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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Real-time observation of the effect of iron on receptor-mediated endocytosis of transferrin conjugated with quantum dots
Author(s): Hai-Li Zhang; Yong-Qiang Li; Ming-Zhen Zhang; Yuan-Di Zhao
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Paper Abstract

The optical properties of antiphotobleaching and the advantage of long-term fluorescence observation of quantum dots are fully adopted to study the effects of iron on the endocytosis of transferrin. Quantum dots are labeled for transferrin and endocytosis of transferrin in HeLa cells is observed under the normal state, iron overloading, and an iron-deficient state. In these three states, the fluorescence undergoes a gradual process of first dark, then light, and finally dark, indicating the endocytosis of transferrin. The fluorescence intensity analysis shows that a platform emerges when fluorescence changes to a certain degree in the three states. Experienced a same period of time after platform, the fluorescence strength of cells in the normal state is 1.2 times the first value, and the iron-deficiency state is 1.4 times, but the iron overloading state was 0.85 times. We also find that the average fluorescence intensity in cells detected by the spectrophotometer in the iron-deficiency state is almost 7 times than that in a high iron state. All this proves that iron overloading would slow the process, but iron deficiency would accelerate endocytosis. We advance a direct observational method that may contribute to further study of the relationship of iron and transferrin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2010
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 15(4) 045003 doi: 10.1117/1.3465595
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 15, Issue 4
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Hai-Li Zhang, Britton Chance Ctr. for Biomedical Photonics (China)
Yong-Qiang Li, Britton Chance Ctr. for Biomedical Photonics (China)
Ming-Zhen Zhang, Britton Chance Ctr. for Biomedical Photonics (China)
Yuan-Di Zhao, Britton Chance Ctr. for Biomedical Photonics (China)

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