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Stem cells, which are capable of self-renewing and differentiating into various types of cells, have captured great interest as a valuable resource for regenerative medicine and developmental biology research. Technical progress during the last decade has enabled the isolation of stem cells from a wide range of tissues, their differentiation into specific… (More)
Fluorescent small molecules have become indispensable tools for biomedical research along with the rapidly developing optical imaging technology. We report here a neural stem cell specific boron-dipyrromethane (BODIPY) derivative compound of designation red 3 (CDr3), developed through a high throughput/content screening of in-house generated diversity… (More)
Universal phenotyping techniques that can discriminate among various states of biological systems have great potential. We applied 557 fluorescent library compounds to NCI's 60 human cancer cell-lines (NCI-60) to generate a systematic fluorescence phenotypic profiling data. By the kinetic fluorescence intensity analysis, we successfully discriminated the… (More)
Pancreatic Langerhans islets are mainly composed of insulin-secreting beta cells and glucagon-secreting alpha cells, along with other minor cell types, and play a central role in the regulation of blood glucose levels.  Because of this, imaging of viable pancreatic islets is an important component in research on diabetes both in clinical and experimental… (More)
Intracellular thermometry at the microscopic level is currently a hot topic. Herein we describe a small molecule fluorescent thermometer targeting mitochondria (Mito thermo yellow). Mito thermo yellow successfully demonstrates the ability to monitor the intracellular temperature gradient, generated by exogenous heating, in various cells.
A novel zwitterionic near-infrared (NIR) dye, ZWCC, has been designed and synthesized. It shows significantly enhanced photostability and chemical stability compared to the existing zwitterionic NIR dye. In addition, the feasibility of labeling ZWCC with biological ligands was investigated and used in live cell imaging applications.
1. Synthesis of All the Intermediates 2. General Procedure for CX Library Synthesis on Solid Support 3. Synthesis of CXAC 4. General protocol for spectral measurement of CX and CXAC Libraries 5. Characterization and photophysical properties of CX library 6. Characterization, and photophysical properties of CXAC library 7. General protocol for cell imaging… (More)
Two-photon (TP) microscopy has an advantage for live tissue imaging which allows a deeper tissue penetration up to 1 mm comparing to one-photon (OP) microscopy. While there are several OP fluorescence probes in use for pancreatic islet imaging, TP imaging of selective cells in live islet still remains a challenge. Herein, we report the discovery of first TP… (More)
Pluripotent stem cells (PSC) are promising resources for regeneration therapy, but teratoma formation is one of the critical problems for safe clinical application. After differentiation, the precise detection and subsequent elimination of undifferentiated PSC is essential for teratoma-free stem cell therapy, but a practical procedure is yet to be… (More)
Stem cell research has gathered immense attention in the past decade due to the remarkable ability of stem cells for self-renewal and tissue-specific differentiation. Despite having numerous advancements in stem cell isolation and manipulation techniques, there is a need for highly reliable probes for the specific detection of live stem cells. Herein we… (More)