Simultaneous visualization of flow fields and oxygen concentrations to unravel transport and metabolic processes in biological systems.

Ahmerkamp S, Jalaluddin FM, Cui Y, Brumley DR, Pacherres CO, Berg JS, Stocker R, Kuypers MMM, Koren K, Behrendt L

Cell Rep Methods 2 (5) 100216 [2022-05-23; online 2022-05-23]

From individual cells to whole organisms, O2 transport unfolds across micrometer- to millimeter-length scales and can change within milliseconds in response to fluid flows and organismal behavior. The spatiotemporal complexity of these processes makes the accurate assessment of O2 dynamics via currently available methods difficult or unreliable. Here, we present "sensPIV," a method to simultaneously measure O2 concentrations and flow fields. By tracking O2-sensitive microparticles in flow using imaging technologies that allow for instantaneous referencing, we measured O2 transport within (1) microfluidic devices, (2) sinking model aggregates, and (3) complex colony-forming corals. Through the use of sensPIV, we find that corals use ciliary movement to link zones of photosynthetic O2 production to zones of O2 consumption. SensPIV can potentially be extendable to study flow-organism interactions across many life-science and engineering applications.

Lars Behrendt

SciLifeLab Fellow

PubMed 35637907

DOI 10.1016/j.crmeth.2022.100216

Crossref 10.1016/j.crmeth.2022.100216

pmc: PMC9142687
pii: S2667-2375(22)00079-0
figshare: 10.6084/m9.figshare.19614273.v1

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