Fluorescent Proteins

A team of scientists led by Daniela Dieterich from CalTech have developed a new fluorescent imaging technique to precisely trace the growth and migration of individual proteins in the brain. In a paper published in this month’s Nature Neuroscience, Dietrich’s team produced these stunning images of fluorescent neurons studded with nascent proteins:

Visualization of newly synthesized proteins in dissociated primary hippocampal neurons. (Dietrich et al, Nature Neuroscience, July 2010)

The scientists describe their technique in the paper’s abstract:

“This technique can be used to detect changes in protein synthesis and to evaluate the fate of proteins synthesized in different cellular compartments.”

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Noah Hutton

Noah Hutton is a film director and curator, and was named a 2015 Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience and Art.

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