A fluorogenic chemically induced dimerization technology for controlling, imaging and sensing protein proximity


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Proximity between proteins plays an essential and ubiquitous role in many biological processes. Molecular tools enabling to control and observe the proximity of proteins are essential for studying the functional role of physical distance between two proteins. Here we present CATCHFIRE (Chemically Assisted Tethering of CHimera by Fluorogenic Induced REcognition), a chemically induced proximity technology with intrinsic fluorescence imaging and sensing capabilities. CATCHFIRE relies on genetic fusion to small dimerizing domains that interact upon addition of fluorogenic inducers of proximity that fluoresce upon formation of the ternary assembly, allowing real-time monitoring of the chemically induced proximity. CATCHFIRE is rapid and fully reversible, and allows the control and tracking of protein localization, protein trafficking, organelle transport and cellular processes, opening new avenues for studying or controlling biological processes with high spatiotemporal resolution. Its fluorogenic nature allowed furthermore the design of innovative biosensors for the study of various processes, such as signal transduction and apoptosis. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors declare the following competing financial interest: A.G., F.P., S.B., Z.V.C. and O.J. are listed as inventors on a patent application related to the present work and filed by Sorbonne University, the Ecole Normale Superieure - PSL University, the CNRS and the Institut Curie. The remaining authors declare no competing interest.
dimerization technology,protein proximity,imaging
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