Studying cytoskeletal dynamics in living cells using green fluorescent protein

Yisang Yoon, Kelly Pitts, Mark McNiven

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Microfilaments, intermediate filaments, and microtubules are three major cytoskeletal systems providing cells with stability to maintain proper shape. Although the word "cytoskeleton" implicates rigidity, it is quite dynamic exhibiting constant changes within cells. In addition to providing cell stability, it participates in a variety of essential and dynamic cellular processes including cell migration, cell division, intracellular transport, vesicular trafficking, and organelle morphogenesis. During the past eight years since the green fluorescent protein (GFP) was first used as a marker for the exogenous gene expression, it has been an especially booming era for live cell observations of intracellular movement of many proteins. Because of the dynamic behavior of the cytoskeleton in the cell, GFP has naturally been a vital part of the studies of the cytoskeleton and its associated proteins. In this article, we will describe the advantage of using GFP and how it has been used to study cytoskeletal proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-250
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology - Part B Molecular Biotechnology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 4 2002


  • Cytoskeleton
  • Dynamics
  • GFP
  • Living cells
  • Motors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology


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