Integrated Platform for Monitoring Single-cell MAPK Kinetics in Computer-controlled Temporal Stimulations
Lee, Sung S.
Jeon, Noo L.
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Extracellular response kinase (ERK) is one of the key regulator of cell fate, such as proliferation, differentiation and cell migration. Here, we propose a novel experimental pipeline to learn ERK kinetics by temporal growth factor (GF) stimulation. High signal-to-noise ratio of genetically encoded Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor enables to get a large number of single-cell ERK activity at each time point, while computer-controlled microfluidics fine-tune the temporal stimulation. Using this platform, we observed that static Epidermal growth factor (EGF) stimulation led to transient ERK activation with a significant cell-to-cell variation, while dynamic stimulation of 3′ EGF pulse led to faster adaptation kinetics with no discrepancy. Multiple EGF pulses retriggered ERK activity with respect to frequency of stimulation. We also observed oscillation of ERK activity of each cell at basal state. Introducing of Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitor, U0126, was not only dropping the average of basal activity for 7.5%, but also diminishing oscillatory behavior. Activity level raised up when inhibitor was removed, followed by transient peak of ERK kinetics. We expect this platform to probe Mitogen-associated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling network for systems biology research at single cellular level Show more
Journal / seriesScientific Reports
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PublisherNature Publishing Group
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