Acquiring Fluorescence Time-lapse Movies of Budding Yeast and Analyzing Single-cell Dynamics using GRAFTS
Author(s)Zopf, Christopher J.; Maheshri, Narendra
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Fluorescence time-lapse microscopy has become a powerful tool in the study of many biological processes at the single-cell level. In particular, movies depicting the temporal dependence of gene expression provide insight into the dynamics of its regulation; however, there are many technical challenges to obtaining and analyzing fluorescence movies of single cells. We describe here a simple protocol using a commercially available microfluidic culture device to generate such data, and a MATLAB-based, graphical user interface (GUI) -based software package to quantify the fluorescence images. The software segments and tracks cells, enables the user to visually curate errors in the data, and automatically assigns lineage and division times. The GUI further analyzes the time series to produce whole cell traces as well as their first and second time derivatives. While the software was designed for S. cerevisiae, its modularity and versatility should allow it to serve as a platform for studying other cell types with few modifications.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemical Engineering
Journal of Visualized Experiments
Zopf, Christopher J., and Narendra Maheshri. “Acquiring Fluorescence Time-Lapse Movies of Budding Yeast and Analyzing Single-Cell Dynamics Using GRAFTS.” JoVE no. 77 (2013).
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