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FRAP analysis of LET-23::GFP in the vulval epithelial cells of living caenorhabditis elegans larvae


Walser, M; Hajnal, A; Escobar-Restrepo, Juan M (2015). FRAP analysis of LET-23::GFP in the vulval epithelial cells of living caenorhabditis elegans larvae. Bio-protocol, 5(11):e1489.

Abstract

The Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) vulva is a well-established system to study organ development as the molecular mechanisms that govern its formation are conserved in animals. Of special interest is the EGFR/RAS/MAPK signaling pathway that is required for fate acquisition and morphogenesis of the vulva. let-23 encodes the sole homologue of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), is expressed at the plasma membrane of the vulval precursor cells (VPCs) and is activated by LIN-3 EGF at the end of the L3 larval stage to initiate vulva development. LET-23 activity can be modulated through altering its subcellular and plasma membrane localization. To study the trafficking of EGF receptor in a living organism, we created a functional LET-23::GFP translational reporter worm line (Haag et al., 2014) and quantified the mobile fraction of LET-23::GFP at the basolateral membrane of the VPCs by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). Here we describe the protocol for LET-23::GFP FRAP at the basolateral membrane of the VPCs and the data analysis using FIJI (ImageJ).

The Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) vulva is a well-established system to study organ development as the molecular mechanisms that govern its formation are conserved in animals. Of special interest is the EGFR/RAS/MAPK signaling pathway that is required for fate acquisition and morphogenesis of the vulva. let-23 encodes the sole homologue of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), is expressed at the plasma membrane of the vulval precursor cells (VPCs) and is activated by LIN-3 EGF at the end of the L3 larval stage to initiate vulva development. LET-23 activity can be modulated through altering its subcellular and plasma membrane localization. To study the trafficking of EGF receptor in a living organism, we created a functional LET-23::GFP translational reporter worm line (Haag et al., 2014) and quantified the mobile fraction of LET-23::GFP at the basolateral membrane of the VPCs by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). Here we describe the protocol for LET-23::GFP FRAP at the basolateral membrane of the VPCs and the data analysis using FIJI (ImageJ).

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:5 June 2015
Deposited On:10 Dec 2015 10:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:38
Publisher:Bio-protocol
ISSN:2331-8325
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.bio-protocol.org/e1489
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-116059

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