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Title: Excited State Electronic Interconversion and Structural Transformation of Engineered Red-Emitting Green Fluorescent Protein Mutant
Authors: Augustine, G
Raghavan, S
Ramudu, K N
Easwaramoorthi, S
Shanmugam, G
Murugaiyan, J S
 Gunasekaran, K
Govind, C
Karunakaran, V
 Ayyadurai, N
Issue Date: 21-Feb-2019
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Citation: Journal of Physical Chemistry B; 123(10):2316-2324
Abstract: Red fluorescent proteins with a large Stokes shift offer a limited autofluorescence background and are used in deep tissue imaging. Here, by introducing the free amino group in Aequorea victoria, the electrostatic charges of the phydroxybenzylidene imidazolinone chromophore of green fluorescent protein (GFP) have been altered resulting in an unusual, 85 nm red-shifted fluorescence. The structural and biophysical analysis suggested that the red shift is due to positional shift occupancy of Glu222 and Arg96, resulting in extended conjugation and a relaxed chromophore. Femtosecond transient absorption spectra exhibited that the excited state relaxation dynamics of red-shifted GFP (rGFP) (τ4 = 234 ps) are faster compared to the A. victoria green fluorescent protein (τ4 = 3.0 ns). The nanosecond time-resolved emission spectra of rGFP reveal the continuous spectral shift during emission by a solvent reorientation in the chromophore. Finally, the molecular dynamics simulations revealed the rearrangement of the hydrogen bond interactions in the chromophore vicinity, reshaping the symmetric distribution of van der Waals space to fine tune the GFP structure resulting from highly red-shifted rGFP.
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