Visualizing the Signal Transduction Pathways in Living Cells with GFP-Based FRET Probes

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Author(s)

    • KUROKAWA Kazuo
    • Department of Tumor Virology, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University
    • TAKAYA Akiyuki
    • Department of Tumor Virology, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University
    • TERAI Kenta
    • Department of Tumor Virology, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University
    • FUJIOKA Aki
    • Department of Tumor Virology, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University
    • MATSUDA Michiyuki
    • Department of Tumor Virology, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University

Abstract

Visualizing how signals are transmitted within a living cell has long been a goal of molecular biologists, which has now been realized by probes based on the principle of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). Variants of green fluorescent protein (GFP) enabled the preparation of genetically-encoded FRET probes, and their application has been expanded for use in many areas of biology. The GFP-based FRET probes can be classified as belonging to one of two types, intermolecular and intramolecular FRET probes. The merit of the intermolecular FRET probe lies in the ease of preparation of the probes, whereas the merit of the intramolecular FRET probe lies in the high signal-to-noise ratio. Although these GFP-based probes are powerful tools for the visualization of signal transduction cascades, numerous pitfalls remain associated with this technique. Here, we provide an overview of the GFP-based FRET probes and discuss these issues.<br>

Journal

  • ACTA HISTOCHEMICA ET CYTOCHEMICA

    ACTA HISTOCHEMICA ET CYTOCHEMICA 37(6), 347-355, 2004-11-01

    JAPAN SOCIETY OF HISTOCHEMISTRY AND CYTOCHEMISTRY

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Cited by:  1

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    110003161214
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00508022
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    Journal Article
  • ISSN
    00445991
  • Data Source
    CJP  CJPref  NII-ELS  J-STAGE  NDL-Digital 
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