Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 58, Issue 36, pp 4519–4527

Super-resolution microscopy of live cells using single molecule localization

Invited Review Biophysics

Abstract

The resolution of conventional light microscopy is insufficient for subcelluar studies. The invention of various super-resolution imaging techniques breaks the diffraction barrier and pushes the resolution limit towards the nanometer scale. Here, we focus on a category of super-resolution microscopy that relies on the stochastic activation and precise localization of single molecules. A diversity of fluorescent probes with different characteristics has been developed to achieve super-resolution imaging. In addition, with the implementation of robust localization algorithms, this family of approaches has been expanded to multi-color, three-dimensional and live cell imaging, which provides a promising prospect in biological research.

Keywords

resolution super-resolution microscopy single molecules fluorescent probes localization algorithms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Life Science and TechnologyHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  2. 2.School of Life ScienceUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  3. 3.Institute of BiophysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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