V-fusion: a convenient, nontoxic method for cell fusion

Gottesman, A., Milazzo, J., Lazebnik, Y. (October 2010) V-fusion: a convenient, nontoxic method for cell fusion. Biotechniques, 49 (4). pp. 747-50. ISSN 1940-9818 (Electronic) 0736-6205 (Linking)

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20964635
DOI: 10.2144/000113515


Cell-to-cell fusion (cell fusion) is a fundamental biological process that also has been used as a versatile experimental tool to dissect a variety of cellular mechanisms, including the consequences of cell fusion itself, and to produce cells with desired properties, such as hybridomas and reprogrammed progenitors. However, current methods of cell fusion are not satisfactory because of their toxicity, inefficiency, or lack of flexibility. We describe a simple, versatile, scalable, and nontoxic approach that we call V-fusion, as it is based on the ability of the vesicular stomatitis virus G protein (VSV-G), a viral fusogen of broad tropism, to become rapidly and reversibly activated. We suggest that this approach will benefit a broad array of studies that investigate consequences of cell fusion or use cell fusion as an experimental tool. Address correspondence to Yuri Lazebnik, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11768, USA. e-mail:

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: Investigative techniques and equipment > cell fusion
organism description > virus
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Communities: CSHL labs > Labeznik lab
Depositing User: CSHL Librarian
Date: October 2010
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2011 13:34
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 19:58
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URI: https://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/15423

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