Spatio-temporal protein dynamics in single living cells

John M Ankers, Dave G Spiller, Michael Rh White, Claire V Harper

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The development and application of single cell optical imaging has identified dynamic and oscillatory signalling processes in individual cells. This requires single cell analyses since the processes may otherwise be masked by the population average. These oscillations range in timing from seconds/minutes (e.g. calcium) to minutes/hours (e.g. NF-kappaB, Notch/Wnt and p53) and hours/days (e.g. circadian clock and cell cycle). Quantitative live cell measurement of the protein processes underlying these complex networks will allow characterisation of the core mechanisms that drive these signalling pathways and control cell function. Ultimately, such studies can be applied to develop predictive models of whole tissues and organisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-80
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2008


  • NF-kappa B/metabolism
  • Proteins/metabolism
  • Signal Transduction


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