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Visualization and Manipulation of Actin Cytoskeleton with Small-Molecular Probes
preprintsubmitted on 08.05.2020, 11:05 and posted on 11.05.2020, 10:03 by Takeru Takagi, Tasuku Ueno, Keisuke Ikawa, Daisuke Asanuma, Yusuke Nomura, Shin-nosuke Uno, Toru Komatsu, Mako Kamiya, Kenjiro Hanaoka, Chika Okimura, Yoshiaki Iwadate, Kenzo Hirose, Tetsuo Nagano, Kaoru Sugimura, Yasuteru Urano
Actin is a ubiquitous cytoskeletal protein, forming a dynamic network that generates mechanical forces in the cell. Here, in order to dissect the complex mechanisms of actin-related cellular functions, we introduce two powerful tools based on a new class of actin-binding small molecule: one enables visualization of the actin cytoskeleton, including super-resolution imaging, and the other enables highly specific green-light-controlled fragmentation of actin filaments, affording unprecedented control of the actin cytoskeleton and its force network in living cells.