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Intra-molecular origin of SNARF pH dependent fluorescence spectral properties

International Journal of Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Bernard Gauthier?Manuel,1 Rutjaphan Kateklum,1 Christian Pieralli,1 Bruno Wacogne1,2

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Fluorescent molecules like SNARF are principally used to measure pH in liquid media. pH can be deduced from the fluorescence intensity or, often more precisely, by studying the fluorescence spectra. This allows numerical pH values to be calculated using some of the spectra shape features. Usually, the goal is to extract the contributions of the protonated and deprotonated forms of the pH indicator from the whole shape of the fluorescence spectrum and to deduce the pH value from these respective contributions. In this short paper, we show that analyzing the shape of the SNARF spectra differently allows specifying the intra-molecular origin of the processes responsible for the fluorescence emission.


fluorescence, pH sensing, SNARF, sensitive molecules, intracellular pH, biological processes