PMID: 58929May 1, 1976

A phenomenon of photoenhancement of acridine orange-induced fluorescence

The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry : Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
D N De, P Bhanja


It is a common experience that, with exposure to exciting radiation of the fluorescence microscope, the acridine orange-induced red fluorescence of the nucleus, produced by Feulgen hydrolysis, fades with a concomitant shift to green. The present investigation reports a phenomenon of photoenhancement observed in the hydrolyzed cytoplasm where pale green fluorescence increases in intensity with exposure to exciting radiation. The phenomenon has been noticed in Rhizobium, Oscillatoria, tomato root tip cells and human buccal epithelial cells. It is tentatively concluded that the gain in fluorescence yield is due to certain conformational changes of the acridine orange-protein complex induced by ultraviolet light flux.


Nov 1, 1989·The Histochemical Journal·M E KlutT Bisalputra

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