We use a technique of ROS detection developed by Anne-Cecile Ribou at the University of Perpignan. The technique is based on the change in fluorescence lifetime (tau) of the probe PBA that is directly proportional to the amount of ROS in the sample. An incredible bonus of the method is that simultaneously with the ROS concentration the metabolic rate of a cell (amount of free:protein bound NAD(P)H) can be measured (NADH is autofluorescent).
Principle of time-correlated microfluometry, (c) A. Ribou, with permission.
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