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J Mol Biol. 2016 Jan 29;428(2 Pt A):308-322. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2015.12.020. Epub 2015 Dec 29.

Where Do We Stand with Super-Resolution Optical Microscopy?

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1
Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany.
2
Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany; Institute of Toxicology and Genetics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany; Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. Electronic address: uli@uiuc.edu.

Abstract

Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy has become an invaluable, powerful approach to study biomolecular dynamics and interactions via selective labeling and observation of specific molecules in living cells, tissues and even entire organisms. In this perspective, we present a brief overview of the main techniques and their application to cellular biophysics. We place special emphasis on super-resolution imaging via single-molecule localization microscopy and stimulated emission depletion/reversible saturable optical fluorescence transitions microscopy, and we also briefly address fluorescence fluctuation approaches, notably raster image correlation spectroscopy, as tools to record fast diffusion and transport.

KEYWORDS:

fluorescence correlation spectroscopy; localization microscopy; raster image correlation spectroscopy; stimulated emission depletion microscopy; super-resolution fluorescence microscopy

PMID:
26743847
DOI:
10.1016/j.jmb.2015.12.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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