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Effects of pH on FAD autofluorescence lifetimes
Author(s): Rebecca Schmitz; Christine Walsh; Alex J. Walsh; Melissa C. Skala
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Paper Abstract

Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) data has consistently revealed a significant difference in mean FAD lifetime between in vivo and in vitro models. We hypothesized that the observed difference in mean FAD lifetime could be a result of environmental differences, such as differing glucose levels, oxygen levels, or pH, between the two models. We investigated the effects of environmental pH on the autofluorescence lifetime of FAD. We adjusted the pH of HEPEScontaining media using sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid. We then replaced the normal media of plated BT474 cells with the pH-adjusted media, allowed 20 minutes for cellular changes to occur, and then imaged the cells using time correlated single photon counting FLIM. We found that the mean lifetime of FAD increased with increased pH, resulting in a significant increase between pH 3.9, 6.2, 7.4, 9.1, and 9.5. The mean lifetime of NAD(P)H decreased at pH 3.9, 9.1, and 9.5 relative to a control pH of 7.3, and the optical redox ratio showed no significant changes except at pH 3.9 relative to a control pH of 7.3. These results suggest that the difference in mean FAD lifetime between in vivo and cell culture models could result from pH changes in the cellular environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2019
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10882, Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XIX, 108820C (22 February 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2513482
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Rebecca Schmitz, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Christine Walsh, Morgridge Institute for Research (United States)
Univ. at Albany (United States)
Alex J. Walsh, Morgridge Institute for Research (United States)
Melissa C. Skala, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Morgridge Institute for Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10882:
Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XIX
Ammasi Periasamy; Peter T. C. So; Karsten König, Editor(s)

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