The influence of lipid membranes on fluorescent probes' optical properties.


Osella S(1), Knippenberg S(2).
Author information:
(1)Biological Systems Simulation Lab, Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Banacha 2C, 02-097 Warsaw, Poland. Electronic address: [Email]
(2)Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc, 17. listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic; Department of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden; Theoretical Physics, Hasselt University, Agoralaan Building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND: Organic fluorophores embedded in lipid bilayers can nowadays be described by a multiscale computational approach. Combining different length and time scales, a full characterization of the probe localization and optical properties led to novel insight into the effect of the environments. SCOPE OF REVIEW: Following an introduction on computational advancements, three relevant probes are reviewed that delineate how a multiscale approach can lead to novel insight into the probes' (non) linear optical properties. Attention is paid to the quality of the theoretical description of the optical techniques. MAJOR CONCLUSIONS: Computation can assess a priori novel probes' optical properties and guide the analysis and interpretation of experimental data in novel studies. The properties can be used to gain information on the phase and condition of the surrounding biological environment. GENERAL SIGNIFICANCE: Computation showed that a canonical view on some of the probes should be revisited and adapted.