Measuring the flow of molecules in cells.
Elizabeth Hinde, Francesco Cardarelli
Biophysical Reviews | Published : 2011
No methods proposed thus far have the capability to measure molecular flow in live cells at the single molecule level. Here, we review the potentiality of a newly established method based on the spatial correlation of fluorescence fluctuations at a pair of points in the sample (pair correlation method). The pair correlation function (pCF) offers a unique tool to probe the directionality of intracellular traffic, by measuring the accessibility of the cellular landscape and its role in determining the diffusive routes adopted by molecules. The sensitivity of the pCF method toward detection of barriers means that different structural elements of the cell can be tested in terms of penetrability ..View full abstract