Journal of Spectroscopy

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From Molecule to Tissue: XIII European Conference on the Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules, Palermo, Italy, August 28–September 2, 2009, Part 1 of 2

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Volume 24 |Article ID 239273 |

Erik Goormaghtigh, Allison Derenne, Audrey Bénard, Régis Gasper, Vincent Raussens, "Data processing in FTIR imaging of cells: Towards protein secondary structure imaging", Journal of Spectroscopy, vol. 24, Article ID 239273, 4 pages, 2010.

Data processing in FTIR imaging of cells: Towards protein secondary structure imaging


Focal plane arrays provide a rapid method for infrared imaging of cells and tissues. Beside statistical analyses designed to classify image features, insight into the structure of the molecules present in the sample can be obtained. The paper presents a simple way to retrieve complete information on protein secondary structure from the thousands of spectra obtained by imaging. Human PC-3 prostate cancer cells were shown here to present cell-to-cell variations in protein secondary structure which might be related to the cell cycle. Intracellular variations are small but intercellular variations can be quite significant. This observation could yield unanticipated insight in cell population analysis. Furthermore, the results demonstrate the robustness of secondary structure determination on individual pixels at a sub-cellular scale.

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