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Pushing the Limits of Luminescence Thermometry: Probing the Temperature of Proteins in Cells
  • Glauco Maciel
Glauco Maciel
Universidade Federal Fluminense
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Proteins are involved in numerous cellular activities such as transport and catalysis. Misfolding during biosynthesis and malfunctioning as a molecular machine may lead to physiological disorders and metabolic problems. Protein folding and mechanical work may be viewed as thermodynamic energetically favorable processes in which stochastic nonequilibrium intermediate states may be present with conditions such as thermal fluctuations. In my opinion, measuring those thermal fluctuations may be a way to access the energy exchange between the protein and the physiological environment and to better understand how those nonequilibrium states may influence the misfolding/folding process and the efficiency of the molecular engine cycle. Here, I discuss luminescence thermometry as a possible way to measure those temperature fluctuations from a single molecule experimental perspective with its current technical limitations and challenges.