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Quantitative studies of subdiffusion in living cells and actin networks


Tolic-Nørrelykke,  Iva
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Max Planck Society;

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Munteanu, E.-L., Olsen, A. L., Tolic-Nørrelykke, I., Flyvbjerg, H., Oddershede, L., & Berg-Sørensen, K. (2006). Quantitative studies of subdiffusion in living cells and actin networks. Biophysical Reviews and Letters, 1(4), 411-421.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-1098-1
Optical tweezers are a versatile tool in biophysics and have matured from a tool of manipulation to a tool of precise measurements. We argue here that the data analysis with advantage can be developed to a level of sophistication that matches that of the instrument. We review methods of analysis of optical tweezers data, primarily based on the power spectra of time series of positions for trapped spherical objects. The majority of precise studies in the literature are performed on in vitro systems, whereas in the present work, an example of an in vivo system is presented for which precise power spectral analysis is both useful and necessary. The biological system is the cytoplasm of ssion yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe in which we observe subdi usion of lipid granules. In a search for the cause of subdi usion, we chemically disrupt the actin network in the cytoplasm and further consider in vitro networks of lamenteous actin undergoing similar chemical disruption.