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TNF-α influences the lateral dynamics of TNF receptor I in living cells

Heidbreder, M., Zander, C., Malkusch, S., Widera, D. ORCID:, Kaltschmidt, B., Kaltschmidt, C., Nair, D., Choquet, D., Sibarita, J.-B. and Heilemann, M. (2012) TNF-α influences the lateral dynamics of TNF receptor I in living cells. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Molecular Cell Research, 1823 (10). pp. 1984-1989. ISSN 0167-4889

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.bbamcr.2012.06.026


In mammalian cells, inflammation is mainly mediated by the binding of tumor necrosis factor alpha to tumor necrosis factor receptor 1. In this study, we investigated lateral dynamics of TNF-R1 before and after ligand binding using high-density single-particle tracking in combination with photoactivated localization microscopy. Our single-molecule data indicates the presence of tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 with different mobilities in the plasma membrane, suggesting different molecular organizations. Cholesterol depletion led to a decrease of slow receptor species and a strong increase in the average diffusion coefficient. Moreover, as a consequence of tumor necrosis factor-alpha treatment, the mean diffusion coefficient moderately increased while its distribution narrowed. Based on our observation, we propose a refined mechanism on the structural arrangement and activation of tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 in the plasma membrane.

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