photoactivatable red fluorescent protein PA-TagRFP


Novel photoactivatable red fluorescent protein PA-TagRFP
  • Monomer, successful performance in fusions
  • Non-fluorescent before photoactivation
  • Irreversible photoactivation to a red fluorescent form by UV-violet light irradiation
  • High brightness and photostability
  • Recommended for super-resolution imaging
PA-TagRFP is a photoactivatable mutant of the bright monomeric red fluorescent protein TagRFP [Subach et al., 2010].
PA-TagRFP is capable of irreversible photoconversion from non-fluorescent to red fluorescent form (with excitation/
emission maxima at 562 nm and 595 nm, respectively) in response to UV-violet light irradiation.
High brightness, photostability and monomeric nature of PA-TagRFP make it an excellent protein tag for both
conventional microscopy and super-resolution PALM imaging techniques [Subach et al., 2010].
Main properties
Normalized excitation (thin line) and emission (thick line) spectra for activated PA-TagRFP.
Before / after   Photoactivation
Fluorescence color
No / red
Excitation maximum, nm
- / 562
Emission maximum, nm
- / 595
Quantum yield
nd / 0.38
Extinction coefficient, M-1cm-
nd /66 000
0 / 25.1
nd / 5.3
Activating light
UV-violet (e.g. 390-420 nm)
Calculated contrast, fold
~ 540
Cell toxicity
not observed
Muturation rate at 37°C
Molecular weight, kDa
Polypeptide length, aa
* Brightness is a product of extinction coefficient and quantum yield, divided by 1000.
Recommended antibodies, filter sets and laser lines
PA-TagRFP can be recognized using Anti-tRFP antibody (Cat.# AB233-AB234) available from Evrogen.
PA-TagRFP is non-fluorescent before light activation. Upon UV-violet irradiation the protein irreversibly converts to its red
fluorescent form. PA-TagRFP can be activated during both widefield imaging (e.g. the Arc-lamp irradiation, 100xoil
objective, 390-420 nm, 10-50 mW/cm2) and confocal laser scanning imaging (e.g. 405 nm laser line, estimated <
2.5 W/cm2 at the sample).
Maximal efficiency of photoactivation for PA-TagRFP is observed at 390-420 nm. The photoactivation efficiency drops
dramatically with the wavelength increasing above 420 nm.
The source of irradiation, irradiation time and intensity of activating UV-violet light must be individually adjusted for
particular instrumentation and intended application.
TRITC filter set or similar can be used for visualization of activated PA-TagRFP. Omega Optical filter sets QMAX-Red and
XF174 are recommended.
Performance and use
PA-TagRFP can be easily expressed and detected in a wide range of organisms. Mammalian cells transiently transfected
with PA-TagRFP expression vectors produce bright fluorescence upon UV-activation of PA-TagRFP in 10-12 hrs after
transfection. No cytotoxic effects or visible protein aggregation are observed.
PA-TagRFP use for cell labeling.
Live HeLa cells transiently transfected with the PA-TagRFP-C expression vector were imaged during the photoactivation.
PA-TagRFP performance in protein fusions has been demonstrated in β-actin, α-tubulin, histone H2B and other models.
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PA-TagRFP use for protein labeling in mammalian cells.
Microscopic images of HeLa cells transiently transfected with PA-TagRFP-tagged fusions after the photoactivation:
(A) β-actin; (B) α-tubulin; (C) histone H2B.
PA-TagRFP use in PALM imaging techniques
High brightness, photostability and absence of initial fluorescence signal from PA-TagRFP make it a protein tag of choice
for super resolution two-color PALM/single-particle tracking PALM imaging techniques. The excellent performance of
PA-TagRFP in two-color single-particle tracking PALM experiments was demonstrated for several PA-TagRFP-tagged and
PAGFP-tagged fusions in live COS-7 cells [Subach et al., 2010].
An example for the tracking of PA-TagRFP-tagged epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR-PATagRFP) and PAGFP-
tagged vesicular stomatitus virus G protein tsO45 (VSVG-PAGFP) in live COS-7 cells by two-color single-particle tracking
PALM is shown below.
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(A,B) The separate and (C) merged distribution of VSVG-PAGFP (green) and EGFR-PATagRFP (red) in PALM images.
Arrows indicate areas of apparent colocalization between the VSVG and EGFR molecules. Scale bars are 2µm.
883280138_GCXW6LOA_PALM-green-graph.png  883280138_AgH8tVrQ_PALM-red-graph.png  883280138_WZ8DcarH_PALM-graph.png
(D,E) Tracks of VSVG-PAGFP and EGFR-PATagRFP molecules lasting longer than 0.7 sec are plotted. Approximately 1635 VSVG molecules were tracked along with 627 EGFR molecules.(F) VSVG-PAGFP (green) and EGFR-PATagRFP (red) tracks are
(G) A zoomed view of the region indicated by the square in (F).
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  2. Subach FV, Patterson GH, Renz M, Lippincott-Schwartz J, Verkhusha VV. Bright monomeric photoactivatable red fluorescent protein for two-color super-resolution sptPALM of live cells. J Am Chem Soc. 2010; 132 (18):6481-91. / pmid: 20394363
Ordering information ;
Catalog No.
Product Name
PA-TagRFP expression/source vectors
 Mammalian expression vector encoding humanized PA-TagRFP
 and allowing its expression and generation of fusions to the
 PA-TagRFP C-terminus
20 μg
 Mammalian expression vector encoding humanized PA-TagRFP
 and allowing its expression and generation of fusions to the
 PA-TagRFP N-terminus
20 μg
 Mammalian expression vector encoding humanized PA-TagRFP
 fused with human cytoplasmic β-actin
20 μg
 Mammalian expression vector encoding humanized PA-TagRFP
 fused with human α-tubulin
20 μg
 Mammalian expression vector encoding humanized PA-TagRFP
 fused with human histone H2B
20 μg
 Antibody against PA-TagRFP
 Anti-tRFP antibody
 Rabbit polyclonal antibody against TurboRFP, TurboFP602,
 TurboFP635, TurboFP650, NirFP, TagBFP, TagRFP, FusionRed, TagFP635, mKate2 and PA-TagRFP
100 μg
200 μg
* 50% discount on the second and subsequent vectors encoding same fluorescent protein or sensor.
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