Excess of neutral lipids in cells has been found to be a prime suspect in various disease states, from Alzheimer’s to Atherosclerosis. In order to more easily characterize this state, Marker Gene Technology have developed an easy-to-use fluorescent kit to label and differentiate both neutral and polar lipids in live cells.
Despite its importance in the regulation of many cellular processes, membrane tension is still complicated to measure. And despite valuable insights, the techniques currently available remain complex and present technical limitations. To overcome these drawbacks, Spirochrome have developed the first probe for fluorescence microscopy in the field of mechanobiology, that specifically targets the plasma membrane of cells and reports membrane tension through changes in its fluorescence lifetime : the Flipper-TR® probe.