Plant Hormones pp 271-281 | Cite as

Characterizing Auxin Response Circuits in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by Flow Cytometry

  • Edith Pierre-Jerome
  • R. Clay Wright
  • Jennifer L. NemhauserEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1497)


Recapitulation of the nuclear auxin response pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) provides a means to functionally assay the contribution of individual signaling components to response dynamics. Here, we describe a time course assay for characterizing auxin response circuits using flow cytometry. This method allows for quantitative measurements of the dynamic response of up to 12 circuits (strains) at once. We also describe a steady-state assay and how to utilize an R package we developed to facilitate data analysis.

Key words

Synthetic biology Budding yeast Fluorescent reporters Signaling dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edith Pierre-Jerome
    • 1
  • R. Clay Wright
    • 1
  • Jennifer L. Nemhauser
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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