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Probing the plasma membrane organization in living cells by spot variation fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23280115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
While intrinsic Brownian agitation within a lipid bilayer does homogenize the molecular distribution, the extremely diverse composition of the plasma membrane, in contrast, favors the development of inhomogeneity due to the propensity of such a system to minimize its total free energy. Precisely, deciphering such inhomogeneous organization with appropriate spatiotemporal resolution remains, however, a challenge. In accordance with its ability to accurately measure diffusion parameters, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) has been developed in association with innovative experimental strategies to monitor modes of molecular lateral confinement within the plasma membrane of living cells. Here, we describe a method, namely spot variation FCS (svFCS), to decipher the dynamics of the plasma membrane organization. The method is based on questioning the relationship between the diffusion time τ(d) and the squared waist of observation w(2). Theoretical models have been developed to predict how geometrical constraints such as the presence of adjacent or isolated domains affect the svFCS observations. These investigations have allowed significant progress in the characterization of cell membrane lateral organization at the suboptical level, and have provided, for instance, compelling evidence for the in vivo existence of raft nanodomains.
Cyrille Billaudeau; Sébastien Mailfert; Tomasz Trombik; Nicolas Bertaux; Vincent Rouger; Yannick Hamon; Hai-Tao He; Didier Marguet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Methods in enzymology     Volume:  519     ISSN:  1557-7988     ISO Abbreviation:  Meth. Enzymol.     Publication Date:  2013  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0212271     Medline TA:  Methods Enzymol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-302     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), Aix-Marseille University, UM2, Marseille, France; Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm), U1104, Marseille, France; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) UMR7280, Marseille, France.
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