2015 was marked by the increasing number of studies related to cellular cytoskeletal dynamics. In this context, it should be noted that the new generation of live cell-imaging SiR-Actin & SiR-Tubulin stains have been widely embraced by Life Scientists. Launched a few months ago, these fluorescent probes are now regularly cited in the “Material & Methods” section of numerous prestigious publications as indicated by Ali (see his the posts “Live cell imaging tool SiR-actin on JBC frontcover” and “User experience of SiR-Actin and SiR-Tubulin Live Cell Imaging“).
Nevertheless, cytoskeletal interactions are still widely studied in “fixed” cells. In the same manner as for live cell-imaging, these experimental assays require high quality reagents too. With the help of our friends from Cystoskeleton Inc., we have selected 9 premium research tools validated for actin visualization in PFA-fixed cells.