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Biol Cell 2006 Apr 01;984:245-52. doi: 10.1042/BC20050040.
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Quantification of fluorescence in thick specimens, with an application to cyclin B-GFP expression in starfish oocytes.

Terasaki M .

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Fluorescence imaging of living cells is widely used in cell biology. It is now being extended to thick specimens such as large cells or tissues where it is important to establish methods for obtaining quantitative fluorescence data due to the increasing importance of computational and systems biology approaches. RESULTS: Fluorescent solutions were used as a calibration standard for determining cellular fluorescence concentrations from z series image sequences. The accuracy of the measurements was evaluated using quantitatively injected cells. Different fluorescence attenuation rates of the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm were documented, and autofluorescence levels were determined. This method was used to characterize the effect of cyclin B overexpression on cell-cycle timing in starfish oocytes. The time interval between application of maturation hormone and germinal vesicle breakdown decreased with increasing cyclin B-GFP (green fluorescent protein) concentration to a level of 100-300 nM, beyond which there was no effect. CONCLUSIONS: Conditions for determining fluorescent probe concentrations in large cells or multicellular tissues were established, which will facilitate the collection of data for quantitative studies. This method was used to characterize the effect of cyclin B-GFP expression levels on cell-cycle timing in starfish oocytes.

PubMed ID: 16092917
Article link: Biol Cell
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Genes referenced: LOC115919910 LOC115925415