ABSTRACT: A fluorescent aptamer sensor was applied to the analysis of extracellular chemical transmitter dynamics. We utilized a tocopherol-labeled aptamer, which allowed the direct anchoring of the fluorescent aptamer on the cell surface while retaining its performance as a fluorescent sensor. The fast-responsive fluorescent DNA aptamer sensor, which targets adenine compounds, was anchored on the surface of brain astrocytes. Fluorescence imaging of the aptamer-anchored astrocytes enabled the real-time monitoring of release of adenine compounds as a gliotransmitter, which was synchronized with calcium wave propagation in neighboring cells.
Journal of the American Chemical Society 06/2012; 134(23):9561-4. · 9.91 Impact Factor