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Journal of Biophotonics

Michal Balberg, Mattan Levi, Ksawery Kalinowski, Itay Barnea, Simcha K Mirsky, Natan T Shaked
We developed a new method to identify the separate cellular compartments in the optical path delay (OPD) maps of un-labeled spermatozoa. This was conducted by comparing OPD maps of fixed, un-labeled spermatozoa to bright field images of the same cells following labeling. The labeling enabled us to identify the acrosomal and nuclear compartments in the corresponding OPD maps of the cells. We then extracted the refractive index maps of fixed cells by dividing the OPD maps of spermatozoa by the corresponding thickness maps of the same cells, obtained with AFM...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
Suresh Anand, Riccardo Cicchi, Flavio Giordano, Valerio Conti, Anna Maria Buccoliero, Renzo Guerrini, Francesco Saverio Pavone
We evaluated the diagnostic capability of a multimodal spectroscopic approach for classifying normal brain tissue and epileptogenic focal cortical dysplasia in children. We employed fluorescence spectroscopy at two excitation wavelengths (378 nm and 445 nm) and Raman spectroscopy (at 785 nm excitation) for acquiring fluorescence and Raman spectra from 10 normal brains, 16 focal cortical dysplasia specimens and 1 cortical tuber tissue sites using a custom-built multimodal optical point spectroscopic system. We used principal component analysis combined with leave-one-sample-out-cross-validation for tissue classification...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
S P Singh, Hunain Alam, Crismita Dmello, Hitesh Mamgain, Milind M Vaidya, Ramachandra Rao Dasari, C Murali Krishna
Accurate understanding of cellular processes and responses to stimuli is of paramount importance in biomedical research and diagnosis. Raman spectroscopy (RS), a label-free and nondestructive spectroscopic method has the potential to serve as a novel 'theranostics' tool. Both fiber-optic and micro-Raman studies have demonstrated efficacy in diagnostics and therapeutic response monitoring. In the present study, we have evaluated the potential of micro-Raman spectroscopic maps in identifying changes induced by loss of K8/18 proteins in a tongue cancer cell line...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
K-J Huang, C-Y Lee, Y-C Lin, C-Y Lin, E Perevedentseva, S-F Hung, C-L Cheng
The applications of nanodiamond as drug delivery and bio-imaging can require the relinquishing ND-drug conjugate via blood flow, where interaction with immune cells may occur. In this work, we investigated the ND penetration in macrophage and the immune response using the tissue-resident murine macrophages (RAW 264.7). Confocal fluorescence imaging, immunofluorescence analysis of nuclear translocation of interferon regulatory factor IRF-3 and transcriptional factor NF-κΒ, analysis of pro-inflammatory cytokines production IL-1β, IL-6 IL-10 with a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction technique were applied...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
Huiying Lin, Wansha Li, Hao Zhang, Peng Chen, Delong Chen, Wei He, Sune Svanberg, Katarina Svanberg
Osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH), a recalcitrant and disabling disease, is caused by inadequate or fully disrupted blood supply to the affected segment of the subchondral bone. Theoretically, there will develop gas-filled pores during the bone decay process due to lacking blood supply. Unfortunately, the relationship between the gas-filled pores and ONFH is still unclear. Here, we have introduced diode laser absorption spectroscopy to detect oxygen and water vapor signals in the femoral heads from hip replacement in 19 patients...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
J F Villa-Manríquez, J Castro-Ramos, F Gutiérrez-Delgado, M A Lopéz-Pacheco, A E Villanueva-Luna
In this study we identify and classify high and low levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in healthy volunteers (HV) and diabetic patients (DP). Overall, 86 subjects were evaluated. The Raman spectrum was measured in three anatomical regions of the body: index fingertip, right ear lobe, and forehead. The measurements were performed to compare the difference between the HV and DP (22 well controlled diabetic patients (WCDP) (HbA1c <6.5%), and 49 not controlled diabetic patients (NCDP) (HbA1c ≥6.5%)). Multivariable methods such as principal components analysis (PCA) combined with support vector machine (SVM) were used to develop effective diagnostic algorithms for classification among these groups...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Hamid Moradi, Abrar Ahmad, Dean Shepherdson, Nhung H Vuong, Gosia Niedbala, Libni Eapen, Barbara Vanderhyden, Balazs Nyiri, Sangeeta Murugkar
Despite the many advances intended to enhance the response to treatment, the survival rate of patients with ovarian cancer has only marginally improved in the past few decades. One major cause for this, is the lack of diagnostics for platinum-resistant disease. The goal of this study was to determine whether Raman micro-spectroscopy in conjunction with multivariate statistical analysis could discriminate between chemically fixed cisplatin-resistant (A2780cp) and cisplatin-sensitive (A2780s) human ovarian carcinoma cells...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Arthur Varkentin, Mikhail Mazurenka, Elias Blumenröther, Merve Meinhardt-Wollweber, Maik Rahlves, Sigrid M C Broekaert, Susanne Schäd-Trcka, Steffen Emmertinst, Uwe Morgner, Bernhard Roth
A reliable, fast, and non-invasive determination of melanoma thickness in vivo is highly desirable for clinical dermatology as it may facilitate the identification of surgical melanoma margins, determine if a sentinel node biopsy should be performed or not, and reduce the number of surgical interventions for patients. In this work, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and high frequency ultrasound (HFUS) are evaluated for quantitative in vivo preoperative assessment of the skin infiltration depth of melanocytic tissue...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Rui Shi, Li Guo, Chao Zhang, Wei Feng, Peng Li, Zhihua Ding, Dan Zhu
Skin optical clearing has shown tremendous potential in improving various optical imaging performances, but there is some certain blindness in screening out high-efficiency in vivo optical clearing methods. In this work, three optical clearing agents: sucrose (Suc), fructose (Fruc) and PEG-400 (PEG), and two chemical penetration enhancers: propylene glycol (PG) and thiazone (Thiaz) were used. PEG was firstly mixed with the two penetration enhancers, respectively, and then mixed with Fruc and Suc, respectively, to obtain six kinds of skin optical clearing agents (SOCAs)...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Li Lin, Junjie Yao, Ruiying Zhang, Chun-Cheng Chen, Chih-Hsien Huang, Yang Li, Lidai Wang, William Chapman, Jun Zou, Lihong V Wang
We applied high-speed photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) for both cortical microenvironment studies and dynamic brain studies, with micrometer-level optical resolution and a millisecond-level cross-sectional imaging speed over a millimeter-level field of view. We monitored blood flow redistribution in mini-stroke mouse models and cerebral autoregulation induced by a vasoactive agent. Our results collectively suggest that high-speed PAM is a promising tool for understanding dynamic neurophysiological phenomena, complementing conventional imaging modalities...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Anna C Croce, Andrea Ferrigno, Laura G Di Pasqua, Clarissa Berardo, Barbara Mannucci, Giovanni Bottiroli, Mariapia Vairetti
The autofluorescence (AF) of NAD(P)H and flavins has been at the basis of many in-situ studies of liver energy metabolism and functionality. Conversely, few data have been so far reported on fluorescing lipids. In this work we investigated the AF of liver lipid extracts from two fatty liver models, Wistar rats fed with MCD diet for 12 days (Wi-MCD), and obese (fa/fa) Zucker rats. Among the most abundant fatty acids in the lipid extracts, indicated by mass spectrometry, arachidonic acid (AA) exhibited higher quantum yield than the other fluorescing fatty acids (FLFA), and red shifted AF spectrum...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Surya Pratap Singh, Pauli Fält, Ishan Barman, Arto Koistinen, Ramachandra Rao Dasari, Arja M Kullaa
Sensitive methods that can enable early detection of dental diseases (caries and calculus) are desirable in clinical practice. Optical spectroscopic approaches have emerged as promising alternatives owing to their wealth of molecular information and lack of sample preparation requirements. In the present study, using multispectral fluorescence imaging, we have demonstrated that dental caries and calculus can be objectively identified on extracted tooth. Spectral differences among control, carious and calculus conditions were attributed to the porphyrin pigment content, which is a byproduct of bacterial metabolism...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Alix Le Marois, Simon Labouesse, Klaus Suhling, Rainer Heintzmann
Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) is an attractive microscopy method in the life sciences, yielding information on the sample otherwise unavailable through intensity-based techniques. A novel Noise-Corrected Principal Component Analysis (NC-PCA) method for time-domain FLIM data is presented here. The presence and distribution of distinct microenvironments are identified at lower photon counts than previously reported, without requiring prior knowledge of their number or of the dye's decay kinetics. A noise correction based on the Poisson statistics inherent to Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting is incorporated...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Yuehang Wang, Depeng Wang, Ryan Hubbell, Jun Xia
Slit-based photoacoustic tomography is a newly developed technique that improves the elevation numerical aperture of a linear array through acoustic diffraction. The slit, placed at the acoustic focus of a linear array, effectively forms an array of virtual detectors with high receiving angle, which subsequently improves the elevation resolution. However, due to the complex implementation, our original system could only image phantoms and sacrificed animals. In this report, the system has been significantly improved...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Wenjuan Cai, Huizhi Guang, Chuangjian Cai, Jianwen Luo
Quantitative evaluation of hindlimb ischemia is essential for early diagnosis and therapy of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Dynamic imaging using near-infrared (NIR) fluorophore indocyanine green (ICG) is a noninvasive and effective tool to monitor multiple vascular parameters including perfusion rate (PR), perfusion vascular density (PVD) and hemodynamics. It has been previously demonstrated that temperature changes could lead to significant variations of blood flow rate and vascular perfusion. In this paper, multiparametric evaluation of hindlimb ischemia was performed at different temperatures...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Sven Peters, Max Griebsch, Matthias Klemm, Jens Haueisen, Martin Hammer
In this study the influence of hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) on the redox state, NADH protein binding, and mitochondrial membrane potential in Müller cells is investigated. Cultures of permanent human Müller cells MIO-M1 were exposed to H2 O2 in 75 µM and 150 µM concentration for two hours. Fluorescence emission spectra and lifetimes were measured by two-photon microscopy (excitation wavelength: 740 nm) at the mitochondria which were identified in the microscopic images by their fluorescence properties (spectra and intensity)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Chenxi Li, Ruikang Wang
A new approach is proposed for statistically analysis of laser speckle signals emerged from a living biological tissue based on eigen-decomposition to separate the dynamic speckle signals due to moving blood cells from the static speckle signals due to static tissue components, upon which to achieve angiography of the interrogated tissue in vivo. The proposed approach is tested by imaging mouse ear pinna in vivo, demonstrating its capability of providing detailed microvascular networks with high contrast, and high temporal and spatial resolutions...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Natalia Y Shilyagina, Nina N Peskova, Svetlana A Lermontova, Anna A Brilkina, Vladimir A Vodeneev, Alexander V Yakimasky, Larisa G Klapshina, Irina V Balalaeva
Efficient drug delivery can be assigned to tasks that attract the most acute attention of researchers in the field of anticancer drug design. We have reported the first case of using amphiphilic polymer brushes as nanocontainers for photosensitizer delivery to cancer cells. Regular graft-copolymers of hydrophobic polyimides with hydrophilic polymethacrylic acid side chains were loaded with photosensitive dye tetra(4-fluorophenyl)tetracyanoporphyrazine (Pz) providing a sufficiently stable homogeneous fraction of fluorescent Pz-loaded nanoparticles with a size of 100-150 nm...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Maximilian Rohde, Fanuel Mehari, Florian Klämpfl, Werner Adler, Friedrich-Wilhelm Neukam, Michael Schmidt, Florian Stelzle
Compared to conventional techniques, Laser surgery procedures provide a number of advantages, but may be associated with an increased risk of iatrogenic damage to important anatomical structures. The type of tissue ablated in the focus spot is unknown. Laser-Induced Breakdown-Spectroscopy (LIBS) has the potential to gain information about the type of material that is being ablated by the laser beam. This may form the basis for tissue selective laser surgery. In the present study, 7 different porcine tissues (cortical and cancellous bone, nerve, mucosa, enamel, dentine and pulp) from 6 animals were analyzed for their qualitative and semiquantitative molecular composition using LIBS...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Stefanie Rosenhain, Wa'el Al Rawashdeh, Fabian Kiessling, Felix Gremse
Fluorescence-mediated tomography (FMT) enables noninvasive assessment of the three-dimensional distribution of near-infrared fluorescence in mice. The combination with micro-computed tomography (µCT) provides anatomical data, enabling improved fluorescence reconstruction and image analysis. The aim of our study was to assess sensitivity and accuracy of µCT-FMT under realistic in vivo conditions in deeply-seated regions. Accordingly, we acquired fluorescence reflectance images (FRI) and µCT-FMT scans of mice which were prepared with rectal insertions with different amounts of fluorescent dye...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
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