Subdiffraction resolution microscopy methods for analyzing centrosomes organization

Methods Cell Biol. 2015;129:129-152. doi: 10.1016/bs.mcb.2015.03.009. Epub 2015 May 27.


In this chapter, we describe the current methods of examining the structure of centrosomes by fluorescence subdiffraction microscopy. By using recently developed microscopy techniques, centrosomal proteins can now be examined in cells with a resolution of only a few nanometers, a level of molecular detail beyond the reach of traditional cell biology methods as confocal and widefield microscopy. We emphasize imaging by three-dimensional structured illumination microscopy, stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy, and quantitative approaches to image data analysis.

Keywords: 3DSIM; Averaging; Centrosome structure; Fluorescence light microscopy; Macromolecular assembly; PCM; STORM; Subdiffraction imaging; Superresolution imaging.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Centrosome / physiology
  • Centrosome / ultrastructure*
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence / methods