An improved chemical fixation method suitable for immunogold localization of green fluorescent protein in the Golgi apparatus of tobacco Bright Yellow (BY-2) cells.

Abstract

In plant systems, the green fluorescent protein (GFP) is increasingly used as a marker to study dynamics of the secretory apparatus using fluorescence microscopy. The purpose of this study was to immunogold localize the GFP, at the electron microscopic level, in a line of tobacco BY-2-cultured cells, expressing a GFP-tagged Golgi glycosyltransferase. To this end we have developed a simple, one-step chemical fixation method that allow good structural preservation and specific labeling with anti-GFP antibodies. Using this method, we have been able to show that an N-glycan GFP-tagged xylosyltransferase is specifically associated with Golgi stacks of BY-2 transformed cells and is preferentially located in medial cisternae. As an alternative to cryofixation methods, such as high-pressure freezing, which requires specialized and expensive equipment not available in most laboratories, this method offers researchers the opportunity to investigate GFP-tagged proteins of the endomembrane system in tobacco BY-2 cells.

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@article{FolletGueye2003AnIC, title={An improved chemical fixation method suitable for immunogold localization of green fluorescent protein in the Golgi apparatus of tobacco Bright Yellow (BY-2) cells.}, author={Marie-Laure Follet-Gueye and Sophie Pagny and Lo{\"{i}c Faye and V{\'e}ronique Gomord and Azeddine Driouich}, journal={The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry : official journal of the Histochemistry Society}, year={2003}, volume={51 7}, pages={931-40} }