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Relative Membrane Potential Measurements Using DISBAC2(3) Fluorescence in Arabidopsis thaliana Primary Roots


In vivo microscopy of plants with high-frequency imaging allows observation and characterization of the dynamic responses of plants to stimuli. It provides access to responses that could not be observed by imaging at a given time point. Such methods are particularly suitable for the observation of fast cellular events such as membrane potential changes. Classical measurement of membrane potential by probe impaling gives quantitative and precise measurements. However, it is invasive, requires specialized equipment, and only allows measurement of one cell at a time. To circumvent some of these limitations, we developed a method to relatively quantify membrane potential variations in Arabidopsis thaliana roots using the fluorescence of the voltage reporter DISBAC2(3). In this protocol, we describe how to prepare experiments for agar media and microfluidics, and we detail the image analysis. We take an example of the rapid plasma membrane depolarization induced by the phytohormone auxin to illustrate the method. Relative membrane potential measurements using DISBAC2(3) fluorescence increase the spatio-temporal resolution of the measurements and are non-invasive and suitable for live imaging of growing roots. Studying membrane potential with a more flexible method allows to efficiently combine mature electrophysiology literature and new molecular knowledge to achieve a better understanding of plant behaviors.
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hal-04530965 , version 1 (03-04-2024)





Shiv Mani Dubey, Matyáš Fendrych, Nelson Bc Serre. Relative Membrane Potential Measurements Using DISBAC2(3) Fluorescence in Arabidopsis thaliana Primary Roots. Bio-protocol , 2023, 13 (14), pp.e4778. ⟨10.21769/BioProtoc.4778⟩. ⟨hal-04530965⟩
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