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Ghodke, H., Caldas, V. E. A., Punter, C. M., van Oijen, A. M. & Robinson, A. (2016). Single-molecule specific mislocalization of red fluorescent proteins in live Escherichia coli. Biophysical Journal, 111 (1), 25-27.


Tagging of individual proteins with genetically encoded fluorescent proteins (FPs) has been used extensively to study localization and interactions in live cells. Recent developments in single-molecule localization microscopy have enabled the dynamic visualization of individual tagged proteins inside living cells. However, tagging proteins with FPs is not without problems: formation of insoluble aggregates and inhibition of native functions of the protein are well-known issues. Previously reported artifacts manifest themselves at all expression levels of the FP-tagged proteins, making the design of control experiments relatively straightforward. Here, we describe a previously uncharacterized mislocalization artifact of Entacmaea quadricolor red fluorescent protein variants that is detectable at the single-molecule level in live Escherichia coli cells.



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