Scientific Results

Second-harmonic generation sensitivity to transmembrane potential in normal and tumor cells

Year: 2005

Authors: Sacconi L., D’Amico M., Vanzi F., Biagiotti T., Antolini R., Olivotto M., Pavone FS.

Autors Affiliation: University of Trento, Department of Physics, via Sommarive 14, I-38050 Povo, Trento, Italy
European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy, via Nello Carrara 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy
University of Florence, Department of Experimental Pathology and Oncology, viale Morgagni 50, I-50134 Florence, Italy
Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia, Sezione di Firenze, via Sansone 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy
European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy, via Nello Carrara 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino Florence, Italy
University of Florence, Department of Physics, via Sansone 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy

Abstract: Second-harmonic generation (SHG) is emerging as a powerful tool for the optical measurement of transmembrane potential in live cells with high sensitivity and temporal resolution. Using a patch clamp, we characterize the sensitivity of the SHG signal to transmembrane potential for the RH 237 dye in various normal and tumor cell types. SHG sensitivity shows a significant dependence on the type of cell, ranging from 10 to 17% per 100 mV. Furthermore, in the samples studied, tumor cell lines display a higher sensitivity compared to normal cells. In particular, the SHG sensitivity increases in the cell line Balb/c3T3 by the transformation induced with SV40 infection of the cells. We also demonstrate that fluorescent labeling of the membrane with RH 237 at the concentration used for SHG measurements does not induce any measurable alteration in the electrophysiological properties of the cells investigated. Therefore, SHG is suitable for the investigation of outstanding questions in electrophysiology and neurobiology.

Journal/Review: JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL OPTICS

Volume: 10 (2)      Pages from: 024014-1  to: 024014-8

KeyWords: second-harmonic generation; voltage sensing; nonlinear microscopy; transmembrane potential;

Citations: 19
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