Apr 14, 1976

The fluorescence decay of tryptophan residues in native and denatured proteins

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
A Grinvald, I Z Steinberg


The fluorescence decay kinetics at different ranges of the emission spectrum is reported for 17 proteins. Out of eight proteins containing a single tryptophan residue per molecule, seven proteins display multiexponential decay kinetics, suggesting that variability in protein structure may exist for most proteins. Tryptophan residues whose fluorescence spectrum is red shifted may have lifetimes longer than 7 ns. Such long lifetimes have not been detected in any of the denatured proteins studied, indicating that in native proteins the tryptophans having a red-shifted spectrum are affected by the tertiary structure of the protein. The fluorescence decay kinetics of ten denatured proteins studied obey multiexponential decay functions. It is therefore concluded that the tryptophan residues in denatured proteins can be grouped in two classes. The first characterized by a relatively long lifetime of about 4 ns and the second has a short lifetime of about 1.5 ns. The emission spectrum of the group which is characterized by the longer lifetime is red shifted relative to the emission spectrum of the group characterized by the shorter lifetime. A comparison of the decay data with the quantum yield of the proteins raises the possibility th...Continue Reading

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