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Chapter 27 – Studying Plus-End Tracking At Single Molecule Resolution Using Tirf Microscopy, Ram Dixit, Jennifer L. Ross Jan 2010

Chapter 27 – Studying Plus-End Tracking At Single Molecule Resolution Using Tirf Microscopy, Ram Dixit, Jennifer L. Ross

Biology Faculty Publications & Presentations

The highly dynamic microtubule plus-ends are key sites of regulation that impact the organization and function of the microtubule cytoskeleton. Much of this regulation is performed by the microtubule plus-end tracking (+TIP) family of proteins. +TIPs are a structurally diverse group of proteins that bind to and track with growing microtubule plus-ends in cells. +TIPs regulate microtubule dynamics as well as mediate interactions between microtubule tips and other cellular structures. Most +TIPs can directly bind to microtubules in vitro; however, the mechanisms for their plus-end specificity are not fully understood. Cellular studies of +TIP activity are complicated by the fact ...


Chapter 26 – Multiple Color Single Molecule Tirf Imaging And Tracking Of Maps And Motors, Jennifer L. Ross, Ram Dixit Jan 2010

Chapter 26 – Multiple Color Single Molecule Tirf Imaging And Tracking Of Maps And Motors, Jennifer L. Ross, Ram Dixit

Biology Faculty Publications & Presentations

Microtubules are part of a complex mechano-chemical network inside cells. In order to understand how the components of these systems work together, careful in vitro experiments must be performed with added complexity. These experiments can ideally image all the interacting species. In order to image these molecules, multiple-color fluorescence imaging can be performed. In this chapter, we describe some methods for performing multiple-color single molecule fluorescence imaging using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy. We give several specific examples of species of microtubule-associate proteins and motors that can be examined with detailed protocols for labeling, purification, and imaging.