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Fluorescent in situ visualization of sterols in Arabidopsis roots
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7571-0670
2011 (English)In: Nature Protocols, ISSN 1754-2189, Vol. 6, no 4, 446-456 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Sterols are eukaryotic membrane components with crucial roles in diverse cellular processes. Elucidation of sterol function relies on development of tools for in situ sterol visualization. Here we describe protocols for in situ sterol localization in Arabidopsis thaliana root cells, using filipin as a specific probe for detection of fluorescent filipin-sterol complexes. Currently, filipin is the only established tool for sterol visualization in plants. Filipin labeling can be performed on aldehyde-fixed samples, largely preserving fluorescent proteins and being compatible with immunocytochemistry. Filipin can also be applied for probing live cells, taking into account the fact that it inhibits sterol-dependent endocytosis. The experimental procedures described are designed for fluorescence detection by confocal laser-scanning microscopy with excitation of filipin-sterol complexes at 364 nm. The protocols require 1 d for sterol covisualization with fluorescent proteins in fixed or live roots and 2 d for immunocytochemistry on whole-mount roots.

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2011. Vol. 6, no 4, 446-456 p.
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Imaging, Model organisms, Plant biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41115DOI: 10.1038/nprot.2011.323PubMedID: 21412273OAI: diva2:404725
Available from: 2011-03-18 Created: 2011-03-18 Last updated: 2015-05-07Bibliographically approved

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