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Oligonucleotides. 2003;13(5):375-80.

The apparent uptake of fluorescently labeled siRNAs by electroporated cells depends on the fluorochrome.

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Cancer Research U.K. Medical Oncology Laboratory, Medical College of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, U.K.

Abstract

Transfection of mammalian cells with preformed small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) permits a transient and often specific reduction of gene expression. It is possible to rapidly examine the uptake of siRNAs by transfection with fluorescently labeled siRNAs. We examined the apparent uptake of such siRNAs by several leukemic cell lines after electroporation. We show that Cy3 and Cy5-labeled siRNAs cause a significant amount of cell fluorescence, as judged by flow cytometry. In contrast, several fluorescein-labeled siRNAs could not be detected. Nevertheless, such fluoresceinated siRNAs efficiently suppressed a leukemic target gene, demonstrating that siRNA uptake must have taken place. Therefore, for cell electroporation, fluorescein-labeled siRNAs may lead to false negative results and should not be used to examine electroporation-mediated siRNA uptake.

PMID:
15000828
DOI:
10.1089/154545703322617050
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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