Segregation of molecules at cell division reveals native protein localization
Author(s)Landgraf, Dirk; Okumus, Burak; Chien, Peter; Baker, Tania; Paulsson, Johan
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We introduce a nonintrusive method exploiting single-cell variability after cell division to validate protein localization. We found that Clp proteases, widely reported to form biologically relevant foci, were uniformly distributed in Escherichia coli cells, and that many commonly used fluorescent proteins caused severe mislocalization when fused to homo-oligomers. Retagging five other reportedly foci-forming proteins with the most monomeric fluorescent protein tested suggests that the foci were caused by the fluorescent tags.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biology; Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
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Landgraf, Dirk, Burak Okumus, Peter Chien, Tania A Baker, and Johan Paulsson. “Segregation of molecules at cell division reveals native protein localization.” Nature Methods 9, no. 5 (April 8, 2012): 480-482.
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