Photoactivatable fluorescent proteins

Konstantin A. Lukyanov, Dmitry M. Chudakov, Sergey Lukyanov, Vladislav V. Verkhusha

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The fluorescence characteristics of photoactivatable proteins can be controlled by irradiating them with light of a specific wavelength, intensity and duration. This provides unique possibilities for the optical labelling and tracking of living cells, organelles and intracellular molecules in a spatio-temporal manner. Here, we discuss the properties of the available photoactivatable fluorescent proteins and their potential applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-891
Number of pages7
JournalNature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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