APC [Allophycocyanin]

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<p>Allophycocyanin (APC) is a protein from the light-harvesting phycobiliprotein family, along with phycocyanin, phycoerythrin and phycoerythrocyanin. It is an accessory pigment to chlorophyll. All phycobiliproteins are water-soluble and therefore cannot exist within the membrane like carotenoids, but aggregate forming clusters that adhere to the membrane called phycobilisomes. Allophycocyanin absorbs and emits red light, and is readily found in Cyanobacteria, and red algae. Phycobilin pigments have excellent fluorescent properties that are extremely useful for flow cytometry-based immunoassays.</p>
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Ex/Em (nm)651/660
SolventWater
Storage Refrigerated (2-4 °C)
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Category Protein-Based Tags
Phycobiliproteins
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Allophycocyanin (APC) is a phycobiliprotein isolated from Spirulina sp., a blue-green alga. Like other phycobiliproteins, APC is fluorescent, with an extremely high absorptivity and a high quantum efficiency. It is a protein which can be easily linked to antibodies and other proteins by conventional protein cross-linking techniques without altering its spectral characteristics. Allophycocyanin is the least stable among the major phycobiliproteins, susceptible to dissociation at low concentrations including concentrations at which some assays are performed. CL-APC is chemically cross-linked between ? and β subunits, and is much more stable than APC. The crosslinked allophycocyanin has improved stability in aqueous solution.




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References

Chromophore attachment to phycobiliprotein beta-subunits: phycocyanobilin:cysteine-beta84 phycobiliprotein lyase activity of CpeS-like protein from Anabaena Sp. PCC7120
Authors: Zhao KH, Su P, Li J, Tu JM, Zhou M, Bubenzer C, Scheer H.
Journal: J Biol Chem (2006): 8573

Excitation energy transfer from phycobiliprotein to chlorophyll d in intact cells of Acaryochloris marina studied by time- and wavelength-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy
Authors: Petrasek Z, Schmitt FJ, Theiss C, Huyer J, Chen M, Larkum A, Eichler HJ, Kemnitz K, Eckert HJ.
Journal: Photochem Photobiol Sci (2005): 1016

Single-molecule spectroscopy selectively probes donor and acceptor chromophores in the phycobiliprotein allophycocyanin
Authors: Loos D, Cotlet M, De Schryver F, Habuchi S, Hofkens J.
Journal: Biophys J (2004): 2598

Evaluation of Tolypothrix germplasm for phycobiliprotein content
Authors: Prasanna R, Prasanna BM, Mohammadi SA, Singh PK.
Journal: Folia Microbiol (Praha) (2003): 59

Isolation and characterisation of phycobiliprotein rich mutant of cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp
Authors: Prasanna R, Dhar DW, Dominic TK, Tiwari ON, Singh PK.
Journal: Acta Biol Hung (2003): 113

Co-ordinated expression of phycobiliprotein operons in the chromatically adapting cyanobacterium Calothrix PCC 7601: a role for RcaD and RcaG
Authors: Noubir S, Luque I, Ochoa de Alda JA, Perewoska I, Tandeau de Marsac N, Cobley JG, Houmard J.
Journal: Mol Microbiol (2002): 749

Phycobiliprotein genes of the marine photosynthetic prokaryote Prochlorococcus: evidence for rapid evolution of genetic heterogeneity
Authors: Ting CS, Rocap G, King J, Chisholm SW.
Journal: Microbiology (2001): 3171

Novel activity of a phycobiliprotein lyase: both the attachment of phycocyanobilin and the isomerization to phycoviolobilin are catalyzed by the proteins PecE and PecF encoded by the phycoerythrocyanin operon
Authors: Zhao KH, Deng MG, Zheng M, Zhou M, Parbel A, Storf M, Meyer M, Strohmann B, Scheer H.
Journal: FEBS Lett (2000): 9

Phycobiliprotein-Fab conjugates as probes for single particle fluorescence imaging
Authors: Triantafilou K, Triantafilou M, Wilson KM.
Journal: Cytometry (2000): 226

[Phycobiliprotein and fluorescence immunological assay]
Authors: Wu P.
Journal: Sheng Li Ke Xue Jin Zhan (2000): 82


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