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Nanoscale mapping of newly-synthesised phospholipid molecules in a biological cell using tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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Nanoscale chemical mapping of newly-synthesised phospholipid molecules inside a mammalian cell is demonstrated using tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) for the first time using mouse pre-adipocyte cells as a model system. Newly-synthesised membrane phospholipid distribution within a pre-adipocyte cell is mapped with <20 nm spatial resolution, overcoming the diffraction limit of confocal Raman spectroscopy via plasmonic enhancement of Raman signals at a TERS tip-apex.

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The article was received on 24 Dec 2016, accepted on 30 Jan 2017 and first published on 08 Feb 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC10226C
Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 2451-2454
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    Nanoscale mapping of newly-synthesised phospholipid molecules in a biological cell using tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

    N. Kumar, M. M. Drozdz, H. Jiang, D. M. Santos and D. J. Vaux, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 2451
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CC10226C

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