The rotational diffusion of concanavalin A receptors of viable Friend erythroleukemia cells and the band 3 anion transport system of human erythrocytes has been measured via the time-dependent phosphorescence emission intensity and anisotropy of triplet probes excited by a 5-ns laser pulse. High-quality phosphorescence decay curves with a 10-microseconds time resolution were obtained at concentrations of the eosin probe down to 20 nM and in aqueous media at temperatures of 4-38 degrees C. A strong temperature dependence in the rotational behavior was observed for the band 3 anion transport protein, but the lectin receptors of the Friend erythroleukemia cells were found to be immobile on the time scale of 1-4000 microseconds at either 4 degrees C or 37 degrees C. The technique is applicable to other triplet probes and membrane components of living cells under conditions that do not destroy viability.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Nov 1979|
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