Archive for July, 2010

Allele’s pallet of the super star fluorescent proteins

“Photoblog”–just some fun pictures from our notebooks.

    The brightest cyan, green fluorescent proteins, and the brightest ever FP in LanYFP!
The brightest cyan, green fluorescent proteins, and the brightest ever FP in LanYFP!

Ain't they pretty?

These fluorescent proteins are representatives of the growing family or high quality, new generation FPs engineered to enable experiment previously deemed impossible.

    Cells infected with lentivirus carrying mWasabi. Lentivirus carrying LanYFP will make most cells much more brighter than this.
2-3 times brighter than EGFP, no cytotoxicity detected

The mWasabi is stimulating

The brightest green fluorescent protein with excellent photostability, carried on 10e8 TU/ml high titer lentivirus.

    The LanFPs express well in bacteria.
Reminding you of icecream

The LanFPs express well in bacteria

Project planning is under way to test the cytotoxicity of lanFPs in different mammalian cell lines and in vivo with a focus on neurons.

    The FPs fold so strongly that they fluorescence even in SDS-PAGE.
Fluorescence while running in denaturing gel

Can you see the FP bands in the SDS PAGE?

    FPs in SDS PAGE–a closer look
while the gel is still running

Can you see them now?

    FPs in gel cassette over UV lights
Easier to see now than during gel running

Invincible FPs

    FPs in gel cassette under blue LED
The red FP is harder to see because of the black background

Fluorescence in SDS page under blue LED

The purified FPs can be used as “real time” protein markers.

New Product of the Week 07/26/10-08/01/10: pCHAC-mWasabi-C for expressing mWasabi fusion through retroviral vectors.

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 Allele Mail Bag, Fluorescent proteins No Comments

17 Papers Using GFP-Trap, 12 Since 2009

1. MacKay C, Déclais AC, Lundin C et al. (2010). Identification of KIAA1018/FAN1, a DNA repair nuclease recruited to DNA damage by monoubiquitinated FANCD2. Cell 142:65-76.

2. Babiano R, de la Cruz J. (2010). Ribosomal protein L35 is required for 27SB pre-rRNA processing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nucleic Acids Res 2010 Apr 14.

3. Fulcher AJ, Dias MM, Jans DA. (2010). Binding of p110 retinoblastoma protein inhibits nuclear import of simian virus SV40 large tumor antigen. J Biol Chem. 285:17744-53.

4. Taniue K, Nishida A, Hamada F et al. (2010). Sunspot, a link between Wingless signaling and endoreplication in Drosophila. Development. 137:1755-64.

5. Rottach A, Frauer C, Pichler G et al. (2010). The multi-domain protein Np95 connects DNA methylation and histone modification. Nucleic Acids Res. 38:1796-804.

6. Boulon S, Ahmad Y, Trinkle-Mulcahy L et al. (2010). Establishment of a protein frequency library and its application in the reliable identification of specific protein interaction partners. Mol Cell Proteomics. 9:861-79.

7. Schornack S, Fuchs R, Huitema E et al. (2009). Protein mislocalization in plant cells using a GFP-binding chromobody. Plant J. 60:744-54.

8. Fellinger K, Bultmann S, Rothbauer U et al. (2009). Np95 interacts with de novo DNA methyltransferases, Dnmt3a and Dnmt3b, and mediates epigenetic silencing of the viral CMV promoter in embryonic stem cells. EMBO Rep. 10:1259-64.

9. Muñoz IM, Hain K, Déclais AC et al. (2009). Coordination of structure-specific nucleases by human SLX4/BTBD12 is required for DNA repair. Mol Cell. 35:116-27.

10. Webby CJ, Wolf A, et al. (2009). Jmjd6 Catalyses Lysyl-Hydroxylation of U2AF65, a Protein Associated with RNA Splicing. Science. 325:90-93.

11. Rogowski K et al. (2009). Evolutionary divergence of enzymatic mechanisms for posttranslational polyglycylation. Cell. 137: 1076-87.

12. Frauer C, Leonhardt H, (2009) A versatile non-radioactive assay for DNA methyltransferase activity and DNA binding. Nucleic Acid Res. 35: 5402-5409.

13. Trinkle-Mulcahy L et al., (2008) Identifying specific protein interaction partners using quantitative mass spectrometry and bead proteomes. J Cell Biol. 183: s223-39.

14. Rothbauer U, Leonhardt H, (2008) Connecting Biochemistry and Cell Biology with Nanobodies. Zellbiologie aktuell 34: 9-12.

15. Rothbauer U et al., (2008) A versatile nanotrap for biochemical and functional studies with fluorescent fusion proteins. Mol Cell Proteomics 7: 282-289.

16. Agarwal N et al., (2007) MeCP2 interacts with HP1 and modulates its heterochromatin association during myogenic differentiation. Nucleic Acid Res.35: 5402-5409.

17. Rothbauer U et al., (2006) Targeting and tracing antigens in live cells with fluorescent nanobodies. Nat Methods 3: 887-889.

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Promotion of the Week 071910-072510: High Quality dNTP Mix, 10mM, 5 ml, $409 this week $309. Hurry, email to or fax 858-587-6692 by Sunday to save $100 on your lab budget.

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Your Feedback Helps Us Move Forward

It seems like every week Allele Biotech has a blog entry introducing a new product, or some cutting edge research. What is often overlooked is the driving force toward this innovation, and that force is you, the customer. As a company we work to make products that address our customer needs while maintaining competitive pricing.

In order to continue these practices we rely on customer feedback. What differentiates Allele Biotech from other companies is how we react to customer input, we use it to innovate. A great example of this is Allele Mouse Tail Lysis Buffer, a product we created at the request of a customer. This customer wanted an alternative to using phenol, a potentially hazardous chemical. We were able to create our buffer which works efficiently and effectively to lyse DNA safely. Today Mouse Tail Lysis Buffer is one of our top selling reagents, but we still love to hear back from our customers about it. Other examples of customer initiated products are our Cre Lentivirus, and our Protein extraction buffer. The Cre Lentivirus was requested to give the end user a high titer virus stock for applying Cre recombinase to their MEFS. Protein Extraction Buffer was created at the behest of a customer who wanted a low cost, but high quality alternative to B-Per.

So next time you are in lab and realize you need something, or can improve upon a product send us an email. If you are already using something from Allele let us know if the protocol is unclear, or if it’s too long. Tell us if it was an easy product to use, or if it was a tedious process that can be improved upon. We want to know that our products are working for you, and that you are satisfied with your purchase from Allele Biotech. With this back and forth between company and customer we can build the ideal client relationship.

New Product of the Week 070510-071110: Pre-cutted pLICO-RNAi-Reporter, 20 reactions, ABP-HL-SE30020 $599.00

Promotion of the Week 070510-071110: buy Sapphire baculo genomic DNA get insect cells at half price.

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 Customer Feedback No Comments

Monomeric Photoconvertible Fluorescent Protein for Imaging of Dynamic Protein Localization

Allele Biotech has just made a news announcement indicating that researchers from Dr. Campbell’s lab at the University of Alberta, Canada, and scientists at Allele Biotech Drs. Nathan Shaner and Jiwu Wang published a paper in the Journal of Molecular Biology on July 5th introducing a new photoconvertible fluorescent protein mClavGR.

The use of green-to-red photoconvertible fluorescent proteins (FPs) enables researchers to highlight a subcellular population of a fusion protein of interest and image its dynamics in live cells. In an effort to enrich the arsenal of photoconvertible FPs and overcome the limitations imposed by the oligomeric structure of the natural photoconvertible FPs, we designed and optimized a new monomeric photoconvertible FP. Furthermore, we have exploited mClavGR2 to determine the diffusion kinetics of the membrane protein intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) both when the membrane is in contact with a T lymphocyte expressing leukocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) and when it is not. These experiments clearly establish that mClavGR2 is well suited for rapid photoconversion of protein sub-populations and subsequent tracking of dynamic changes in localization in living cells.

Compared with previously available photoconvertible FPs, mClavGR2 has much improved photostability of the red state under confocal illumination conditions, 3644 over mEOS2’s 2700 and Dendra2’s 2420. Most notable among other advantages of mClavGR2 is its monomeric structure, its highly optimized and relatively rapid folding efficiency, and its high photoconversion effi ciency due to the high pKa of the green state. Its brightness in both the green and the red states is similar to the popular mCherry.

In regard to monomeric state, the monomeric variant of EosFP, known as mEos, was created through the introduction of two point mutations that disrupted the protein-protein interfaces of the tetrameric species. Expression of mEos at temperatures of greater than 30 °C is problematic, but an effectively monomeric tandem dimer variant does express well at 37 °C. mEos2 has been reported to retain some propensity for dimer formation.

We anticipate that this new addition to the toolbox of engineered FPs will be of great utility in imaging of fast protein dynamics in live cells. Experiments to determine whether the advantages of mClavGR2 translate to improved performance in super-resolution imaging applications have been initiated.

Hiofan Hoi(a), Nathan C. Shaner(b), Michael W. Davidson(c), Christopher W. Cairo(a), d, Jiwu Wang(b) and Robert E. Campbell(a)
a University of Alberta, Department of Chemistry, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G2
b Allele Biotechnology, 9924 Mesa Rim Road, San Diego, California 92121
c National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Department of Biological Science, The Florida State University, 1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr., Tallahassee, Florida 32310
d Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Carbohydrate Science
Received 20 February 2010; revised 15 June 2010; accepted 25 June 2010. Available online 5 July 2010.

New Product of the Week 070510-071110: mClavGR greeen-to-red photoconvertible fluorescent protein, catalogue number to be created

Promotion of the Week 070510-071110: Purified lanYFP, bright even in SDS-PAGE gel WITHOUT dye or excitation, great for in gel marker.

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 Fluorescent proteins 5 Comments