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Light Regulation of Protein Dimerization and Kinase Activity in Living Cells Using Photocaged Rapamycin and Engineered FKBP

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posted on 26.01.2011, 00:00 by Andrei V. Karginov, Yan Zou, David Shirvanyants, Pradeep Kota, Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Douglas D. Young, Klaus M. Hahn, Alexander Deiters
We developed a new system for light-induced protein dimerization in living cells using a photocaged analogue of rapamycin together with an engineered rapamycin binding domain. Using focal adhesion kinase as a target, we demonstrated successful light-mediated regulation of protein interaction and localization in living cells. Modification of this approach enabled light-triggered activation of a protein kinase and initiation of kinase-induced phenotypic changes in vivo.

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