Single-Particle Tracking of Cell Surface Proteins
Single-particle tracking has been used extensively to advance our understanding of the plasma membrane and the mechanisms controlling the movement of cell surface proteins. These studies provide fundamental insights into the regulation of membrane receptor activation and the assembly of signaling clusters. Here, we describe a method to label and track B cell receptor (BCR) and other cell surface proteins and how this method can be adapted to simultaneously track two molecular species or examine the movement of membrane proteins in relation to membrane microdomains. We recently used this method to study the role of the actin cytoskeleton in the regulation of B cell receptor dynamics at the cell surface.
Key wordsSingle-particle tracking SPT Membrane proteins Protein dynamics