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Electroporation of cells

Lindsey, K. and Jones, M.G.K.ORCID: 0000-0001-5002-0227 (1990) Electroporation of cells. Physiologia Plantarum, 79 (1). pp. 168-172.

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By measuring uptake of the membrane impermeable dye. phenosafranine, it can be shown that the plasma membrane of intact cells within cell aggregates can be reversibly permeabilized by electroporation. However, the plant cell wall is a barrier to DNA uptake by intact cells, although under certain circumstances expression of DNA, electroporated into intact cells, can be demonstrated. The level of expression is about 20–50 times lower than that obtained by electroporation of protoplasts, and depends on cell wall properties and pretreatments of cell aggregates. In contrast, efficient transformation of whole cells of bacteria and yeasts can be achieved by electroporation. Factors which influence DNA transfer into whole plant cells and the possibility of stable transformation are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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