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Correlative Optical and Scanning Probe Microscopies for Mapping Interactions at Membranes

June 3, 2017

Innovative approaches for real-time imaging on molecular-length scales are providing researchers with powerful strategies for characterizing molecular and cellular structures and dynamics. Combinatorial techniques that integrate two or more distinct imaging modalities are particularly compelling as they provide a means for overcoming the limitations of the individual modalities and, when applied simultaneously, enable the collection of rich multi-modal datasets. Almost since its inception, scanning probe microscopy has closely associated with optical microscopy. This is particularly evident in the fields of cellular and molecular biophysics where researchers are taking full advantage of these real-time, in situ, tools to acquire three-dimensional molecular-scale topographical images with nanometer resolution, while simultaneously characterizing their structure and interactions though conventional optical microscopy. The ability to apply mechanical or optical stimuli provides an additional experimental dimension that has shown tremendous promise for examining dynamic events on sub-cellular length scales. In this chapter, we describe recent efforts in developing these integrated platforms, the methodology for, and inherent challenges in, performing coupled imaging experiments, and the potential and future opportunities of these research tools for the fields of molecular and cellular biophysics with a specific emphasis on the application of these coupled approaches for the characterization of interactions occurring at membrane interfaces.

Source: http://www.springerprotocols.com/Abstract/doi/10.1007/978-1-62703-137-0_24

Posted in: Imaging/Radiology

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