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CATCHFIRE AT A GLANCE
CATCHFIRE, the only self-reporting protein dimerizer
CATCHFIRE of The Twinkle Factory is a fluorogenic chemically induced dimerization technology. In other words, the brandnew self-reporting protein dimerizer! It enables to artificially control the proximity of two proteins in cells, while visualizing their interactions. First, the two proteins of interest are genetically fused to two small protein domains, FIREmate and FIREtag. Second, a cognate fluorogenic molecular glue of the “match” family, e.g., match550, induces their interaction. When the two domains interact, the fluorescence of match550 measured at 550 nm increases 100-fold. This hence enables to see the newly induced interaction by fluorescence microscopy. Furthermore, the ternary interaction is reversible, making CATCHFIRE the first-ever self-reporting reversible dimerizer system!
It was introduced in Nat. Methods 2023 by Prof A. Gautier and Dr. Franck Perez, cofounders of The Twinkle Factory.
Papers by The Twinkle Factory team
- Nat. Methods 2023 – Bottone, S., Joliot, O., Cakil, Z. V., El Hajji, L., Rakotoarison, L. M., Boncompain, G., … & Gautier, A. A fluorogenic chemically induced dimerization technology for controlling, imaging and sensing protein proximity.
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