Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from a donor-labelled molecule to an acceptor-labelled molecule is a useful, proximity-based fluorescence tool to discriminate molecular states on the surface and in the interior of cells. Most microscope-based determinations of FRET yield only a single value, the interpretation of which is necessarily model-dependent. In this paper we demonstrate two new measurements of FRET heterogeneity using selective donor photobleaching in combination with synchronous donor/acceptor detection based on either (1) full kinetic analysis of donor-detected and acceptor-detected donor photobleaching or (2) a simple time-based ratiometric approach. We apply the new methods to study the cell surface distribution of concanavalin A yielding estimates of FRET and non-FRET population distributions, as well as FRET efficiencies within the FRET populations.
|Pages (from-to)||82 - 90|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||European Biophysics Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|