Fluorescence resonance energy transfer analysis of protein-protein interactions in single living cells by multifocal multiphoton microscopy.

Department of Neurobiology, Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany.
Journal of Biotechnology (Impact Factor: 2.88). 02/2002; 82(3):267-77. DOI: 10.1016/S1389-0352(01)00042-3
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ABSTRACT Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) resolved by multifocal multiphoton microscopy (MMM) was successfully used to measure transport phenomena in living cells. We expressed different pairs of CFP-/YFP-fusion proteins involved in retrograde Golgi-to-ER transport to analyze sorting of the occupied KDEL-receptor into retrograde transport vesicles triggered by application of the external cholera toxin mutant CTXK63. FRET observed as a sensitized emission of the acceptor was confirmed by acceptor photobleaching and the dequenching of the donor was measured. FRET-MMM data obtained from single cells were compared with bulk cell experiments employing spectrofluorimetry. The importance of controlling the degree of overexpression of CFP-/YFP-fusion proteins for FRET analysis is stressed in this article. Using MMM we showed for the first time that FRET can be measured across the Golgi membrane. Finally, FRET-MMM records performed continuously over 2 h allowed to analyze intracellular retrograde transport and sorting events and to discuss these mechanisms on a single cell level.


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