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Fluorescence intensity and anisotropy decays of the intrinsic tryptophan emission of hemoglobin measured with a 10-GHz fluorometer using front-face geometry on free liquid surface
Author(s): Enrico Bucci; Zygmunt Gryczynski; Clara Fronticelli; Ignacy Gryczynski; Joseph R. Lakowicz
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Paper Abstract

We measure the intensity and anisotropy decays of the intrinsic tryptophan emission from hemoglobin solutions obtained using a 10 GHz frequency-domain fluorometer and a specially designed cuvette which allows front face excitation on a free liquid surface. The cuvette eliminates reflections and stray emissions, which become significant for low intensity fluorescence like in hemoglobin. Three lifetimes are detectable in the subnanosecond range. The average lifetime of hemoglobin is ligand dependent. Fluorescence anisotropy decays of oxy, deoxy, and carbonmonoxyhemoglobin can be fitted with up to three correlation times. When three components are used the floating initial anisotropy ro is in each case higher than the steady-state anisotropy of tryptophan in vitrified solution. For deoxy hemoglobin it is close to 0.4. The data are consistent with an initial loss of anisotropy from 0.4 to about 0.2 occurring in the first two picoseconds.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1992
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1640, Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry III, (1 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58249
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Enrico Bucci, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine (United States)
Zygmunt Gryczynski, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine (United States)
Clara Fronticelli, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine (United States)
Ignacy Gryczynski, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine (United States)
Joseph R. Lakowicz, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1640:
Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry III
Joseph R. Lakowicz, Editor(s)

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