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Title: Phase-sensitive flow cytometer

A phase-sensitive flow cytometer (FCM) provides additional FCM capability to use the fluorescence lifetime of one or more fluorochromes bound to single cells to provide additional information regarding the cells. The resulting fluorescence emission can be resolved into individual fluorescence signals if two fluorochromes are present or can be converted directly to a decay lifetime from a single fluorochrome. The excitation light for the fluorochromes is modulated to produce an amplitude modulated fluorescence pulse as the fluorochrome is excited in the FCM. The modulation signal also forms a reference signal that is phase-shifted a selected amount for subsequent mixing with the output modulated fluorescence intensity signal in phase-sensitive detection circuitry. The output from the phase-sensitive circuitry is then an individual resolved fluorochrome signal or a single fluorochrome decay lifetime, depending on the applied phase shifts. 15 figures.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5440472
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; EDB-94-047399
Patent Number(s):
US 5270548; A
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 31 Jul 1992
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; CELL FLOW SYSTEMS; DESIGN; ANIMAL CELLS; CYTOLOGY; PLANT CELLS; BIOLOGY; 550300* - Cytology