Site-specific protein labeling methods are highly valuable tools for research and applications. We present a new protein labeling method that allows covalent attachment of a chromo-and fluorogenic flavin (FMN) to any targeted protein using a short flavinylation peptide-Tag. We show that this peptide can be as short as 7 residues and can be located at the N-Terminus, C-Terminus, or in internal regions of the target protein. Analogous to kinase-catalyzed phosphorylation, the flavin is covalently attached via a stable phosphothreonyl linkage. The site-specific covalent tethering of FMN is accomplished by using a bacterial flavin transferase. The covalent coupling of FMN was shown to work in Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells and could be performed in vitro, rendering the "Flavin-Tag"method a powerful tool for the selective decoration of proteins with a biocompatible redox-Active fluorescent chromophore.
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||8|
|Status||Published - 18-aug.-2021|