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Probing molecular processes in live cells by quantitative multidimensional microscopy


Zamir,  E.
Abt. II: Systemische Zellbiologie, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Max Planck Society;

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Kam, Z., Zamir, E., & Geiger, B. (2001). Probing molecular processes in live cells by quantitative multidimensional microscopy. Trends in Cell Biology, 11(8), 329-334. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=11489638.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0014-0F99-C
Modern light microscopy has become a most powerful analytical tool for studying molecular processes in live cells. Recent advances in sample preparation, microscope design and image processing allow the generation of "multidimensional" data, simultaneously reporting the three-dimensional distribution and concentrations of several different molecules within cells and tissues at multiple time points with sub-micron spatial resolution and sub-second temporal resolution. Thus, molecular interactions and processes that were approached by biochemical analyses in vitro can now be directly monitored in live cells. Here, we address different aspects of multidimensional microscopy and, in particular, image quantification and the characterization of molecular dynamics, as applied to the study of cell adhesion.