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A photoelectron imaging study of the deprotonated GFP chromophore anion and RNA fluorescent tags

Woodhouse, JL; Henley, A; Lewin, R; Ward, JM; Hailes, HC; Bochenkova, AV; Fielding, HH; (2021) A photoelectron imaging study of the deprotonated GFP chromophore anion and RNA fluorescent tags. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 10.1039/d1cp01901e. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Green fluorescent protein (GFP), together with its family of variants, is the most widely used fluorescent protein for in vivo imaging. Numerous spectroscopic studies of the isolated GFP chromophore have been aimed at understanding the electronic properties of GFP. Here, we build on earlier work [A. V. Bochenkova, C. Mooney, M. A. Parkes, J. Woodhouse, L. Zhang, R. Lewin, J. M. Ward, H. Hailes, L. H. Andersen and H. H. Fielding, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 3154] investigating the impact of fluorine and methoxy substituents that have been employed to tune the electronic structure of the GFP chromophore for use as fluorescent RNA tags. We present photoelectron spectra following photoexcitation over a broad range of wavelengths (364–230 nm) together with photoelectron angular distributions following photoexcitation at 364 nm, which are interpreted with the aid of quantum chemistry calculations. The results support the earlier high-level quantum chemistry calculations that predicted how fluorine and methoxy substituents tune the electronic structure and we find evidence to suggest that the methoxy substituents enhance internal conversion, most likely from the 2ππ* state which has predominantly Feshbach resonance character, to the 1ππ* state.

Type: Article
Title: A photoelectron imaging study of the deprotonated GFP chromophore anion and RNA fluorescent tags
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1039/d1cp01901e
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1039/d1cp01901e
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Chemistry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134020
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