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Retrograde trophic signaling of nerve growth factor (NGF) supports neuronal survival and differentiation. Dysregulated trophic signaling could lead to various neurological disorders. Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2B (CMT2B) is one of the most common inherited peripheral neuropathies characterized by severe terminal axonal loss. Genetic analysis of human CMT2B… (More)
The dynamics of cargo movement in axons encodes crucial information about the underlying regulatory mechanisms of the axonal transport process in neurons, a central problem in understanding many neurodegenerative diseases. Quantitative analysis of cargo dynamics in axons usually includes three steps: (1) acquiring time-lapse image series, (2) localizing… (More)
Nerve growth factor (NGF) signaling begins at the nerve terminal, where it binds and activates membrane receptors and subsequently carries the cell-survival signal to the cell body through the axon. A recent study revealed that the majority of endosomes contain a single NGF molecule, which makes single-molecule imaging an essential tool for NGF studies.… (More)
The normal function of neurons depends on the integrity of microtubule-dependent transport of cellular materials and organelles to/from their cell bodies or axon terminus. In this chapter, we describe the design and implementation of a fluorescence imaging method to visualize axonal transport in neurons directly. We combine a pseudo total internal… (More)
Charge transfer (CT) in DNA offers a unique approach for the detection of a single-base mismatch in a DNA molecule. While the single-base mismatch would significantly affect the CT in DNA, the kinetic basis for the drastic decrease in the CT efficiency through DNA containing mismatches still remains unclear. Recently, we determined the rate constants of the… (More)
The photochromic molecule diarylethene works as a "toggle switch" for biocompatible fluorescence polymer dots and enables fluorescence switching in biological samples.
Here, we demonstrate that biomolecule-directed metal clusters are applicable in the study of hard X-ray excited optical luminescence, promising a new direction in the development of novel X-ray-activated imaging probes.