Anno2016
AutoriColtelli P, Barsanti L, Evangelista V, Frassanito AM, Gualtieri P
AbstractA novel procedure for deriving the absorption spectrum of an object spot from the colour values of the corresponding pixel(s) in its image is presented. Any digital image acquired by a microscope can be used; typical applications are the analysis of cellular/subcellular metabolic processes under physiological conditions and in response to environmental stressors (e.g. heavy metals), and the measurement of chromophore composition, distribution and concentration in cells. In this paper, we challenged the procedure with images of algae, acquired by means of a CCD camera mounted onto a microscope. The many colours algae display result from the combinations of chromophores whose spectroscopic information is limited to organic solvents extracts that suffers from displacements, amplifications, and contraction/dilatation respect to spectra recorded inside the cell. Hence, preliminary processing is necessary, which consists of in vivo measurement of the absorption spectra of photosynthetic compartments of algal cells and determination of spectra of the single chromophores inside the cell. The final step of the procedure consists in the reconstruction of the absorption spectrum of the cell spot from the colour values of the corresponding pixel(s) in its digital image by minimization of a system of transcendental equations based on the absorption spectra of the chromophores under physiological conditions.
RivistaJournal Of Microscopy (print)
ISSN0022-2720
Impact factor
Volume264
Pagina inizio311
Pagina fine320
Autori IBFValtere EVANGELISTA, Laura BARSANTI, Paolo GUALTIERI, Anna Maria FRASSANITO
Linee di Ricerca IBFMD.P01.020.001
Sedi IBFIBF.PI