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Family of the green fluorescent protein: Journey to the end of the rainbow
Version of Record online: 25 SEP 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 24, Issue 10, pages 953–959, October 2002
How to Cite
Matz, M. V., Lukyanov, K. A. and Lukyanov, S. A. (2002), Family of the green fluorescent protein: Journey to the end of the rainbow. Bioessays, 24: 953–959. doi: 10.1002/bies.10154
- Issue online: 25 SEP 2002
- Version of Record online: 25 SEP 2002
- NIH. Grant Number: 1R01 GM/EB66243 to M.V.M
- Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research. Grant Number: 01-04-49037 to S.A.L
Members of the family of the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) are the only known type of natural pigments that are essentially encoded by a single gene, since both the substrate for pigment biosynthesis and the necessary catalytic moieties are provided within a single polypeptide chain. In sharp contrast to the state of knowledge just three years ago when GFP was the only known protein of its kind, a whole family of related proteins, exhibiting striking diversity of features have now been identified. This provides new possibilities for a variety of studies ranging from applied biotechnology to evolutionary ecology. BioEssays 24:953–959, 2002. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.