Single mRNA tracking in live cells.

Hye Yoon Park, Adina R. Buxbaum, Robert H. Singer

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Asymmetric distribution of mRNA is a prevalent phenomenon observed in diverse cell types. The posttranscriptional movement and localization of mRNA provides an important mechanism to target certain proteins to specific cytoplasmic regions of their function. Recent technical advances have enabled real-time visualization of single mRNA molecules in living cells. Studies analyzing the motion of individual mRNAs have shed light on the complex RNA transport system. This chapter presents an overview of general approaches for single particle tracking and some methodologies that are used for single mRNA detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-406
Number of pages20
JournalMethods in enzymology
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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    Park, H. Y., Buxbaum, A. R., & Singer, R. H. (2010). Single mRNA tracking in live cells. Methods in enzymology, 472, 387-406.