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Preparation of Plant Material for Analysis of Protein–Nucleic Acid Interactions by FRET-FLIM

Abstract : DNA-binding proteins are involved in the dynamic regulation of various cellular processes such as recombination, replication, and transcription. For investigating dynamic assembly and disassembly of molecular complexes in living cells, fluorescence microscopy represents a tremendous tool in biology. A fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) approach coupled to fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) has been used recently to monitor protein-DNA associations in plant cells. With this approach, the donor fluorophore is a GFP-tagged binding partner expressed in plant cells. A Sytox (R) Orange treatment converts nuclear nucleic acids to FRET acceptors. A decrease of GFP lifetime is due to FRET between donor and acceptor, indicating close association of the GFP binding partner and Sytox (R) Orange-stained DNA. In this chapter, we present a step-by-step protocol for the transient expression in N. benthamiana of GFP-tagged proteins and the fixation and permeabilization procedures used for the preparation of plant material aimed at detecting protein-nucleic acid interactions by FRET-FLIM measurements.
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Maxime Escouboué, Laurent Camborde, Alain Jauneau, Elodie Gaulin, Laurent Deslandes. Preparation of Plant Material for Analysis of Protein–Nucleic Acid Interactions by FRET-FLIM. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1 991, Humana Press Inc., pp.69-77, 2019, Methods in Molecular Biology, 978-1-4939-9458-8; 978-1-4939-9457-1. ⟨10.1007/978-1-4939-9458-8_8⟩. ⟨hal-02409688⟩

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