Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Vis Exp. 2012 May 29;(63). pii: 3977. doi: 10.3791/3977.

Non-contact, label-free monitoring of cells and extracellular matrix using Raman spectroscopy.

Author information

  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Inter-University Centre for Medical Technology Stuttgart-Tübingen, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Deutschland.


Non-destructive, non-contact and label-free technologies to monitor cell and tissue cultures are needed in the field of biomedical research.(1-5) However, currently available routine methods require processing steps and alter sample integrity. Raman spectroscopy is a fast method that enables the measurement of biological samples without the need for further processing steps. This laser-based technology detects the inelastic scattering of monochromatic light.(6) As every chemical vibration is assigned to a specific Raman band (wavenumber in cm(-1)), each biological sample features a typical spectral pattern due to their inherent biochemical composition.(7-9) Within Raman spectra, the peak intensities correlate with the amount of the present molecular bonds.(1) Similarities and differences of the spectral data sets can be detected by employing a multivariate analysis (e.g. principal component analysis (PCA)).(10) Here, we perform Raman spectroscopy of living cells and native tissues. Cells are either seeded on glass bottom dishes or kept in suspension under normal cell culture conditions (37 °C, 5% CO(2)) before measurement. Native tissues are dissected and stored in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at 4 °C prior measurements. Depending on our experimental set up, we then either focused on the cell nucleus or extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins such as elastin and collagen. For all studies, a minimum of 30 cells or 30 random points of interest within the ECM are measured. Data processing steps included background subtraction and normalization.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for MyJove Corporation Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk