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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Importance of substrate- and photo-induced effects in Raman spectroscopy of single functional erythrocytes
Author(s): Kerstin K. Ramser; Erik J. Bjerneld; Camilla Fant; Mikael Kaell
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Paper Abstract

Hemoglobin (Hb) in single erythrocytes (red blood cells), adsorbed on polylysine-coated glass surfaces, was studied using resonance Raman spectroscopy and global Raman imaging. The erythrocytes were found to be sensitive to both surface adsorption and laser illumination. Substrate-dependent changes of the cell membrane shape were observed immediately after cell adsorption, while a photo-induced increase of fluorescence was observed for visible excitation (λ=514.5 nm). Concurrent changes in Raman spectra revealed a conversion of oxy-Hb (2+) to the inactive met-Hb state (3+). These effects severely complicate the interpretation of Raman images. However, at a low accumulated photon dose, the preparation method enabled the recording of Raman spectra during the oxygenation cycle of a single erythrocyte in buffer, which illustrates the feasibility of Raman investigations of functional cells in in-vivo environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2003
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 8(2) doi: 10.1117/1.1559730
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 8, Issue 2
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Kerstin K. Ramser, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Erik J. Bjerneld, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Camilla Fant, Goeteborg Univ. (Sweden)
Mikael Kaell, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)

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