A novel analytical method for in vivo phosphate tracking

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  • Hong Gu
  • Sylvie Lalonde
  • Sakiko Okumoto
  • Loren L. Looger
  • Anne Marie Scharff-Poulsen
  • Arthur R. Grossman
  • Jens Kossmann
  • Iver Jakobsen
  • Wolf B. Frommer

Genetically-encoded fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) sensors for phosphate (Pi) (FLIPPi) were engineered by fusing a predicted Synechococcus phosphate-binding protein (PiBP) to eCFP and Venus. Purified fluorescent indicator protein for inorganic phosphate (FLIPPi), in which the fluorophores are attached to the same PiBP lobe, shows Pi-dependent increases in FRET efficiency. FLIPPi affinity mutants cover Pi changes over eight orders of magnitude. COS-7 cells co-expressing a low-affinity FLIPPi and a Na+/Pi co-transporter exhibited FRET changes when perfused with 100µM Pi, demonstrating concentrative Pi uptake by PiT2. FLIPPi sensors are suitable for real-time monitoring of Pi metabolism in living cells, providing a new tool for fluxomics, analysis of pathophysiology or changes of Pi during cell migration.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number25
Pages (from-to)5885-5893
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

FLIPPi, fluorescent indicator protein for inorganic phosphate, FRET, fluorescence resonance energy transfer, FP, fluorescent protein

    Research areas

  • Former LIFE faculty - Fluorescence energy transfer, Phosphate starvation, Biosensor, Synechococcus

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