Imaging of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET
) between suitable fluorophores is increasingly being used to study cellular processes with high spatiotemporal resolution. The genetically encoded Cyan (CFP) and Yellow (YFP) variants of Green Fluorescent Protein have become the most popular donor and acceptor pair in cell biology. FRET
between these fluorophores can be imaged by detecting sensitized emission. This technique, for which CFP is excited and transfer is detected as emission of YFP, is sensitive, fast, and straightforward, provided that proper corrections are made. In this study, the detection of sensitized emission between CFP and YFP by confocal microscopy is optimized.