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Protoplasma

, Volume 124, Issue 1–2, pp 65–70 | Cite as

A novel method for monitoring protoplast fusion

  • K. Kanchanapoom
  • A. O. Brightman
  • H. D. Grimes
  • W. F. Boss
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Summary

Two fluorescent compounds, scopoletin and carboxyfluorescein, have been used to label both tissue culture and leaf mesophyll cells and protoplasts. The compounds localized within the vacuoles of cells in approximately 15 hours. They remained in the vacuole during cell wall digestion, and fluorescence was observable for several hours after protoplast release. A one day pulse of these fluorescent labels had no deleterious effect on the growth of cells or protoplasts. When morphologically indistinguishable protoplasts were labeled and treated with polyethylene glycol, multicolored fluorescent fusion products were observable. These fluorescent labels provide a convenient method for selection of heterokaryon fusion products of whole plant and tissue culture cell protoplasts.

Keywords

Protoplast Fusion Fluorescence PEG 

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© Springer-Verlag 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Kanchanapoom
    • 1
  • A. O. Brightman
    • 1
  • H. D. Grimes
    • 1
  • W. F. Boss
    • 1
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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