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Issue 27-28, 2005
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A novel fluorescence sensing system using a photochromism-based assay (P-CHROBA) technique for the detection of target proteins

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Abstract

In the post-genomic era a number of biological technologies, including protein-detecting microarrays which can detect molecular interactions based on changes in fluorescence intensity, have been developed to investigate complicated protein functions and networks. However, the ability of such techniques to obtain reproducible and quantitative results can be compromised due to the need for the immobilization of capture agents and the labelling analytes with chromophores. In the present study, first we report the design and synthesis of photochromic spiropyran-containing peptides and then demonstrate a unique fluorescence sensing system comprising a photochromism-based assay (P-CHROBA) technique to distinguish between target proteins. The spiropyran moiety in the peptides exhibited characteristic physicochemical properties in the SP-to-MC isomerization (thermocoloration) and the MC-to-SP photoisomerization (photobleaching) depending upon changes in micro-environments such as the dielectric constants of solvents and steric hindrances generated by molecular interactions. We attempted to detect protein–peptide interactions using reproducible MC-to-SP photoisomerization properties by monitoring the fluorescence decay of the MC form in the peptide. This can reduce background fluorescence signals caused by emission from excess reagents and avoid the laborious introduction of probing molecules to analytes and the immobilization of capture agents onto solid surfaces. The protein fingerprints (PFPs) based on the photoisomerization properties could successfully distinguish between six different model proteins, and the combination of the P-CHROBA and PFP technique would be a powerful tool for profiling target proteins with reproducible and reliable results.

Graphical abstract: A novel fluorescence sensing system using a photochromism-based assay (P-CHROBA) technique for the detection of target proteins

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The article was received on 04 Feb 2005, accepted on 17 Mar 2005 and first published on 06 Apr 2005


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B501877N
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2005,15, 2732-2740
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    A novel fluorescence sensing system using a photochromism-based assay (P-CHROBA) technique for the detection of target proteins

    K. Tomizaki and H. Mihara, J. Mater. Chem., 2005, 15, 2732
    DOI: 10.1039/B501877N

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