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Quantitative live imaging of endogenous DNA replication in Mammalian cells


Historically, the analysis of DNA replication in mammalian tissue culture cells has been limited to static time points, and the use of nucleoside analogues to pulse-label replicating DNA. Here we characterize for the first time a novel Chromobody cell line that specifically labels endogenous PCNA. By combining this with high-resolution confocal time-lapse microscopy, and with a simplified analysis workflow, we were able to produce highly detailed, reproducible, quantitative 4D data on endogenous DNA replication. The increased resolution allowed accurate classification and segregation of S phase into early-, mid-, and late-stages based on the unique subcellular localization of endogenous PCNA. Surprisingly, this localization was slightly but significantly different from previous studies, which utilized over-expressed GFP tagged forms of PCNA. Finally, low dose exposure to Hydroxyurea caused the loss of mid- and late-S phase localization patterns of endogenous PCNA, despite cells eventually completing S phase. Taken together, these results indicate that this simplified method can be used to accurately identify and quantify DNA replication under multiple and various experimental conditions. PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e45726. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0045726. Epub 2012 Sep 20.

Type Journal
ISBN 1932-6203 (Electronic) 1932-6203 (Linking)
Authors Burgess, A.; Lorca, T.; Castro, A.;
Garvan Authors Dr Andrew Burgess
Publisher Name PLoS ONE
Published Date 2012-01-01 00:00:00
Published Volume 7
Published Issue 9
Published Pages e45726
Status Published In-print
OpenAccess Link Burgess PlosOne_.pdf