Live-cell imaging of single receptor composition using zero-mode waveguide nanostructures. Academic Article uri icon


  • We exploit the optical and spatial features of subwavelength nanostructures to examine individual receptors on the plasma membrane of living cells. Receptors were sequestered in portions of the membrane projected into zero-mode waveguides. Using single-step photobleaching of green fluorescent protein incorporated into individual subunits, the resulting spatial isolation was used to measure subunit stoichiometry in 44 and 42 nicotinic acetylcholine and P2X2 ATP receptors. We also show that nicotine and cytisine have differential effects on 42 stoichiometry.

published proceedings

  • Nano Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Richards, C. I., Luong, K., Srinivasan, R., Turner, S. W., Dougherty, D. A., Korlach, J., & Lester, H. A.

citation count

  • 56

complete list of authors

  • Richards, Christopher I||Luong, Khai||Srinivasan, Rahul||Turner, Stephen W||Dougherty, Dennis A||Korlach, Jonas||Lester, Henry A

publication date

  • July 2012