We present here a correlative X-ray microscopy approach for quantitative single cell imaging of molar concentrations. By combining the elemental content provided by X-ray fluorescence microscopy and the morphology information extracted from X-ray phase nanotomography, we determine the intracellular molarity distributions. This correlative method was demonstrated on a freeze-dried human phagocytic cell to obtain the absolute elemental concentration maps of K, P, and Fe. The cell morphology results showed a very good agreement with atomic-force microscopy measurements. This work opens the way for non-destructive single cell chemical analysis down to the sub-cellular level using exclusively synchrotron radiation techniques. It will be of high interest in the case where it is difficult to access the morphology using atomic-force microscopy, for example, on frozen-hydrated cells or tissues.

Nanoscale quantification of intracellular element concentration by X-ray fluorescence microscopy combined with X-ray phase contrast nanotomography

Procopio, Alessandra
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Malucelli, Emil
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Iotti, Stefano
Supervision
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Farruggia, Giovanna
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ROSA, LUIGI
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2018

Abstract

We present here a correlative X-ray microscopy approach for quantitative single cell imaging of molar concentrations. By combining the elemental content provided by X-ray fluorescence microscopy and the morphology information extracted from X-ray phase nanotomography, we determine the intracellular molarity distributions. This correlative method was demonstrated on a freeze-dried human phagocytic cell to obtain the absolute elemental concentration maps of K, P, and Fe. The cell morphology results showed a very good agreement with atomic-force microscopy measurements. This work opens the way for non-destructive single cell chemical analysis down to the sub-cellular level using exclusively synchrotron radiation techniques. It will be of high interest in the case where it is difficult to access the morphology using atomic-force microscopy, for example, on frozen-hydrated cells or tissues.
Gramaccioni, Chiara; Yang, Yang; Procopio, Alessandra; Pacureanu, Alexandra; Bohic, Sylvain; Malucelli, Emil; Iotti, Stefano; Farruggia, Giovanna; Bukreeva, Inna; Notargiacomo, Andrea; Fratini, Michela; Valenti, Piera; Rosa, Luigi; Berlutti, Francesca; Cloetens, Peter; Lagomarsino, Stefano
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