Publications in Scientific Journals:
F. Baumgart, A. Arnold, B. Rossboth, M. Brameshuber, G. Schütz:
"What we talk about when we talk about nanoclusters";
Methods and Applications in Fluorescence,
Superresolution microscopy results have sparked the idea that many membrane proteins are not randomly distributed across the plasma membrane but are instead arranged in nanoclusters. Frequently, these new results seemed to confirm older data based on biochemical and electron microscopy experiments. Recently, however, it was recognized that multiple countings of the very same fluorescently labeled protein molecule can be easily confused with true protein clusters. Various strategies have been developed, which are intended to solve the problem of discriminating true protein clusters from imaging artifacts. We believe that there is currently no perfect algorithm for this problem; instead, different approaches have different strengths and weaknesses. In this review, we discuss single molecule localization microscopy in view of its ability to detect nanoclusters of membrane proteins. To capture the different views on nanoclustering, we chose an unconventional style for this article: we placed its scientific content in the setting of a fictive conference, where five researchers from different fields discuss the problem of detecting and quantifying nanoclusters. Using this style, we feel that the different approaches common for different research areas can be well illustrated. Similarities to a short story by Raymond Carver are not unintentional.
single molecule microscopy, plasma membrane, protein nanocluster, superresolution microscopy, photophysics
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