Indexed on: 13 Apr '06Published on: 13 Apr '06Published in: Plant Cell Reports
Expression of the green fluorescent protein (gfp) gene, under regulatory control of either the constitutive 35S promoter or the developmentally-regulated lectin promoter was monitored and quantified using a newly-developed automated tracking system. The automated system consisted of a computer-controlled two-dimensional robotics table and a programmable image acquisition system, which was used to semi-continuously monitor gfp gene expression during development of transgenic soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] somatic embryos. Quantitative analysis of GFP expression showed that, during somatic embryo proliferation and early development, expression of lectin-GFP was not detected. During late embryo development, expression of lectin-GFP gradually increased until the levels were similar to those of 35S-GFP. The use of an automated image collection system and image analysis facilitated the frequent monitoring and quantification of gfp gene expression on a large number of samples over an extended period of time.