Rapid Imaging of BCL-2 Family Interactions in Live Cells Using FLIM-FRET
The Bcl-2 proteins control cell death via interchanging interactions within the Bcl-2 family. Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) is used to detect Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) between two fluorescent-fusion proteins in live cells. FLIM-FRET has been used to detect specific interactions and their disruption, for Bcl-2 family proteins. To date, this has been possible only in low throughput, due to the time required for serial data acquisition. We developed an automated optical system with eight parallel detectors for rapid and efficient data collection. Here we describe how to use this system for FLIM-FRET imaging of Bcl-2 family protein interactions in a 384-well plate format.
Key wordsFLIM-FRET FLIM Hyperspectral High throughput Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy mCerulean3 Bcl-2 family BH3 mimetic
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