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A description of instruments for investigation of spectral, polarizational and kinetic characteristics of fluorescence that have been designed and constructed, and are in operation at the Institute of Cytology is presented. The spectrofluorimeter with the steady state excitation allows recording fluorescence spectra, spectral parameter A, the value of(More)
To obtain more information about the structural properties and conformational stabilities of GFP-like fluorescent proteins, we have undertaken a systematic analysis of series of green and red fluorescent proteins with different association states. The list of studied proteins includes EGFP (green monomer), zFP506 (green tetramer), mRFP1 (red monomer),(More)
The fluorescence of the benzothiazole dye thioflavin T (ThT) is a well-known test for amyloid fibril formation. It has now become evident that ThT can also be used for structural investigations of amyloid fibrils and even for the treatment of amyloid diseases. In this case, one of the most urgent problems is an accurate determination of ThT-amyloid fibril(More)
Fluorescence is a proven tool in all fields of knowledge, including biology and medicine. A significant obstacle in its use is the nonlinearity of the dependence of the fluorescence intensity on fluorophore concentration that is caused by the so-called primary inner filter effect. The existing methods for correcting the fluorescence intensity are hard to(More)
In this work, the fluorescence of thioflavin T (ThT) was studied in a wide range of viscosity and temperature. It was shown that ThT fluorescence quantum yield varies from 0.0001 in water at room temperature to 0.28 in rigid isotropic solution (T/η→0). The deviation of the fluorescence quantum yield from unity in rigid isotropic solution suggests that(More)
Here, we hypothesize that intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) serve as important drivers of the intracellular liquid-liquid phase separations that generate various membrane-less organelles. This hypothesis is supported by the overwhelming abundance of IDPs in these organelles. Assembly and disassembly of these organelles are controlled by changes in(More)
The increase in the solvent polarity induces a significant shift of the long-wavelength absorption band of the thioflavin T (ThT) to the shorter wavelengths. This is due to the fact that the positive charge of the ThT molecule (Z = +1e) is unequally and very differently distributed between the benzthiazole and aminobenzene rings in the ground and excited(More)
GdmCl-induced unfolding of rabbit muscle creatine kinase, CK, has been studied by a variety of physico-chemical methods including near and far UV CD, SEC, intrinsic fluorescence (intensity, anisotropy and lifetime) as well as intensity and lifetime of bound ANS fluorescence. The formation of several stable unfolding intermediates, some of which were not(More)
The intracellular environment represents an extremely crowded milieu, with a limited amount of free water and an almost complete lack of unoccupied space. Obviously, slightly salted aqueous solutions containing low concentrations of a biomolecule of interest are too simplistic to mimic the "real life" situation, where the biomolecule of interest scrambles(More)