Spatial Fourier analysis of video photobleaching measurements. Principles and optimization.

Biophysical journal

PubMedID: 1912279

Tsay TT, Jacobson KA. Spatial Fourier analysis of video photobleaching measurements. Principles and optimization. Biophys J. 1991;60(2):360-8.
The major use of the fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) technique is to measure the translational motion of the molecular components in various condensed media. In a conventional laser spot photobleaching experiment, a photomultiplier is used to measure the total brightness levels of the bleached region in the sample, so no spatial information can be directly obtained. In video-FRAP, a series of images after photobleaching is acquired, allowing the spatial character of the recovery to be determined; this permits direct detection of both anisotropic diffusion and flow. To utilize all of the available image data to determine the transport coefficients, a two-dimensional spatial Fourier transform analysis of the images after photobleaching was employed. The change in the transform between two time points reflects the action of diffusion during the interim. An important advantage of this method, which involves taking the ratio of image transforms at different time points, is that it does not require a specific initial condition to be created by laser photobleaching. The ability of the analysis to extract transport coefficients from computer-simulated diffusional recovery is assessed in the presence of increasing amounts of noise. Experimental data analysis from the diffusion of proteins in viscous solutions and from the diffusion of protein receptors on cell surfaces demonstrate the feasibility of the Fourier analysis to obtain transport coefficients from the video FRAP measurement.