Neurocan-GFP fusion protein: a new approach to detect hyaluronan on tissue sections and living cells

H. Zhang, S. Baader, M.K. Sixt, J. Kappler, U. Rauch, Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 52 (2004) 915–922.

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Zhang, Hui; Baader, Stephan L; Sixt, Michael KIST Austria ; Kappler, Joachim; Rauch, Uwe
Abstract
Hyaluronan is an unsulfated glycosaminoglycan (GAG) that is ubiquitously expressed in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of all vertebrates, where hyaluronan rich matrices constitute a particular permissive environment for the development of complex biological structures and also for tumor progression. Because of its conserved structure and ubiquitous expression, antibodies for its histochemical detection cannot be produced. We have engineered a fusion protein, neurocan-GFP, and expressed it as a secreted molecule in mammalian cells. Neurocan-GFP fusion protein specifically binds to hyaluronan and directly visualizes hyaluronan on tissue sections, revealing a very detailed picture of hyaluronan distribution. The fluorescent fusion protein can be used in combination with antibodies and nuclear markers for double or triple staining. In addition, it is suitable to visualize hyaluronan on living cells by time-lapse video microscopy. The successful production and application of the neurocan-GFP fusion protein opens up new perspectives for using GFP fusion proteins as detection tools in histological and cytological studies complementing conventional antibody and biotin/avidin techniques.
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2004-01-01
Journal Title
Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
Volume
52
Issue
7
Page
915 - 922
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Zhang H, Baader S, Sixt MK, Kappler J, Rauch U. Neurocan-GFP fusion protein: a new approach to detect hyaluronan on tissue sections and living cells. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. 2004;52(7):915-922. doi:10.1369/jhc.3A6221.2004
Zhang, H., Baader, S., Sixt, M. K., Kappler, J., & Rauch, U. (2004). Neurocan-GFP fusion protein: a new approach to detect hyaluronan on tissue sections and living cells. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, 52(7), 915–922. https://doi.org/10.1369/jhc.3A6221.2004
Zhang, Hui, Stephan Baader, Michael K Sixt, Joachim Kappler, and Uwe Rauch. “Neurocan-GFP Fusion Protein: A New Approach to Detect Hyaluronan on Tissue Sections and Living Cells.” Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 52, no. 7 (2004): 915–22. https://doi.org/10.1369/jhc.3A6221.2004.
H. Zhang, S. Baader, M. K. Sixt, J. Kappler, and U. Rauch, “Neurocan-GFP fusion protein: a new approach to detect hyaluronan on tissue sections and living cells,” Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, vol. 52, no. 7, pp. 915–922, 2004.
Zhang H, Baader S, Sixt MK, Kappler J, Rauch U. 2004. Neurocan-GFP fusion protein: a new approach to detect hyaluronan on tissue sections and living cells. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. 52(7), 915–922.
Zhang, Hui, et al. “Neurocan-GFP Fusion Protein: A New Approach to Detect Hyaluronan on Tissue Sections and Living Cells.” Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, vol. 52, no. 7, Histochemical Society, 2004, pp. 915–22, doi:10.1369/jhc.3A6221.2004.

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