Analytical tools for characterizing heterogeneity in organelle contentCurrent Opinion in Chemical Biology (2012)
Heterogeneity in the content and function of subcellular organelles on the intercellular and intracellular level plays an important role in determining cell fate. These variations extend to normal-state and disease-state cellular functions and responses to environmental stimuli, such as oxidative stress and therapeutic drugs. Analytical tools to characterize variation in all types of organelles are essential to provide insights that can lead to advances in medicine, such as therapies targeted to specific subcellular regions. In this review, we discuss analytical techniques for interrogating individual intact organelles (e.g. mitochondria and synaptic vesicles) and lysates in a high-throughput manner, including a recently developed nanoscale fluorescence-activated subcellular sorter and techniques based on capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection. We then highlight the advantages that droplet microfluidics offers for probing subcellular heterogeneity.
Publication DateAugust, 2012
Citation InformationRobbyn K. Anand and Daniel T. Chiu. "Analytical tools for characterizing heterogeneity in organelle content" Current Opinion in Chemical Biology Vol. 16 Iss. 3-4 (2012) p. 391 - 399
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robbyn_anand/10/