Using time-lapse fluorescence microscopy to study gene regulation

Fan Zou, Lu Bai

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Time-lapse fluorescence microscopy is a powerful tool to study gene regulation. By probing fluorescent signals in single cells over extended period of time, this method can be used to study the dynamics, noise, movement, memory, inheritance, and coordination, of gene expression during cell growth, development, and differentiation. In combination with a flow-cell device, it can also measure gene regulation by external stimuli. Due to the single cell nature and the spatial/temporal capacity, this method can often provide information that is hard to get using other methods. Here, we review the standard experimental procedures and new technical developments in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-145
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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