S. Ramaswamy, Ph.D.
CEO of c-CAMP, Dean, inStem, NCBS, Bangalore, India
Discovery, engineering and applications of Blue Fish Protein with Red Fluorescence
Swagatha Ghosh, Chi-Li Yu, Daniel Ferraro, Sai Sudha, Wayne Schaefer, David T Gibson and S. Ramaswamy
Fluorescent proteins and their applications have revolutionized our understanding of biology significantly. In spite of several years since the discovery of the classic GFP, proteins of this class are used as the standard flag bearers. We have recently discovered a protein from the fish Sanders vitrius that shows interesting fluorescent properties – including a 280 nm stoke shift and infrared emission. The crystal structure of the wild type protein shows that it is a tetramer. We have engineered mutations to make a monomer with very similar fluorescent properties. We have used this protein for tissue imaging as well as for in cell-fluorescence successfully