Use of reporter genes to study gene expression in plant cells

  • Luis Herrera-Estrella
  • Teemu H. Teeri
  • June Simpson


The mechanism by which any organism controls the production of proteins by the differential expression of its genes has fascinated many researchers since protein production and gene expression were first linked. It has been shown that in most cases the production of polypeptides is mainly controlled at the level of gene transcription, although in some cases mRNA or protein stability might also play an important role. In many instances the detection of a polypeptide of interest, that may only be produced under certain conditions or in specific cell types within an organism, is rather complex or laborious since many of these gene products do not have easily detectable enzymatic or functional activities.


NPTII Gene Neomycin Phosphotransferase Chloramphenicol Acetyl Transferase Chloramphenicol Acetyl Transferase Activity Chimaeric Gene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Herrera-Estrella
    • 1
  • Teemu H. Teeri
    • 2
  • June Simpson
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del I.P.N. — Unidad IrapuatoIrapuato, Gto.Mexico
  2. 2.Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Dept. of GeneticsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinki 10Finland

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