gfp in plants

Stefan Gruenwald grunwald at netcom.com
Sat Mar 23 21:24:16 EST 1996

Robert Lamarche (robert at bio1.lan.mcgill.ca) wrote:
: We have introduced Jim Haseloff's 35S-GFP construct into plants.  Several
: independent transformants from independent transformations display green
: fluorescence specific to the guard cells.  No other green fluorescence is
: observed in the transformants; no green fluorescence is observed in any
: cell type in the controls.  We have tried both FITC on the fluorescent
: microscope and confocal imaging and only find this guard cell specific
: signal. This cell specificity has surprised us.  Has any one else made a
: similar observation or are we looking at some artifact?  Any comments from
: people working with GFP in plants would be much appreciated.

: Candace Waddell

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Dear Candace:

Please give use more details regarding the gene construct you used. An 
observation from Beachy's lab at Scripps comes to mind where he inserted 
the wt GFP gene into tobacco plants and none of them showed any 
fluorescence exept one tiny green spot in one of the plants. He looked 
deeper into that phenomenon and found that he had cloned some 3' 
untranslated sequence together with the GFP into his expression vector. 
The plasmid recovered from the green spot had a deletion of this 3' 
untranslated sequence. It turned out that this sequence suppresses the 
expression of GFP in his plants. It might be a tissue-specific 
suppression - so please check whether you cloned the GFP ORF only or 
had some UTR attached to it.

Hope that helps.

With best regards

Stefan Gruenwald

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