Live cell imaging of messenger RNA co-localization with mitochondria

Philip J. Santangelo, Nitin Nitin, Gang Bao

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The intracellular distribution and specific organelle association of mRNA may play essential roles in gene translation and RNA-protein interactions. Here we report the direct visualization of subcellular localization of K-ras and GAPDH (Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase) mRNAs in live HDF cells using molecular beacons. Unexpectedly, we found that both K-ras and GAPDH mRNAs colocalize with mitochondria. Extensive positive and negative control studies were performed to confirm that the mRNA localization and colocalization patterns observed in our study are true and specific.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference - Vail, CO, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2005Jun 26 2005


Other2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVail, CO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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