New Technique Visualizes Mechanical Structure of Cell Nucleus for First Time

The cell nucleus is considered to be the control center of vital cellular processes, but its material properties continue to puzzle scientists. An international research team led by MedUni Vienna scientists has now developed a new technique that provides a previously unattainable view of the mechanical properties inside this control center. For the first time, it has been possible to visualize over time its peculiar dynamic structural features in living cells, which appear to be crucial for cell function. The study results, published January 18, 2024 in Nature Photonics, can contribute to a better understanding of the fundamental processes of life. The article is titled “Brillouin Light Scattering Anisotropy Microscopy for Imaging the Viscoelastic Anisotropy in Living Cells.”
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