Single-cell imaging of ERK signaling using fluorescent biosensors

Michael Pargett, Taryn E. Gillies, Carolyn K. Teragawa, Breanne Sparta, John G. Albeck

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Single-cell analysis of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) provides a means to perform highly detailed kinetic studies, assess heterogeneity between cells, and distinguish the subcellular localization of ERK activity. We describe here the methods needed to perform such measurements in a cell type of the investigator’s choosing. We discuss the selection of appropriate reporters and provide detailed methods for stably introducing reporters, collecting live-cell data, and automatically extracting quantitative information from individual cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages25
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • ERK
  • FRET
  • Live-cell microscopy
  • MAPK
  • Single cell
  • Translocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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