Green Fluorescent Protein | The Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2023)

Green Fluorescent Protein

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Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is a protein in thejellyfish AequoreaVictoria that exhibits green fluorescence when exposed tolight. The protein has 238 amino acids, three of them (Numbers 65 to 67)form a structure that emits visible green fluorescent light. Inthe jellyfish, GFP interacts with another protein, called aequorin,which emits blue light when added with calcium. Biologists use GFPto study cells in embryos and fetuses during developmentalprocesses.

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Biologists use GFP as a marker protein. GFP can attach to andmark another protein with fluorescence, enabling scientists to seethe presence of the particular protein in an organic structure.Gfp refers to the gene that produces green fluorescentprotein. Using DNA recombinant technology, scientists combine theGfp gene to a another gene that produces a protein that they want to study,and then they insert the complex into a cell. If the cell producesthe green fluorescence, scientists infer that the cell expresses thetarget gene as well. Moreover, scientists use GFP to label specificorganelles, cells, tissues. As the Gfp gene is heritable, thedescendants of labeled entities also exhibit green fluorescence.

Edmund N. Harvey, a professor at Princeton University inPrinceton, New Jersey, initiated the studies on bioluminescence inthe US. In 1921, Harvey described the yellow tissues in the umbrellaof jellyfish as being luminous in particular conditions, such as atnight or when the jellyfish is stimulated with electricity. In 1955,Demorest Davenport at the University of California at Santa Barbarain Santa Barbara, California, and Joseph Nicol at Plymouth MarineLaboratory in Plymouth, England, used photoelectric recording andhistological methods to confirm Harvey's descriptions, and theyidentified the green fluorescent materials in the marginal canal ofthe umbrella.

In the same year, Osamu Shimomura became a research assistant atNagoya University in Nagoya, Japan, and he crystallized the luciferin,a light-emitting compound found in the sea-firefly Vargulahilgendorfii. Shimomura published his results in 1957. Oneof Harvey's students, Frank H. Johnson, studied bioluminescence atPrinceton University. Johnson followed Shimomura's work and invitedhim to work in the US, and in 1960 Shimomura received aFulbright Travel Grant and started working with Johnson. Shortlyafter Shimomura arrived in the US, Johnson introduced thebioluminescence of Aequorea Victoria to Shimomura. In the US,jellyfish live only on the west coast, so Shimomura traveled to theFriday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington in SanJuan Island, Washington, during the summer of 1961. After catchingabout 10,000 jellyfish, Shimomura took the extracts of the jellyfishand preserved it in dry-ice to bring it back to Princeton inSeptember of 1961.

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At Princeton, Shimomura and his colleagues started to purify thebioluminescent substance, and they found that it was a protein,which they called aequorin. When they purified aequorin, they alsodiscovered traces of another protein, which showed greenfluorescence. Shimomura's team published the findings in "Exraction,Purification, and Properties of Aequorin" in 1962. The paper wasabout aequorin, but it also described a green protein, whichexhibited green fluorescence under sunlight. John W. Hasting andJames G. Morin, who later researched aequorin, termed the proteinas green fluorescent protein in 1971.

Shimomura focused on aequorin, purified the protein, crystallizedit, and elucidated its underlying structure. He also studied theproperties of GFP, and published his last paper on GFP in 1979. In1981, after leaving Princeton University for the Marine BiologyLaboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Shimomura did not research on GFP anymore. From 1979 to 1992, many researchersstudied various aspects of GFP, including the use of NuclearMagnetic Resonance to study the amino acids of the protein, the useof X-rays to study its crystal, and the evolution of GFP.

In the early 1990s, molecular biologist Douglas Prasher,at the Marine Biology Laboratory, used GFP to design probes, atechnology involving fragments of DNA to detect the presence ofnucleotide sequences. Prasher isolated the complementary DNA (cDNA)of Gfp gene, and he published the sequence of the gene in 1992.After the publication of the cDNA sequence in 1992, Prasher's funding from theAmerican Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia, expired. When he appliedfor funding from the US National Institute of Health in Bethesda,Maryland, the reviewer argued that Prasher's research lackedcontributions to society. As Prasher could not secure funding tosupport his research any further, he left the Marine BiologyLaboratory to work for the US Department of Agriculture inMassachusetts.

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After Prasher's publication in 1992, many scientists tried totransfer and express the Gfp gene in organisms other thanjellyfish using DNA recombinant technology, and Martin Chalfie wasthe first who succeeded. Chalfie, a Professor at Columbia Universityin New York, New York, studied the development of the nematode Caenorhabditiselegans. Chalfie heard about the protein GFP in a lecture,and he speculated that GFP might facilitate his study of geneexpression in C. elegans. Chalfie's team obtained the cDNA ofthe gene Gfp from Prasher and inserted only the codingsequence of Gfp gene first in the bacterium EscherichiaColi, and then in C. elegans. Chalfie and his team foundthat Gfp gene produced GFP without added enzymes orsubstrates in both organisms. In 1994, Chalfie published his resultsin "Green Fluorescent Protein as a Marker for Gene Expression". Thedetection of GFP needed only ultraviolet light. Thereafter, manybiologists introduced GFP into their experiments to study geneexpression. Satoshi Inouye and Frederick Tsuji at PrincetonUniversity also expressed Gfp in E. Coli in 1994.

Many scientists tried to mutate the Gfp gene to make the resultant proteinreact to wider wavelengths and emanate different colors. Otherscientists studied different fluorescent proteins (FPs). RogerTsien, a professor at the University of California San Diego, in SanDiego, California, reengineered the gene Gfp to produce theprotein in different structures. His team also reengineered other FPs.Due to Tsien's and other bioengineers' efforts, GFP could not onlyexhibit brighter fluorescence, but also respond to a wider range ofwavelengths, as well as emit almost all colors, except for red.Tsien's findings enabled scientists to tag multiple colored GFPs todifferent proteins, cells, or organelles of interest, and scientistscould study the interaction of those particles. Red FP becameavailable in 1999, when Sergey Lukyanov's team at theShemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Moscow,Russia, found that some corals contained the red fluorescentprotein, called DsRed. Other laboratories developed fluorescentsensors for calcium, protease and other biological molecules. Sincethen, scientists have reported more than 150 distinct GFP-likeproteins in many species.

As GFP does not interfere with biological processes when usedin vivo, biologists use it to study how organisms develop.For example, after 1994, Chalfie and his colleagues applied GFP inthe study of the neuron development of C. elegans. In a 2002paper, Chalfie and his colleagues describe how they first labeled aspecific gene involved in tactile perception in neuron cells withGFP, and then observed the amount of fluorescence emitted by thosecells. Because mutant cells produced less or more GFP than normalcells, the abnormal amount of fluorescence production indicated theabnormal development of mutants. Since then, this field of researchexpanded to many other organisms, including fruitflies, mice, andzebra fish.

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On 10 December 2008, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science academyawarded the Noble Prize in Chemistry to Tsien, Chalfie, andShimomura for their discoveries on GFP.

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FAQs

What is the purpose of green fluorescent protein? ›

Biologists use GFP to study cells in embryos and fetuses during developmental processes. Biologists use GFP as a marker protein. GFP can attach to and mark another protein with fluorescence, enabling scientists to see the presence of the particular protein in an organic structure.

How does a green fluorescent protein fluoresce? ›

GFP is a barrel shape with the fluorescent portion (the chromophore) made up of just three amino acids. When this chromophore absorbs blue light, it emits green fluorescence.

How does GFP give green light? ›

Solutions of purified GFP look yellow under typical room lights, but when taken outdoors in sunlight, they glow with a bright green color. The protein absorbs ultraviolet light from the sunlight, and then emits it as lower-energy green light.

How do you make a paper model of green fluorescent protein? ›

Area. Next tape strands see next to be D next to C and so on until strand K in each case aligning

What is GFP give its source? ›

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) was originally derived from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria (Prendergast and Mann, 1978). It has 238 amino acid residues and a green fluorophore, which is comprised of only three amino acids: Ser65-Tyr66-Gly67.

Where is GFP protein found? ›

The label GFP traditionally refers to the protein first isolated from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria and is sometimes called avGFP. However, GFPs have been found in other organisms including corals, sea anemones, zoanithids, copepods and lancelets.

Does GFP need UV light? ›

It is easy to find out where GFP is at any given time: you just have to shine ultraviolet light, and any GFP will glow bright green.

What is a potential limitation of GFP? ›

What is a potential limitation of GFP? A. GFP can fluoresce only in vitro.

How long does GFP fluorescence last? ›

The half-life of unmodified GFP is approximately 26 h;8 thus, it takes several days for the passively transferred protein to degrade leading to an overestimation of transduction achieved at early time points.

Does GFP glow in the dark? ›

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is a protein that occurs naturally in the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. The purified protein appears yellow under ordinary lighting but glows bright green under sunlight or ultraviolet light.

What wavelength does GFP absorb? ›

A mechanism for the fluorophore formation has been proposed (3) but needs to be confirmed by further studies. GFP absorbs blue light at 395 nm, with a smaller peak at 475 nm, and emits green light at 508 nm with a quantum yield of 0.72–0.85 (12, 13).

Can you see GFP with naked eye? ›

The transformants showing high expression of the gfp gene had the normal mycelia pigmentation altered, displaying a bright green-yellowish color, visible with the naked eye on the plates, without the aid of any kind of fluorescent light or special filter set.

Why does GFP glow under UV light? ›

Scientists knew that GFP glows because three of its amino acids form a fluorophore, a chemical group that absorbs and emits light.

Where do the fluorescent properties of GFP come from? ›

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is a protein produced by the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, that emits bioluminescence in the green zone of the visible spectrum. The GFP gene has been cloned and is used in molecular biology as a marker.

What is the overall structure of the GFP polypeptide? ›

Overall structure of GFP

The polypeptide backbone folds into a previously unobserved motif: a β-barrel of eleven strands, surrounding a central helix. Short distorted helical segments cap the barrel ends and help isolate the internal chromophore from solvent.

What is the size of GFP? ›

GFP is a 28 kDa protein that resembles a cylinder with a length of 4.2 nm and a diameter of about 2.4 nm (Hink et al., 2000). The complete beta-barrel is necessary for its fluorescence and therefore GFP cannot be downsized by deleting residues.

Who discovered green fluorescent protein? ›

Osamu Shimomura first isolated GFP from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, which drifts with the currents off the west coast of North America. He discovered that this protein glowed bright green under ultraviolet light.

Is GFP naturally occurring? ›

discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP), a naturally occurring substance in the jellyfish Aequorea victoria that is used as a tool to make visible the actions of certain cells.

What animal produces GFP? ›

Green Fluorescent Protein - The GFP Site. Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) has existed for more than one hundred and sixty million years in one species of jellyfish, Aequorea victoria. The protein is found in the photoorgans of Aequorea, see picture below right.

How many base pairs is GFP? ›

One interesting candidate gene that fulfills these requirements is the gene-encoding green fluorescent protein (GFP). It was originally isolated from the jellyfish Aquorea victoria. The GFP cDNA consists of 730 bp, which encode a 238 amino acid protein with a molecular weight of 27 kD (2).

What animals have GFP? ›

Among the phylum cnidaria, GFP-like fluorescent proteins have been discovered in corallimorpharians, hydroids, corals, pennatulids, and anemones. Class Anthozoa possesses most of the species expresses fluorescent proteins.

How do you Visualise GFP? ›

We find that GFP fluorescence survives fixation in 4% paraformaldehyde/0.1% glutaraldehyde and can be visualized directly by fluorescence microscopy in unstained, 1 microm sections of LR White-embedded material.

At what wavelength does GFP fluorescence? ›

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is the most commonly used fluorescent reporter. Initially isolated from the jellyfish Aqueoria victoria, GFP has since been engineered to generate the brighter and more photostable enhanced GFP (eGFP), with an excitation wavelength of 488 nm and emission wavelength of 509 nm.

What amino acids are in GFP? ›

Roger Tsien and co-workers explained how three amino acids in the peptide backbone of GFP — namely serine, tyrosine and glycine in positions 65, 66 and 67, respectively — react in the presence of oxygen to form the fluorescent chromophore p-hydroxybenzylideneimidazolinone.

Can GFP be toxic to cells? ›

In addition to initiating the apoptosis cascade, reactive oxygen production induced by GFP has been linked to cellular toxicity and eventual death in GFP expressing cells.

Can GFP be used in plants? ›

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is increasingly being used in plant biology from the cellular level to whole plant level. At the cellular level, GFP is being used as an in vivo reporter to assess frequency of transient and stable transformation.

What is GFP how it can be used for selection of transgenic plants? ›

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) would be suitable as an in vivo marker for monitoring transgenic plants, because it fluoresces green when excited with ultraviolet or blue light without the addition of substrates or cofactors3,4,5. The gene for GFP has been cloned6 and is widely used in cellular biology7,8,9.

How long does it take for GFP to be expressed? ›

GFP expression was noticeable in cells within 4 h of transfection. In nine separate transfections, approximately 20% of the transfected cells expressed GFP with a mean fluorescence 40-50x that of control cells (15 fluorescent units [FU] vs. 0.3 FU) during the first five days after transfection.

Is GFP stable in plant cells? ›

GFP is very stable in plant cells and shows little photobleaching. Viable cells can be obtained after fluorescence-activated cell sorting based on GFP. The paper further reports that GFP can be detected in intact tissues after delivering the constructs into Arabidopsis leaf and root by microprojectile bombardment.

What is the size of GFP in kDa? ›

The green fluorescent protein (GFP), originally discovered in the jellyfish, Aequorea victoria, is composed of 238 amino acids and has a molecular weight of 27 kDa.

What microscope can see GFP? ›

Flow cytometry and fluorescent microscopy are two conventional tools to detect the GFP signal; flow cytometry is an effective and sensitive technique to quantitatively analyze fluorescent intensity, while fluorescent microscopy can visualize the subcellular location and expression of GFP.

Is GFP expressed in the nucleus? ›

To obtain the dual-color cells, red fluorescent protein (RFP) was expressed in the cytoplasm of a series of human and rodent cancer cells, and green fluorescent protein (GFP) linked to histone H2B was expressed in the nucleus.

Why would scientists want to insert the GFP gene into organisms? ›

GFP allows for direct visualization of most any protein that has been genetically fused to it. Scientists now have the unfettered ability to find out where their favorite protein is located in a cell or animal, and this is a tremendous opportunity to further understand how the protein in question functions.

How is GFP concentration measured? ›

The quantity of GFP is determined by comparing its fluorescence with that of GFP standard. The kit can detect a wide range of GFP concentration (0.01-10 µg/ml). A GFP quench solution is also provided for determining auto-fluorescence of cell or tissue extracts.

Is GFP a reporter gene? ›

Since the cloning and enhancement of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) derived from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria (4, 7, 9, 27–29, 41, 46), GFP has been widely used as a reporter gene.

Is green fluorescent protein an enzyme? ›

The GFP is unique amongst natural pigments for its ability to autocatalyse its own chromophore, requiring only oxygen to complete its synthesis. In this way, a single protein acts as both substrate and enzyme.

Why was GFP so noteworthy? ›

Conclusion. Today, GFP is being extensively used in many experiments making it a very important scientific tool. Because of its strengths, it has proved to be very important for studying the dynamics of various proteins, nucleic acids as well as lipid localization in yeast.

What is the difference between GFP and EGFP? ›

The main difference between GFP and EGFP is that the GFP (stands for Green Fluorescent Protein) is a protein that exhibits bright green fluorescence when exposed to blue light whereas the EGFP (stands for Enhanced Green Fluorescence Protein) exhibits stronger fluorescence than GFP.

What is a fluorescent microscope used for? ›

Fluorescence microscopy is highly sensitive, specific, reliable and extensively used by scientists to observe the localization of molecules within cells, and of cells within tissues.

How much does GFP cost? ›

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How is GFP tagging done? ›

GFP-tagging is a way of preparing a sample for fluorescence microscopy by using the GFP as a fluorescent protein reporter. This is done by cloning the GFP in frame with the target protein at either the N- or C-terminus of the amino acid chain.

Why are fluorescent proteins important? ›

Photoactivatable fluorescent proteins enable tracking of photolabeled molecules and cells in space and time and can also be used for super-resolution imaging. Genetically encoded sensors make it possible to monitor the activity of enzymes and the concentrations of various analytes.

What is the purpose of green fluorescent protein? ›

Biologists use GFP to study cells in embryos and fetuses during developmental processes. Biologists use GFP as a marker protein. GFP can attach to and mark another protein with fluorescence, enabling scientists to see the presence of the particular protein in an organic structure.

How is GFP attached to a protein? ›

The protein is coded for by a single gene. The GFP gene can be inserted downstream of the promoter of a gene in another organism. RNA polymerase binds to promoter regions to initiate transcription. If the GFP gene is inserted correctly, it can be expressed in organisms other than jellyfish.

What makes green fluorescent protein glow? ›

Solutions of purified GFP look yellow under typical room lights, but when taken outdoors in sunlight, they glow with a bright green color. The protein absorbs ultraviolet light from the sunlight, and then emits it as lower-energy green light.

What is the molecular structure of GFP? ›

The protein is in the shape of a cylinder, comprising 11 strands of beta-sheet with an alpha-helix inside and short helical segments on the ends of the cylinder. This motif, with beta-structure on the outside and alpha-helix on the inside, represents a new protein fold, which we have named the beta-can.

Where are fluorescent proteins used? ›

Photoactivatable fluorescent proteins enable tracking of photolabeled molecules and cells in space and time and can also be used for super-resolution imaging. Genetically encoded sensors make it possible to monitor the activity of enzymes and the concentrations of various analytes.

What is the fluorophore in GFP? ›

The principle fluorophore (often termed a chromophore) is a tripeptide consisting of the residues serine, tyrosine, and glycine at positions 65-67 in the sequence. Although this simple amino acid motif is commonly found throughout nature, it does not generally result in fluorescence.

What are the advantages of having a GFP tag? ›

The primary advantage of the chimeric GFP tag having an internal hexa-histidine sequence is that such a tag allows maximum flexibility for protein or peptide fusions since both N- and C-terminal ends of the GFP are available for fusion.

How is GFP used as a reporter gene? ›

By fusing the GFP gene with another gene, scientists can use GFP as reporter gene in biological studies, signaling gene expression or the location of a protein in a cell. We have used GFP to signal the expression of particular genes during microbial biofilm development.

What is the advantage of using GFP as a marker in a screen? ›

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) can be directly visualized in living cells, tissues or organisms under UV illumination. This advantage of GFP is exploited in the development of a practical approach in which GFP is used as a visual marker to monitor the removal of the selectable marker gene from transgenic plants.

Is green fluorescent protein an enzyme? ›

The GFP is unique amongst natural pigments for its ability to autocatalyse its own chromophore, requiring only oxygen to complete its synthesis. In this way, a single protein acts as both substrate and enzyme.

What are the disadvantages of GFP? ›

The major disadvantages of studying GFP fusion proteins is that they are generally overexpressed relative to endogenous proteins, and the GFP tag can, in principle, affect protein function.

What are the disadvantages of using GFP as a reporter? ›

Disadvantage of GFP: It is necessary that each fusion protein be tested for its functionality in vivo because GFP-tag is so relatively large that affect the function of fused protein of interest. The GFP signal can not be amplified in a controlled manner, possibility preventing detection of low expression levels.

How long does GFP fluorescence last? ›

The half-life of unmodified GFP is approximately 26 h;8 thus, it takes several days for the passively transferred protein to degrade leading to an overestimation of transduction achieved at early time points.

What wavelength does GFP absorb? ›

A mechanism for the fluorophore formation has been proposed (3) but needs to be confirmed by further studies. GFP absorbs blue light at 395 nm, with a smaller peak at 475 nm, and emits green light at 508 nm with a quantum yield of 0.72–0.85 (12, 13).

How is GFP fluorescence measured? ›

Flow cytometry and fluorescent microscopy are two conventional tools to detect the GFP signal; flow cytometry is an effective and sensitive technique to quantitatively analyze fluorescent intensity, while fluorescent microscopy can visualize the subcellular location and expression of GFP.

Which applications does GFP have? ›

GFP is used in research across a vast array of biological disciplines and scientists employ GFP for a wide number of functions, including: tagging genes for elucidating their expression or localization profiles, acting as a biosensor or cell marker, studying protein-protein interactions, visualizing promoter activity, ...

What is the size of GFP? ›

GFP is a 28 kDa protein that resembles a cylinder with a length of 4.2 nm and a diameter of about 2.4 nm (Hink et al., 2000). The complete beta-barrel is necessary for its fluorescence and therefore GFP cannot be downsized by deleting residues.

Has GFP been used in humans? ›

Cell Markers: Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)

GFP and its variants have been used in organisms from bacteria and yeast to mice and human cells.

Is green fluorescent protein toxic to the living cells? ›

In addition to initiating the apoptosis cascade, reactive oxygen production induced by GFP has been linked to cellular toxicity and eventual death in GFP expressing cells.

Does GFP need UV light? ›

It is easy to find out where GFP is at any given time: you just have to shine ultraviolet light, and any GFP will glow bright green.

Who discovered green fluorescent protein? ›

Osamu Shimomura first isolated GFP from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, which drifts with the currents off the west coast of North America. He discovered that this protein glowed bright green under ultraviolet light.

Can you see GFP with naked eye? ›

The transformants showing high expression of the gfp gene had the normal mycelia pigmentation altered, displaying a bright green-yellowish color, visible with the naked eye on the plates, without the aid of any kind of fluorescent light or special filter set.

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