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Imaging protein interactions by FRET microscopy: FRET measurements by acceptor photobleaching

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Title:Imaging protein interactions by FRET microscopy: FRET measurements by acceptor photobleaching
Creators Name:Verveer, P.J. and Rocks, O. and Harpur, A.G. and Bastiaens, P.I.H.
Abstract:This protocol describes the detection of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) by measuring the quenching of donor emission alone. As opposed to sensitized emission measurements, photobleaching can be performed with high selectivity of the acceptor because absorption spectra are steep at their red edge, allowing the acceptor to be bleached without excitation of the donor. When using acceptor photobleaching FRET measurements, care should be taken that the photochemical product of the bleached acceptor does not have residual absorption at the donor emission and, more importantly, that it does not fluoresce in the donor spectral region. Because of mass movement of protein during the extended time required for photobleaching (typically 1-20 min), it is preferable to perform this type of FRET determination on fixed cell samples. Live-cell FRET measurements based only on donor fluorescence are more feasible using fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM), because lifetimes are independent of probe concentration and light path length. The former is not easy to determine in cells, and the latter means that cell shape is not a factor.
Source:Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Publisher:Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Date:1 November 2006
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1101/pdb.prot4598
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