Patch-Clamp Fluorometry and Its Applications to the Study of Ion Channels

  • Esteban Suárez-Delgado
  • León D. Islas
Part of the Neuromethods book series (NM, volume 152)


Patch-clamp remains the premier technique to study ion channel properties. Among the more useful extensions of patch-clamp, is the simultaneous use of fluorescence and spectroscopic techniques and electrophysiological recording known as patch-clamp fluorometry. This technique permits the simultaneous correlation of ionic current recordings with the activity of electrically silent protein conformational changes reported by the fluorescence measurement. Several recent and ongoing advances in fluorescent probes, genetically encoded fluorescent sensors based on fluorescent proteins or fluorescent noncanonical amino acids are making these methodologies more and more useful in the study of ion channel dynamics and regulation.

Key words

Patch-clamp Patch-clamp fluorometry Electrophysiology Membrane biophysics Ion channels Fluorescence Spectroscopy Live imaging Fluorescent proteins 



Work in the lab of LDI is supported by a grant from CONACYT No.252644; CONACYT-Fronteras de la Ciencia No.77 and DGAPA-PAPIIT IN209515.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esteban Suárez-Delgado
    • 1
  • León D. Islas
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de Medicina, Departamento de FisiologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico

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