Luciferase and Green Fluorescent Protein Reporter Genes as Tools to Determine Protein Abundance and Intracellular Dynamics

  • András Viczián
  • Stefan Kircher
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 655)


To get insight into molecular mechanisms governing plant development, the dynamics of abundance and cellular localisation of signalling components need to be understood. Luciferase and green fluorescent protein (GFP)-derived reporters are suitable markers to determine dynamic signalling processes in vivo. Here, analysis of phytochrome A (phyA) photoreceptor dynamics during early seedling development is used as an example of how in vitro and in vivo luciferase assays as well as GFP-imaging can be used to probe signalling dynamics.

Key words

Photomorphogenesis phytochrome photoreceptor green fluorescent protein (GFP) luciferase (LUC) epifluorescence microscopy protein degradation 



This work was supported by grants of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to S.K (SFB 592 and GRK 1305) and A.V. (SFB 592); and of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to A.V. (IV-UNG/1118446 STP).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • András Viczián
    • 1
  • Stefan Kircher
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Plant BiologyHungarian Academy of Science, Biological Research CenterSzegedHungary
  2. 2.Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden- WürttembergAlbert-Ludwigs-University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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