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Investigation of nuclear envelope structure and passive permeability.
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PMID:  18951185     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We present an experimental approach by the help of which structure and passive permeability of the nuclear envelope (NE) can be investigated thoroughly, by combining imaging, fluorescent, and electrophysiological techniques. A mature Xenopus laevis oocyte features a large nucleus offering an excellent system for these investigations. Using the emerging technique of atomic force microscopy, NE structure and the conformational state of nuclear pore complexes (NPCs), known to rule NPC and inevitably NE permeability, can be visualised at high resolution and under near physiological conditions. Passive NE permeability to macromolecules can be determined by the long-established confocal laser scanning microscopy, applying fluorescent macromolecules (dextran). Passive NE permeability to small molecules, which has long remained confounded by the lack of an appropriate technique, can finally be investigated following development of a proper technique designated the "nuclear hourglass" technique. The experimental approach presented here thus opens unique perspectives towards understanding the correlation between NE structure and passive permeability. This chapter describes in detail the protocols for performing such investigations.
Victor Shahin; Yvonne Ludwig; Hans Oberleithner
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)     Volume:  464     ISSN:  1940-6029     ISO Abbreviation:  Methods Mol. Biol.     Publication Date:  2009  
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Created Date:  2008-10-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9214969     Medline TA:  Methods Mol Biol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Physiology II, University of Münster, Münster, Germany.
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