Wide-Field Multi-Parameter FLIM: Long-Term Minimal Invasive Observation of Proteins in Living Cells.

M. Vitali, F. Picazo, Y. Prokazov, A. Duci, E. Turbin, C. Götze, J. Llopis, R. Hartig, A.J.W.G. Visser, W. Zuschratter

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Time-domain Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) is a remarkable tool to monitor the dynamics of fluorophore-tagged protein domains inside living cells. We propose a Wide-Field Multi-Parameter FLIM method (WFMP-FLIM) aimed to monitor continuously living cells under minimum light intensity at a given illumination energy dose. A powerful data analysis technique applied to the WFMP-FLIM data sets allows to optimize the estimation accuracy of physical parameters at very low fluorescence signal levels approaching the lower bound theoretical limit. We demonstrate the efficiency of WFMP-FLIM by presenting two independent and relevant long-term experiments in cell biology: 1) FRET analysis of simultaneously recorded donor and acceptor fluorescence in living HeLa cells and 2) tracking of mitochondrial transport combined with fluorescence lifetime analysis in neuronal processes.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere15820
Number of pages12
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • lifetime imaging microscopy
  • green fluorescent protein
  • resonance energy-transfer
  • single molecules
  • fret microscopy
  • global analysis
  • excitation
  • resolution
  • transport
  • oxygen

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