PubMed 22909954

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Automatically associated channels: Cav3.1

Title: Selective fluorophore-assisted light inactivation of voltage-gated calcium channels.

Authors: Evgeny Kobrinsky, Jung-Ha Lee, Nikolai M Soldatov

Journal, date & volume: Channels (Austin), 2012 May-Jun , 6, 154-6

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Fluorophore-assisted light inactivation (FALI) is an investigative tool to inactivate fluorescently labeled proteins by a mechanism of in situ photodestruction. We found that Ca(v)1.2 (L-type) and Ca(v)3.1 (T-type) calcium channels, labeled by genetic fusion with GFP derivatives, show differential sensitivity to FALI. Specifically, FALI silences Ca(v)1.2 calcium channels containing EYFP-labeled α(1C)subunits but does not affect the EYFP-α(1G) Ca(v)3.1 calcium channels or Ca(v)1.2 channels containing EYFP-labeled β subunits. Our findings limit the applicability of acceptor photobleaching for the measurements of FRET but open an opportunity to combine the fluorescent imaging of the live cell expressing labeled calcium channels with selective functional inactivation of their specific subsets.