In the loop: Building a holistic vision of a single cell

the Slavov laboratory has developed Single Cell ProtEomics by Mass Spectrometry (SCoPE-MS) and uses SCoPE-MS for measuring proteome configurations of single cells and linking them to functional phenotypes, such as cell type and differentiation potentials, as well as for studying post-transcriptional regulation in single cells.

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Integrated time-lapse and single-cell transcription studies highlight the variable and dynamic nature of human hematopoietic cell fate commitment

Author summary Hematopoietic stem cells are classically defined as a specific category of cells at the top of the hierarchy that can differentiate all blood cell types following step-by-step the instructions of a deterministic program. We have analysed this process, and our findings support a much more dynamic view than previously described. We apply time-lapse microscopy coupled to single-cell molecular analyses in human hematopoietic stem cells and find that fate decision is not a unique, programmed event but a process of spontaneous variation and selective stabilisation reminiscent of trial–error processes. We show that each cell explores (at its own pace and independently of cell division) many different possibilities before reaching a stable combination of genes to be expressed. Our results suggest, therefore, that multipotency seems to be more like a transitory state than a feature of a specific cell category.

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