mCherry is a 28.8 kDa fluorescent protein expressed and purified from transformed E. coli. It is a second generation red fluorescent protein derived from naturally-occuring fluorescent proteins in Anthozoa. mCherry offers emission in the red spectrum, which is less phototoxic to cells. It also offers brightness and photostability, making it the fluorescent protein of choice for in vivo and in vitro cell imaging.
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