Fluorescence fluctuation analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana somatic embryogenesis receptor-like kinase and brassinosteroid insensitive 1 receptor ologomerization.

M.A. Hink, K. Shah, E. Russinova, S.C. Vries, A.J.W.G. Visser

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

Receptor kinases play a key role in the cellular perception of signals. To verify models for receptor activation through dimerization, an experimental system is required to determine the precise oligomerization status of proteins within living cells. Here we show that photon counting histogram analysis and dual-color fluorescence cross correlation spectroscopy are able to monitor fluorescently labeled proteins at the single-molecule detection level in living plant cells. In-frame fusion proteins of the brassinosteroid insensitive 1 (BRI1) receptor and the Arabidopsis thaliana somatic embryogenesis receptor-like kinases 1 and 3 (AtSERK1 and 3) to the enhanced cyan or yellow fluorescent protein were transiently expressed in plant cells. Although no oligomeric structures were detected for AtSERK3, 15% (AtSERK1) to 20% (BRI1) of the labeled proteins in the plasma membrane was found to be present as homodimers, whereas no evidence was found for higher oligomeric complexes. © 2008 by the Biophysical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1052-1062
JournalBiophysical Journal
Volume94
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Fluorescence fluctuation analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana somatic embryogenesis receptor-like kinase and brassinosteroid insensitive 1 receptor ologomerization.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this