Wouter Engelen

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With the development of ultrafast electron and X-ray sources it is becoming possible to study structural dynamics with atomic-level spatial and temporal resolution. Because of their short mean free path, electrons are particularly well suited for investigating surfaces and thin films, such as the challenging and important class of membrane proteins. To(More)
We present a detailed description of measurements of the effective temperature of a pulsed electron source, based on near-threshold photoionization of laser-cooled atoms. The temperature is determined by electron beam waist scans, source size measurements with ion beams, and analysis with an accurate beam line model. Experimental data is presented for the(More)
Zn plays essential and diverse roles in numerous cellular processes. To get a better understanding of intracellular Zn homeostasis and the putative signaling role of Zn, various fluorescent sensors have been developed that allow monitoring of Zn concentrations in single living cells in real time. Thus far, two families of genetically encoded FRET-based Zn(More)
The study of structural dynamics of complex macromolecular crystals using electrons requires bunches of sufficient coherence and charge. We present diffraction patterns from graphite, obtained with bunches from an ultracold electron source, based on femtosecond near-threshold photoionization of a laser-cooled atomic gas. By varying the photoionization(More)
An analytical model of a single-atom electron source is presented, where electrons are created by near-threshold photoionization of an isolated atom. The model considers the classical dynamics of the electron just after the photon absorption, i.e. its motion in the potential of a singly charged ion and a uniform electric field used for acceleration. From(More)
A photocrosslinkable protein G variant was used as an adapter protein to covalently and site-specifically conjugate an antibody and an Fc-fusion protein to an oligonucleotide. This modular approach enables straightforward decoration of DNA nanostructures with complex native proteins while retaining their innate binding affinity, allowing precise control(More)
Synthetic protein switches that sequence-specifically respond to oligonucleotide-based input triggers provide valuable tools for the readout of oligonucleotide-based biomolecular systems and networks. Here, we discuss a highly modular approach to reversibly control the DNA-directed assembly and disassembly of a complex between TEM1-β-lactamase and its(More)
Bioluminescent molecular beacons have been developed using a modular design approach that relies on BRET between the bright luciferase NanoLuc and a Cy3 acceptor. While classical molecular beacons are hampered by background fluorescence and scattering, these BRET-beacons allow detection of low pM concentrations of nucleic acids directly in complex media.
Zn(2+) plays essential and diverse roles in numerous cellular processes. To get a better understanding of intracellular Zn(2+) homeostasis and the putative signaling role of Zn(2+), various fluorescent sensors have been developed that allow monitoring of Zn(2+) concentrations in single living cells in real time. Thus far, two families of genetically encoded(More)