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Biophys J. 2000 Oct;79(4):1833-49.

Dynamics of the mitochondrial reticulum in live cells using Fourier imaging correlation spectroscopy and digital video microscopy.

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Department of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA.

Abstract

We report detailed studies of the dynamics of the mitochondrial reticulum in live cells using two independent experimental techniques: Fourier imaging correlation spectroscopy and digital video fluorescence microscopy. When both methods are used to study the same system, it is possible to directly compare measurements of preaveraged statistical dynamical quantities with their microscopic counterparts. This approach allows the underlying mechanism of the observed rates to be determined. Our results indicate that the dynamics of the reticulum structure is composed of two independent contributions, each important on very different time and length scales. During short time intervals (1-15 sec), local regions of the reticulum primarily undergo constrained thermally activated motion. During long time intervals (>15 sec), local regions of the reticulum undergo long-range "jump" motions that are associated with the action of cytoskeletal filaments. Although the frequency of the jumps depend on the physiological state of the cells, the average jump distance ( approximately 0.8 microm) is unaffected by metabolic activity. During short time intervals, the dynamics appear to be spatially heterogeneous, whereas the cumulative effect of the infrequent jumps leads to the appearance of diffusive motion in the limit of long time intervals.

PMID:
11023889
PMCID:
PMC1301075
DOI:
10.1016/S0006-3495(00)76433-2
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