Measurement of three-dimensional anisotropic diffusion by multiphoton fluorescence recovery after photobleaching.

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  • The multiphoton fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (MP-FRAP) technique has been developed to measure the three-dimensional (3D) solute diffusion within biological systems. However, current 3D MP-FRAP models are based on isotropic diffusion and spatial domain analysis. The 3D anisotropic diffusion and frequency domain analysis for MP-FRAP measurements are rarely studied. In this study, a new technique is demonstrated for the quantitative and non-destructive determination of 3D anisotropic solute diffusion tensors within biological fibrosis tissues by multiphoton photobleaching and spatial Fourier analysis (SFA). Compared to the spatial domain analysis based MP-FRAP techniques, this SFA-based method has the capability for determining the 3D anisotropic diffusion tensors as well as the flexibility for satisfying initial and boundary conditions. First, a close-form solution of the 3D anisotropic diffusion equation is derived by solely using SFA. Next, this new method is validated by computer-simulated MP-FRAP experiments with pre-defined 3D anisotropic diffusion tensors as well as experimental diffusion measurements of FITC-Dextran (FD) molecules in aqueous glycerol solutions. Finally, this MP-FRAP technique is applied to the measurement of 3D anisotropic diffusion tensors of FD molecules within porcine tendon tissues. This study provides a new tool for complete determination of 3D anisotropic solute diffusion tensor in biological tissues.
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  • Animals, Fluorescence Polarization, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Microscopy, Fluorescence, Photobleaching, Swine, Tendons
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    Author List

  • Shi C; Cisewski SE; Bell PD; Yao H
  • Start Page

  • 555
  • End Page

  • 565
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 3