Scientific article

Coherent manipulation of free amino acids fluorescence

Published inPCCP. Physical chemistry chemical physics, vol. 14, no. 26, 9317
Publication date2012

Coherent manipulation of molecular wavepackets in biomolecules might contribute to the quest towards label-free cellular imaging and protein identification. We report the use of optimally tailored UV laser pulses in pump–probe depletion experiments that selectively enhance or decrease fluorescence between two aromatic amino acids: tryptophan (Trp) and tyrosine (Tyr). Selective fluorescence modulation is achieved with a contrast of [similar]35%. A neat modification of the time-dependent fluorescence depletion signal of Trp is observed, while the Tyr transient trace remains unchanged. The mechanism invoked for explaining the change of the depletion of Trp is a less efficient coupling between the fluorescing state and the higher non-radiative excited states by the optimally shaped pulse, than by the reference pulse.

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RONDI, Ariana et al. Coherent manipulation of free amino acids fluorescence. In: PCCP. Physical chemistry chemical physics, 2012, vol. 14, n° 26, p. 9317. doi: 10.1039/c2cp23357f
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