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Biosensors 2018, 8(4), 99;

Red-Shifted FRET Biosensors for High-Throughput Fluorescence Lifetime Screening

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Fluorescence Innovations Inc., Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Photonic Pharma LLC, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
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Received: 20 September 2018 / Revised: 16 October 2018 / Accepted: 19 October 2018 / Published: 24 October 2018
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We have developed fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensors with red-shifted fluorescent proteins (FP), yielding improved characteristics for time-resolved (lifetime) fluorescence measurements. In comparison to biosensors with green and red FRET pairs (GFP/RFP), FPs that emit at longer wavelengths (orange and maroon, OFP/MFP) increased the FRET efficiency, dynamic range, and signal-to-background of high-throughput screening (HTS). OFP and MFP were fused to specific sites on the human cardiac calcium pump (SERCA2a) for detection of structural changes due to small-molecule effectors. When coupled with a recently improved HTS fluorescence lifetime microplate reader, this red-shifted FRET biosensor enabled high-precision nanosecond-resolved fluorescence decay measurements from microliter sample volumes at three minute read times per 1536-well-plate. Pilot screens with a library of small-molecules demonstrate that the OFP/MFP FRET sensor substantially improves HTS assay quality. These high-content FRET methods detect minute FRET changes with high precision, as needed to elucidate novel structural mechanisms from small-molecule or peptide regulators discovered through our ongoing HTS efforts. FRET sensors that emit at longer wavelengths are highly attractive to the FRET biosensor community for drug discovery and structural interrogation of new therapeutic targets. View Full-Text
Keywords: time-resolved FRET; biosensor; drug screening; SERCA; small-molecule; high-throughput; plate reader; fluorescence; fluorescent proteins time-resolved FRET; biosensor; drug screening; SERCA; small-molecule; high-throughput; plate reader; fluorescence; fluorescent proteins

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Schaaf, T.M.; Li, A.; Grant, B.D.; Peterson, K.; Yuen, S.; Bawaskar, P.; Kleinboehl, E.; Li, J.; Thomas, D.D.; Gillispie, G.D. Red-Shifted FRET Biosensors for High-Throughput Fluorescence Lifetime Screening. Biosensors 2018, 8, 99.

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