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Tracing the dynamic distribution of endogenous fluorescent protein in tumor cells by FRAP
Author(s): Ying Jin; Da Xing; Yonghong Tang
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Paper Abstract

The NPC is the portal for the exchange of proteins, mRNA, and ions between nucleus and cytoplasm. Many small molecules (<10 kDa) permeate the nucleus by simple diffusion through the pore, but molecules larger than 70 kDa require ATP and a nuclear localization sequence for their transport. In isolated Xenopus oocyte nuclei, diffusion of intermediate-sized molecules appears to be regulated by the NPC, dependent upon Ca2+ in the nuclear envelope. We have applied real-time imaging and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching to examine the nuclear pore permeability of 27-kDa EGFP in single intact cells. We found that EGFP diffused bidirectionally via the NPC across the nuclear envelope. Although diffusion is slowed several-decade-fold at the nuclear envelope boundary compared to diffusion within the nucleus or cytoplasm, this delay is expected for the reduced cross-sectional area of the NPCs.

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Date Published: 29 July 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5486, ALT'03 International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies: Biomedical Optics, (29 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.572444
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Ying Jin, South China Normal Univ. (China)
Da Xing, South China Normal Univ. (China)
Yonghong Tang, South China Normal Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5486:
ALT'03 International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies: Biomedical Optics
Ruikang K. Wang; Jeremy C. Hebden; Alexander V. Priezzhev; Valery V. Tuchin, Editor(s)

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