Label-free cell-based assay with spectral-domain optical coherence phase microscopy

Suho Ryu, Kyung A. Hyun, Jung Heo, Hyo Il Jung, Chulmin Joo

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Quantitative measurement of dynamic responses of unstained living cells is of great importance in many applications ranging from investigation of fundamental cellular functions to drug discoveries. Conventional optical methods for label-free cell-based assay examine cellular structural changes proximal to sensor surfaces under external stimuli, but require dedicated nanostructure-patterned substrates for operation. Here, we present a quantitative imaging method, spectral-domain optical coherence phase microscopy (SD-OCPM), as a viable optical platform for label-free cell-based assay. The instrument is based on a low-coherence interferometric microscope that enables quantitative depth-resolved phase measurement of a transparent specimen with high phase stability. We demonstrate SD-OCPM measurement of dynamic responses of human breast cancer cells (MCF-7) to 2-picolinic acid (PA) and histamine.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046003
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr

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Funding Information:
This research was supported in part by the research programs of National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (MEST No. NRF-2012R1A1A1003867) and Center for BioNano Health-Guard funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP) of Korea as Global Frontier Project (H-GUARD_ 2013M3A6B2078959).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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