Abstract

We report on a fibered high-resolution scanning surface plasmon microscope for long term imaging of living adherent cells. The coupling of a high numerical aperture objective lens and a fibered heterodyne interferometer enhances both the sensitivity and the long term stability of this microscope, allowing for time-lapse recording over several days. The diffraction limit is reached with a radially polarized illumination beam. Adherence and motility of living C2C12 myoblast cells are followed for 50 h, revealing that the dynamics of these cells change after 10 h. This plasmon enhanced evanescent wave microscopy is particularly suited for investigating cell adhesion, since it can not only be performed without staining of the sample but it can also capture in real time the exchange of extracellular matrix elements between the substrate and the cells.

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» Visualization 1: MPEG (14395 KB)      mpeg video file (Visualization 1): SSPM time-lapse video of C2C12 living cells during 50 hours. The scalar bar is 20 µm.

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