Promega and Leica Microsystems Sign Agreement to Develop Fluorescent Ligands
News Aug 14, 2008
Promega Corp. announced that it has signed an agreement with Leica Microsystems to enable fluorescent imaging of proteins in live cells.
Under the terms of the agreement, Promega will develop fluorescent ligands for its HaloTag fusion proteins, that will be used to label proteins within live cells so that they can be visualized with Leica’s TCS STED (stimulated emission depletion) superresolution microscope.
Developed in the laboratory of Dr. Stefan Hell of the Max-Planck Institute in Germany, STED microscopy enables the investigation of structural details below the 100nm range. The Leica TCS STED is the first commercially available STED light microscope and was launched in 2007.
Commonly used fluorescent proteins such as GFP are not optimal for use with high-powered STED technology as they are prone to photobleaching and lack appropriate spectral properties.
In addition, alternative methods of labeling proteins with fluorescent antibodies are only applicable for fixed cells. Therefore, the agreement between Promega and Leica Microsystems will enable imaging of proteins within live cells at sub 100nm range.
“This is a perfect example of the collaborative culture within Promega,” said Dr. Georgyi Los, lead scientist for imaging products at Promega. “Leica Microsystems’ STED microscope is breaking barriers for visualizing cellular structure, creating the need for optimized reagents. Our HaloTag technology enables covalent linkage of various fluorescent dyes to proteins expressed in cells, allowing us to develop and select optimal dyes for this technology, and improving cell imaging for our customers.”