Reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins (RSFPs) are unusual and exciting proteins that may be reversibly switched by irradiation with light between a fluorescent (On) and a non-fluorescent (Off) state. They are enormously variable and therefore powerful probes for various forms of super-resolution microscopy including RESOLFT-microscopy. Using molecular design, we are changing and expanding the characteristics of RSFPs and investigating their properties on a molecular scale with a wide array of approaches including crystallography, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), multi-dimension (MD) simulations and various forms of spectroscopy. We have created a palette of reversibly switching fluorescent proteins that cover a wide range of different colors, switching speeds and switching modes. These probes are used to study protein localization and dynamics on the nanoscale in living cells.

This endeavor is a joint effort with the Department of NanoBiophotonics at the Max Planck Institute for biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen.


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