Simple methods for quantifying super-resolved cortical actin

Evelyn Garlick, Emma L. Faulkner, Stephen J. Briddon, Steven G. Thomas

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Cortical actin plays a key role in cell movement and division, but has also been implicated in the organisation of cell surface receptors such as G protein-coupled receptors. The actin mesh proximal to the inner membrane forms small fenced regions, or ‘corrals’, in which receptors can be constrained. Quantification of the actin mesh at the nanoscale has largely been attempted in single molecule datasets and electron micrographs. This work describes the development and validation of workflows for analysis of super resolved fixed cortical actin images obtained by both Super Resolved Radial Fluctuations (SRRF) and expansion microscopy (ExM). SRRF analysis was used to show a significant increase in corral area when treating cells with the actin disrupting agent cytochalasin D (increase of 0.31µm2 ± 0.04 SEM), and ExM analysis allowed for the quantitation of actin filament densities. Thus this work allows complex actin networks to be quantified from su
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2021


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