study, we describe two facile in vitro methods to determine the PLD-inducing potential of a molecule. The first approach is based on a recent study by (Sawada et al., 2005, Toxicol. Sci. 83, 282-292) in which 17 genes were identified as potential biomarkers of PLD in HepG2 cells. To confirm the utility of this gene panel, we treated HepG2 cells with PLD-positive and -negative compounds and then analyzed gene expression using real-time PCR. Our initial analysis, which used a single dose of each drug, correctly identified five of eight positive compounds and four of four negative compounds. We then increased the doses of the three false negatives (amiodarone, tamoxifen, and loratadine) and found that the changes in gene expression became large enough to correctly identify them as PLD-inducing drugs. Our results suggest that a range of concentrations should be used to increase the accuracy of prediction in this assay. Our second approach utilized a fluorescently labeled phospholipid (LipidTox) which was added to the media of growing HepG2 cells along with compounds positive and negative for PLD. Phospholipid accumulation was determined using confocal microscopy and, more quantitatively, using a 96-well plate assay and a fluorescent plate reader. Using an expanded set of compounds, we show that this assay correctly identified 100% of PLD-positive and -negative compounds. Dose-dependent increases in intracellular fluorescent phospholipid accumulation were observed. We found that this assay was less time consuming, more sensitive, and higher throughput than gene expression analysis. To our knowledge, this study represents the first validation of the use of LipidTox in identifying drugs that can induce PLD. PMID:17567588

  10. Single LED-based device to perform widefield fluorescence imaging and photodynamic therapy

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    Grecco, Clovis; Buzzá, Hilde H.; Stringasci, Mirian D.; Andrade, Cintia T.; Vollet-Filho, Jose D.; Pratavieira, Sebastiăo.; Zanchin, Anderson L.; Tuboy, Aparecida M.; Bagnato, Vanderlei S.

    2015-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment modality that can be indicated for several cancer types and pre-cancer lesions. One of the main applications of PDT is the treatment of superficial skin lesions such as basal cell carcinoma, Bowen's disease and actinic keratosis. Three elements are necessary in PDT, a photosensitizer (PS); light at specific wavelength to be absorbed by the PS, and molecular oxygen. A typical PS used for skin lesion is protoporphyrin IX (PpIX), which is an intrinsic PS; its production is stimulated by a pro-drug, such as 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA). Before starting a treatment, it is very important to follow up the PpIX production (to ensure that enough PS was produced prior to a PDT application) and, during a PDT session, to monitor its photodegradation (as it is evidence of the photodynamic effect taking place). The aim of this paper is to present a unique device, LINCE (MMOptics - Săo Carlos, Brazil), that brings together two probes that can, respectively, allow for fluorescence imaging and work as a light source for PDT treatment. The fluorescence probe of the system is optically based on 400 nm LED (light emitting diodes) arrays that allow observing the fluorescence emission over 450 nm. The PDT illumination probe options are constituted of 630 nm LED arrays for small areas and, for large areas, of both 630 nm and 450 nm LED arrays. Joining both functions at the same device makes PDT treatment simpler, properly monitorable and, hence, more clinically feasible. LINCE has been used in almost 1000 PDT treatments of superficial skin lesions in Brazil, with 88.4% of clearance of superficial BCC.

  11. Optical detection of mixture ratios and impurities in viscous materials based on fluorescence imaging

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    Murr, Patrik J.; Tremmel, Anton; Schardt, Michael; Koch, Alexander W.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents an innovative approach for an automated evaluation of mixture ratios and the detection of impurities in viscous materials. The measurement method is based on fluorescence imaging and works on a non-contact basis. The principle of the measurement setup is that three similar fluorescence images are available in different optical paths. 2D-sensor-arrays having a resolution of 1024 pixel × 1280 pixel are used for the image acquisition. A one-to-one mapping restricts the size of the fluorescence images to 5.3 mm × 6.66 mm. The vertical and horizontal resolution in the images is limited to 5.2 ?m this corresponds to the dimensions of a pixel. Due to the use of an x, y-shifting table in the measurement setup, it is possible to investigate a larger area of the measurement object. To get more information of the measurement object, each image is filtered in a different wavelength range. The center wavelength of the used bandpass filters are 405 nm, 420 nm, and 440 nm. The evaluation of the mixture ratio is realized with an acceptance range in a three-dimensional coordinate system. The determination of the number, positions, areas, and maximum dimensions of contained impurities is implemented by a dedicated threshold algorithm. The minimum detectable impurity size with the used measurement setup is 5.2 ?m. Both evaluation approaches work in a real-time and automated process. Advantages of the presented system are the low level of expense for the maintenance and the universality due to the use of optical standard components.

  12. A FRET-based ratiometric fluorescent aptasensor for rapid and onsite visual detection of ochratoxin A.

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    Qian, Jing; Wang, Kan; Wang, Chengquan; Hua, Mengjuan; Yang, Zhenting; Liu, Qian; Mao, Hanping; Wang, Kun

    2015-10-12

    A color change observable by the naked eye to indicate the content of an analyte is considered to be the most conceivable way of various sensing protocols. By taking advantage of the Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) principles, we herein designed a dual-emission ratiometric fluorescent aptasensor for ochratoxin A (OTA) detection via a dual mode of fluorescent sensing and onsite visual screening. Amino group-modified OTA's aptamer was firstly labeled with the green-emitting CdTe quantum dots (gQDs) donor. The red-emitting CdTe QDs (rQDs) which were wrapped in the silica sphere could serve as the reference signal, while the gold nanoparticle (AuNP) acceptors were attached on the silica surface to bind with the thiolated complementary DNA (cDNA). The hybridization reaction between the aptamer and the cDNA brought gQD-AuNP pair close enough, thereby making the FRET occur in the aptasensor fabrication, while the subsequent fluorescence recovery induced by OTA was obtained in the detection procedure. Based on the red background of the wrapped rQDs, the aptasensor in response to increasing OTA displayed a distinguishable color change from red to yellow-green, which could be conveniently readout in solution even by the naked eye. Since the bioconjugations used as the aptasensor can be produced at large scale, this method can be used for in situ, rapid, or high-throughput OTA detection after only an incubation step in a homogeneous mode. We believe that this novel aptasensing strategy provides not only a promising method for OTA detection but also a universal model for detecting diverse targets by changing the corresponding aptamer. PMID:26396995

  13. A Red Cy3-Based Biarsenical Fluorescent Probe Targeted to a Complementary Binding Peptide

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    Cao, Haishi; Xiong, Yijia; Wang, Ting; Chen, Baowei; Squier, Thomas C.; Mayer, M. Uljana

    2007-06-22

    Small-molecule biarsenical multiuse affinity probes (MAPs) FlAsH and ReAsH,1,2 in conjunction with complementary protein tags, are important new tools for analyzing cellular function through live-cell imaging,3,4 targeted protein inactivation,5 and the measurement of protein dynamics and binding.6 In addition, MAPs serve as affinity reagents for isolating intact protein complexes for complementary structural measurements.7 These first-generation MAPs bind to a tetracoordinate arsenic group (TAG) binding motif (i.e., CCXXCC or FlAsHTAG) genetically engineered onto a protein of interest. They are superior to other targeted labeling strategies (such as the Halo-tag, the SNAP tag, and fluorescent proteins) in that the small peptide tag does not disrupt protein protein interactions nor perturb the correct trafficking of tagged proteins.8,9 The conserved interatomic distance (*6 Ĺ) between the two arsenic moieties in FlAsH and ReAsH complicates the selective labeling of multiple proteins with different reporters. To overcome these limitations, we have synthesized a new biarsenical MAP (i.e., AsCy3) based on Cy3, a member of the cyanine dye family, whose well-recognized brightness and photostability facilitate their utility in single-molecule measurements. The large interatomic distance between the two arsenics in AsCy3 (*14.5 Ĺ) coupled with the identification of a complementary high-affinity binding sequence CCKAEAACC (Cy3TAG) permits the simultaneous application of both AsCy3 and FlAsH to selectively label their respective binding TAGs in different proteins. In addition, the fluorescence of FlAsH overlaps with the absorption of AsCy3, which can act as an acceptor of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) to allow ratiometric measurements of protein association.

  14. Fluorescence switchable probes based on a molecular rotor for selective detection of proteins and small molecules.

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    Lai, Hsiu-Ping; Gao, Ruo-Cing; Huang, Chi-Ling; Chen, I-Chia; Tan, Kui-Thong

    2015-10-29

    In this communication, we report a general strategy to create fluorescence switchable probes, where a small molecule ligand is conjugated to a fluorescent molecular rotor, for the selective detection of proteins through a non-enzymatic process. In the presence of target proteins, bond rotation of the molecular rotor is restricted, thereby triggering the emission of strong fluorescence. PMID:26396997

  15. Investigations of thermal conductivity of simple van der Waals crystal-based nanocomposites

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    Nikonkov, R. V.; Stachowiak, P.; Romanova, T. V.; Je?owski, A.; Sumarokov, V. V.

    2015-06-01

    The experimental setup for obtaining and determination of the thermal conductivity of simple van der Waals crystal-based nanocomposites is described. Preliminary thermal conductivity results of measurements carried out in the temperature range 1-40 K on two samples of methane crystals containing nanoparticles of hydroxyapatite are presented. These results confirm usability of the setup and its suitability as a proper experimental method for investigations of the thermal conductivity of the nanocomposites.

  16. Review of Fluorescence-Based Velocimetry Techniques to Study High-Speed Compressible Flows

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    Bathel, Brett F.; Johansen, Criag; Inman, Jennifer A.; Jones, Stephen B.; Danehy, Paul M.

    2013-01-01

    This paper reviews five laser-induced fluorescence-based velocimetry techniques that have been used to study high-speed compressible flows at NASA Langley Research Center. The techniques discussed in this paper include nitric oxide (NO) molecular tagging velocimetry (MTV), nitrogen dioxide photodissociation (NO2-to-NO) MTV, and NO and atomic oxygen (O-atom) Doppler-shift-based velocimetry. Measurements of both single-component and two-component velocity have been performed using these techniques. This paper details the specific application and experiment for which each technique has been used, the facility in which the experiment was performed, the experimental setup, sample results, and a discussion of the lessons learned from each experiment.

  17. High Repetition Rate, LINAC-Based Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence FY 2008 Final Report

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    Scott M Watson; Mathew T Kinlaw; James L Jones; Alan W. Hunt; Glen A. Warren

    2008-12-01

    This summarizes the first year of a multi-laboratory/university, multi-year effort focusing on high repetition rate, pulsed LINAC-based nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF) measurements. Specifically, this FY2008 effort centered on experimentally assessing NRF measurements using pulsed linear electron accelerators, operated at various repetition rates, and identifying specific detection requirements to optimize such measurements. Traditionally, interest in NRF as a detection technology, which continues to receive funding from DHS and DOE/NA-22, has been driven by continuous-wave (CW), Van de Graff-based bremsstrahlung sources. However, in addition to the relatively sparse present-day use of Van de Graff sources, only limited NRF data from special nuclear materials has been presented; there is even less data available regarding shielding effects and photon source optimization for NRF measurements on selected nuclear materials.

  18. Total internal reflection-based module for fluorescence and absorbance detection

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    Verschooten, Tom; Ottevaere, Heidi; Vervaeke, Michael; Van Erps, Jürgen; Thienpont, Hugo

    2014-07-01

    We present a miniaturized polymer-based micro-optical detection unit for ultraviolet and visible laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) and absorbance (ABS) analysis with an interaction length of 3 mm. We use nonsequential optical ray tracing simulations to model the system and to optimize its performance with respect to optical efficiency and system complexity. The design features a compact optical system combining total internal reflection (TIR) mirrors and refractive optics. The detection module is prototyped with deep proton writing in 2-mm-thick polymethylmethacrylate and quantitatively characterized using a three-dimensional coordinate measurement machine. We demonstrate the proof-of-concept of this TIR mirror-based module for coumarin 480 obtaining limits of detection of 50 pM and 500 nM for LIF and ABS, respectively.

  19. A simple modern correctness condition for a space-based high-performance multiprocessor

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    Probst, David K.; Li, Hon F.

    1992-01-01

    A number of U.S. national programs, including space-based detection of ballistic missile launches, envisage putting significant computing power into space. Given sufficient progress in low-power VLSI, multichip-module packaging and liquid-cooling technologies, we will see design of high-performance multiprocessors for individual satellites. In very high speed implementations, performance depends critically on tolerating large latencies in interprocessor communication; without latency tolerance, performance is limited by the vastly differing time scales in processor and data-memory modules, including interconnect times. The modern approach to tolerating remote-communication cost in scalable, shared-memory multiprocessors is to use a multithreaded architecture, and alter the semantics of shared memory slightly, at the price of forcing the programmer either to reason about program correctness in a relaxed consistency model or to agree to program in a constrained style. The literature on multiprocessor correctness conditions has become increasingly complex, and sometimes confusing, which may hinder its practical application. We propose a simple modern correctness condition for a high-performance, shared-memory multiprocessor; the correctness condition is based on a simple interface between the multiprocessor architecture and a high-performance, shared-memory multiprocessor; the correctness condition is based on a simple interface between the multiprocessor architecture and the parallel programming system.

  20. A simple and accurate SNP scoring strategy based on typeIIS restriction endonuclease cleavage and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry

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    Hong, Sun Pyo; Ji, Seung Il; Rhee, Hwanseok; Shin, Soo Kyeong; Hwang, Sun Young; Lee, Seung Hwan; Lee, Soong Deok; Oh, Heung-Bum; Yoo, Wangdon; Kim, Soo-Ok

    2008-01-01

    Background We describe the development of a novel matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF)-based single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) scoring strategy, termed Restriction Fragment Mass Polymorphism (RFMP) that is suitable for genotyping variations in a simple, accurate, and high-throughput manner. The assay is based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and mass measurement of oligonucleotides containing a polymorphic base, to which a typeIIS restriction endonuclease recognition was introduced by PCR amplification. Enzymatic cleavage of the products leads to excision of oligonucleotide fragments representing base variation of the polymorphic site whose masses were determined by MALDI-TOF MS. Results The assay represents an improvement over previous methods because it relies on the direct mass determination of PCR products rather than on an indirect analysis, where a base-extended or fluorescent report tag is interpreted. The RFMP strategy is simple and straightforward, requiring one restriction digestion reaction following target amplification in a single vessel. With this technology, genotypes are generated with a high call rate (99.6%) and high accuracy (99.8%) as determined by independent sequencing. Conclusion The simplicity, accuracy and amenability to high-throughput screening analysis should make the RFMP assay suitable for large-scale genotype association study as well as clinical genotyping in laboratories. PMID:18538037

  1. Fluorescent Pteridine Nucleoside Analogs

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    All files are in PDF Format Narayanan, Madhavan, Kodali, Goutham, Xing, Yangjun, Hawkins, Mary E. and Stanley, Robert J.Differential Fluorescence Quenching of Fluorescent Nucleic Acid Base Analogues by Native Nucleic Acid Monophosphates J. Phys. Chem. B (

  2. 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.

  3. Self-assembled DNA hydrogel as switchable material for aptamer-based fluorescent detection of protein.

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    Zhang, Lei; Lei, Jianping; Liu, Lin; Li, Changfeng; Ju, Huangxian

    2013-11-19

    The methodology based on target-responsive structural switching is powerful in bioanalysis with the controllability and sensitivity. In this paper, an aptamer-functionalized DNA hydrogel was designed as a specifically target-responsive switchable material for protein detection. This pure DNA hydrogel was constructed by using a Y-shaped DNA and an aptamer linker through a DNA self-assembly without synthetic polymer backbone. With use of thrombin as the model analyte, the DNA hydrogel was first applied to visual detection with the entrapped Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) as indicating agent. Furthermore, the positively charged quantum dots (QDs) as the fluorophore were synthesized by using polyethyleneimine (PEI) as wrapper and characterized with spectroscopy, transmission electron micrograph, ? potential, and dynamic laser scattering techniques. Along with a gel-to-sol transition in the presence of the target, the released negatively charged AuNPs from the hydrogel could approach the positively charged QDs. Due to the electrostatic interaction, fluorescence resonance energy transfer between PEI-QDs and AuNPs therefore occurred and quenched the fluorescence signal for the sensitive detection of thrombin. This assay for the detection of thrombin showed a good linear relationship in a range of 0.075 to 12.5 ?M with a detection limit of 67 nM at 3?, and demonstrated excellent feasibility in complex serum matrixes. The biocompatible DNA hydrogel provides a universal switchable material for signal transduction and significantly demonstrates proof-of-concept for the detection of proteins. PMID:24138007

  4. Identification of Adiponectin Receptor Agonist Utilizing a Fluorescence Polarization Based High Throughput Assay

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    Sun, Yiyi; Zang, Zhihe; Zhong, Ling; Wu, Min; Su, Qing; Gao, Xiurong; Zan, Wang; Lin, Dong; Zhao, Yan; Zhang, Zhonglin

    2013-01-01

    Adiponectin, the adipose-derived hormone, plays an important role in the suppression of metabolic disorders that can result in type 2 diabetes, obesity, and atherosclerosis. It has been shown that up-regulation of adiponectin or adiponectin receptor has a number of therapeutic benefits. Given that it is hard to convert the full size adiponectin protein into a viable drug, adiponectin receptor agonists could be designed or identified using high-throughput screening. Here, we report on the development of a two-step screening process to identify adiponectin agonists. First step, we developed a high throughput screening assay based on fluorescence polarization to identify adiponectin ligands. The fluorescence polarization assay reported here could be adapted to screening against larger small molecular compound libraries. A natural product library containing 10,000 compounds was screened and 9 hits were selected for validation. These compounds have been taken for the second-step in vitro tests to confirm their agonistic activity. The most active adiponectin receptor 1 agonists are matairesinol, arctiin, (-)-arctigenin and gramine. The most active adiponectin receptor 2 agonists are parthenolide, taxifoliol, deoxyschizandrin, and syringin. These compounds may be useful drug candidates for hypoadiponectin related diseases. PMID:23691032

  5. Synthesis of a novel fluorescent Schiff base as a possible Cu(II) ion selective sensor.

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    Yildirim, Mehmet; Kaya, Ismet

    2010-05-01

    In this study a new fluorescent Schiff base; 1,1'-(4,4'-oxybis(4,1-phenylene)bis(azan-1-yl-1-ylidene))bis(methan-1-yl-1-ylidene)dinaphthalen-2-ol (2-HNA) was synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, UV-vis, and (1)H and (13)C-NMR techniques. Photoluminescent properties of 2-HNA were investigated in different solvents including methanol, THF, DMF, DMSO, acetone, acetonitrile, and dichloromethane. 2-HNA was found to have higher emission intensity and Stoke's shift value (lambda(ST)) in methanol solution. Relative emission intensity changes (I(0)-I/I(0)) of 2-HNA in methanol/water mixtures depending on different Cu(+2) ion concentrations were determined and a linearized plot was obtained. Possible interference of some other transition metal ions was also determined. Sensitivity limit of the new sensor was found to be higher than 5 x 10(-7) mol/L. 2-HNA has quite high selectivity against Cu(+2) ion and, thus, can be used as a new fluorescence Cu(+2) ion sensor in practice. PMID:20213242

  6. Enhanced selectivity and detectability in absorption and fluorescence methods based on polarization modulation

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    Christensen, P.L.

    1991-01-01

    Polarization properties of light can be exploited to develop more selective spectroscopic methods of chemical analysis. Modulation of polarization coupled with lock-in detection provides a powerful detection scheme with improved detectabilities. This dissertation demonstrates the importance of optical design in systems utilizing polarization modulation. In Chapter 2, optimization of modulation frequency and efficiency and simplification of optical design led to a 10-fold improvement in the detectability for sodium atoms by laser polarization spectroscopy. The limit of detection for sodium atoms by this method is 2 ng/l. The increased S/N at 150 kHz allowed operation in the dispersion mode and subsequently provided linear calibration curves. Chapters 3 and 4 present the first studies of fluorescence-detected circular dichroism (FDCD) for on-column detection in capillary electrophoresis (CE). Detection by direct fluorescence (FL) is carried out simultaneously and provides a convenient means of evaluating the FDCD performance. Modulation efficiency and balance and preservation desired polarization are discussed in detail and are shown to have great influence on the selectivity attainable by FDCD. Among techniques that sense optical activity, FDCD provides superior detectability on an absolute scale because it is suitable for picoliter detection volumes. Optical activity signals were observed for riboflavin (LOD = 0.2 fmol) and for less than 50 fmol of some fluorescein isothiocyanate-amino acid derivatives (FTC-amino acids) by FDCD/FL-CE. The major chapters have been indexed separately for inclusion on the data base.

  7. High Repetition Rate, LINAC-based Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence FY 2009 Final Report

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    Mathew Kinlaw; Scott Watson; James Johnson; Alan Hunt; Heather Seipel; Edward Reedy

    2009-10-01

    Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence (NRF), which is possible for nuclei with atomic numbers greater than helium (Z=2), occurs when a nuclear level is excited by resonant absorption of a photon and subsequently decays by reemission of a photon. The excited nuclear states can become readily populated, provided the incident photon’s energy is within the Doppler-broadened width of the energy level being excited. Utilizing continuous energy photon spectra, as is characteristic of a bremsstrahlung photon beam, as the inspection source, ensures that at least some fraction of the impinging beam will contribute to the population of the excited energy levels in the material of interest. Upon de-excitation, either to the ground state or to a lower-energy excited state, the emitted fluorescence photon’s energy will correspond to the energy difference between the excited state and the state to which it decays. As each isotope inherently contains unique nuclear energy levels, the NRF states for each isotope are also unique. By exploiting this phenomenon, NRF photon detection provides a well-defined signature for identifying the presence of individual nuclear species. This report summarizes the second year (Fiscal Year [FY] 2009) of a collaborative research effort between Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University’s Idaho Accelerator Center, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This effort focused on continuing to assess and optimize NRF-based detection techniques utilizing a slightly modified, commercially available, pulsed medical electron accelerator.

  8. Isotopic imaging via nuclear resonance fluorescence with laser-based Thomson radiation

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    Barty, Christopher P. J. (Hayward, CA); Hartemann, Frederic V. (San Ramon, CA); McNabb, Dennis P. (Alameda, CA); Pruet, Jason A. (Brentwood, CA)

    2009-07-21

    The present invention utilizes novel laser-based, high-brightness, high-spatial-resolution, pencil-beam sources of spectrally pure hard x-ray and gamma-ray radiation to induce resonant scattering in specific nuclei, i.e., nuclear resonance fluorescence. By monitoring such fluorescence as a function of beam position, it is possible to image in either two dimensions or three dimensions, the position and concentration of individual isotopes in a specific material configuration. Such methods of the present invention material identification, spatial resolution of material location and ability to locate and identify materials shielded by other materials, such as, for example, behind a lead wall. The foundation of the present invention is the generation of quasimonochromatic high-energy x-ray (100's of keV) and gamma-ray (greater than about 1 MeV) radiation via the collision of intense laser pulses from relativistic electrons. Such a process as utilized herein, i.e., Thomson scattering or inverse-Compton scattering, produces beams having diameters from about 1 micron to about 100 microns of high-energy photons with a bandwidth of .DELTA.E/E of approximately 10E.sup.-3.

  9. Real-time quantitation of Cu(II) by a fluorescence-based biosensing approach

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    Thompson, Richard B.; Zeng, Hui-Hui; Maliwal, Badri P.; Fierke, Carol A.

    2001-05-01

    Recently, there has been substantial interest in reducing the levels of toxic heavy metals in wastewater effluents from activities such as shipyards. Of particular interest is copper, which comprises tens of percent by weight of the hundreds of pounds of antifouling paint coating the bottom of a large vessel, but which is toxic to commercially important shellfish at sub-part per billion levels. As a result wastewater effluents must be monitored closely with sensor(s) capable of rapidly and accurately detecting excess copper in time to prevent release. We have pursued a fluorescence-based biosensing approach to obtain sub-ppb sensitivity for Cu(II) and immunity from interference from other cations abundant in sea water, such as Ca, Mg, and Sr. Our approach uses a protein, apocarbonic anhydrase II, as a very sensitive and selective ligand for Cu(II) which transduces the (reversible) binding of the metal as a change in fluorescence intensity, lifetime, or anisotropy, the first two of which may be conveniently measured through optical fiber. Thus we have been able to measure sub-ppb levels of Cu added to sea water, and to characterize the speciation of the Cu(II) to some degree, due to the presence of other ligands.

  10. Upconversion nanosensor for sensitive fluorescence detection of Sudan I-IV based on inner filter effect.

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    Fang, Aijin; Long, Qian; Wu, Qiongqiong; Li, Haitao; Zhang, Youyu; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2016-02-01

    Sudan dyes are banned as food additives due to the carcinogenicity of their metabolites in the human body. Therefore, it is of great significance for sensitive detection of Sudan dyes. This paper reports a novel nanosensor for Sudan dyes detection based on fluorescence (FL) quenching of hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) stabilized upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) through the inner filter effect (IFE). In the presence of Sudan I-IV, the fluorescence emission of UCNPs was effectively quenched due to the absorption bands of Sudan I-IV largely covered the emission bands of UCNPs. Under the optimized conditions, the FL was quenched with Sudan concentration over the range of 0.05-40, 0.01-20, 0.01-40 and 0.05-40?g/mL for Sudan I-IV, respectively. The corresponding limit of detection is 15.1, 2.83, 3.52 and 16.7ng/mL (at 3?/slope) respectively. Meanwhile, the nanosensor shows good selectivity, sensitivity and can be successfully applied to detection of Sudan in chili powder samples. PMID:26653433

  11. Amaltheys: A fluorescence-based analyzer to assess cheese milk denatured whey proteins.

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    Lacotte, Pierre; Gomez, Franck; Bardeau, Floriane; Muller, Sabine; Acharid, Abdelhaq; Quervel, Xavier; Trossat, Philippe; Birlouez-Aragon, Inčs

    2015-10-01

    The cheese industry faces many challenges to optimize cheese yield and quality. A very precise standardization of the cheese milk is needed, which is achieved by a fine control of the process and milk composition. Thorough analysis of protein composition is important to determine the amount of protein that will be retained in the curd or lost in the whey. The fluorescence-based Amaltheys analyzer (Spectralys Innovation, Romainville, France) was developed to assess pH 4.6-soluble heat-sensitive whey proteins (sWP*) in 5 min. These proteins are those that can be denatured upon heat-treatment and further retained in the curd after coagulation. Monitoring of sWP* in milk and subsequent adaptation of the process is a reliable solution to achieve stable cheese yield and quality. Performance of the method was evaluated by an accredited laboratory on a 0 to 7 g/L range. Accuracy compared with the reference Kjeldahl method is also provided with a standard error of 0.25 g/L. Finally, a 4-mo industrial trial in a cheese plant is described, where Amaltheys was used as a process analytical technology to monitor sWP* content in ingredients and final cheese milk. Calibration models over quality parameters of final cheese were also built from near-infrared and fluorescence spectroscopic data. The Amaltheys analyzer was found to be a rapid, compact, and accurate device to help implementation of standardization procedures in the dairy industry. PMID:26210276

  12. Mesh-based Monte Carlo code for fluorescence modeling in complex tissues with irregular boundaries

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    Wilson, Robert H.; Chen, Leng-Chun; Lloyd, William; Kuo, Shiuhyang; Marcelo, Cynthia; Feinberg, Stephen E.; Mycek, Mary-Ann

    2011-07-01

    There is a growing need for the development of computational models that can account for complex tissue morphology in simulations of photon propagation. We describe the development and validation of a user-friendly, MATLAB-based Monte Carlo code that uses analytically-defined surface meshes to model heterogeneous tissue geometry. The code can use information from non-linear optical microscopy images to discriminate the fluorescence photons (from endogenous or exogenous fluorophores) detected from different layers of complex turbid media. We present a specific application of modeling a layered human tissue-engineered construct (Ex Vivo Produced Oral Mucosa Equivalent, EVPOME) designed for use in repair of oral tissue following surgery. Second-harmonic generation microscopic imaging of an EVPOME construct (oral keratinocytes atop a scaffold coated with human type IV collagen) was employed to determine an approximate analytical expression for the complex shape of the interface between the two layers. This expression can then be inserted into the code to correct the simulated fluorescence for the effect of the irregular tissue geometry.

  13. Evaluation of terrestrial primary production using biosphere models and space-based measurements of fluorescence

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    Parazoo, N.; Bowman, K. W.; Frankenberg, C.; Sitch, S.; Fisher, J. B.; Jones, D. B.; Friedlingstein, P.; Poulter, B.

    2013-12-01

    Changes in the processes that control terrestrial carbon uptake are highly uncertain but likely to have a significant influence on future atmospheric CO2 levels. RECCAP aims to improve process understanding by reconciling fluxes from top-down CO2 inversions and bottom-up estimates from an ensemble of dynamical global vegetation models (DGVMs). As these models are typically used in projections of climate change a key part of this effort is evaluating drivers of net carbon exchange within the current climate. Of particular importance are the spatial distribution and time rate of change of gross primary productivity (GPP). Recent advances in the remote sensing of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence opens up a new possibility to directly measure planetary photosynthesis on spatially resolved scales. Here, we discuss a new methodology for estimating GPP from an optimal combination of an ensemble of DGVMs from the TRENDY project with satellite-based observations of chlorophyll fluorescence from GOSAT. We evaluate optimized fluxes against flux tower and semi-empirical data in N. America, Europe, and S. America, then examine the period 2009-2010 to identify critical regions (i.e., regions with high annual GPP) where optimized and model fluxes diverge.

  14. Molecular Basis of Spectral Diversity in Near-Infrared Phytochrome-Based Fluorescent Proteins.

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    Shcherbakova, Daria M; Baloban, Mikhail; Pletnev, Sergei; Malashkevich, Vladimir N; Xiao, Hui; Dauter, Zbigniew; Verkhusha, Vladislav V

    2015-11-19

    Near-infrared fluorescent proteins (NIR FPs) engineered from bacterial phytochromes (BphPs) are the probes of choice for deep-tissue imaging. Detection of several processes requires spectrally distinct NIR FPs. We developed an NIR FP, BphP1-FP, which has the most blue-shifted spectra and the highest fluorescence quantum yield among BphP-derived FPs. We found that these properties result from the binding of the biliverdin chromophore to a cysteine residue in the GAF domain, unlike natural BphPs and other BphP-based FPs. To elucidate the molecular basis of the spectral shift, we applied biochemical, structural and mass spectrometry analyses and revealed the formation of unique chromophore species. Mutagenesis of NIR FPs of different origins indicated that the mechanism of the spectral shift is general and can be used to design multicolor NIR FPs from other BphPs. We applied pairs of spectrally distinct point cysteine mutants to multicolor cell labeling and demonstrated that they perform well in model deep-tissue imaging. PMID:26590639

  15. A versatile activatable fluorescence probing platform for cancer cells in vitro and in vivo based on self-assembled aptamer/carbon nanotube ensembles.

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    Yan, Lv'an; Shi, Hui; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin; Tang, Jinlu; Chen, Mian; Ye, Xiaosheng; Xu, Fengzhou; Lei, Yanli

    2014-09-16

    Activatable aptamer probes (AAPs) have emerged as a promising strategy in cancer diagnostics, but existing AAPs remain problematic due to complex design and synthesis, instability in biofluids, or lack of versatility for both in vitro and in vivo applications. Herein, we proposed a novel AAP strategy for cancer cell probing based on fluorophore-labeled aptamer/single-walled carbon nanotube (F-apt/SWNT) ensembles. Through ?-stacking interactions and proximity-induced energy transfer, F-apt/SWNT with quenched fluorescence spontaneously formed in its free state and realized signal activation upon targeting surface receptors of living cells. As a demonstration, Sgc8c aptamer was used for in vitro analysis and in vivo imaging of CCRF-CEM cancer cells. It was found that self-assembled Cy5-Sgc8c/SWNT held robust stability for biological applications, including good dispersity in different media and ultralow fluorescence background persistent for 2 h in serum. Flow cytometry assays revealed that Cy5-Sgc8c/SWNT was specifically activated by target cells with dramatic fluorescence elevation and showed improved sensitivity with as low as 12 CCRF-CEM cells detected in mixed samples containing ~100,000 nontarget cells. In vivo studies confirmed that specifically activated fluorescence was imaged in CCRF-CEM tumors, and compared to "always on" probes, Cy5-Sgc8c/SWNT greatly reduced background signals, thus resulting in contrast-enhanced imaging. The general applicability of the strategy was also testified by detecting Ramos cells with aptamer TD05. It was implied that F-apt/SWNT ensembles hold great potential as a simple, stable, sensitive, specific, and versatile activatable platform for both in vitro cancer cell detection and in vivo cancer imaging. PMID:25153687

  16. Effects of communication and utility-based decision making in a simple model of evacuation

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    Smyrnakis, M.; Galla, T.

    2012-11-01

    We present a simple cellular automaton based model of decision making during evacuation. Evacuees have to choose between two different exit routes, resulting in a strategic decision making problem. Agents take their decisions based on utility functions, these can be revised as the evacuation proceeds, leading to complex interaction between individuals and to jamming transitions. The model also includes the possibility to communicate and exchange information with distant agents, information received may affect the decision of agents. We show that under a wider range of evacuation scenarios performance of the model system as a whole is optimal at an intermediate fraction of evacuees with access to communication.

  17. Pulse filtering and correction for CZT detectors using simple digital algorithms based on the wavelet transform

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    Perez, J.M.; Garcia-Belmonte, G.

    1998-12-31

    The authors report an approach to double gaussian filtering used in classical works as dual parameter pulse processing. This technique has been implemented by creating a bank of gaussian-like digital filters based on wavelet transforms. A simple method to correct for the charge loss inherent to room temperature semiconductor gamma detectors has been developed. This method is based on multi-resolution signal analysis. Results are reported from tests of these algorithms on commercial CZT detectors and two trapped hole charge correction levels are compared. Finally, the advantages and limitations of this new approach to detector pulse processing are discussed.

  18. 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 3fM 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

  19. Context based mixture model for cell phase identification in automated fluorescence microscopy

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    Wang, Meng; Zhou, Xiaobo; King, Randy W; Wong, Stephen TC

    2007-01-01

    Background Automated identification of cell cycle phases of individual live cells in a large population captured via automated fluorescence microscopy technique is important for cancer drug discovery and cell cycle studies. Time-lapse fluorescence microscopy images provide an important method to study the cell cycle process under different conditions of perturbation. Existing methods are limited in dealing with such time-lapse data sets while manual analysis is not feasible. This paper presents statistical data analysis and statistical pattern recognition to perform this task. Results The data is generated from Hela H2B GFP cells imaged during a 2-day period with images acquired 15 minutes apart using an automated time-lapse fluorescence microscopy. The patterns are described with four kinds of features, including twelve general features, Haralick texture features, Zernike moment features, and wavelet features. To generate a new set of features with more discriminate power, the commonly used feature reduction techniques are used, which include Principle Component Analysis (PCA), Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA), Maximum Margin Criterion (MMC), Stepwise Discriminate Analysis based Feature Selection (SDAFS), and Genetic Algorithm based Feature Selection (GAFS). Then, we propose a Context Based Mixture Model (CBMM) for dealing with the time-series cell sequence information and compare it to other traditional classifiers: Support Vector Machine (SVM), Neural Network (NN), and K-Nearest Neighbor (KNN). Being a standard practice in machine learning, we systematically compare the performance of a number of common feature reduction techniques and classifiers to select an optimal combination of a feature reduction technique and a classifier. A cellular database containing 100 manually labelled subsequence is built for evaluating the performance of the classifiers. The generalization error is estimated using the cross validation technique. The experimental results show that CBMM outperforms all other classifies in identifying prophase and has the best overall performance. Conclusion The application of feature reduction techniques can improve the prediction accuracy significantly. CBMM can effectively utilize the contextual information and has the best overall performance when combined with any of the previously mentioned feature reduction techniques. PMID:17263881

  20. A far-red fluorescent probe for flow cytometry and image-based functional studies of xenobiotic sequestering macrophages.

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    Keswani, Rahul K; Yoon, Gi S; Sud, Sudha; Stringer, Kathleen A; Rosania, Gus R

    2015-09-01

    Clofazimine (CFZ) is an optically active, red-colored chemotherapeutic agent that is FDA approved for the treatment of leprosy and is on the World Health Organization's list of essential medications. Interestingly, CFZ massively accumulates in macrophages where it forms crystal-like drug inclusions (CLDIs) after oral administration of the drug in animals and humans. The analysis of the fluorescence spectra of CLDIs formed by resident tissue macrophages revealed that CFZ, when accumulated as CLDIs, undergoes a red shift in fluorescence excitation (from Ex: 540-570 to 560-600 nm) and emission (Em: 560-580 to 640-700 nm) signal relative to the soluble and free-base crystal forms of CFZ. Using epifluorescence microscopy, CLDI(+) cells could be identified, relative to CLDI(-) cells, based on a >3-fold increment in mean fluorescence signal at excitation 640 nm and emission at 670 nm. Similarly, CLDI(+) cells could be identified by flow cytometry, based on a >100-fold increment in mean fluorescence signal using excitation lasers at 640 nm and emission detectors >600 nm. CLDI's fluorescence excitation and emission was orthogonal to that of cell viability dyes such as propidium iodide and 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole dihydrochloride (DAPI), cellular staining dyes such as Hoechst 33342 (nucleus) and FM 1-43 (plasma membrane), as well as many other fluorescently tagged antibodies used for immunophenotyping analyses. In vivo, >85% of CLDI(+) cells in the peritoneal exudate were F4/80(+) macrophages and >97% of CLDI(+) cells in the alveolar exudate were CD11c(+). Most importantly, the viability of cells was minimally affected by the presence of CLDIs. Accordingly, these results establish that CFZ fluorescence in CLDIs is suitable for quantitative flow cytometric phenotyping analysis and functional studies of xenobiotic sequestering macrophages. PMID:26109497

  1. Single-fluorophore-based fluorescent probes enable dual-channel detection of Ag? and Hg˛? with high selectivity and sensitivity.

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    Lv, Yanlin; Zhu, Lili; Liu, Heng; Wu, Yishi; Chen, Zili; Fu, Hongbing; Tian, Zhiyuan

    2014-08-11

    A new type of fluorescent probe capable of detecting Ag(+) and Hg(2+) in two independent channels was developed in the present work. Specifically, in CH3CN-MOPS mixed solvents with CH3CN/MOPS ratio (v/v) of 15/85, this type of probe fluoresced weakly, and the addition of Ag(+) remarkably induced fluorescence enhancement of the probe. In CH3CN-MOPS mixed solvents with the percentage of CH3CN increased up to 65%, the probe was highly fluorescent and addition of Hg(2+) dramatically induced the fluorescence quenching. Thus, using such single-fluorophore-based probe and tuning the polarity of the mixed solvent, Ag(+), and Hg(2+) can be detected in independent channels with high selectivity and sensitivity. As a result, the mutual interference usually encountered in most cases of Ag(+) and Hg(2+) sensing owing to the similar fluorescence response that these two ions induced, can be effectively circumvented by using the probes developed herein. PMID:25066721

  2. A novel "off-on" colorimetric and fluorescent rhodamine-based pH chemosensor for extreme acidity

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    Tan, Jia-Lian; Zhang, Mu-Xue; Zhang, Fang; Yang, Ting-Ting; Liu, Yu; Li, Zhu-Bo; Zuo, Hua

    2015-04-01

    A novel "off-on" colorimetric and fluorescent rhodamine analogue was synthesized and characterized, and used to monitor extreme acidity (below pH 3.5) via the photophysical response to pH. The colorless spirocyclic structure at high pH (pH ? 7.0) opened to the colored and highly fluorescent form at very low pH (pH < 3.0). This sensitive pH probe was characterized with short response time, good reversibility and no interaction with interfering metal ions, and the quantitative relationship between the fluorescence intensity and pH value was consistent with the equilibrium equation pH = pKa - log[(Imax - I)/(I - Imin)]. The fluorescent response to strong acidity was further verified by fluorescent imaging of bacteria, Escherichia coli, which contributed to the development of more useful colorimetric and fluorescent sensors based on the rhodamine platform for measuring intracellular pH in extremely acidic conditions.

  3. A curcumin-based molecular probe for near-infrared fluorescence imaging of tau fibrils in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Park, Kwang-Su; Seo, Yujin; Kim, Mi Kyoung; Kim, Kyungdo; Kim, Yun Kyung; Choo, Hyunah; Chong, Youhoon

    2015-12-14

    In recent years, there has been growing interest in the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging of tau fibrils for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In order to develop a curcumin-based NIR fluorescent probe for tau fibrils, structural modification of the curcumin scaffold was attempted by combining the following rationales: the curcumin derivative should preserve its binding affinity to tau fibrils, and, upon binding to tau fibrils, the probe should show favorable fluorescence properties. To meet these requirements, we designed a novel curcumin scaffold with various aromatic substituents. Among the series, the curcumin derivative with a (4-dimethylamino-2,6-dimethoxy)phenyl moiety showed a significant change in its fluorescence properties (22.9-fold increase in quantum yield; Kd, 0.77 ?M; ?em, 620 nm; ?, 0.32) after binding to tau fibrils. In addition, fluorescence imaging of tau-green fluorescent protein-transfected SHSY-5Y cells with confirmed that detected tau fibrils in live cells. PMID:26488450

  4. A simple filter-based approach to surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy for trace chemical detection.

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    Yu, Wei W; White, Ian M

    2012-03-01

    We demonstrate an extremely simple and practical surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) technique for trace chemical detection. Filter membranes first trap silver nanoparticles to form a SERS-active substrate and then concentrate analytes from a mL-scale sample into a ?L-scale detection volume. We demonstrate a significant improvement in detection limit as compared to colloidal SERS for the pesticide malathion and the food contaminant melamine. The measured SERS intensity exhibits low variation relative to traditional SERS techniques, and the data can be closely fit with a Langmuir isotherm. Thus, due to the simple procedure, the low-cost of the substrates, the quantitative results, and the performance improvement due to analyte concentration, our technique enables SERS to be practical for a broad range of analytical applications, including field-based detection of toxins in large-volume samples. PMID:22282766

  5. Multiplex detection of histone-modifying enzymes by total internal reflection fluorescence-based single-molecule detection.

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    Ma, Fei; Liu, Meng; Wang, Zi-Yue; Zhang, Chun-Yang

    2016-01-01

    We develop a sensitive and selective method for the multiplex detection of histone-modifying enzymes (HMEs) through the integration of antibody-based fluorescence labeling with total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF)-based single-molecule detection. This method exhibits excellent specificity and high sensitivity with a detection limit of 21 pM for histone acetyltransferase GcN5 and 12 pM for histone methyltransferase G9a, and it can be applied for the screening of HME inhibitors as well. PMID:26608941

  6. Electrochemical immobilization of Fluorescent labelled probe molecules on a FTO surface for affinity detection based on photo-excited current

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    Haruyama, Tetsuya; Wakabayashi, Ryo; Cho, Takeshi; Matsuyama, Sho-taro

    2011-10-01

    Photo-excited current can be generated at a molecular interface between a photo-excited molecules and a semi-conductive material in appropriate condition. The system has been recognized for promoting photo-energy devices such as an organic dye sensitized solar-cell. The photo-current generated reactions are totally dependent on the interfacial energy reactions, which are in a highly fluctuated interfacial environment. The authors investigated the photo-excited current reaction to develop a smart affinity detection method. However, in order to perform both an affinity reaction and a photo-excited current reaction at a molecular interface, ordered fabrications of the functional (affinity, photo-excitation, etc.) molecules layer on a semi-conductive surface is required. In the present research, we would like to present the fabrication and functional performance of photo-excited current-based affinity assay device and its application for detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals. On the FTO surface, fluorescent pigment labelled affinity peptide was immobilized through the EC tag (electrochemical-tag) method. The modified FTO produced a current when it was irradiated with diode laser light. However, the photo current decreased drastically when estrogen (ES) coexisted in the reaction solution. In this case, immobilized affinity probe molecules formed a complex with ES and estrogen receptor (ER). The result strongly suggests that the photo-excited current transduction between probe molecule-labelled cyanine pigment and the FTO surface was partly inhibited by a complex that formed at the affinity oligo-peptide region in a probe molecule on the FTO electrode. The bound bulky complex may act as an impediment to perform smooth transduction of photo-excited current in the molecular interface. The present system is new type of photo-reaction-based analysis. This system can be used to perform simple high-sensitive homogeneous assays.

  7. Bright or dark immune complexes of anti-TAMRA antibodies for adapted fluorescence-based bioanalysis.

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    Eisold, Ursula; Sellrie, Frank; Schenk, Jörg A; Lenz, Christine; Stöcklein, Walter F M; Kumke, Michael U

    2015-05-01

    Fluorescence labels, for example fluorescein or rhodamin derivatives, are widely used in bioanalysis applications including lateral-flow assays, PCR, and fluorescence microscopy. Depending on the layout of the particular application, fluorescence quenching or enhancement may be desired as the detection principle. Especially for multiplexed applications or high-brightness requirements, a tunable fluorescence probe can be beneficial. The alterations in the photophysics of rhodamine derivatives upon binding to two different anti-TAMRA antibodies were investigated by absorption and fluorescence-spectroscopy techniques, especially determining the fluorescence decay time and steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy. Two monoclonal anti-TAMRA antibodies were generated by the hybridoma technique. Although surface-plasmon-resonance measurements clearly proved the high affinity of both antibodies towards 5-TAMRA, the observed effects on the fluorescence of rhodamine derivatives were very different. Depending on the anti-TAMRA antibody either a strong fluorescence quenching (G71-DC7) or a distinct fluorescence enhancement (G71-BE11) upon formation of the immune complex was observed. Additional rhodamine derivatives were used to gain further information on the binding interaction. The data reveal that such haptens as 5-TAMRA could generate different paratopes with equal binding affinities but different binding interactions, which provide the opportunity to adapt bioanalysis methods including immunoassays for optimized detection principles for the same hapten depending on the specific requirements. PMID:25711988

  8. Cell-based and in vivo spectral analysis of fluorescent proteins for multiphoton microscopy

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    Salomonnson, Emma; Mihalko, Laura Anne; Verkhusha, Vladislav V.; Luker, Kathryn E.; Luker, Gary D.

    2012-09-01

    Multiphoton microscopy of cells and subcellular structures labeled with fluorescent proteins is the state-of-the-art technology for longitudinal imaging studies in tissues and living animals. Successful analysis of separate cell populations or signaling events by intravital microscopy requires optimal pairing of multiphoton excitation wavelengths with spectrally distinct fluorescent proteins. While prior studies have analyzed two photon absorption properties of isolated fluorescent proteins, there is limited information about two photon excitation and fluorescence emission profiles of fluorescent proteins expressed in living cells and intact tissues. Multiphoton microscopy was used to analyze fluorescence outputs of multiple blue, green, and red fluorescent proteins in cultured cells and orthotopic tumor xenografts of human breast cancer cells. It is shown that commonly used orange and red fluorescent proteins are excited efficiently by 750 to 760 nm laser light in living cells, enabling dual color imaging studies with blue or cyan proteins without changing excitation wavelength. It is also shown that small incremental changes in excitation wavelength significantly affect emission intensities from fluorescent proteins, which can be used to optimize multi-color imaging using a single laser wavelength. These data will direct optimal selection of fluorescent proteins for multispectral two photon microscopy.

  9. Cationic-perylene-G-quadruplex complex based fluorescent biosensor for label-free detection of Pb(2.).

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    Zhao, Xu-Hua; Gong, Liang; Wu, Yuan; Zhang, Xiao-Bing; Xie, Jun

    2016-03-01

    In this work we use a water-soluble cationic perylene derivative (compound 1) as the G-quadruplex (G4) structure fluorescence indicator to construct a fluorescent biosensor for simple, rapid and label-free detection of Pb(2+). In the absence of Pb(2+), strong electrostatic interactions between compound 1 and the G-rich DNA probe (PW17) induced the aggregation of compound 1 and resulted in the fluorescence quenching. In the presence of Pb(2+), the PW17 formed Pb(2+)-stabilized G4 structure, which reduced the aggregation of compound 1 and gave rise to high fluorescence. This allowed us to use convenient "mix-and-detect" protocol for quantitative analysis of Pb(2+). Since Pb(2+) can specially induce PW17 to form compact DNA fold, our proposed biosensor displayed high selectivity for Pb(2+). It also exhibited a high sensitivity to Pb(2+), with a limit of detection of 5.0nM observed. Furthermore, the biosensor was applied for the detection of Pb(2+) in urine and paint samples, and both showed satisfactory results. PMID:26717819

  10. Structure Refinement Based on Inverse Fourier Analysis in X-Ray Fluorescence Holography

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    Hayashi, K.

    2007-01-19

    A new reconstruction technique for X-ray fluorescence hologram data was proposed based on extractions of holographic oscillations from single scatterers within a sample. The extractions were iteratively carried out by the inverse Fourier transformation of selected atomic images, which were obtained by the Fourier transformation of one-dimensional hologram averaged over azimuth about a given polar axis in k-space. The refinement of the real space reconstruction was performed using the measured holograms and the extracted holographic oscillations. I applied this data processing to the theoretical holograms of fcc Au cluster at 12.0, 12.5 and 13.0 keV, and successfully obtained clear atomic image without artifacts.

  11. High-resolution mesoscopic fluorescence molecular tomography based on compressive sensing.

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    Yang, Fugang; Ozturk, Mehmet S; Zhao, Lingling; Cong, Wenxiang; Wang, Ge; Intes, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Mesoscopic fluorescence molecular tomography (MFMT) is new imaging modality aiming at 3-D imaging of molecular probes in a few millimeter thick biological samples with high-spatial resolution. In this paper, we develop a compressive sensing-based reconstruction method with l1-norm regularization for MFMT with the goal of improving spatial resolution and stability of the optical inverse problem. Three-dimensional numerical simulations of anatomically accurate microvasculature and real data obtained from phantom experiments are employed to evaluate the merits of the proposed method. Experimental results show that the proposed method can achieve 80 ?m spatial resolution for a biological sample of 3 mm thickness and more accurate quantifications of concentrations and locations for the fluorophore distribution than those of the conventional methods. PMID:25137718

  12. Polymer optical fiber compound parabolic concentrator tip for enhanced coupling efficiency for fluorescence based glucose sensors

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    Hassan, Hafeez Ul; Nielsen, Kristian; Aasmul, Soren; Bang, Ole

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that the light excitation and capturing efficiency of fluorescence based fiber-optical sensors can be significantly increased by using a CPC (Compound Parabolic Concentrator) tip instead of the standard plane-cut tip. We use Zemax modelling to find the optimum CPC tip profile and fiber length of a polymer optical fiber diabetes sensor for continuous monitoring of glucose levels. We experimentally verify the improved performance of the CPC tipped sensor and the predicted production tolerances. Due to physical size requirements when the sensor has to be inserted into the body a non-optimal fiber length of 35 mm is chosen. For this length an average improvement in efficiency of a factor of 1.7 is experimentally demonstrated and critically compared to the predicted ideal factor of 3 in terms of parameters that should be improved through production optimization. PMID:26713213

  13. A Fluorescence-Based Genetic Screen to Study Retinal Degeneration in Drosophila

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    Wang, Tao

    2015-01-01

    The Drosophila visual system has been proved to be a powerful genetic model to study eye disease such as retinal degeneration. Here, we describe a genetic method termed “Rh1::GFP ey-flp/hid” that is based on the fluorescence of GFP-tagged major rhodopsin Rh1 in the eyes of living flies and can be used to monitor the integrity of photoreceptor cells. Through combination of this method and ERG recording, we examined a collection of 667 mutants and identified 18 genes that are required for photoreceptor cell maintenance, photoresponse, and rhodopsin synthesis. Our findings demonstrate that this “Rh1::GFP ey-flp/hid” method enables high-throughput F1 genetic screens to rapidly and precisely identify mutations of retinal degeneration. PMID:26659849

  14. High efficiency fluorescent excimer lamps: An alternative to mercury based UVC lamps

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    Masoud, N. M.; Physics and Chemistry Department, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 ; Murnick, D. E.; Department of Physics, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey 07102

    2013-12-15

    A high efficiency xenon excimer lamp radiating at 172 nm, with an internal phosphor coating shifting to UVC has been demonstrated, showing the feasibility of a cost effective alternative to UVC mercury lamps. Fluorescent lamps so designed can be fabricated in various geometries with high efficiency. Unlike other xenon excimer lamps based on dielectric barrier discharges this new system is highly compatible with existing and proposed phosphors as it operates in an inert gas environment at modest temperature and is subject only to 172 nm primary radiation. Using a lamp coated with a UVC phosphor we have demonstrated the feasibility of germicidal and curing lamps with 40% energy conversion efficiency and high power density. These lamps are rapidly switchable, have long projected lifetimes and are compatible with dimmers.

  15. Versatile Fluorescent Probes for Actin Filaments Based on the Actin-Binding Domain of Utrophin

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    Burkel, Brian M.; von Dassow, George; Bement, William M.

    2013-01-01

    Actin filaments (F-actin) are protein polymers that undergo rapid assembly and disassembly and control an enormous variety of cellular processes ranging from force production to regulation of signal transduction. Consequently, imaging of F-actin has become an increasingly important goal for biologists seeking to understand how cells and tissues function. However, most of the available means for imaging F-actin in living cells suffer from one or more biological or experimental shortcomings. Here we describe fluorescent F-actin probes based on the calponin homology domain of utrophin (Utr-CH), which binds F-actin without stabilizing it in vitro. We show that these probes faithfully report the distribution of F-actin in living and fixed cells, distinguish between stable and dynamic F-actin, and have no obvious effects on processes that depend critically on the balance of actin assembly and disassembly. PMID:17685442

  16. Super-resolution microscopy based on fluorescence emission difference of cylindrical vector beams

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    Rong, Zihao; Kuang, Cuifang; Fang, Yue; Zhao, Guangyuan; Xu, Yingke; Liu, Xu

    2015-11-01

    We propose a novel fluorescence emission difference microscopy (FED) system based on focusing cylindrical vector beams. In conventional FED, a Gaussian beam and a 0-2? vortex phase plate are used to generate solid and hollow spots. We focus radially polarized and azimuthally polarized cylindrical vector beams to obtain an expanded solid spot and a shrunken hollow spot, taking advantage of the optical properties of cylindrical vector beams to improve the conventional FED performance. Our novel method enhances FED performance because the hollow spot size determines the FED resolution and an expanded solid spot effectively reduces negative side-lobe emergence during image processing. We demonstrate improved performance theoretically and experimentally using an in-house built FED. Our FED achieved resolution of less than ?/4 in test images of 100 nm nanoparticles, better than the confocal image resolution by a factor of approximately 1/3. We also discuss detailed simulation analyses and FED imaging of biological cells.

  17. Development of a fluorescence-based assay to screen antiviral drugs against Kaposi's sarcoma– associated herpesvirus

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    Nun, Tamara K.; Kroll, David J.; Oberlies, Nicholas H.; Soejarto, Djaja D.; Case, Ryan J.; Piskaut, Pius; Matainaho, Teatulohi; Hilscher, Chelsey; Wang, Ling; Dittmer, Dirk P.; Gao, Shou-Jiang; Damania, Blossom

    2013-01-01

    Tumors associated with Kaposi's sarcoma–associated herpesvirus infection include Kaposi's sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and multicentric Castleman's disease. Virtually all of the tumor cells in these cancers are latently infected and dependent on the virus for survival. Latent viral proteins maintain the viral genome and are required for tumorigenesis. Current prevention and treatment strategies are limited because they fail to specifically target the latent form of the virus, which can persist for the lifetime of the host. Thus, targeting latent viral proteins may prove to be an important therapeutic modality for existing tumors as well as in tumor prevention by reducing latent virus load. Here, we describe a novel fluorescence-based screening assay to monitor the maintenance of the Kaposi's sarcoma–associated herpesvirus genome in B lymphocyte cell lines and to identify compounds that induce its loss, resulting in tumor cell death. PMID:17699731

  18. Development of a fluorescence-based method for monitoring glucose catabolism and its potential use in a biomass hydrolysis assay

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    Haney, Lisa J; Coors, James G; Lorenz, Aaron J; Raman, D Raj; Anex, Robert P; Scott, M Paul

    2008-01-01

    Background The availability and low cost of lignocellulosic biomass has caused tremendous interest in the bioconversion of this feedstock into liquid fuels. One measure of the economic viability of the bioconversion process is the ease with which a particular feedstock is hydrolyzed and fermented. Because monitoring the analytes in hydrolysis and fermentation experiments is time consuming, the objective of this study was to develop a rapid fluorescence-based method to monitor sugar production during biomass hydrolysis, and to demonstrate its application in monitoring corn stover hydrolysis. Results Hydrolytic enzymes were used in conjunction with Escherichia coli strain CA8404 (a hexose and pentose-consuming strain), modified to produce green fluorescent protein (GFP). The combination of hydrolytic enzymes and a sugar-consuming organism minimizes feedback inhibition of the hydrolytic enzymes. We observed that culture growth rate as measured by change in culture turbidity is proportional to GFP fluorescence and total growth and growth rate depends upon how much sugar is present at inoculation. Furthermore, it was possible to monitor the course of enzymatic hydrolysis in near real-time, though there are instrumentation challenges in doing this. Conclusion We found that instantaneous fluorescence is proportional to the bacterial growth rate. As growth rate is limited by the availability of sugar, the integral of fluorescence is proportional to the amount of sugar consumed by the microbe. We demonstrate that corn stover varieties can be differentiated based on sugar yields in enzymatic hydrolysis reactions using post-hydrolysis fluorescence measurements. Also, it may be possible to monitor fluorescence in real-time during hydrolysis to compare different hydrolysis protocols. PMID:19019221

  19. Fluorescent refrigeration

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    Epstein, R.I.; Edwards, B.C.; Buchwald, M.I.; Gosnell, T.R.

    1995-09-05

    Fluorescent refrigeration is based on selective radiative pumping, using substantially monochromatic radiation, of quantum excitations which are then endothermically redistributed to higher energies. Ultimately, the populated energy levels radiatively deexcite emitting, on the average, more radiant energy than was initially absorbed. The material utilized to accomplish the cooling must have dimensions such that the exciting radiation is strongly absorbed, but the fluorescence may exit the material through a significantly smaller optical pathlength. Optical fibers and mirrored glasses and crystals provide this requirement. 6 figs.

  20. A high performance Schiff-base fluorescent probe for monitoring Au(3+) in zebrafish based on BODIPY.

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    Wang, Enze; Pang, Lanfang; Zhou, Yanmei; Zhang, Junli; Yu, Fang; Qiao, Han; Pang, Xiaobin

    2016-03-15

    We designed and synthesized a mono-Schiff-base fluorescent probe (Probe 1) based on a boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) dye. By investigating the recognition of Au(3+) through an irreversible C=N bond hydrolysis reaction, Probe 1 exhibited higher properties such as acting as a "naked eye" probe, stability to pH, fast-response of 90s, a lower detection limit of 60nM, stronger antijamming capability, and better live-cells imaging with low cytotoxicity compared with other probes. Even in relatively high temperatures, Probe 1 maintained its own excellent characteristic. More importantly, this is the first time that one chemosensor could be successfully applied to Au(3+) imaging in zebrafish, which demonstrated the performance that Probe 1 exhibited wonderful organism permeability. PMID:26513288

  1. Relay recognition of Cu2+ and S2- in water by a simple 2-(2";-aminophenyl)benzimidazole derivatized fluorescent sensor through modulating ESIPT

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    Tang, Lijun; Dai, Xin; Cai, Mingjun; Zhao, Jia; Zhou, Pei; Huang, Zhenlong

    2014-03-01

    A new 2-(2";-aminophenyl)benzimidazole (2-APBI) derivatized fluorescent sensor (L) that behaves relay recognition of Cu2+ and S2- in water solution (pH 7.4) has been developed. Sensor L displays excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) featured two emission bands and performs highly selective and sensitive recognition to Cu2+ through two emissions simultaneous quenching. The on-site formed L-Cu2+ complex exhibits excellent selectivity to S2- with fluorescence "off-on" response via Cu2+ displacement approach, which exerts ESIPT recovery. Thus, through modulation the ESIPT state of sensor L, relay recognition of Cu2+ and S2- in water has been achieved.

  2. Spectral Neugebauer-based color halftone prediction model accounting for paper fluorescence.

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    Hersch, Roger David

    2014-08-20

    We present a spectral model for predicting the fluorescent emission and the total reflectance of color halftones printed on optically brightened paper. By relying on extended Neugebauer models, the proposed model accounts for the attenuation by the ink halftones of both the incident exciting light in the UV wavelength range and the emerging fluorescent emission in the visible wavelength range. The total reflectance is predicted by adding the predicted fluorescent emission relative to the incident light and the pure reflectance predicted with an ink-spreading enhanced Yule-Nielsen modified Neugebauer reflectance prediction model. The predicted fluorescent emission spectrum as a function of the amounts of cyan, magenta, and yellow inks is very accurate. It can be useful to paper and ink manufacturers who would like to study in detail the contribution of the fluorescent brighteners and the attenuation of the fluorescent emission by ink halftones. PMID:25321109

  3. A gold-based nanobeacon probe for fluorescence sensing of organophosphorus pesticides.

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    Dou, Xiaowen; Chu, Xianfeng; Kong, Weijun; Luo, Jiaoyang; Yang, Meihua

    2015-09-01

    A nanomaterials-based novel molecular beacon has attracted growing attentions in fluorescent assays as many nanomaterials possess excellent quenching efficiency. In this work, a gold-based nanobeacon probe was established to detect organophosphorus pesticides for the first time. The constructed gold-based nanobeacon acted as a signal indicator and could display the decreasing of the intensity in the presence of targets, which competitively bound to single strand DNA. To achieve a high sensitive probe, some parameters including solution pH, temperature and reaction time were investigated and optimized. The gold-based nanobeacon probe assay was proved to be rapid and sensitive to achieve a detection limit of 0.035 ?M for isocarbophos, 0.134 ?M for profenofos, 0.384 ?M for phorate and 2.35 ?M for omethoate, respectively. The prepared nanobeacon effectively reduced the background and improved the detection sensitivity and selectivity. The probe is stable, easy to operate and does not need sophisticated instruments. These features makes the probe feasible for screening trace organophosphorus pesticides in real samples. PMID:26388389

  4. Novel coumarin-based fluorescent probe for selective detection of Cu(II)

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    Bekhradnia, Ahmadreza; Domehri, Elham; Khosravi, Masome

    2016-01-01

    We report an efficient and convenient method for preparing nitro-3-carboxamide coumarin derivatives, proposed as novel fluorescent chemosensor, through microwave irradiation. This compound can be used as fluorescent probe for Cu2+ with selectivity over other metal ions in aqueous solution. The fluorescence of 6-nitro-N-[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl]-2-oxo-2H-chromene-3-carboxamide(3) is the highest in the presence of Cu2+, with stronger excitation at ? = 320 nm than for the other cations tested.

  5. Simple implementation of quantum key distribution based on single-photon Bell-state measurement

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    Liang, Wen-Ye; Li, Mo; Yin, Zhen-Qiang; Chen, Wei; Wang, Shuang; An, Xue-Bi; Guo, Guang-Can; Han, Zheng-Fu

    2015-07-01

    Recently some alternatives to the measurement-device-independent (MDI) quantum key distribution (QKD) based on the single-photon Bell-state measurement (SBSM) were proposed. Although these alternatives are not precisely as secure as the MDI QKD, they possess the advantage of a high key rate of the traditional BB84-like protocol and avoid the technical complexity of two-photon interference required in the MDI QKD. However, the setups of these proposed schemes are rather complicated compared to commonly used BB84 systems. Here we propose a simple implementation of SBSM-based QKD that is directly built on the existing realization of the BB84 QKD. Our proposal exhibits the hidden connection between the SBSM-based QKD and traditional phase-encoding QKD protocols. This finding discloses the physics behind these two different types of QKD protocols. In addition, we experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of our protocol.

  6. Anatomy-Based Algorithms for Detecting Oral Cancer Using Reflectance and Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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    McGee, Sasha

    OBJECTIVES: We used reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopy to noninvasively and quantitatively distinguish benign from dysplastic/malignant oral lesions. We designed diagnostic algorithms to account for differences in ...

  7. Model-based analysis of clinical fluorescence spectroscopy for in vivo detection of cervical intraepithelial dysplasia

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    Chang, Sung K.; Marín, Nena; Follen, Michelle; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca R.

    2006-03-01

    We present a mathematical model to calculate the relative concentration of light scatterers, light absorbers, and fluorophores in the epithelium and stroma. This mathematical description is iteratively fit to the fluorescence spectra measured in vivo, yielding relative concentrations of each molecule. The mathematical model is applied to a total of 493 fluorescence measurements of normal and dysplastic cervical tissue acquired in vivo from 292 patients. The estimated parameters are compared with histopathologic diagnosis to evaluate their diagnostic potential. The mathematical model is validated using fluorescence spectra simulated with known sets of optical parameters. Subsequent application of the mathematical model to in vivo fluorescence measurements from cervical tissue yields fits that accurately describe measured data. The optical parameters estimated from 493 fluorescence measurements show an increase in epithelial flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) fluorescence, a decrease in epithelial keratin fluorescence, an increase in epithelial light scattering, a decrease in stromal collagen fluorescence, and an increase in stromal hemoglobin light absorption in dysplastic tissue compared to normal tissue. These changes likely reflect an increase in the metabolic activity and loss of differentiation of epithelial dysplastic cells, and stromal angiogenesis associated with dysplasia. The model presented here provides a tool to analyze clinical fluorescence spectra yielding quantitative information about molecular changes related to dysplastic transformation.

  8. Detection of Fingerprints Based on Elemental Composition Using Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence.

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    Worley, C. G.; Wiltshire, S.; Miller, T. C.; Havrilla, G. J.; Majidi, V.

    2005-01-01

    A method was developed to detect fingerprints using a technique known as micro-X-ray fluorescence. The traditional method of detecting fingerprints involves treating the sample with certain powders, liquids, or vapors to add color to the fingerprint so that it can be easily seen and photographed for forensic purposes. This is known as contrast enhancement, and a multitude of chemical processing methods have been developed in the past century to render fingerprints visible. However, fingerprints present on certain substances such as fibrous papers and textiles, wood, leather, plastic, adhesives, and human skin can sometimes be difficult to detect by contrast enhancement. Children's fingerprints are also difficult to detect due to the absence of sebum on their skin, and detection of prints left on certain colored backgrounds can sometimes be problematic. Micro-X-ray fluorescence (MXRF) was studied here as a method to detect fingerprints based on chemical elements present in fingerprint residue. For example, salts such as sodium chloride and potassium chloride excreted in sweat are sometimes present in detectable quantities in fingerprints. We demonstrated that MXRF can be used to detect this sodium, potassium, and chlorine from such salts. Furthermore, using MXRF, each of these elements (and many other elements if present) can be detected as a function of location on a surface, so we were able to 'see' a fingerprint because these salts are deposited mainly along the patterns present in a fingerprint (traditionally called friction ridges in forensic science). MXRF is not a panacea for detecting all fingerprints; some prints will not contain enough detectable material to be 'seen'; however, determining an effective means of coloring a fingerprint with traditional contrast enhancement methods can sometimes be an arduous process with limited success. Thus, MXRF offers a possible alternative for detecting fingerprints, and it does not require any additional chemical treatment steps which can be time consuming and permanently alter the sample. Additionally, MXRF is noninvasive, so a fingerprint analyzed by this method is left pristine for examination by other methods (eg. DNA extraction). To the best of the author's knowledge, no studies have been published to date concerning the detection of fingerprints by micro-X-ray fluorescence. Some studies have been published in which other spectroscopic methods were employed to examine the chemical composition of fingerprints (eg. IR, SEM/EDX, and Auger), but very few papers discuss the actual detection and imaging of a complete fingerprint by any spectroscopic method. Thus, this work is unique.

  9. Pyrene-based fluorescent ambidextrous gelators: scaffolds for mechanically robust SWNT-gel nanocomposites.

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    Mandal, Deep; Kar, Tanmoy; Das, Prasanta Kumar

    2014-01-27

    With the rapid progress in the development of supramolecular soft materials, examples of low-molecular-weight gelators (LMWGs) with the ability to immobilise both water and organic solvents by the same structural scaffold are very limited. In this paper, we report the development of pyrene-containing peptide-based ambidextrous gelators (AGs) with the ability to efficiently gelate both organic and aqueous solvents. The organo- and hydrogelation efficiencies of these gelators are in the range 0.7-1.1% w/v in various organic solvents and 0.5-5% w/v in water at certain acidic pH values (pH?2.0-4.0). Moreover, for the first time, AGs have been utilised to prepare single-walled carbon-nanotube (SWNT)-included soft nanocomposites in both hydro- and organogel matrices. The influence of different non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic, ?-? and van der Waals interactions in self-assembled gelation has been studied in detail by circular dichroism, FTIR, variable-temperature NMR, 2D NOESY and luminescence spectroscopy. Interestingly, the presence of the pyrene moiety in the structure rendered these AGs intrinsically fluorescent, which was quenched upon successful integration of the SWNTs within the gel. The prepared hydro- and organogels along with their SWNT-integrated nanocomposites are thermoreversible in nature. The supramolecular morphologies of the dried gels and SWNT-gel nanocomposites have been studied by transmission electron microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and polarising optical microscopy, which confirmed the presence of three-dimensional self-assembled fibrillar networks (SAFINs) as well as the integrated SWNTs. Importantly, rheological studies revealed that the inclusion of SWNTs within the ambidextrous gels improved the mechanical rigidity of the resulting soft nanocomposites up to 3.8-fold relative to the native gels. PMID:24339266

  10. Novel multiplex fluorescent immunoassays based on quantum dot nanolabels for mycotoxins determination.

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    Beloglazova, N V; Speranskaya, E S; Wu, A; Wang, Z; Sanders, M; Goftman, V V; Zhang, D; Goryacheva, I Yu; De Saeger, S

    2014-12-15

    The aim of this manuscript was the development of easy-to-operate quantum dots (QDs)-based immunochemical techniques for simultaneous screening of several mycotoxins in cereals. Two different approaches for multiplex fluorescent immunosorbent assay (FLISA) were employed. In the first approach a multiwell plate in which the different wells express a different mycotoxin (deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, aflatoxin B1, T2-toxin and fumonisin B1) was considered as a multiplex because each sample was pretreated once and then will be distributed over a series of wells within the same plate (single-analyte multiplex, SAM). The entire assay allows the simultaneous determination of all compounds. For the double-analyte multiplex (DAM) two different specific antibodies were co-immobilized in one single well. Zearalenone and aflatoxin B1 were simultaneously determined, provided their conjugates are labeled with QDs which are fluorescent in different parts of the spectrum, by scanning the assay outcome at two different wavelengths. The limits of detection (LOD) for the simultaneous determination of deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, aflatoxin B1, T2-toxin and fumonisin B1 by SAM FLISA were 3.2, 0.6, 0.2, 10 and 0.4 µg kg(-1), respectively, while for the DAM FLISA they were 1.8 and 1 µg kg(-1) for zearalenone and aflatoxin B1, respectively. SAM FLISA principle was also presented in a qualitative on-site format and tested for on-site multiplex determination of four mycotoxins in cereals. The achieved cut-off values of 500, 100, 2 and 100 µg kg(-1) for deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, aflatoxin B1 and T2-toxin respectively. For simplification of multiassay results' evaluation the conjugates with QDs of different colors were used. PMID:24976152

  11. Fluorescent detection of Southern blots and PCR-based genetic typing tests

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    Mansfield, E.S.; Worley, J.M.; Zimmerman, P.A.

    1994-09-01

    The Southern blot is used to study gene organization, to identify disease-causing genomic rearrangements, or for typing RFLP markers in forensic, paternity, or prenatal diagnostic testing. Fluorescence offers a much greater dynamic range and a more linear response than film used in radioactive or chemiluminescent detection of RFLPs. We therefore investigated using the Fluorimager{trademark} 575 (Molecular Dynamics, Inc.) for analyzing Southern blots. Using a single-locus probe to D2S44 (YNH24) (Promega Corp.), we detect as little as 100 ng (0.05 attomole) genomic DNA. The alkaline phosphatase-labeled probe is detected using AttoPhos (JBL Scientific), and the developed membrane is scanned with the Fluorimager. Biotinylated hybridization probes can also be developed using a streptavidin-alkaline phosphatase conjugate and AttoPhos. The instrument scan parameters can be adjusted to prevent overexposure and accompanying loss of resolution in images of blots, gels, or 96-well microplates. We have used these other sample formats in PCR-based genetic typing assays. We use FluorKit DQS (Molecular Dynamics) to accurately quantify PCR template DNA (1-500 ng) in 96-well microplates scanned using the same instrument. Mutation detection assays run include heteroduplex gels (5% polyacrylamide, 2.7 M urea), short tandem repeat (STR) markers, amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AmpFLP), competitive priming PCR, and allele-specific oligotyping. These assays are run using either 1- or 2-color labeling. We detect unlabeled PCR products, such as the AmpFLP marker D1S80 (Perkin-Elmer) by post-staining gels for 10 minutes with SYBR Green 1 (Molecular Probes) and scanning the wet gel. The Fluorimager scans a 20 x 25 cm sample within three minutes, allowing rapid optimization of fluorescent protocols and high sample throughput.

  12. Automatic analyzer for highly polar carboxylic acids based on fluorescence derivatization-liquid chromatography.

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    Todoroki, Kenichiro; Nakano, Tatsuki; Ishii, Yasuhiro; Goto, Kanoko; Tomita, Ryoko; Fujioka, Toshihiro; Min, Jun Zhe; Inoue, Koichi; Toyo'oka, Toshimasa

    2015-03-01

    A sensitive, versatile, and reproducible automatic analyzer for highly polar carboxylic acids based on a fluorescence derivatization-liquid chromatography (LC) method was developed. In this method, carboxylic acids were automatically and fluorescently derivatized with 4-(N,N-dimethylaminosulfonyl)-7-piperazino-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (DBD-PZ) in the presence of 4-(4,6-dimethoxy-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-4-methylmorpholinium chloride by adopting a pretreatment program installed in an LC autosampler. All of the DBD-PZ-carboxylic acid derivatives were separated on the ODS column within 30 min by gradient elution. The peak of DBD-PZ did not interfere with the separation and the quantification of all the acids with the exception of lactic acid. From the LC-MS/MS analysis, we confirmed that lactic acid was converted to an oxytriazinyl derivative, which was further modified with a dimethoxy triazine group of 4-(4,6-dimethoxy-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-4-methylmorpholinium chloride (DMT-MM). We detected this oxytriazinyl derivative to quantify lactic acid. The detection limits (signal-to-noise ratio = 3) for the examined acids ranged from 0.19 to 1.1 µm, which correspond to 95-550 fmol per injection. The intra- and inter-day precisions of typical, highly polar carboxylic acids were all <9.0%. The developed method was successfully applied to the comprehensive analysis of carboxylic acids in various samples, which included fruit juices, red wine and media from cultured tumor cells. PMID:25082081

  13. A Simple and Fast Hypervolume Indicator-Based Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm.

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    Jiang, Siwei; Zhang, Jie; Ong, Yew-Soon; Zhang, Allan N; Tan, Puay Siew

    2015-10-01

    To find diversified solutions converging to true Pareto fronts (PFs), hypervolume (HV) indicator-based algorithms have been established as effective approaches in multiobjective evolutionary algorithms (MOEAs). However, the bottleneck of HV indicator-based MOEAs is the high time complexity for measuring the exact HV contributions of different solutions. To cope with this problem, in this paper, a simple and fast hypervolume indicator-based MOEA (FV-MOEA) is proposed to quickly update the exact HV contributions of different solutions. The core idea of FV-MOEA is that the HV contribution of a solution is only associated with partial solutions rather than the whole solution set. Thus, the time cost of FV-MOEA can be greatly reduced by deleting irrelevant solutions. Experimental studies on 44 benchmark multiobjective optimization problems with 2-5 objectives in platform jMetal demonstrate that FV-MOEA not only reports higher hypervolumes than the five classical MOEAs (nondominated sorting genetic algorithm II (NSGAII), strength Pareto evolutionary algorithm 2 (SPEA2), multiobjective evolutionary algorithm based on decomposition (MOEA/D), indicator-based evolutionary algorithm, and S-metric selection based evolutionary multiobjective optimization algorithm (SMS-EMOA)), but also obtains significant speedup compared to other HV indicator-based MOEAs. PMID:25474815

  14. Functional magnetic nanoparticle-based trapping and sensing approaches for label-free fluorescence detection of DNA.

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    Lin, Ju-Yu; Chen, Yu-Chie

    2011-10-30

    In this study, a label-free fluorescence detection method for DNA was designed using functional magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) as affinity probes. With the advantage of magnetic feature, MNP-based affinity probes can be easily manipulated for trapping and sensing target species. Two types of MNP-based nanoprobes for trapping and detecting target DNAs were fabricated. The basic strategy for this approach is the use of trapping probes to concentrate target DNAs selectively from complex samples. The detection probes are then used as fluorescence reporters to explore the level of the target species. Trapping probes were constructed by covalently immobilizing probe DNA molecules complementary to the target DNA. Detection nanoprobes were made by linking a fluorescent dye, riboflavin-5'-monophosphate (RFMP), onto the surface of the core/shell Fe(3)O(4)@Al(2)O(3) MNPs via Al-phosphate chelation. The fluorescence derived from RFMP molecules became invisible when molecules were attached onto the MNP surface. However, after phosphorylated species (e.g., DNA molecules) replaced RFMP from the surface of the RFMP-Fe(3)O(4)@Al(2)O(3) MNPs under microwave heating for 15s, the RFMP molecules released from the MNPs enhanced the fluorescence intensity in the solution. Based on the measurement of the fluorescence intensity, the level of target DNA in the samples was determined. The remaining DNA molecules on the RFMP-Fe(3)O(4)@Al(2)O(3) MNPs were characterized by using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS). The detection limit for DNA was as low as 40 pM using this approach. PMID:22063531

  15. Telegrapher-based fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography in small volume

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    Roy, Ranadhir

    2010-02-01

    Accurate modeling of photon propagation in small animals is critical to quantitatively obtain accurate tomographic images. The diffusion approximation is used for biomedical optical diagnostic techniques in turbid large media where absorption is low compared to scattering system. This approximation has considerable limitations to accurately predict radiative transport in turbid small media and also in a media where absorption is high compared to scattering systems. A radiative transport equation (RTE) is best suited for photon propagation in human tissues. However, such models are quite expensive computationally. To alleviate the problems of the high computational cost of RTE and inadequacies of the diffusion equation in a small volume, we use telegrapher equation (TE) in the frequency domain for fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography problems. The telegrapher equation can accurately and efficiently predict ballistic as well as diffusion-limited transport regimes which could simultaneously exist in small animals. The telegrapher-based model is tested by comparing with the diffusion-based model using stimulated data in a small volume. This work shows the telegrapher-based model is appropriate in small animal optical tomography problems.

  16. Development of Ta-based Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Detectors for Fluorescence XAS

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    Friedrich, S; Drury, O; Hall, J; Cantor, R

    2009-09-23

    We are developing superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) soft X-ray detectors for chemical analysis of dilute samples by fluorescence-detected X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Our 36-pixel Nb-based STJ spectrometer covers a solid angle {Omega}/4{pi} {approx} 10{sup -3}, offers an energy resolution of {approx}10-20 eV FWHM for energies up to {approx}1 keV, and can be operated at total count rates of {approx}10{sup 6} counts/s. For increased quantum efficiency and cleaner response function, we have now started the development of Ta-based STJ detector arrays. Initial devices modeled after our Nb-based STJs have an energy resolution below 10 eV FWHM for X-ray energies below 1 keV, and pulse rise time discrimination can be used to improve their response function for energies up to several keV. We discuss the performance of the Ta-STJs and outline steps towards the next-generation of large STJ detector arrays with higher sensitivity.

  17. Development of a Cell-Based Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Reporter for Bacillus anthracis Lethal Factor Protease

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    Kimura, R H; Steenblock, E R; Camarero, J A

    2007-03-22

    We report the construction of a cell-based fluorescent reporter for anthrax lethal factor (LF) protease activity using the principle of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). This was accomplished by engineering an Escherichia coli cell line to express a genetically encoded FRET reporter and LF protease. Both proteins were encoded in two different expression plasmids under the control of different tightly controlled inducible promoters. The FRET-based reporter was designed to contain a LF recognition sequence flanked by the FRET pair formed by CyPet and YPet fluorescent proteins. The length of the linker between both fluorescent proteins was optimized using a flexible peptide linker containing several Gly-Gly-Ser repeats. Our results indicate that this FRET-based LF reporter was readily expressed in E. coli cells showing high levels of FRET in vivo in the absence of LF. The FRET signal, however, decreased 5 times after inducing LF expression in the same cell. These results suggest that this cell-based LF FRET reporter may be used to screen genetically encoded libraries in vivo against LF.

  18. Development of a Green Fluorescent Protein-Based Cell Bioassay for the Rapid and Inexpensive Detection and Characterization

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    Hammock, Bruce D.

    Development of a Green Fluorescent Protein-Based Cell Bioassay for the Rapid and Inexpensive- fected mouse hepatoma (Hepa1c1c7) cell line. EGFP induction in the resulting recombinant cell line, H1G1 and quantification of these chemicals in environmental, bio- logical, and food samples in order to assess

  19. Enhancing analysis of cells and proteins by fluorescence imaging on silk-based biomaterials: modulating the autofluorescence of silk.

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    Neo, Puay Yong; Tan, Daryl Jian-An; Shi, Pujiang; Toh, Siew Lok; Goh, James Cho-Hong

    2015-02-01

    Silk is a versatile and established biomaterial for various tissue engineering purposes. However, it also exhibits strong autofluorescence signals-thereby hindering fluorescence imaging analysis of cells and proteins on silk-derived biomaterials. Sudan Black B (SB) is a lysochrome dye commonly used to stain lipids in histology. It has also been reported to be able to quench autofluorescence of tissues in histology and has been tested on artificial biomedical polymers in recent years. It was hypothesized that SB would exert similar quenching effects on silk, modulating the autofluorescence signals, and thereby enabling improved imaging analysis of cells and molecules of interests. The quenching effect of SB on the intrinsic fluorescence properties of silk and on commercial fluorescent dyes were first investigated in this study. SB was then incorporated into typical fluorescence-based staining protocols to study its effectiveness in improving fluorescence-based imaging of the cells and proteins residing with the silk-based biomaterials. Silk processed into various forms of biomaterials (e.g., films, sponges, fibers, and electrospun mats) was seeded with cells and cultured in vitro. At sacrificial time points, specimens were harvested, fixed, and prepared for fluorescence staining. SB, available commercially as a powder, was dissolved in 70% ethanol (0.3% [w/v]) to form staining solutions. SB treatment was introduced at the last step of typical immunofluorescence staining protocols for 15-120?min. For actin staining protocols by phalloidin toxin, SB staining solutions were added before and after permeabilization with Triton-X for 15-30?min. Results showed that ideal SB treatment duration is about 15?min. Apart from being able to suppress the autofluorescence of silk, this treatment duration was also not too long to adversely affect the fluorescent labeling probes used. The relative improvement brought about by SB treatment was most evident in the blue and green emission wavelengths compared with the red emission wavelength. This study has showed that the use of SB is a cost and time effective approach to enhance fluorescence-based imaging analyses of cell-seeded silk biomaterials, which otherwise would have been hindered by the unmodulated autofluorescence signals. PMID:25050876

  20. Ionic comonomer effect of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) copolymer containing D-?-A type pyran-based fluorescent dye

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    Lee, Eun-Mi; Gwon, Seon-Young; Hwang, In-Jeong; Son, Young-A.; Kim, Sung-Hoon

    2012-06-01

    Temperature and pH responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAM)) copolymer containing D-?-A type pyran-based fluorescent dye (fluorophore) and basic comonomer, N-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]-methacrylamide (DMAPAM) was prepared by free radical polymerization. With increase of pH values, aqueous poly(NIPAM-co-DMAPAM-co-fluorophore) solution showed decrease of a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and increase of fluorescence intensity, due to a change in the ionization state. And also hydrodynamic radius of poly(NIPAM-co-DMAPAM-co-fluorophore) changed correspondingly to changes of temperature and pH values.