Infrared spectroscopy as an ultrastructure bio-probe for fungal cellular characterization

Mohamed Hosni M. Ali, Elizabeth A. Carter, Tania C. Sorrell, Damla Power, Peter A. Lay, Carmen M. Ali, Khalid A. Al-Saad

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Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to characterize the biochemical composition of fungal cells. It also was applied to detect the differences between the biochemical constituents of spores and hyphae of A. fumigates species. FT-IR microscopy was used to monitor the fungal growth. Chemical markers of the fungal cell ultrastructures such as cytoplasm and cell wall were identified. The technique is very sensitive to monitor the conformational changes in the fungal biochemical blocks during growth. Moreover, it can also detect differences between substructures of the fungi, i.e., spores and hyphae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-233
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Cell components
  • FT-IR spectroscopy
  • Fungal growth
  • Hyphae and spores

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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Hosni M. Ali, M., Carter, E. A., Sorrell, T. C., Power, D., Lay, P. A., Ali, C. M., & Al-Saad, K. A. (2013). Infrared spectroscopy as an ultrastructure bio-probe for fungal cellular characterization. International Journal of Applied Chemistry, 9(3), 219-233.