Studying sars-cov-2 with fluorescence microscopy

Lidia V. Putlyaeva, Konstantin A. Lukyanov

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus deeply affected the world community. It gave a strong impetus to the development of not only approaches to diagnostics and therapy, but also fundamental research of the molecular biology of this virus. Fluorescence microscopy is a powerful technology enabling detailed investigation of virus–cell interactions in fixed and live samples with high specificity. While spatial resolution of conventional fluorescence microscopy is not sufficient to resolve all virus-related structures, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy can solve this problem. In this paper, we review the use of fluorescence microscopy to study SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses. The prospects for the application of the recently developed advanced methods of fluorescence labeling and microscopy—which in our opinion can provide important information about the molecular biology of SARS-CoV-2—are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6558
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2021


  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Genetically encoded probes
  • Live cell fluorescence imaging
  • Protein labeling
  • RNA labeling
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy


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