Two-color photoactivatable probe for selective tracking of proteins and cells

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We report the development and application of photoactivatable Green Cherry (G(PA)C), the first genetically encoded "continuously red-photoactivatable green" two-color probe for live cell imaging. G(PA)C is unique in that it enables real-time tracking of selected subpopulations of proteins and organelles in the cell or of cells within tissues and whole organisms, with constant reference to the entire population of the probe. Using G(PA)C-zyxin as proof of utility, we obtained new insights into the dynamic movement of the cytoskeletal protein zyxin. We show that zyxin is continuously and rapidly recruited from the cytosol into established focal adhesions. It can also move rapidly within a given focal adhesion and "hop" between adjacent focal adhesions, emphasizing the dynamic nature of proteins within these structures. The in vivo utility of G(PA)C is exemplified by tracking hemocyte movements using a versatile transgenic Drosophila model engineered to express G(PA)C in tissues and cells of interest under the control of the GAL4-inducible promoter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11607-16
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Cell adhesion
  • Cell migration
  • Drosophila
  • Fluorescence
  • Fusion Protein
  • Protein Translocation


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