Resolution of the lifetimes and correlation times of the intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence of human hemoglobin solutions using 2 GHz frequency-domain fluorometry

E. Bucci, H. Malak, C. Fronticelli, I. Gryczynski, J. R. Lakowicz

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Abstract

We used 2 GHz harmonic content frequency-domain fluorescence to measure the intensity and the anisotropy decays from the intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence from human hemoglobin (Hb). The tryptophan intensity decays are dominated by a short-lived component which accounts for 35-60% of the total steady state intensity. The decay time of this short component varies from 9 to 27 ps and this component is sensitive to the ligation state of Hb. Our error analyses indicate the uncertainty is about ±3 ps. The intensity decays also show two longer lived components near 0.7 and 8 ns, which are probably due either to impurities or to Hb molecules in conformations which do not permit energy transfer. The anisotropy decays indicate the tryptophan residues in Hb are highly mobile, with apparent correlation times near 55 ps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6972-6977
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume263
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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