Study on uptake and localization of merocyanine 540 (MC540) in murine myeloid leukemia cells by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM)

J. Y. Chen*, N. H. Cheng, S. C. Chen, M. C. Fung, W. N. Leng, Nai Ki MAK

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Abstract

The intracellular localization of merocyanine 540 (MC540), a photosensitizer commonly used in the photo-inactivation of leukemia cells, was studied using confocal laser scanning microscopy. It was found for the first time that MC540 not only being localized in the plasma membrane but also in the cytoplasm and the nuclear membrane of the murine myeloid leukemia M1 and WEHI 3B (JCS) cells. Exposure of MC540 treated leukemia cells to light under conditions that could cause photobleaching did not cause the redistribution of cell-bound MC540. Rapid localization of MC540 in the cytoplasm was observed for 5 minutes after exposure of leukemia cell to MC540, it indicates that MC540 could promptly be internalized by these two leukemia cell lines. In contrast, localization of MC540 was limited only to the plasma membrane of erythrocytes. These results suggest that the binding pattern of MC540 is cell type dependent and may be related to the efficacy of photosensitization in photodynamic therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-232
Number of pages7
JournalChinese Journal of Lasers B (English Edition)
VolumeB9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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