Optical trapping in plant cells

Tijs Ketelaar*, Norbert de Ruijter, Stefan Niehren

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Optical tweezers allow for noninvasive manipulation of subcellular compartments to study their physical interactions and attachments. By measuring (delay of) displacements, (semi)quantitative force measurements within a living cell can be performed. In this chapter, we provide practical tips for setting up such experiments paying special attention to the technical considerations for integrating optical tweezers into a confocal microscope. Next, we describe experimental approaches we have taken to trap intracellular structures in plant cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and protocols
EditorsF. Cvrcková, V. Zárský
Place of PublicationHertfordshire
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781493994694
ISBN (Print)9781493994687
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Confocal microscope
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Endomembrane system
  • Noninvasive manipulation
  • Optical trap
  • Optical tweezers
  • Plant cell

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