Workgroup 1 Review published in Nucleus

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

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Probing the 3D architecture of the plant nucleus with microscopy approaches: challenges and solutions.

Dumur T, Duncan S, Graumann K, Desset S, Randall RS, Scheid OM, Prodanov D, Tatout C, Baroux C (2019) Probing the 3D architecture of the plant nucleus with microscopy approaches: challenges and solutions. Nucleus. 10(1):181-212. doi: 10.1080/19491034.2019.1644592

The eukaryotic cell nucleus is a central organelle whose architecture determines genome function at multiple levels. Deciphering nuclear organizing principles influencing cellular responses and identity is a timely challenge. Despite many similarities between plant and animal nuclei, plant nuclei present intriguing specificities. Complementary to molecular and biochemical approaches, 3D microscopy is indispensable for resolving nuclear architecture. However, novel solutions are required for capturing cell-specific, sub-nuclear and dynamic processes. We provide a pointer for utilising high-to-super-resolution microscopy and image processing to probe plant nuclear architecture in 3D at the best possible spatial and temporal resolution and at quantitative and cell-specific levels. High-end imaging and image-processing solutions allow the community now to transcend conventional practices and benefit from continuously improving approaches. These promise to deliver a comprehensive, 3D view of plant nuclear architecture and to capture spatial dynamics of the nuclear compartment in relation to cellular states and responses.