Alberto Diaspro

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Methods based on single-molecule localization and photophysics have brought nanoscale imaging with visible light into reach. This has enabled single-particle tracking applications for studying the dynamics of molecules and nanoparticles and contributed to the recent revolution in super-resolution localization microscopy techniques. Crucial to the(More)
Techniques based on two-photon excitation (TPE) allow three-dimensional (3D) imaging in highly localized volumes, of the order of magnitude of a fraction of a femtolitre up to single-molecule detection. In TPE microscopy a fundamental advantage over conventional widefield or confocal 3D fluorescence microscopy is given by the use of infrared (IR) instead of(More)
The effects of the refractive-index mismatch in confocal laser scanning microscopy were extensively studied. The axial aberration induced in the case of fluorescent microspheres was measured. The data were used to take into account the mismatch-induced aberrations and to consider object-size influence. Then we focused on the effect of refractive-index(More)
The expression of GABA(A) receptors in Xenopus oocytes injected with rat brain mRNA was studied by immunocytochemistry and evaluation of the distribution of fluorescent probes at the confocal microscope. The beta(2/3) subunit distributed exclusively on the membrane at the animal pole of the oocytes. Treatment of oocytes for 20 min with the protein tyrosine(More)
The fluorochrome 3,3'-dihexyloxacarbocyanine iodide [DiOC6(3)], a vital dye utilized to stain the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of animal and plant cells, has been used to visualize the ER-type structures of Paramecium primaurelia under confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The morphology of the ER has been studied in paramecia in different physiological(More)
The properties of an optical microscope are analyzed and analytically evaluated with a simple and effective model in order to understand the true meaning, limitations, and real capabilities of a defocusing technique. Major emphasis is given to the applications related to microscopic objects of biological interest using fluorescence and absorption light(More)
We have implemented a simple program to solve three of the problems related to 3D reconstruction (3D-Rec) of soft tissues: alignment of sections, distortions, and estimation of the spatial position of elements of interest inside the tissues. As a model, we chose the distribution of FMRFamide-like immunopositive neurons in the ventral ganglion of the(More)
One of the most promising applications of encapsulated living cells is their use as protected transplanted tissue into the human body. A suitable system for the protection of living cells is the use of nano- or microcapsules of polyelectrolytes. These shells can be deposited easily on top of the cells by means of a layer-by-layer technique. An interesting(More)
As sessile filter feeders, sponges are exposed to environmental stress due to pollutants of both anthropogenic and natural origins and are able to accumulate harmful substances. Thus, sponges are considered a good tool for the biomonitoring of coastal areas. In this study, we used biochemical and immunocytochemical analyses to provide new data on the(More)