In situ observation of a cell adhesion and metabolism using surface infrared spectroscopy

Ko Ichiro Miyamoto, Parida Yamada, Ryo Taro Yamaguchi, Takami Muto, Ayumi Hirano, Yasuo Kimura, Michio Niwano, Hiroko Isoda

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In this study, we report on an in situ monitoring system of living cultured cells using infrared absorption spectroscopy in the geometry of multiple internal reflections (MIR-IRAS). In order to observe living cultured cells, the temperature in the sample chamber of a FT-IR spectrometer was maintained at 37°C and a humidified gas mixture containing 5% CO2 was introduced into the sample chamber. Human breast cell line MCF-7 cultured on Si MIR prisms were placed in the sample chamber and infrared spectra of MCF-7 cells were collected for 5 h. It was found that the adhesion and metabolism of MCF-7 cells could be monitored by the absorption intensity of amide-II protein band (1,545 cm-1) and also by the absorption intensities of CH x bands (2,700-3,100 cm-1). These results suggest that our system is useful for a nondestructive and non-label monitoring of cell viability. Our method based on infrared absorption spectroscopy has a potential for bioscreening application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec


  • Cell metabolism
  • Human breast cell line MCF-7
  • In situ observation
  • Infrared absorption spectroscopy
  • Si prisms


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