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Fluorescent Copolymers for Bacterial Bioimaging and Viability Detection

Abstract : Novel fluorescent labels with high photostability and high biocompatibility are required for microbiological imaging and detection. Here, we present a green fluorescent polymer chain (GFPC), designed to be nontoxic and water-soluble, for multicolor bioimaging and real-time bacterial viability determination. The copolymer is synthesized using a straightforward one-pot reversible addition–fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization technique. We show that GFPC does not influence bacterial growth and is stable for several hours in a complex growth medium and in the presence of bacteria. GFPC allows the labeling of the bacterial cytoplasm for multicolor bacterial bioimaging applications. It can be used in combination with propidium iodide (PI) to develop a rapid and reliable protocol to distinguish and quantify, in real time, by flow cytometry, live and dead bacteria.
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Yang Si, Chloé Grazon, Gilles Clavier, Jutta Rieger, Yayang Tian, et al.. Fluorescent Copolymers for Bacterial Bioimaging and Viability Detection. ACS Sensors, American Chemical Society, In press, ⟨10.1021/acssensors.0c00981⟩. ⟨hal-02943209⟩

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