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Quantitative FRET analysis by fast acquisition time domain FLIM at high spatial resolution in living cells.

Abstract : Quantitative analysis in F?er Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) experiments in live cells for protein interaction studies is still a challenging issue. In a two component system (FRET and no FRET donor species), fitting of Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) data gives the fraction of donor molecules involved in FRET (fD) and the intrinsic transfer efficiency. But when fast FLIM acquisitions are used to monitor dynamic changes in protein-protein interactions at high spatial and temporal resolution in living cells, photon statistic and time resolution is limited. In this case, fitting procedures are not reliable, even for single lifetime donors. We introduce the new concept of a minimal fraction of donor molecules involved in FRET (mfD), coming from the mathematical minimization of fD. We find particular advantage in the use of mfD because it can be obtained without fitting procedures and is derived directly from FLIM data. mfD constitutes an interesting quantitative parameter for live cell studies because it is related to the minimal relative concentration of interacting proteins. For multi lifetime donors, the process of fitting complex fluorescence decays in order to find at least four reliable lifetimes is a near impossible task. Here, mfD extension for multi lifetime donors is the only quantitative determinant. We applied this methodology for imaging the interaction between the bromodomains of TAFII250 and acetylated histones H4 in living cells at high resolution. We show the existence of discrete acetylated chromatin domains where the minimal fraction of bromodomain interacting with acetylated H4 oscillates from 0.26 to 0.36 and whose size is smaller than half of one micron cube. We demonstrate that mfD by itself is a useful tool to investigate quantitatively protein interactions in live cells, especially when using fast FRET-FLIM acquisition.
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Sergi Padilla-Parra, Nicolas Audugé, Maite Coppey-Moisan, Marc Tramier. Quantitative FRET analysis by fast acquisition time domain FLIM at high spatial resolution in living cells.. Biophysical Journal, Biophysical Society, 2008, epub ahead of print. ⟨10.1529/biophysj.108.131276⟩. ⟨hal-00289731⟩



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