Background free imaging of single mRNAs in live cells using split fluorescent proteins

Bin Wu, Jiahao Chen, Robert H. Singer

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We describe a technique for imaging single mRNAs in living cells based on fluorescent protein (FP) complementation. We employ the high affinity interaction between the bacterial phage MS2/PP7 coat proteins and their respective RNA binding motifs as an RNA scaffold to bring two halves of a split-FP together to image single reporter mRNAs without background fluorescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3615
JournalScientific Reports
StatePublished - Jan 9 2014


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