Skin Autofluorescence

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Submitted by Jennifer Seto of the Blankschtein Laboratory in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Langer Laboratory at the Koch Institute

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Jennifer Seto
Blankschtein Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering and Langer Laboratory, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Two-Photon Fluorescence Micrograph

"Skin contains fluorescent components, including structural proteins, amino acids, enzymes, and coenzymes. These components mainly reside in the lipid bilayers that surround the skin cells. The excitation and visualization of these components provide information on the organization of the skin. In addition, these skin components can be visualized before and after skin treatments in order to assess morphological changes in the skin."