Daven Aidan Armoogum

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The tumor suppressor p53 is a member of the emerging class of proteins that have both folded and intrinsically disordered domains, which are a challenge to structural biology. Its N-terminal domain (NTD) is linked to a folded core domain, which has a disordered link to the folded tetramerization domain, which is followed by a disordered C-terminal domain.(More)
3-Phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1) plays a central role in regulating the activity of protein kinases that are essential for signaling; however, how PDK1 itself is regulated is largely unknown. We found that homodimerization of PDK1 is a spatially and temporally regulated mechanism for controlling PDK1 activity. We used Förster resonance energy(More)
A new approach to time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy based on stimulated emission depletion (STED) of two-photon excited states is presented. Combined with time-resolved detection, STED can circumvent orientational averaging constraints and spontaneous emission selection rules inherent in all conventional techniques. Applications of STED to the study(More)
Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is a member of the serpin (serine protease inhibitor) superfamily. Like most serpins, the inhibitory function of PAI-1 relies on a flexible reactive centre loop (RCL) undertaking a striking conformational transition. We have investigated the conformational dynamics of the RCL of PAI-1 by time-resolved fluorescence(More)
Two-photon fluorescence polarisation and stimulated emission depletion dynamics are investigated in three high two -photon cross-section push-push polyenes: OM62, LP79 and OM77 and compared to the behaviour of a standard fluorophore (rhodamine 6G). Two-photon fluorescence anisotropy measurements (R(0) and Ω) were undertaken using picosecond time-correlated(More)
The measurement of donor lifetime modification by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) is a widely used tool for detecting protein-protein interactions and protein conformation change. Such measurements can be compromised by the presence of a significant noninteracting fraction of molecules. Combining time-resolved intensity and anisotropy measurements(More)
This thesis concerns the development and application of time resolved fluorescence which yield new and detailed information on molecular order and motion in both isotropic and ordered systems. Polarised fluorescence studies involve the photoselection of a non-equilibrium distribution of excited state probe orientations whose relaxation is monitored by time(More)
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