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Alpha-synuclein is a major component of intraneuronal protein aggregates constituting a distinctive feature of Parkinson disease. To date, fluorescence imaging of dynamic processes leading to such amyloid deposits in living cells has not been feasible. To address this need, we generated a recombinant alpha-synuclein (alpha-synuclein-C4) bearing a(More)
The morphological features of α-synuclein (AS) amyloid aggregation in vitro and in cells were elucidated at the nanoscale by far-field subdiffraction fluorescence localization microscopy. Labeling AS with rhodamine spiroamide probes allowed us to image AS fibrillar structures by fluorescence stochastic nanoscopy with an enhanced resolution at least 10-fold(More)
Quantum dots multifunctionalized with the amyloid protein alpha-synuclein act at nanomolar concentrations as very potent inducers of the aggregation of micromolar-millimolar bulk concentrations of the protein in vitro and in cells. Fibrillation in live cells, a process diagnostic of Parkinson's disease, is accelerated up to 15-fold with only approximately(More)
The behavior of a fluorophore near a gold nanoparticle is rationalized by a theoretical description of the parameters that modify the fluorescence emission: nanoparticle-fluorophore distance, fluorescence quantum yield (φ(0)), and fluorophore absorption and emission spectra, to find optimum conditions for designing fluorophore-nanoparticle probes. The(More)
Quantum dots (QDs) are unique probes due to their special properties (brightness, photostability, narrowband emission and broadband absorption), and excellent bio(chemical)compatibility for imaging structures and functions of living cells. When functionalized with ligands, they enable the recognition of specific targets and the tracking of dynamic processes(More)
Single-molecule (SM) fluorescence microscopy was used to investigate the photochromic fluorescent system spiropyran-merocyanine (SP ↔ MC) interacting with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). We observe a significant increase in the brightness of the emissive MC form, in the duration of its ON time, and in the total number of emitted photons. The spatial(More)
A dual-detection technique, consisting of a combination of reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography and on-line detection of elemental boron in the column effluents by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry, was tested for drug analysis. The method was applied to assessing the chemical purity of p-boronophenylalanine (BPA),(More)
The spatial resolution of fluorescence microscopes is limited by diffraction to about half of the light wavelength, hampering the observation of many important intracellular processes. Recent emerging techniques have overcome that diffraction barrier using the temporal discrimination of close objects that are otherwise unresolved or blurred within the(More)
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