Performance evaluation of the UVAPS in measuring biological aerosols : Fluorescence spectra from NAD(P)H coenzymes and riboflavin

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Author(s)

  • Victoria Agranovski
  • Zoran D. Ristovski
  • Godwin A. Ayoko
  • Lidia Morawska

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-364
Journal / PublicationAerosol Science and Technology
Volume38
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This article presents the results of the performance evaluation of the Ultraviolet Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (UVAPS, model 3312, TSI Inc., St. Paul, MN, USA), the novel instrument for real-time monitoring of biological aerosols. The main objective of the study was to compare the UVAPS response in measuring aerosols containing NADH, NADPH, or riboflavin particles. At the excitation and emission wavelengths at which the UVAPS operates, these compounds are the primary intrinsic fluorophores specific to biological particles. In addition, the study was focused on determining the detection limits of the UVAPS for these fluorophores. This information is important for the interpretation of UVAPS data while measuring bacterial aerosols. Fluorescence measurements were initially taken with a Varian Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrophotometer for all three fluorophores. The samples were then aerosolized with the 6-jet Collison nebulizer. Riboflavin was found to be a stronger fluorophore than both NAD(P)H coenzymes. The fluorescence signals were considerably weaker for the NADPH samples compared to the NADH samples. The sensitivity of the UVAPS was found to be sufficiently high to detect the NADH and riboflavin at the concentrations characteristic of bacterial cells. The results of this study are discussed in a context of the results previously reported for the bacterial aerosols. It can be concluded that the amount of fluorophores detectable in uniformly mixed particles is equal to or less than the fluorophores expected to be present in the individual bacterial particles.

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Performance evaluation of the UVAPS in measuring biological aerosols: Fluorescence spectra from NAD(P)H coenzymes and riboflavin. / Agranovski, Victoria; Ristovski, Zoran D.; Ayoko, Godwin A. et al.
In: Aerosol Science and Technology, Vol. 38, No. 4, 04.2004, p. 354-364.

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