Near-infrared fluorescent protein TurboFP650


Near-infrared fluorescent protein TurboFP650
  • Bright near-infrared fluorescence
  • Fast maturation, high photostability
  • Fluorescent signal is easily distinguished from background fluorescence
  • Recommended for whole body imaging and multicolor applications
TurboFP650 (scientific name eqFP650) is a red-shifted variant of TurboFP635 (Katushka) [Shcherbo et al., 2010]. TurboFP650 is characterized by a strong bathochromic shift, with excitation and emission peaks at 592 nm and 650 nm, respectively. It is currently the brightest fluorescent protein with emission maxima above 635 nm.
TurboFP650 demonstrates fast maturation at 37°C and a high pH-stability and photostability. The protein does not show residual short wavelength fluorescence of intermediate or alternative chromophore forms, in contrast to E2-Crimson [Strack et al., 2009], which exhibits a second bright blue emission peak, and mNeptune [Lin et al., 2009], which has a pronounced green peak.
TurboFP650 is specially recommended for whole body imaging and multicolor applications.
Main properties
TurboFP650 normalized excitation (thin line) and emission (thick line) spectra.
Molecular weight, kDa
Polypeptide length, aa
Fluorescence color
Excitation maximum, nm
Emission maximum, nm
Quantum yield
Extinction coefficient, M-1cm-1
65 000
Brightness, % of EGFP
Extinction coefficient, M-1cm-1
at 635 nm
4 300
Quantum yield in infrared (700-900 nm)
Brightness in infrared**
Maturation rate at 37°C
super fast
Cell toxicity
not observed
Main advantages
the brightest fluorescent protein with emission maxima above 635
nm; fast maturation; high pH-stability and photostability
Possible limitations
dimer, limited applicability for fusions generation
 * Brightness is a product of extinction coefficient and quantum yield, divided by 1000.
** Brightness in infrared is a product of extinction coefficient at 635 nm, quantum yield and emission fraction between
    700 nm and 900 nm, divided by 1000.
Recommended filter sets and antibodies
TurboFP650 can be recognized using Anti-tRFP antibody (Cat.# AB233-AB234) available from Evrogen.
The optimal excitation/emission ranges for TurboFP650 visualization are:
excitation: 550-610 nm
emission: 620-800 nm
Therefore, many common filter sets used for visualization of red and far-red fluorescent proteins, Texas Red, Allophycocyanin and Cy5 (wide excitation), can be used with TurboFP650 as well.
The recommended filter sets for gathering the maximal signal from TurboFP650 alone:
Chroma Technology Corp.: 11010v2 Yellow; 11007v2 Wide Green
Semrock : LF594/LP-A (especially with 594 nm laser excitation); LF561/LP-A (especially with 561 nm laser excitation);
Omega Optical: XF102-2, XF40-2
The recommended filter sets for spectral separation with orange-red fluorescent proteins*, such as TurboRFP or TagRFP:
Chroma Technology Corp.: 41024 Cy5 Longpass Emission, 49006 ET - Cy5
Semrock: Cy5-4040A, Cy5-4040B, LF594/LP-A
Omega Optical: XF110-2
* The final choice of the filter set should be made basing on the spectral characteristics of the second fluorescent
Performance and use
TurboFP650 can be easily visualized within living tissues. Mammalian cells transiently transfected with TurboFP650 expression vectors give bright fluorescent signals in 14 hrs after transfection. No cytotoxic effects or visible protein aggregation are observed.
Superior performance of TurboFP650 in whole-body imaging was demonstrated using mouse xenograft model. HEK 293T cells transiently transfected with a plasmids encoding either TurboFP635, TurboFP650, NirFP, mNeptune or E2-Crimson were injected intramuscularly into the gluteal region of mice. The cells were co-transfected with firefly luciferase plasmid to normalize the transfection efficiency and total numbers of injected cells. Imaging of cell implants and quantification at various emission wavelengths showed higher fluorescence from TurboFP650 at two excitation wavelengths.
Despite its dimeric structure, TurboFP650 can be used in some fusions. However, for protein labeling applications we recommend using specially optimized monomeric TagFPs.
TurboFP650 can be used in multicolor labeling applications with blue, cyan, green, yellow, and red (orange) fluorescent dyes.
HeLa cells transiently transfected with pTurboFP650-N vector.
Widefield Leica AFLX 6000 microscope, 63x objective, after 3 days of incubation. Scale bar, 10 μm. Image from Shcherbo et al., 2010.
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Ordering informations ;
- Available variants, related vectors and antibody against TurboFP650
  • Variant: Humanized TurboFP650 (TurboFP650 codon usage is optimized for high expression in mammalian cells [Haas et al., 1996], but it can be successfully expressed in many other heterological systems. Evrogen mammalian expression vectors comprising multiple cloning sites at the 5’- or 3’-end of TurboFP650 coding sequence allow easy generation of fusions of interest.) 
  • Related vector: pTurboFP650-C(# FP731) & pTurboFP650-N(# FP732)
  • Antibody against TurboFP650: Anti-tRFP antibody/100 μg(#AB233) & 200 μg(#AB234)


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