Site-Dependent Excited-State Dynamics of a Fluorescent Probe Bound to Avidin and Streptavidin

Fuerstenberg, Alexandre and Kel, Oksana and Gradinaru, Julieta and Ward, Thomas R. and Emery, Daniel and Bollot, Guillaume and Mareda, Jiri and Vauthey, Eric. (2009) Site-Dependent Excited-State Dynamics of a Fluorescent Probe Bound to Avidin and Streptavidin. ChemPhysChem, 10 (9/10). pp. 1517-1532.

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Sensing protein environment: The femtosecond fluorescence dynamics of a mol. probe attached to avidin and streptavidin (see figure) depends markedly on the location of the probe and on the protein. These differences reflect not only the protein primary and tertiary structures but also the effect of the surrounding water mols. The excited-state dynamics of biotin-spacer-Lucifer-Yellow (LY) constructs bound to avidin (Avi) and streptavidin (Sav) was investigated using femtosecond spectroscopy. Two different locations in the proteins, identified by mol. dynamics simulations of Sav, namely the entrance of the binding pocket and the protein surface, were probed by varying the length of the spacer. A redn. of the excited-state lifetime, stronger in Sav than in Avi, was obsd. with the long spacer construct. Transient absorption measurements show that this effect originates from an electron transfer quenching of LY, most probably by a nearby tryptophan residue. The local environment of the LY chromophore could be probed by measuring the time-dependent polarisation anisotropy and Stokes shift of the fluorescence. Substantial differences in both dynamics were obsd. The fluorescence anisotropy decays analyzed by using the wobbling-in-a-cone model reveal a much more constrained environment of the chromophore with the short spacer. Moreover, the dynamic Stokes shift is multiphasic in all cases, with a ?àº1 ps component that can be ascribed to diffusive motion of bulk-like water mols., and with slower components with time consts. varying not only with the spacer, but with the protein as well. These slow components, which depend strongly on the local environment of the probe, are ascribed to the motion of the hydration layer coupled to the conformational dynamics of the protein. [on SciFinder(R)]
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Bioanorganische Chemie (Ward)
UniBasel Contributors:Ward, Thomas R. R.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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