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Viscoelastic mapping of biological samples using Brillouin microscopy (Conference Presentation)

Paper Abstract

The viscoelastic material properties of biological systems are increasingly recognized as important parts of signaling cascades involved in developmental and pathological processes. They are furthermore assumed to play a crucial role in surviving extreme environmental conditions for certain organisms, such as yeast cells. Confocal Brillouin microscopy gives access to the viscoelastic material properties of single cells and tissues in a contact- and label-free manner and with a high spatial resolution. In combination with quantitative phase imaging, it is then possible to determine the longitudinal modulus and the viscosity of the sample. In this study, we probed living zebrafish larvae in all anatomical planes, at different time points during development and after spinal cord injury. We could show, that confocal Brillouin microscopy detects the viscoelasticity of different anatomical structures without affecting the animal’s development. We furthermore observed a transiently decreasing Brillouin shift after spinal cord injury and a difference in Brillouin shift between in vivo and ex vivo measurements of the same sample region. Using quantitative phase imaging we additionally show, that the Brillouin shift of the probed tissues is mainly governed by their longitudinal modulus and viscosity. In conclusion, this work constitutes the methodical basis to identify key determinants of viscoelastic tissue properties during biologically important processes in vivo.

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Date Published: 4 March 2019
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Proc. SPIE 10890, Label-free Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (LBIS) 2019, 108901H (4 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2513291
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Raimund Schlüßler, TU Dresden (Germany)
Stephanie Möllmert, TU Dresden (Germany)
Shada Abuhattum, TU Dresden (Germany)
Gheorghe Cojoc, TU Dresden (Germany)
Kim Kyoohyun, TU Dresden (Germany)
Paul Müller, TU Dresden (Germany)
Jürgen Czarske, TU Dresden (Germany)
Jochen Guck, TU Dresden (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10890:
Label-free Biomedical Imaging and Sensing (LBIS) 2019
Natan T. Shaked; Oliver Hayden, Editor(s)

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