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Shedding light on local kinase activation

John D Scott1* and Alexandra C Newton2

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1 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington School of Medicine,1959 Pacific Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98195 USA

2 Department of Pharmacology, University of California at San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

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BMC Biology 2012, 10:61  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-10-61

Published: 17 July 2012


Phosphorylation is the predominant language of cell signaling. And, as with any common language, an abundance of dialects has evolved to convey complex information. We discuss here how biosensors are being used to decode this language, affording an unprecedented glimpse into spatio-temporal patterns of protein phosphorylation events within the cell.