FRETView Plugin


FRETView is an attempt to develop a Java-based program to reduce much of the complexity involved in obtaining FRET parameters for various donor/acceptor systems.  It integrates many of the equations used for doing FRET calculations with a database of commercially available (predominantly from Invitrogen) and user defined chromophores.  Currently, it's being developed as a plugin for the InstruView program in order to make it easier to import spectral data and reduce programing complexity, but since it is an open-source program (Download Source Code) it can be modified to run as a standalone program.

Download and Installation

Since FRETView is written as a plugin for InstruView, it requires the installation of this program (Download InstruView Here).

FRETView in Action

Here are a few screenshots highliting some of the key features of the program.  The help manual provides a more detailed overview of the program features.


Figure 1. The main program window showing the simple and intuitive user interface.  Anyone familiar with FRET
calculation should find it relatively easy to use the program.


Figure 2. The interface used to manage the spectral database.  As can be seen, it provides a simple means to manage
the spectral database of donors and acceptors including the ability to download a database from a webserver.

Efficiency Plot
Figure 3. Plot showing the energy transfer efficiency and intensity variation of the donor (Fd), acceptor (Fa)
and total intensity (Ft) as a function of donor/acceptor distance while exciting at 490 nm.

Simulated Spectra
Figure 4. Plot of the simulated spectra when the donor (Alexa 488) and acceptor (Alexa 546) are ~ 70 Å
apart and the excitation wavelength is 490 nm.  This distance can be easily varied by moving the slider bar.  
The simulation only takes into account energy transfer so it will likely differ from experimental results if
any other photophysical effects are taking place.

Simulated Decay Profile
Figure 5. Plot of the simulated decay profiles when a long-lived donor, Ru(phen)3, undergoes energy transfer
with the short-lived acceptor, Cy5.  As can be seen, the lifetime of the acceptor is increased
significantly as a result of the energy transfer process.  For a D-A distance of 30 Angs and a transfer efficiency of 94% the lifetime the Cy5 acceptor is increased to ~56ns.  The lifetime of Cy5 is normally less than two nanoseconds.