Monitoring dynamic binding of chromatin proteins in vivo by single-molecule tracking

Davide Mazza, Sourav Ganguly, James G. McNally

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Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy has been used for decades to quantify macromolecular dynamics occurring in specimens that are in direct contact with a coverslip. This has permitted in vitro analysis of single-molecule motion in various biochemically reconstituted systems as well as in vivo studies of single-molecule motion on cell membranes. More recently, thanks to improvements in fluorescent tags and microscopes, it has been possible to follow individual molecules inside thicker specimens such as the nucleus of living cells. This has enabled a detailed description of the live-cell binding of nuclear proteins to DNA. In this protocol we describe a method to quantify intranuclear binding using single-molecule tracking (SMT).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781627035255
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)10643745


  • DNA binding
  • Microscopy
  • Single-molecule tracking
  • Transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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