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Multicolor Super-resolution Fluorescence Microscopy with Blue and Carmine Small Photoblinking Polymer Dots.


PMID 28696661

Abstract

Advances in the development of small photoblinking semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) have attracted great interest for use in super-resolution microscopy. However, multicolor super-resolution imaging using conventional small photoblinking Pdots remains a challenge due to their limited color choice, broad emission spectrum, and heavy spectrum crosstalk. Here, we introduce two types of small photoblinking Pdots with different colors and relatively narrow emission spectra: blue PFO Pdots and carmine PFTBT5 Pdots for blinking-based statistical nanoscopy. Both of these probes feature ultrahigh single-particle brightness, very strong photostability, superior biocompatibility, and robust fluorescence fluctuation. In addition, these small photoblinking Pdots serve as excellent labels for dual-color super-resolution optical fluctuation imaging (SOFI) of specific subcellular structures, indicating their promise for long-term multicolor SOFI nanoscopy with high spatiotemporal resolution.

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