Infrared spectroscopic imaging is widely used for the visualization of biomolecule structures, and techniques such as optical photothermal infrared (OPTIR) microspectroscopy can achieve <500 nm spatial resolution. However, these approaches lack specificity for particular cell types and cell components and thus cannot be used as a stand-alone technique to assess their properties. Here, we have developed a novel tool, fluorescently guided optical photothermal infrared microspectroscopy, that simultaneously exploits epifluorescence imaging and OPTIR to perform fluorescently guided IR spectroscopic analysis. This novel approach exceeds the diffraction limit of infrared microscopy and allows structural analysis of specific proteins directly in tissue and single cells. Experiments described herein used epifluorescence to rapidly locate amyloid proteins in tissues or neuronal cultures, thus guiding OPTIR measurements to assess amyloid structures at the subcellular level. We believe that this new approach will be a valuable addition to infrared spectroscopy providing cellular specificity of measurements in complex systems for studies of structurally altered protein aggregates.

Sidor (från-till)2542-2549
TidskriftJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Tidigt onlinedatum2023 jan. 4
StatusPublished - 2023

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Biokemi och molekylärbiologi


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