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Fluorescent proteins Green Fluorescence Protein (GFP) from jellyfish : Revolutionized medical and biological science by providing a way to monitor how.

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1 Fluorescent proteins Green Fluorescence Protein (GFP) from jellyfish : Revolutionized medical and biological science by providing a way to monitor how individual genes are regulated and expressed within a living cell ; Localization and tracing of a target protein Widespread use by their expression in other organisms as a reporter Usually fused to N- or C-terminus of proteins by gene manipulation Key internal residues are modified during maturation to form the p-hydroxybenzylideneimidazolinon chromophore, located in the central helix and surrounded by 11 ß-strands (ß-can structure) GFP variants : BFP, CFP, YFP Red fluorescent protein from coral reef : tetrameric, slow maturation - Monomeric RFP by protein engineering Quantum yield : 0.17 (BFP) ~ 0.79 (GFP)

2 History of Fluorescent Proteins 1960s : Curiosity about what made the jellyfish Aequorea victoria glow  Green protein was purified from jellyfish by Osamu Shimomura in Japan. Utility as a tool for molecular biologists was not realized until 1992 when Douglas Prasher reported the cloning and nucleotide sequence of wt-GFP in Gene. - The funding for this project had run out, and Prasher sent cDNA samples to several labs : Expression of the coding sequence of fluorescent GFP in heterologous cells of E. Coli and C. elegans by the lab of Martin Chalfie :  published in Science. Although this wt-GFP was fluorescent, it had several drawbacks: dual peaked excitation spectra, poor photo-stability, and poor folding at 37°C.

3 1996 : Crystal structure of a GFP  Providing a vital background on chromophore formation and neighboring residue interactions. Researchers have modified these residues using protein engineering (site directed and random mutagenesis)  Generation of a wide variety of GFP derivatives emitting different colors ; CFP, YFP, CFP by Roger Y. Tsien group  Applications in many areas including cell biology, drug discovery, diagnostics, genetics, etc : Martin Chalfie, Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery and development of the fluorescent proteins.

4 GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein) Jellyfish Aequorea victoria A tightly packed  -can (11  -sheets) enclosing an  -helix containing the chromophore 238 amino acids Chromophore – Cyclic tripeptide derived from Ser(65)-Tyr(66)-Gly(67) Wt-GFP absorbs UV and blue light (395nm and 470nm) and emits green light (maximally at 509nm )

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6 GFP and chromophore -Covalently bonded chromophore : 4-(p-hydroxybenzylidene)imidazolidin-5-one (HBI). -HBI is nonfluorescent in the absence of the properly folded GFP scaffold and exists mainly in the unionized phenol form in wt-GFP. -Maturation (post-translational modification) : Inward-facing side chains of the barrel induce specific cyclization reactions in the tripeptide Ser65–Tyr66–Gly67 that induce ionization of HBI to the phenolate form and chromophore formation. -The hydrogen-bonding network and electron-stacking interactions with these side chains influence the color, intensity and photo-stability of GFP and its numerous derivatives

7 wtGFP : Ser(65)-Tyr(66)-Gly(67) Diverse Fluorescent Proteins by Protein Engineering

8 The diversity of genetic mutations is illustrated by this San Diego beach scene drawn with living bacteria expressing 8 different colors of fluorescent proteins. Fluorescence emission by diverse fluorescent Proteins

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10 a) Normalized absorption and b) fluorescence profiles of representative fluorescent proteins: cyan fluorescent protein (cyan), GFP, Zs Green, yellow fluorescent protein (YFP), and three variants of red fluorescent protein (DS Red2, AS Red2, HC Red). From Clontech. Absorption and emission spectra

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