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Observing conformations of single FoF1-ATP synthases in a fast anti-Brownian electrokinetic trap
Author(s): Bertram Su; Monika G. Düser; Nawid Zarrabi; Thomas Heitkamp; Ilka Starke; Michael Börsch
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Paper Abstract

To monitor conformational changes of individual membrane transporters in liposomes in real time, we attach two fluorophores to selected domains of a protein. Sequential distance changes between the dyes are recorded and analyzed by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). Using freely diffusing membrane proteins reconstituted in liposomes, observation times are limited by Brownian motion through the confocal detection volume. A. E. Cohen and W. E. Moerner have invented and built microfluidic devices to actively counteract Brownian motion of single nanoparticles in electrokinetic traps (ABELtrap). Here we present a version of an ABELtrap with a laser focus pattern generated by electro-optical beam deflectors and controlled by a programmable FPGA. This ABELtrap could hold single fluorescent nanobeads for more than 100 seconds, increasing the observation times of a single particle more than 1000-fold. Conformational changes of single FRET-labeled membrane enzymes FoF1-ATP synthase can be detected in the ABELtrap.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9329, Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XV, 93290A (5 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2080975
Show Author Affiliations
Bertram Su, Universitätsklinikum Jena (Germany)
Monika G. Düser, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Nawid Zarrabi, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Thomas Heitkamp, Universitätsklinikum Jena (Germany)
Ilka Starke, Universitätsklinikum Jena (Germany)
Michael Börsch, Universitätsklinikum Jena (Germany)
Jena Ctr. for Soft Matter (Germany)
Abbe Ctr. of Photonics Jena (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9329:
Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XV
Ammasi Periasamy; Peter T. C. So; Karsten König, Editor(s)

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