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Non-invasive analysis of cell cycle dynamics in single living cells with Raman micro-spectroscopy

Swain, RJ; Jell, G; Stevens, MA; (2008) Non-invasive analysis of cell cycle dynamics in single living cells with Raman micro-spectroscopy. J CELL BIOCHEM , 104 (4) 1427 - 1438. 10.1002/jcb.21720.

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Abstract

Raman micro-spectroscopy is a laser-based technique which enables rapid and non-invasive biochemical analysis of cells and tissues without the need for labels, markers or stains. Previous characterization of the mammalian cell cycle using Raman micro-spectroscopy involved the analysis of suspensions of viable cells and individual fixed and/or dried cells. Cell suspensions do not provide cell-specific information, and fixing/drying can introduce artefacts which distort Raman spectra, potentially obscuring both qualitative and quantitative analytical results. In this article, we present Raman spectral characterization of biochemical changes related to cell cycle dynamics within single living cells in vitro. Raman spectra of human osteosarcoma cells synchronized in G(0)/G(1), S, and G(2)/M phases of the cell cycle were obtained and multivariate statistics applied to analyze the changes in cell spectra as a function of cell cycle phase. Principal components analysis identified spectral differences between cells in different phases, indicating a decrease in relative cellular lipid contribution to Raman spectral signatures from G(0)/G(1) to G(2)/M, with a concurrent relative increase in signal from nucleic acids and proteins. Supervised linear discriminant analysis of spectra was used to classify cells according to cell cycle phase, and exhibited 97% discrimination between G(0)/G(1)-phase cells and G(2)/M-phase cells. The non-invasive analysis of live cell cycle dynamics with Raman micro-spectroscopy demonstrates the potential of this approach to monitoring biochemical cellular reactions and processes in live cells in the absence of fixatives or labels.

Type:Article
Title:Non-invasive analysis of cell cycle dynamics in single living cells with Raman micro-spectroscopy
DOI:10.1002/jcb.21720
Keywords:Raman micro-spectroscopy, live cell analysis, cell cycle, cell synchronization, flow cytometry, spectral discrimination, PROLIFERATING HELA-CELLS, IN-VITRO, PRINCIPAL COMPONENT, CULTURES, SPECTRA, GROWTH, TISSUE, MICROSPECTROSCOPY, EXPRESSION
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Surgery and Interventional Science (Division of) > Research Department of General Surgery

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