High resolution imaging: what does it take to go live?

2 November 2007

Saveez Saffarian
Kirchhausen Lab


I will summarize a burst of high resolution methods which are based on fluorescence imaging of fixed samples. Most of these techniques rely on measurements of the center of fluorescence of individual fluorescent molecules. I will show how we used these concepts in live cells with a new method named DiNa (Differential Evanescence nanometry) with which we have achieved a 10nm axial resolution near the plasma membrane.

Clathrin coated pits and coated vesicles form at the plasma membrane of eukaryotic cells. The assembly dynamics of these diffraction-limited objects has been followed in cells expressing fluorescent chimeras of clathrin and its AP-2 adaptor complex. I will present our measurements of the position of the adaptors within the forming clathrin coated vesicle using DiNa. The vesicles have a final diameter of ~100nm.

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