CFP toxicity

Paul Kitts kitts at NCBI.NLM.NIH.GOV
Thu Oct 7 12:43:21 EST 1999

CFP has a much lower quantum efficiency than GFP or YFP. If your pollen tubes 
are growing in the light, maybe the high level of CFP is producing enough free 
radicals to affect growth. If this was the problem, the CFP should not affect 
the pollen tubes in the dark.

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To: fluorpro at net.bio.net
From: benedikt at ima.org.sg ("Benedikt Kost")
Subject: CFP toxicity
Date: 4 Oct 1999 21:56:36 -0700

Dear all

I have found that transient expression of CFP (ECFP, clontech) at high
levels affects the growth of tobacco pollen tubes, wheres GFP and YFP
expression does not!

Did anyone observe specific toxicity of CFP (but not GFP and YFP) expression
in any other cell type? If so, did anyone find a way around this? Not all
the point mutations in ECFP are apparently required for the change in
fluorescence characteristics, so maybe reverting some of the mutations to
wild type may reduce toxicity without altering fluorescence excitation and
emission spectra?

I am greatful for any comments!



Dr. Benedikt Kost
Lab of Plant Cell Biology
Institute of Molecular Agrobiology
National University of Singapore
1, Research Link
Singapore, 117604

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email benedikt at ima.org.sg

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