Concurrent analysis of the fluorescence intensity, at different emission wavelengths, of lipid vesicles containing acetylcholine receptor (AChR) labelled with a nitrobenzoxadiazole (NBD) moiety shows that selective interactions with the agonist carbamylcholine can be detected reproducibly by a self-calibration method with μM detection limits. Concurrent analysis of the fluorescence intensity and lifetime of the new probe 4-dicyanomethylene-1,2,3,4-tetrahydromethylquinoline (DCQ) shows that general alterations of lipid membrane structure induced by temperature variation in the head-group region of lipid vesicles can be determined.
A general approach to detection of selective interactions is introduced by observation of fluorescence intensity and lifetime changes of the probe NBD-phosphatidyl ethanolamine dispersed in lipid membranes containing unlabelled AChR. Detection and differentiation of selective interactions between carbamylcholine and the antagonist α-bungarotoxin are possible by correlation with intensity and lifetime at different emission wavelengths.
Krull, U.J., Brown, R.S., Hougham, B.D., McGibbon, G. and Vandenberg, E.T., 1990. Fluorescence wavelength, intensity and lifetime for multidimensional transduction of selective interactions of acetylcholine receptor by lipid membranes. Talanta, 37(6), pp.561-571.
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