Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 720–725 | Cite as

Single amino acid replacement transforms mCherry to a far-red fluorescent protein

  • Yeji Kim
  • Kyungju Song
  • Hwajin Lee
  • Dohyun Kim
  • Jintae Kim
  • Minsub Chung
Research Paper


Far-red fluorescent proteins are beneficial for imaging in mammals. Here, starting from mCherry, the most commonly used among the different types of red fluorescent proteins (RFP), not having a H-bond network in its original form, we sought to recover the hydrogen bond network in mCherry. By comparing the structure of wtGFP and mCherry, we focused on a few key residues involved in a proton wire, and discovered an I197T mutant that showed a more red-shifted fluorescence. The detailed optical and photo-switching properties of related engineered RFPs are described. This study will guide further development of monomeric far-red FPs.


far-red fluorescent proteins mCherry mutagenesis 


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© The Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yeji Kim
    • 1
  • Kyungju Song
    • 1
  • Hwajin Lee
    • 1
  • Dohyun Kim
    • 2
  • Jintae Kim
    • 3
  • Minsub Chung
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringHongik UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringMyongji UniversityYonginKorea
  3. 3.Department of Electronics EngineeringKonkuk UniversitySeoulKorea

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