Single-Chromosome Micromanipulation Experiment
Marko Laboratory, Northwestern University
Field of view is approximately 100 microns.
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Experiments are done most weekdays, usually in the early afternoon.
The objective of this experiment is to study the structure of the
mitotic chromosome, using unique biophysical techniques. We remove
single mitotic chromosomes from dividing cells using micropipettes.
Then, we suspend one chromosome between two pipettes, allowing us
to measure its elasticity via bending of one pipette.
In some experiments
we spray the chromosome with biochemicals which make specific
changes in its structure: we then observe changes via video
microscopy and force measurement.
This experiment was developed by
Mike Poirier (UIC Ph.D. 2001),
Lisa Pope (UIC postdoctoral researcher 2003-2005),
Chee Xiong (UIC M.Eng. 2005),
Ryo Kawamura (UIC Ph.D. student 2005-2008),
Mingxuan Sun (Northwestern Ph.D. student, 2007-2013),
Jessica Hornick (NU postdoctoral researcher 2012-present),
and Andrew Stephens (NU postdoctoral researcher, 2013-present).
Supported by National Science Foundation Grants
MCB-0240998 and MCB-1022117,
and National Institutes of Health Grants
1U54HD076188 (NU Center for Reproductive Research After Disease),
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