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The intracellular pH plays an important role in various cellular processes. In this work, we describe a method for monitoring of the intracellular pH in endothelial cells by using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (MBA) anchored to gold nanoparticles as pH-sensitive probes. Using the Raman microimaging technique, we(More)
Spectroscopy-based approaches can provide an insight into the biochemical composition of a tissue sample. In the present work Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was used to develop a reliable methodology to study the content of free fatty acids, triglycerides, cholesteryl esters as well as cholesterol in aorta from mice with atherosclerosis(More)
Vibrational spectra of adenosine bearing benzo-15-crown ether moiety [N(6)-4'-(benzo-15-crown-5)-adenosine, AC] have been recorded in solid phase (FT-IR, FT-Raman) and in aqueous solution on the silver colloid surface (SERS). To interpret a very complex vibrational pattern of experimental data, geometrical parameters (molecular structure) as well as(More)
ATR FTIR spectra were collected from rat tissue homogenates (myocardium, brain, liver, lung, intestine, and kidney) to analyze their biochemical content. Based on the second derivative of an average spectral profile it was possible to assign bands e.g. to triglycerides and cholesterol esters, proteins, phosphate macromolecules (DNA, RNA, phospholipids,(More)
Raman microscopy, a label-free method with high spatial resolution, shows growing potential in various fields of medical diagnostics. Several proof-of-concept studies related to the application of Raman microscopy to detect endothelial dysfunction are summarized in this work. Both ex vivo measurements of the tissues in the murine models of endothelial(More)
Fluorescence and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy were employed to investigate the cellular uptake of rhodamine 6G (R6G) alone and of R6G loaded with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) by endothelial cells. R6G plays the role of a Raman reporter in SERS but also displays strong fluorescence. The presence of bare R6G molecules and R6G-AuNPs in(More)
A series of the tricyclic antidepressants known as a surface-active drugs, has been used as a model for an evaluation of their adsorption mechanism on the metal substrate and its relationship to pharmacological action of the chosen drugs. In these studies, six antidepressants were adsorbed on the metal substrate in a form of silver nanoparticles (ca. 30 nm(More)
The main goal of this study was to find specific plasma spectral markers associated with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) induced by monocrotaline injection in rats. FTIR was used to monitor biochemical changes in plasma caused by PAH as compared with the systemic hypertension induced by partial ligation on the left artery and with the control group.(More)
Carbohydrates are widespread and naturally occurring compounds, and essential constituents for living organisms. They are quite often reported when biological systems are studied and their role is discussed. However surprisingly, up till now there is no database collecting vibrational spectra of carbohydrates and their assignment, as has been done already(More)
The substituent effect on structure and surface activity of biologically active nicorandil was investigated by means of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Vibrational characterization was a basis for investigation of the adsorption profile of nicorandil and 1-methylnicorandil on silver nanoparticles. An assignment of SERS bands was performed by the(More)