Patient derived organoids have the potential to improve the physiological relevance of in vitro disease models. However, the 3D architecture of these self-assembled cellular structures makes probing their biochemistry more complex than in traditional 2D culture. We explore the application of surface enhanced Raman scattering microsensors (SERS-MS) to probe local pH gradients within patient derived airway organoid cultures. SERS-MS consist of solid polymer cores decorated with surface immobilised gold nanoparticles which are functionalised with pH sensitive reporter molecule 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (MBA). We demonstrate that by mixing SERS-MS into the extracellular matrix (ECM) of airway organoid cultures the probes can be engulfed by expanding organoids and report on local pH in the organoid lumen and ECM.
|Number of pages||4|
|Early online date||14 Feb 2023|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Mar 2023|