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Fluorescent indicators for imaging protein phosphorylation in single living cells.

Authors
  • Sato, Moritoshi
  • Ozawa, Takeaki
  • Inukai, Kouichi
  • Asano, Tomoichiro
  • Umezawa, Yoshio
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature biotechnology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2002
Volume
20
Issue
3
Pages
287–294
Identifiers
PMID: 11875431
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

To visualize signal transduction based on protein phosphorylation in living cells, we have developed genetically encoded fluorescent indicators, named phocuses. Two different color mutants of green fluorescent protein (GFP) were joined by a tandem fusion domain composed of a substrate domain for the protein kinase of interest, a flexible linker sequence, and a phosphorylation recognition domain that binds with the phosphorylated substrate domain. Intramolecular interaction of the substrate domain and the adjacent phosphorylation recognition domain within a phocus was dependent upon phosphorylation of the substrate domain by protein kinase, which influenced the efficiency of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the GFPs within a phocus. In the present study, we employed phocuses composed of insulin signaling proteins to visualize protein phosphorylation by the insulin receptor. This method may provide a general approach for studying the dynamics of protein phosphorylation-based signal transduction in living cells.

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