Andrea Picco

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Correlative electron and fluorescence microscopy has the potential to elucidate the ultrastructural details of dynamic and rare cellular events, but has been limited by low precision and sensitivity. Here we present a method for direct mapping of signals originating from ∼20 fluorescent protein molecules to 3D electron tomograms with a precision of less(More)
Clathrin-mediated endocytosis is an essential process that forms vesicles from the plasma membrane. Although most of the protein components of the endocytic protein machinery have been thoroughly characterized, their organization at the endocytic site is poorly understood. We developed a fluorescence microscopy method to track the average positions of yeast(More)
The application of fluorescence and electron microscopy to the same specimen allows the study of dynamic and rare cellular events at ultrastructural detail. Here, we present a correlative microscopy approach, which combines high accuracy of correlation, high sensitivity for detecting faint fluorescent signals, as well as robustness and reproducibility to(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF) is the master determinant for the activation of the angiogenic program leading to the formation of new blood vessels to sustain solid tumor growth and metastasis. VEGF specific binding to VEGF receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) triggers different signaling pathways, including phospholipase C-γ (PLC-γ) and Akt cascades, crucial(More)
In this paper we consider the modeling of a selected portion of signal transduction events involved in the angiogenesis process. The detailed model of this process contains a large number of parameters and the data available from wet-lab experiments are not sufficient to obtain reliable estimates for all of them. To overcome this problem, we suggest ways to(More)
In this paper we consider the modeling of a portion of the signal transduction pathway involved in the angiogenic process. The detailed model of this process is affected by a high level of complexity due to the functional properties that are represented and the size of its state space. To overcome these problems, we suggest approaches to simplify the(More)
The structural characterization of protein complexes in their native environment is challenging but crucial for understanding the mechanisms that mediate cellular processes. We developed an integrative approach to reconstruct the 3D architecture of protein complexes in vivo. We applied this approach to the exocyst, a hetero-octameric complex of unknown(More)
In a previous paper (Picco et al., 2015), the dynamic architecture of the protein machinery during clathrin-mediated endocytosis was visualized using a new live imaging and particle tracking method. Here, by combining this approach with correlative light and electron microscopy, we address the role of clathrin in this process. During endocytosis, clathrin(More)
Endocytosis is a complex and dynamic process that involves dozens of different proteins to define the site of endocytosis, form a membrane invagination, and pinch off a membrane vesicle into the cytoplasm. Fluorescent light microscopy is a powerful tool to visualize the dynamic behaviors of the proteins taking part in the endocytic process. The resolution(More)