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Nuclear transport of single molecules: dwell times at the nuclear pore complex
Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Publications and Presentations
  • Ulrich Kubitscheck, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat
  • David Grunwald, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Andreas Hoekstra, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat
  • Daniel Rohleder, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat
  • Thorsten Kues, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat
  • Jan Peter Siebrasse, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat
  • Reiner Peters, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; RNA Therapeutics Institute
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Active Transport, Cell Nucleus; Antibodies; Binding Sites; Green Fluorescent Proteins; HeLa Cells; Heterogeneous-Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein Group A-B; Humans; Immunohistochemistry; Kinetics; Membrane Glycoproteins; Microscopy, Fluorescence; Models, Molecular; Molecular Chaperones; Nuclear Envelope; Nuclear Localization Signals; Nuclear Pore; Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins; Nucleocytoplasmic Transport Proteins; Pregnancy Proteins; Protein Binding; Recombinant Proteins; Ribonucleoproteins; Thymus Hormones; Transfection; beta Karyopherins; ran GTP-Binding Protein
The mechanism by which macromolecules are selectively translocated through the nuclear pore complex (NPC) is still essentially unresolved. Single molecule methods can provide unique information on topographic properties and kinetic processes of asynchronous supramolecular assemblies with excellent spatial and time resolution. Here, single-molecule far-field fluorescence microscopy was applied to the NPC of permeabilized cells. The nucleoporin Nup358 could be localized at a distance of 70 nm from POM121-GFP along the NPC axis. Binding sites of NTF2, the transport receptor of RanGDP, were observed in cytoplasmic filaments and central framework, but not nucleoplasmic filaments of the NPC. The dwell times of NTF2 and transportin 1 at their NPC binding sites were 5.8 +/- 0.2 and 7.1 +/- 0.2 ms, respectively. Notably, the dwell times of these receptors were reduced upon binding to a specific transport substrate, suggesting that translocation is accelerated for loaded receptor molecules. Together with the known transport rates, our data suggest that nucleocytoplasmic transport occurs via multiple parallel pathways within single NPCs.
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Kubitscheck U, Grünwald D, Hoekstra A, Rohleder D, Kues T, Siebrasse JP, Peters R. Nuclear transport of single molecules: dwell times at the nuclear pore complex. J Cell Biol. 2005 Jan 17;168(2):233-43. Link to article on publisher's site


At the time of publication, David Grünwald was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Ulrich Kubitscheck, David Grunwald, Andreas Hoekstra, Daniel Rohleder, et al.. "Nuclear transport of single molecules: dwell times at the nuclear pore complex" Vol. 168 Iss. 2 (2005) ISSN: 0021-9525 (Linking)
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