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Application of 4,5-diaminofluorescein to reliably measure nitric oxide released from endothelial cells in vitro

Author(s): Räthel Thomas R. | Leikert Jürgen F. | Vollmar Angelika M. | Dirsch Verena M.

Journal: Biological Procedures Online
ISSN 1480-9222

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 136;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Investigative Techniques | Biological Assay | Nitric-Oxide Synthase

Here we describe in more depth the previously published application of the fluorescent probe 4,5-diaminofluorescein (DAF-2) in order to reliably measure low levels of nitric oxide (NO) as released from human endothelial cells in vitro. The used approach is based on the following considerations a) use low concentrations of DAF-2 (0.1 µM) in order to reduce the contribution of DAF-2 auto-fluorescence to the measured total fluorescence, and b) subtract the DAF-2 auto-fluorescence from the measured total fluorescence. The advantage of this method is the reliable quantification of NO in a biological system in the nanomolar range once thoroughly validated. Here we focus in addition to the previous publication (Leikert et al., FEBS Lett 2001, 506:131-134) on aspects of validation procedures as well as limitations and pitfalls of this method.
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