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Intramolecular distances and dynamics from the combined Photon statistics of single-molecule FRET and photoinduced electron transfer


Haenni, Dominik; Zosel, Franziska; Reymond, Luc; Nettels, Daniel; Schuler, Benjamin (2013). Intramolecular distances and dynamics from the combined Photon statistics of single-molecule FRET and photoinduced electron transfer. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 117(42):13015-13028.

Abstract

Single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) and photoinduced electron transfer (PET) have developed into versatile and complementary methods for probing distances and dynamics in biomolecules. Here we show that the two methods can be combined in one molecule to obtain both accurate distance information and the kinetics of intramolecular contact formation. In a first step, we show that the fluorescent dyes Alexa 488 and Alexa 594, which are frequently used as a donor and acceptor for single-molecule FRET, are also suitable as PET probes with tryptophan as a fluorescence quencher. We then performed combined FRET/PET experiments with FRET donor- and acceptor-labeled polyproline peptides. The placement of a tryptophan residue into the polyglycylserine tail incorporated in the peptides allowed us to measure both FRET efficiencies and the nanosecond dynamics of contact formation between one of the fluorescent dyes and the quencher. Variation of the linker length between the polyproline and the Alexa dyes and in the position of the tryptophan residue demonstrates the sensitivity of this approach. Modeling of the combined photon statistics underlying the combined FRET and PET process enables the accurate analysis of both the resulting transfer efficiency histograms and the nanosecond fluorescence correlation functions. This approach opens up new possibilities for investigating single biomolecules with high spatial and temporal resolution.

Abstract

Single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) and photoinduced electron transfer (PET) have developed into versatile and complementary methods for probing distances and dynamics in biomolecules. Here we show that the two methods can be combined in one molecule to obtain both accurate distance information and the kinetics of intramolecular contact formation. In a first step, we show that the fluorescent dyes Alexa 488 and Alexa 594, which are frequently used as a donor and acceptor for single-molecule FRET, are also suitable as PET probes with tryptophan as a fluorescence quencher. We then performed combined FRET/PET experiments with FRET donor- and acceptor-labeled polyproline peptides. The placement of a tryptophan residue into the polyglycylserine tail incorporated in the peptides allowed us to measure both FRET efficiencies and the nanosecond dynamics of contact formation between one of the fluorescent dyes and the quencher. Variation of the linker length between the polyproline and the Alexa dyes and in the position of the tryptophan residue demonstrates the sensitivity of this approach. Modeling of the combined photon statistics underlying the combined FRET and PET process enables the accurate analysis of both the resulting transfer efficiency histograms and the nanosecond fluorescence correlation functions. This approach opens up new possibilities for investigating single biomolecules with high spatial and temporal resolution.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Biochemistry
07 Faculty of Science > Department of Biochemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:12 Aug 2013 13:16
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:53
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:1520-5207
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/jp402352s
PubMed ID:23718771

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