The third edition of the established classic text reference, Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy, will enhance upon the earlier editions' successes. Organized as a textbook for the learning student or the researcher needing to acquire the core competencies, Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy, 3e will maintain the emphasis on basics, while updating the examples to include recent results from the literature. The third edition also includes new chapters on single molecule detection, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, novel probes and radiative decay engineering.
"Overall this is a most welcome, and timely transformation of the classic, and most comprehensive textbook on fluorescence spectroscopy. It should be the number one item on the shopping list for any student or researcher involved in any aspect of fluorescence, be it as a biologist who does some microscopy, or a chemist synthesizing novel fluorophores."
The onset and termination of Ca2+ signaling in specific cellular compartments like the cytoplasm, nucleus, or endoplasmic reticulum can be observed by measuring the change in the ratio of the fluorescence intensities of acceptor and donor molecules in live cells (Truong et al., 2001). Cameleons, a class of fluorescent indicators for Ca2+ based on GFPs and calmodulin (CAM), are useful tools in measuring the free Ca2+ concentrations in living cells. The traditional yellow cameleon consists of a fusion of CFP, CAM, the CAM-binding peptide of myosin light chain kinase (MLCKp), and a YFP. With the increase of free Ca2+ in solution, the CAM module of the cameleon binds Ca2+ and wraps around the fused MLCKp. This conformational change decreases the distance between CFP and YFP. Because FRET depends on both the proximity of the donor and acceptor fluorophores and the orientation of their relative dipoles, the interaction of cameleons with Ca2+ leads to changes in the degree of FRET between CFP and YFP. After calibration of the FRET response to known Ca2+ concentrations, the degree of FRET in vivo can theoretically reflect the absolute levels of Ca2+ present in cellular compartments.
Fluorescent probes enable researchers to detect particular components of complex biomolecular assemblies, such as live cells, with exquisite sensitivity and selectivity. The purpose of this introduction is to briefly outline fluorescence principles and techniques for newcomers to the field.
Under high-intensity illumination conditions, the irreversible destruction or photobleaching of the excited fluorophore becomes the primary factor limiting fluorescence detectability. The multiple photochemical reaction pathways responsible for photobleaching have been investigated and described in considerable detail. Some pathways include reactions between adjacent dye molecules, making the process considerably more complex in labeled biological specimens than in dilute solutions of free dye. In all cases, photobleaching originates from the triplet excited state, which is created from the singlet state (S1, Figure 2) via an excited-state process called intersystem crossing.
The preceding discussion has introduced some general principles to consider when selecting a fluorescent probe. Application-specific details are addressed in subsequent chapters of the Molecular Probes Handbook. For in-depth treatments of fluorescence techniques and their biological applications, the reader is referred to the many excellent books and review articles listed below.
Fluorescence spectroscopy is a type of electromagnetic spectroscopy which analyzes fluorescence from a sample. The sample is excited by using a beam of light which results in emission of light of a lower energy resulting in an emission spectrum which is used to interpret results . Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), a technique basically used for spatial and temporal analysis of molecular interactions of extremely low concentrated biomolecules in solution. (Figure 1) FCS measures both the average number of molecules in the detection volume and the diffusion time of the molecules through the open detection volume . As the diffusion speed is directly correlated with the molecular mass and shape of the fluorescent molecule, it is possible to study the complex formation between a small fluorescent labeled and a big unlabelled molecule .
Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) use the basic principle that a fluorescing molecule shows a specific free diffusion velocity which is directly correlated with its size. So, bigger the molecule, slower it will diffuse through a given spherical volume. This basic phenomenon of molecules is used in FCS to study protein-protein interactions, attachment and many more. (Figure 1) Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) uses statistical deviations of the fluctuations in fluorescence in order to study dynamic molecular events, such as diffusion or conformational fluctuations of bio molecules or artificial particles. (Figure 2) Mainly, the auto correlation function (ACF) is used to extract the number and diffusion coefficient of fluorescent particles diffusing through the focus volume. (Figure 3) These all properties of FCS make it an excellent diagnostic and research tool for many medically important diseases. Various properties of FCS make it an ideal tool for understanding various pathophysiological processes involved with microbial infectious diseases. An excellent advantage of FCS is that it requires very low concentrations and amounts of samples, as compared to routinely used techniques which require high concentration of diagnostic sample.
At present, nearly all the diagnostic techniques and methods used for microorganism's diagnosis are not perfect and have some limitations. There is great need for a diagnostic technique which can overcome limitations and drawbacks of commonly used microbiological techniques and methods. Studies indicate that Fluorescence spectroscopy have great potential to become an excellent and perfect diagnostic technique for microorganisms. In many research studies, fluorescence emission spectra derived from autofluorescence property of many medically important bacteria make it possible to distinguish between various bacterial species and also enable to classify the bacteria into genus, species and groups. Recent research studies indicate that virus particles can be monitored inside cells and various processes of viral infections can be detected by means of Fluorescence spectroscopy. Difference between fungal microorganisms like yeast can be made easily by use of spectroscopic fingerprinting. Future clinical trials on large scale should be performed to validate Fluorescence spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool for microorganisms. Flexible and portable spectroscopic devices should be design which can be integrated in routine medical practice.
Combining confocal microscopy with fluorescence microscopy allows 3D images to be constructed without the need to physically dissect the sample. Unlike some similarly well-resolved microscopy techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, the sample need not be freeze-dried and exposed to a vacuum.
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The interaction of evodiamine (Evo) with bovine serum albumins (BSAs) at different two temperatures (298 and 310?K) was investigated by means of fluorescence spectroscopy. The experimental results showed that Evo binds with BSA via a static quenching procedure with association constants of ?L/mol at 298?K and ?L/mol at 310?K. The number of bound Evo molecules per protein is 1.31 at 298?K and 1.33 at 310?K. The results suggested that Evo reacts with BSA chiefly through hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions, and it does not alter the a-helical nature of BAS. 2b1af7f3a8