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Title: Quantitative analysis of energy transfer between fluorescent proteins in CFP-GBP-YFP and its response to Ca2+
Authors: Strohhöfer, Christof ×
Förster, Thilo
Chorvát, Dušan
Kasák, Peter
Lacík, Igor
Koukaki, Marina
Karamanou, Spyridoula
Economou, Anastassios #
Issue Date: Oct-2011
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Series Title: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics vol:13 issue:39 pages:17852-63
Article number: 10.1039/c1cp21088b
Abstract: This article reports the full characterisation of the optical properties of a biosynthesised protein consisting of fused cyan fluorescent protein, glucose binding protein and yellow fluorescent protein. The cyan and yellow fluorescent proteins act as donors and acceptors for intramolecular fluorescence resonance energy transfer. Absorption, fluorescence, excitation and fluorescence decays of the compound protein were measured and compared with those of free fluorescent proteins. Signatures of energy transfer were identified in the spectral intensities and fluorescence decays. A model describing the fluorescence properties including energy transfer in terms of rate equations is presented and all relevant parameters are extracted from the measurements. The compound protein changes conformation on binding with calcium ions. This is reflected in a change of energy transfer efficiency between the fluorescent proteins. We track the conformational change and the kinetics of the calcium binding reaction from fluorescence intensity and decay measurements and interpret the results in light of the rate equation model. This visualisation of change in protein conformation has the potential to serve as an analytical tool in the study of protein structure changes in real time, in the development of biosensor proteins and in characterizing protein-drug interactions.
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ISSN: 1463-9076
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
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