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Biorecognition on the cover of FEBS Letters

After getting an article accepted in FEBS Letters, the authors sent a cover art suggestion to the journal. The image was accepted and is featured on the cover of FEBS Lett., Volume 585, Issue 8.

The interaction of 14-3-3 gamma with phospholipid membranes was studied using...
The interaction of 14-3-3 gamma with phospholipid membranes was studied using intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence
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Jarl Underhaug and Helene Bustad Johannessen

Human 14-3-3 proteins contain two conserved tryptophan residues in each monomer, Trp60 and Trp233 in isoform γ. 14-3-3γ binds to negatively charged membranes and here we show that membrane binding can be monitored by steady-state intrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy. Measurements with W60F and W233F 14-3-3γ mutants revealed that Trp60 is the major contributor to the emission fluorescence, whereas the fluorescence of Trp233, which π-stacks with Tyr184, is quenched. The fluorescence is reduced and red-shifted upon specific binding of a phosphate ligand, and further red-shifted upon binding of 14-3-3γ to the membrane, compatible with solvent exposure of Trp60. Moreover, our results support that membrane binding involves the non-conserved, convex area of 14-3-3γ, and that Trp residues do not intercalate in the bilayer.

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