Title: Fast and reversible photoswitching of the fluorescent protein Dronpa as evidenced by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
Authors: Dedecker, Peter ×
Hotta, Jun-ichi
Ando, Ryoko
Miyawaki, Atsushi
Engelborghs, Yves
Hofkens, Johan #
Issue Date: Jan-2006
Publisher: Biophysical Society
Series Title: Biophysical Journal vol:91 issue:5 pages:L45-L47
Abstract: Controlling molecular properties through photoirradiation holds great promise for its potential for noninvasive and selective manipulation of matter. Photochromism has been observed for several different molecules, including green fluorescent proteins, and recently the discovery of a novel photoswitchable green fluorescent protein called Dronpa was reported. Dronpa displays reversible and highly efficient on/off photoswitching of its fluorescence emission, and reversible switching of immobilized single molecules of Dronpa with response times faster than 20 ms was demonstrated. In this Letter, we expand these observations to freely diffusing molecules by using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy with simultaneous excitation at 488 and 405 nm. By varying the intensity of irradiation at 405 nm, we demonstrate the reversible photoswitching of Dronpa under these conditions, and from the obtained autocorrelation functions we conclude that this photoswitching can occur within tens of microseconds.
ISSN: 0006-3495
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Molecular Imaging and Photonics
Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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