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Wed Jun 22 11:40:31 EST 1994

In article <Charolyn_Babichuk-220694132925 at>,
Charolyn_Babichuk at (Charolyn Babichuk) wrote:

> I'm using firefly luciferase as a reporter gene in mammalian T lymphocytes.
>  Although the B-gal standards work fine, the luciferase activity seems to
> be so variable from experiment to experiment.  I know that the enzyme is
> sensitive to light and agitation.  I have been using PMSF and DTT in the
> triton lysis buffer but if anyone knows of anything or any harvesting
> manipulation that can seriously affect the enzymes stability, please e-mail
> me and maybe we can discuss this problem.
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Blue Skies!
> Charolyn
> Charolyn_Babichuk at

I've had similar problems.  I tried using luciferase as an internal
control for my CAT assays in Schneider cell transfections.  I use
a freeze-thaw protocol to lyse the cells and split the extract into
an aliquot for CATs and one for luciferase.  It turned out I got higher
variability in my luciferase assays than in my CAT assays.


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