Baddeley, D., Jayasinghe, I. D., Cremer, C., Cannell, M. B. and Soeller, C.
Light-induced dark states of organic fluorochromes enable 30nm resolution imaging in standard media. Biophysical Journal 96: L22-L32 (2009).

We show that high quantum efficiency fluorophores can exhibit reversible photobleaching. This observation provides the basis for an imaging technique we call reversible photobleaching microscopy. We demonstrate applicability of this technique using antibody labeled biological samples in standard aqueous (or glycerol based) media to produce far-field images at ~30 nm resolution. Our novel method relies on intense illumination to reversibly induce a very long-lived (>10 s) dark state from which single fluorochromes slowly return stochastically. As in other localization microscopy methods, reversible photobleaching microscopy localizes single fluorochromes, but has the advantage that specialized photoactivatible and photoswitchable molecules or special immersion/embedding media are not required.