Transient Expression and Analysis of Chloroplast Proteins in Arabidopsis Protoplasts

  • Dong Wook Lee
  • Inhwan HwangEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 774)


Although chloroplasts have their own genome, most chloroplast proteins are encoded in the nuclear genome and are targeted to chloroplasts posttranslationally. In vitro import studies with isolated chloroplasts have been widely used and have helped to elucidate the complex mechanisms involved in protein targeting to chloroplasts. Recently, an in vivo targeting method using protoplasts emerged as an alternative method to investigate protein targeting into chloroplasts. The present study describes a set of principles and methods, including polyethylene glycol-mediated reporter plasmid transformation, fluorescence microscopy, immunocytochemistry, and Western blotting, for studying chloroplast interior and envelope membrane protein targeting using protoplasts isolated from Arabidopsis thaliana leaf tissues.

Key words

Chloroplast Protoplast Transit peptide Green fluorescent protein Polyethylene glycol 



This work was supported in part by grants from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (20100000737), World Class University Program (Project No. R31-2008-000-10105-0) of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and Technology Development Program (609004-05-1-SB210) for Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Republic of Korea).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Life SciencePohang University of Science and TechnologyPohangRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Division of Integrative Bioscience and BiotechnologyPohang University of Sciences and TechnologyPohangRepublic of Korea

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