Jennifer C. Lewis

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Certain marine organisms produce calcium-activated photoproteins that allow them to emit light for a variety of purposes, such as defense, feeding, breeding, etc. Even though there are many bioluminescent organisms in nature, only a few photoproteins have been isolated and characterized. The mechanism of emission of light in the blue region is the result of(More)
Genetically engineered one-to-one conjugates between an analyte and a protein label have been demonstrated to yield assays with better detection limits and performance characteristics than those prepared by conventional chemical conjugation methods. To date, the preparation of these conjugates has been limited to fusion techniques where a peptide analyte is(More)
Aequorin is one of several photoproteins that emits visible light upon binding to calcium ions. It has been widely used as a Ca(2+)-indicator and as an alternative highly sensitive bioluminescent label in binding assays. The apoprotein of aequorin binds an imidazopyrazine compound (coelenterazine) and molecular oxygen to form a stable photoprotein complex.(More)
Recombinant techniques are used to fuse biologically important molecules or peptides to the N-terminus of the photoprotein aequorin such that the binding characteristics of the molecule and the bioluminescent activity of aequorin are retained. This work demonstrates that the peptide region of a bulky protein can be used to develop an assay for the protein.(More)
A competitive fluorescence microplate assay based on a red-shifted green fluorescent protein (rsGFP) and a blue fluorescent protein (BFP) was developed for the detection of two model peptides in the same sample. The assay employed gene fusion to prepare the fluorescently labeled peptide conjugates. Specifically, plasmids were constructed in which the genes(More)
An analog design was used to investigate the mediating effects of client locus of control (i.e., an internal focus or external focus) on perceptions of counselor style of interpreting events (i.e., absolute or tentative interpretations) on measures of perceived session depth and smoothness, and perceived counselor expertness, attractiveness, and(More)
The marine polyp Obelia longissima produces a protein, obelin, which emits light in a calcium-dependent manner. This photoprotein consists of a stable complex of its apoprotein, a chromophore, and oxygen. In the presence of calcium ions, the protein undergoes a change in conformation that allows it to catalyze the oxidation of the chromophore,(More)