Phasor analysis of multiphoton spectral images distinguishes autofluorescence components of in vivo human skin
Fereidouni, F. ; Bader, A.N. ; Colonna, A. ; Gerritsen, H.C. - \ 2014
Journal of Biophotonics 7 (2014)8. - ISSN 1864-063X - p. 589 - 596.
mouse skin - microscopy - tomography - resolution - collagen - nad(p)h - tissues
Skin contains many autofluorescent components that can be studied using spectral imaging. We employed a spectral phasor method to analyse two photon excited auto-fluorescence and second harmonic generation images of in vivo human skin. This method allows segmentation of images based on spectral features. Various structures in the skin could be distinguished, including Stratum Corneum, epidermal cells and dermis. The spectral phasor analysis allowed investigation of their fluorescence composition and identification of signals from NADH, keratin, FAD, melanin, collagen and elastin. Interestingly, two populations of epidermal cells could be distinguished with different melanin content.
Studies on the DT-diaphorase-catalysed reaction employing quinones as substrates: evidence for a covalent modification of DT-diaphorase by tetrachloro-p-benzoquinone
Osman, A.M. ; Boeren, J.A. - \ 2004
Chemico-Biological Interactions 147 (2004)1. - ISSN 0009-2797 - p. 99 - 108.
one-electron - rat-liver - acceptor oxidoreductase - mechanism - reductase - nitrobenzimidazoles - cytotoxicity - conversion - protein - nad(p)h
In this study, the kinetic parameters, Vmax and Km, of rat liver DT-diaphorase were determined for a series of p-benzoquinones, with methyl, methoxy, cyano, hydroxy and halo substituents. The results show that there is no correlation between the experimentally determined rates of p-benzoquinone reduction by DT-diaphorase and the calculated chemical reactivity of the examined substrates as expressed by the energy of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital, E(LUMO). However, a reasonable correlation was found between the natural logarithm of Vmax/Km and the partition coefficient of the p-benzoquinones (r=0.81). Furthermore, tetrachloro-p-benzoquinone, one of the tested quinones is shown to be an inhibitor of rat DT-diaphorase. The presence of bovine serum albumin (BSA) in the incubation mixture protects DT-diaphorase against the inactivation by tetrachloro-p-benzoquinone, probably by interacting with the quinone. Maldi-Tof analysis of the incubation mixture of the purified DT-diaphorase and tetrachloro-p-benquinone showed that every subunit of the enzyme shifted about +414 amu, whereas the dimer shifted about +849 amu relative to control values. This indicates a covalent modification of the rat liver DT-diaphorase by tetrachloro-p-benzoquinone.