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Articles by Nicolas Di Fiori in JoVE
Automated System for Single Molecule Fluorescence Measurements of Surface-immobilized Biomolecules
Nicolas Di Fiori1, Amit Meller1,2
1Physics Department, Boston University, 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
In this article we describe how we obtain FRET traces from individual DNA molecules immobilized to a surface using an automated scanning confocal microscope.
Other articles by Nicolas Di Fiori on PubMed
Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry : MRC. Oct, 2004 | Pubmed ID: 15366040
This paper presents a comparison of the embedded ion method (EIM) and the surface charge representation of the electrostatic embedding potential (SCREEP) method, two methods which can be used to calculate solid-state effects on NMR chemical shifts. The results in a selected group of compounds with known single-crystal solid-state NMR data and neutron diffraction structures, confirm that these effects are important in both (13)C and (15)N chemical shifts. The solid-state effects calculated by both methods are similar and of equal statistical quality when compared with the experimental data.
The Effect of Dye-dye Interactions on the Spatial Resolution of Single-molecule FRET Measurements in Nucleic Acids
Biophysical Journal. May, 2010 | Pubmed ID: 20483335
We study the effect of dye-dye interactions in labeled double-stranded DNA molecules on the Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) efficiency at the single-molecule level. An extensive analysis of internally labeled double-stranded DNA molecules in bulk and at the single-molecule level reveals that donor-acceptor absolute distances can be reliably extracted down to approximately 3-nm separation, provided that dye-dye quenching is accounted for. At these short separations, we find significant long-lived fluorescence fluctuations among discrete levels originating from the simultaneous and synchronous quenching of both dyes. By comparing four different donor-acceptor dye pairs (TMR-ATTO647N, Cy3-ATTO647N, TMR-Cy5, and Cy3-Cy5), we find that this phenomenon depends on the nature of the dye pair used, with the cyanine pair Cy3-Cy5 showing the least amount of fluctuations. The significance of these results is twofold: First, they illustrate that when dye-dye quenching is accounted for, single-molecule FRET can be used to accurately measure inter-dye distances, even at short separations. Second, these results are useful when deciding which dye pairs to use for nucleic acids analyses using FRET.