Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching


FRAP (Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching)

FRAPs (Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching)

Fluorescence Photobleaching Recovery

A method used to study the lateral movement of MEMBRANE PROTEINS and LIPIDS. A small area of a cell membrane is bleached by laser light and the amount of time necessary for unbleached fluorescent marker-tagged proteins to diffuse back into the bleached site is a measurement of the cell membrane's fluidity. The diffusion coefficient of a protein or lipid in the membrane can be calculated from the data. (From Segen, Current Med Talk, 1995).