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Welcome to the Berro lab!

The Berro lab develops experimental and quantitative methods for cell biology, biochemistry and biophysics to understand the molecular mechanisms of fundamental cellular processes. Our research is currently focused on unraveling how the molecular machinery of clathrin-mediated endocytosis generates forces to deform the plasma membrane and conversely how this machinery senses membrane tension and adapts to it.


New release of the PatchTrackingTools

A new release of the PatchTrackingTools is now available!

This new release now integrates the functionalities of Trackmate to find and track patches. It also fixes many glitches and performance issues. If you have issues or find glitches please contact Julien Berro directly (email: julien dot berro at yale.edu)

Please cite: Berro J, Pollard TD. Mol Biol Cell. 2014 Nov 5;25(22):3515-27. Synergies between Aip1p and capping protein subunits (Acp1p and Acp2p) in clathrin-mediated endocytosis and cell polarization in fission yeast. PMID: 25143407


Two new papers on endocytosis published in Molecular Biology of the Cell

We recently published two new studies on quantitative analysis of clathrin-mediated endocytosis in fission yeast:

Berro J and Pollard TD. Local and global analysis of endocytic patch dynamics in fission yeast.
Molecular Biology of the Cell. 2014 Nov 5;25(22):3501-14. PMID: 25143395


Berro J and Pollard TD. Synergies between Aip1p and capping protein subunits (Acp1p and Acp2p) in clathrin mediated endocytosis and cell polarization in fission yeast. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 2014 Nov 5;25(22):3515-27. PMID: 25143407

The first paper presents new methods to collect and analyze quantitative microscopy data. We describe a new “temporal super-resolution” method to realign datasets obtained with low temporal resolution and reconstruct a signal with higher temporal resolution. This method allowed us to demonstrate the high reproducibility of endocytic events in fission yeast, and to show that endocytic vesicles move with a diffusive motion that is modulated by actin disassembly. In this paper, we also present a new method to automatically estimate the number of endocytic events in a cell at a given time point.

Application of these new methods allowed us to demonstrate in a second paper that Aip1p caps the barbed ends of actin filaments in a specific context and can be replaced by the canonical capping protein heterodimer Acp1p/Acp2p. However, Aip1p cannot replace Acp1p/Acp2p. Our data also point out new independent functions for Acp1p and Acp2p in cell polarity. Finally, our quantitative analysis allowed us to infer geometric properties of the endocytic structures and to show that the actin meshwork compresses before scission of the endocytic vesicle.

Berro 2014b - Figure 7 - WT only


Julien Berro @ ASCB Meeting 2013

ASCB meeting 2013Julien Berro will be at the ASCB meeting in New Orleans, December 14 – 18, 2013. Come to his ePoster talk on Sunday and his poster on Tuesday.

Title: A new “temporal super-resolution” method unravels new features in actin dynamics during clathrin-mediated endocytosis

ePoster talk:
Room 232
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 12:00-1:30 pm

Board Number: B124  (Abstract 1825)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM