Going viral with fluorescent proteins

Lindsey M. Costantini, Erik L. Snapp

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Many longstanding questions about dynamics of virus-cell interactions can be answered by combining fluorescence imaging techniques with fluorescent protein (FP) tagging strategies. Successfully creating a FP fusion with a cellular or viral protein of interest first requires selecting the appropriate FP. However, while viral architecture and cellular localization often dictate the suitability of a FP, a FP's chemical and physical properties must also be considered. Here, we discuss the challenges of and offer suggestions for identifying the optimal FPs for studying the cell biology of viruses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9706-9708
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology

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Costantini, L. M., & Snapp, E. L. (2015). Going viral with fluorescent proteins. Journal of virology, 89(19), 9706-9708. https://doi.org/10.1128/JVI.03489-13