alexa Suppression of fluorescence of tryptophan residues in proteins by replacement with 4-fluorotryptophan.


Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry

Author(s): Bronskill PM, Wong JT

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Abstract The tryptophan-auxotrophic Bacillus subtilis LC33 mutant strain utilizes either tryptophan or 4-fluorotryptophan for growth. Proteins therefore could be isolated from these cells in either tryptophan-containing or 4-fluorotryptophan-containing forms. Since 4-fluorotryptophan is non-fluorescent, tryptophan fluorescence would be suppressed in the 4-fluorotryptophan-containing proteins, facilitating the investigation of other chromophores either on the proteins or interacting with the proteins. This approach, potentially applicable to any protein endogenous to or clonable into B. subtilis, was illustrated by an examination of the fluorescence of B. subtilis ribosomal proteins.
This article was published in Biochem J and referenced in Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry

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