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Fast, Accurate Polarization and Polarity Imaging with Polarized Structured Illumination

By Karl Zhanghao, Wenhui Liu, Meiqi Li, Xingye Chen, Chunyan Shan, Haoqian Wang, Peng Xi, Qionghai Dai

Posted 15 May 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/640268

The orientation and wobbling behavior of the fluorescent dipoles are of great significance in revealing the structure and state of cells. Due to the poor optical sectioning capability of wide-field microscopy, the polarization modulation signals are susceptible to the neighboring fluorophores. The missing cone of wide field optical transfer function induces vast out-of-focus background, resulting in biased polarization orientation and decrease polarization factor. Here, we apply polarized structured illumination to achieve polarization modulation imaging with optical sectioning, and simultaneously measure the lipid polarity with two-color ratiometric imaging. Our results demonstrate a significant increase in measurement accuracy of not only the dipole orientations but also the wobbling behavior of the ensemble dipole. Compared to the conventional confocal polarization imaging, our method obtains an order-of-magnitude faster imaging speed, capturing the fast dynamics of subcellular structures in live cells.

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