Ultrastructure Expansion Microscopy reveals the nanoscale cellular architecture of budding and fission yeast

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The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe have served as invaluable model organisms to study various fundamental and highly conserved cellular processes. While super-resolution (SR) microscopy has in recent years paved the way to a better understanding of the spatial organization of molecules in cells, its wide use in yeast models has remained limited due to the specific know-how and specialized instrumentation required, contrasted with the relative ease of endogenous tagging and live cell fluorescence microscopy in these systems. To facilitate SR microscopy in yeasts, we have extended the ultrastructure expansion microscopy (U-ExM) method to both S. cerevisiae and S. pombe , enabling 4-fold isotropic expansion in both systems. We demonstrate here that U-ExM allows the nanoscale imaging of the microtubule cytoskeleton and its associated spindle pole body (SPB), notably unveiling a conserved Sfi1p/Cdc31p spatial organization on the appendage bridge structure. In S. pombe , we validate the method by quantifying the homeostatic regulation of nuclear pore complex (NPC) number through the cell cycle. Combined with pan-labelling (NHS ester), which provides a global cellular context, U-ExM unveils the subcellular organization of the eukaryote yeast models S. cerevisiae and S. pombe . This easy-to-implement imaging with conventional microscopes provides nanoscale resolution and adds a powerful new method to the already extensive yeast toolbox.

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