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Flow Cytometric Applicability of Fluorescent Vitality Probes on Phytoplankton
Peperzak, L.; Brussaard, C.P.D. (2011). Flow Cytometric Applicability of Fluorescent Vitality Probes on Phytoplankton. J. Phycol. 47(3): 692-702. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1529-8817.2011.00991.x
In: Journal of Phycology. Blackwell Science: New York. ISSN 0022-3646, more
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Author keywords
    Calcein-AM; CMFDA (CellTracker Green); DiBAC(4)(3); FDA; flow cytometry;H(2)DCFDA; live/dead assay; phytoplankton; SYTOX-GREEN; vitality

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  • Brussaard, C.P.D., more

Abstract
    The applicability of six fluorescent probes (four esterase probes: acetoxymethyl ester of Calcein [Calcein-AM], 5-chloromethylfluorescein diacetate [CMFDA], fluorescein diacetate [FDA], and 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate [H(2)DCFDA]; and two membrane probes: bis-(1,3-dibutylbarbituric acid) trimethine oxonol [DiBAC(4)(3)] and SYTOX-Green) as vitality stains was tested on live and killed cells of 40 phytoplankton strains in exponential and stationary growth phases, belonging to 12 classes and consisting of four cold-water, 26 temperate, and four warm-water species. The combined live/dead ratios of all six probes indicated significant differences between the 12 plankton classes (P < 0.01) and between individual species (P < 0.05). No specific differences were observed among strains of one species, among species or strains from different origin, nor between cells in exponential and stationary growth phase except for FDA. FDA showed a significant (P < 0.05) drop of <20% in fluorescence intensity in stationary cells. Of the four esterase probes, the live/dead ratios of FDA and CMFDA were not significantly different from each other, and both performed better than Calcein-AM and H(2)DCFDA (P < 0.001). Of the two membrane probes, DIBAC(4)(3) stained rhodophytes and euglenophytes much better than SYTOX-Green. The 13 algal strains best stainable (high live/dead ratios) among all six probes belonged to,nine genera from six classes of phytoplankton. In conclusion, FDA, CMFDA, DIBAC(4)(3), and SYTOX-Green represent a wide choice of vitality probes in the study of phytoplankton ecology, applicable in many species from different algal classes, originating from different regions and at different stages of growth.

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