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PLoS One. 2014 Jul 7;9(7):e101772. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101772. eCollection 2014.

Cross-talk-free multi-color STORM imaging using a single fluorophore.

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ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, Mediterranean Technology Park, Castelledefels, Barcelona, Spain.

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  • PLoS One. 2014;9(10):e111878.


Multi-color stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM) is routinely performed; however, the various approaches for achieving multiple colors have important caveats. Color cross-talk, limited availability of spectrally distinct fluorophores with optimal brightness and duty cycle, incompatibility of imaging buffers for different fluorophores, and chromatic aberrations impact the spatial resolution and ultimately the number of colors that can be achieved. We overcome these complexities and develop a simple approach for multi-color STORM imaging using a single fluorophore and sequential labelling. In addition, we present a simple and versatile method to locate the same region of interest on different days and even on different microscopes. In combination, these approaches enable cross-talk-free multi-color imaging of sub-cellular structures.

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