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Label-free tracking and massmeasurement of single proteins onlipid bilayers

By Eric Dylan Benjamin Foley, Manish Kushwah, Gavin Young, Philipp Kukura

Posted 08 Apr 2021
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.04.08.438951

We introduce dynamic mass photometry, a method for label-free imaging, tracking and mass measurement of membrane-associated proteins. Our method enables quantitative studies of their mobility, membrane affinity and interactions at the single molecule level. Application to the membrane remodelling GTPase dynamin1 reveals heterogeneous mixtures of oligomers suggesting that the fundamental building block for oligomerisation is a dimer, challenging current tetramer-centric models. Dynamic mass photometry has the ability to transform our approach to studying biomolecular mechanisms in and on lipid bilayers.

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