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Keywords:

  • fluorescence;
  • fluorescent probes;
  • live cells;
  • quantitative imaging;
  • super-resolution imaging

Abstract

Far-red organic fluorophores commonly used in traditional and super-resolution localization microscopy are found to contain a fluorescent impurity with green excitation and near-red emission. This near-red fluorescent impurity can interfere with some multicolor stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy/photoactivated localization microscopy measurements in live cells and produce subtle artifacts in chemically fixed cells. We additionally describe alternatives to avoid artifacts in super-resolution localization microscopy.