Methodological considerations for global analysis of cellular FLIM/FRET measurements
Author(s)Rahim, Nur Aida Adbul; Pelet, Serge; Kamm, Roger Dale; So, Peter T. C.
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Global algorithms can improve the analysis of fluorescence energy transfer (FRET) measurement based on fluorescence lifetime microscopy. However, global analysis of FRET data is also susceptible to experimental artifacts. This work examines several common artifacts and suggests remedial experimental protocols. Specifically, we examined the accuracy of different methods for instrument response extraction and propose an adaptive method based on the mean lifetime of fluorescent proteins. We further examined the effects of image segmentation and a priori constraints on the accuracy of lifetime extraction. Methods to test the applicability of global analysis on cellular data are proposed and demonstrated. The accuracy of global fitting degrades with lower photon count. By systematically tracking the effect of the minimum photon count on lifetime and FRET prefactors when carrying out global analysis, we demonstrate a correction procedure to recover the correct FRET parameters, allowing us to obtain protein interaction information even in dim cellular regions with photon counts as low as 100 per decay curve.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biological Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Journal of Biomedical Optics
Adbul Rahim, Nur Aida et al. “Methodological Considerations for Global Analysis of Cellular FLIM/FRET Measurements.” Journal of Biomedical Optics 17.2 (2012): 026013. © 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
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