Reversible photobleaching of photoconvertible SAASoti-FP

Ilya D. Solovyev
Department of Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Research Center of Biotechnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

Alexandra V. Gavshina
A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Research Center of Biotechnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

Alexander P. Savitsky (Login required)
Department of Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Research Center of Biotechnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

Paper #3260 received 16 Nov 2017; revised manuscript received 25 Dec 2017; accepted for publication 25 Dec 2017; published online 31 Dec 2017. [Saratov Fall Meeting 2017 Special Issue].

DOI: 10.18287/JBPE17.03.040303


SAASoti is a green fluorescent protein suitable for use in super-resolution microscopy as it can be photoconverted to red fluorescence under 405 nm illumination. The green fluorescence of V127T SAASoti variant is reversibly photobleached under exposure to 470 nm light without photoconversion to the red form. The phenomenon can be explained by chromophore protonation that was confirmed by an increase in absorption at 400 nm (chromophore protonated form) and a decrease at 509 nm (anionic form). This light-induced photoswitching can be repeated with the same sample several times without loss of the initial fluorescence intensity. Subsequent sample exposures result in the same fluorescence recovery process. By changing the content of the H-form one can control photoswitching as only the protonated SAASoti may be converted to the red form. This property is extremely important for sub-diffraction microscopy.


fluorescent proteins; photobleaching; reversible photoswitching

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