Direct analysis of RNA transcripts in electroporated carrot protoplasts

Elizabeth E. Murray, Wallace G. Buchholz, Benjamin Bowen

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We describe a method for direct analysis of RNA transcribed from DNA introduced into carrot cells by electroporation. Octopine synthase RNA transcribed from the plasmid p35SOcs was detected in total and poly A+ RNA on Northern blots and in RNA protection assays. The highest level of octopine synthase transcript was detected at approximately 8 hrs post-electroporation, although RNA could still be detected after 48 hrs. This method allows detection of foreign gene expression in a plant system and bypasses the need for reporter genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-132
Number of pages4
JournalPlant Cell Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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