Spectroscopic investigation of DCCH and FTSC as a potential pair for förster resonance energy transfer in different solvents

Georg Urstöger, Andreas Steinegger, Robert Schennach*, Ulrich Hirn

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Two molecules, 7-(diethylamino)coumarin-3-carbohydrazide (DCCH) and fluorescein-5thiosemicarbazide (FTSC) were investigated in different solvents, under varying pH conditions regarding their spectroscopic properties for the usage as a Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) pair to study the molecular interaction between cellulosic surfaces. All the relevant spectroscopic properties to determine the Förster distance were measured and the performance as a FRET system was checked. From the results, it is clear that the environmental conditions need to be accurately controlled as both, but especially the FTSC dyes are sensitive to changes. For high enough concentrations positive FRET systems were observed in DMF, DMSO, H2O, THF and alkaline DMF. However due to the low quantum yield of the unmodified DCCH throughout the investigated parameter range and the strong environmental dependency of FTSC, both dyes are not preferable for being used in a FRET system for studying interaction between cellulosic surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0228543
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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