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Imaging cellular signalling: many `moving tales' in MAP kinase odyssey

Jain, Ruchi and Saini, Deepak Kumar (2013) Imaging cellular signalling: many `moving tales' in MAP kinase odyssey. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 105 (11). pp. 1512-1523.

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Cellular signalling events are at the core of every adaptive response. Signalling events link environmental changes to physiological responses, consequently allowing cellular and organismal sustenance and survival. Classical approaches to study cellular signalling have relied on a variety of cell disruptive techniques which yield limited kinetic information, while the underlying events are much more complex. In this article, we discuss how modern live cell imaging microscopy has found increasing utilization in revealing spatio temporal dynamics of various signalling pathways. Utilizing the well studied mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signalling cascade as a template, the design, construction and utilization of `mobile' (translocation proficient) biosensors, suitable for studying MAPK signalling in living cells are described in detail. Experimental setup and results obtained from these biosensors, based on different proteins involved in the MAPK signalling cascade, have been described along with the setup of a microscope optimal for live cell imaging applications. Utilizing the ability to activate or deactivate signalling pathways using defined activators and specific pharmacological inhibitors, we also show how these sensors can yield unique spatial and temporal kinetic information of signalling in living cells.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, INDIA
Keywords: Cellular signalling; fluorescent protein; live cell imaging; translocation
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2014 05:32
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 05:32
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48378

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