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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)