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Sci. Signal., 16 September 2008
Vol. 1, Issue 37, p. pt6
[DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.137pt6]


Dynamic Visualization of Signaling Activities in Living Cells

Michael D. Allen, Lisa M. DiPilato, Bharath Ananthanarayanan, Robert H. Newman, Qiang Ni, and Jin Zhang*

Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.

A presentation from the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) at Experimental Biology 2008, San Diego, CA, 6 to 9 April 2008.

Abstract: The complexity and specificity of many forms of signal transduction are widely suspected to require spatial microcompartmentation and dynamic modulation of the activities of protein kinases, phosphatases, and second messengers. However, traditional methodologies for detecting signaling events, such as activation of kinases and second-messenger production and degradation, are limited in their spatiotemporal resolution and do not allow one to follow these events within the live-cell context. To achieve dynamic tracking of signaling activities in living cells, we have engineered genetically encoded fluorescent reporters for protein kinases and second messengers, such as cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and phosphoinositides. Their development and specific examples of their application are discussed. In addition, a live-cell, high-throughput screening method has been developed for identification of new modulators that affect the dynamic activity of kinases and second messengers. Together, these reporters have the potential to provide important spatiotemporal information about the circuitry governing specific signaling events in living cells.

* Presenter and corresponding author. E-mail: jzhang32{at}

Citation: M. D. Allen, L. M. DiPilato, B. Ananthanarayanan, R. H. Newman, Q. Ni, J. Zhang, Dynamic Visualization of Signaling Activities in Living Cells. Sci. Signal. 1, pt6 (2008).

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