Abstract

Imaging the spatiotemporal interaction of proteins in vivo is essential to understanding the complexities of biological systems. The highest accuracy monitoring of protein–protein interactions is achieved using Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) measured by fluorescence lifetime imaging, with measurements taking minutes to acquire a single frame, limiting their use in dynamic live cell systems. We present a diffraction limited, massively parallel, time-resolved multifocal multiphoton microscope capable of producing fluorescence lifetime images with 55 ps time-resolution, giving improvements in acquisition speed of a factor of 64. We present demonstrations with FRET imaging in a model cell system and demonstrate in vivo FLIM using a GTPase biosensor in the zebrafish embryo.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

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