Crystal structure of monomeric near-infrared fluorescent protein miRFP703

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.35 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.174 
  • R-Value Work: 0.121 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.123 

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Designing brighter near-infrared fluorescent proteins: insights from structural and biochemical studies.

Baloban, M.Shcherbakova, D.M.Pletnev, S.Pletnev, V.Z.Lagarias, J.C.Verkhusha, V.V.

(2017) Chem Sci 8: 4546-4557

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/c7sc00855d
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    5VIK, 5VIQ, 5VIV

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Brighter near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent proteins (FPs) are required for multicolor microscopy and deep-tissue imaging. Here, we present structural and biochemical analyses of three monomeric, spectrally distinct phytochrome-based NIR FPs, termed miRFPs. The miRFPs are closely related and differ by only a few amino acids, which define their molecular brightness, brightness in mammalian cells, and spectral properties. We have identified the residues responsible for the spectral red-shift, revealed a new chromophore bound simultaneously to two cysteine residues in the PAS and GAF domains in blue-shifted NIR FPs, and uncovered the importance of amino acid residues in the N-terminus of NIR FPs for their molecular and cellular brightness. The novel chromophore covalently links the N-terminus of NIR FPs with their C-terminal GAF domain, forming a topologically closed knot in the structure, and also contributes to the increased brightness. Based on our studies, we suggest a strategy to develop spectrally distinct NIR FPs with enhanced brightness.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Macromolecular Crystallography Laboratory , National Cancer Institute , Leidos Biomedical Research Inc. , Basic Research Program , Argonne , Illinois 60439 , USA.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
near-infrared fluorescent protein miRFP703315Rhodopseudomonas palustrisMutation(s): 0 
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Go to UniProtKB:  B3Q7C0
Entity Groups  
Sequence Clusters30% Identity50% Identity70% Identity90% Identity95% Identity100% Identity
UniProt GroupB3Q7C0
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Ligands 1 Unique
IDChains Name / Formula / InChI Key2D Diagram3D Interactions
Query on BLA

Download Ideal Coordinates CCD File 
C33 H34 N4 O6
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.35 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.174 
  • R-Value Work: 0.121 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.123 
  • Space Group: P 1 21 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 36.319α = 90
b = 52.821β = 92.53
c = 64.622γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
HKL-2000data reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling
PDB_EXTRACTdata extraction
DENZOdata reduction

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

  • Released Date: 2017-06-07 
  • Deposition Author(s): Pletnev, S.

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2017-06-07
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2017-10-04
    Changes: Database references, Refinement description
  • Version 1.2: 2023-10-04
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Refinement description