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Light microscopy of proteins in their ultrastructural context.

Nature communications (2020-08-02)
Ons M'Saad, Joerg Bewersdorf
ABSTRACT

Resolving the distribution of specific proteins at the nanoscale in the ultrastructural context of the cell is a major challenge in fluorescence microscopy. We report the discovery of a new principle for an optical contrast equivalent to electron microscopy (EM) which reveals the ultrastructural context of the cells with a conventional confocal microscope. By decrowding the intracellular space through 13 to 21-fold physical expansion while simultaneously retaining the proteins, bulk (pan) labeling of the proteome resolves local protein densities and reveals the cellular nanoarchitecture by standard light microscopy.

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