Cells under the nanospotlight : latest publication
Our latest publication has been released in the February edition of the Biophysical Journal :
J. Wenger, F. Conchonaud, J. Dintinger, L. Wawrezinieck, T.W. Ebbesen, H. Rigneault, D. Marguet, et P.-F. Lenne, Diffusion analysis within single nanometric apertures reveals the ultrafine cell membrane organization, Biophys. J., vol.92, pp. 913-919 (2007).
It describes a novel approach to explore the ultrafine plasma membrane organization of living cells. Our strategy combines single nanometric apertures in a metallic film with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). Performing FCS measurements with increasing aperture sizes, we observe different diffusion regimes, which reveal the kind and the size of the nanometric membrane heterostructures. We believe this method brings drastic improvements to exisiting well-established techniques : compared to conventional FCS, our method has a high spatial resolution, necessary to quantify membrane heterogeneities at the submicron scale. Alternatively to single particle tracking, our method takes advantage of a high temporal resolution at the microsecond range together with a simple data analysis.
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