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Probing the impact of gamma-irradiation on the metabolic state of neural stem and precursor cells using dual-wavelength intrinsic signal two-photon excited fluorescence

  • Author(s): Krasieva, TB
  • Giedzinski, E
  • Tran, K
  • Lan, M
  • Limoli, CL
  • Tromberg, BJ
  • et al.

Two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) spectroscopy and imaging were used to investigate the effects of gamma-irradiation on neural stem and precursor cells (NSPCs). While the observed signal from reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) was localized to the mitochondria, the signal typically associated with oxidized flavoproteins (Fp) was distributed diffusely throughout the cell. The measured TPEF emission and excitation spectra were similar to the established spectra of NAD(P)H and Fp. Fp fluorescence intensity was markedly increased by addition of the electron transport chain (ETC) modulator menadione to the medium, along with a concomitant decrease in the NAD(P)H signal. Three-dimensional (3D) neurospheres were imaged to obtain the cellular metabolic index (CMI), calculated as the ratio of Fp to NAD(P)H fluorescence intensity. Radiation effects were found to differ between low-dose (≤ 50 cGy) and high-dose (< 50 cGy) exposures. Low-dose irradiation caused a marked drop in CMI values accompanied by increased cellular proliferation. At higher doses, both NAD(P)H and Fp signals increased, leading to an overall elevation in CMI values. These findings underscore the complex relationship between radiation dose, metabolic state, and proliferation status in NSPCs and highlight the ability of TPEF spectroscopy and imaging to characterize metabolism in 3D spheroids. © 2011 World Scientific Publishing Company.

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