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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2011
  • pp: 374–384

Skeletal muscle sarcomeric SHG patterns photo-conversion by femtosecond infrared laser

Gaëlle Recher, Denis Rouède, Emmanuel Schaub, and François Tiaho  »View Author Affiliations

Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 2, pp. 374-384 (2011)

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Femtosecond laser at 780 nm excitation wavelength was used to photo-convert the physiological sarcomeric single band (SB) second harmonic generation (SHG) pattern into double band (DB) in Xenopus laevis premetamorphic tail muscles. This photo-conversion was found to be a third order non-linear optical process and was drastically reduced at 940 nm excitation wavelength. This effect was no longer observed in paraformaldehyde fixed muscles and was enhanced by hydrogen peroxide. The action of hydrogen peroxide suggests that reactive oxygen species (ROS) could contribute to this photo-conversion. These results demonstrate that sarcomeric DB SHG pattern is a marker of sarcomere photodamage in xenopus tadpole muscles and highlight the need of being very careful at using two-photon excitation while observing living tissues. Moreover they open new avenues for in situ intravital investigation of oxidative stress effects in muscle dysfunctions and diseases.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

ToC Category:
Optical Therapies and Photomodificaton

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 14, 2011
Published: January 19, 2011

Gaëlle Recher, Denis Rouède, Emmanuel Schaub, and François Tiaho, "Skeletal muscle sarcomeric SHG patterns photo-conversion by femtosecond infrared laser," Biomed. Opt. Express 2, 374-384 (2011)

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