The folding properties of a bile acid binding protein, belonging to a subfamily of the fatty acid binding proteins, have been here investigated both by hydrogen exchange measurements, using the SOFAST NMR approach, and urea denaturation experiments. The urea unfolding profiles of individual residues, acting as single probes, were simultaneously analyzed through a global fit, according to a two-state unfolding model. The resulting conformational stability ΔGU(H2O) = 7.2 ± 0.25 kcal mol-1 is in good agreement with hydrogen exchange stability ΔGop. While the majority of protein residues satisfy this model, few amino-acids display a singular behavior, not directly amenable to the presence of a folding intermediate, as reported for other fatty acid binding proteins. These residues are part of a protein patch characterized by enhanced plasticity. To explain this singular behavior a tentative model has been proposed which takes into account the interplay between the dynamic features and the formation of transient aggregates. A functional role for this plasticity, related to translocation across the nuclear membrane, is discussed.
|Titolo:||NMR unfolding studies on a liver bile acid binding protein reveal a global two-state unfolding and localized singular behaviors|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.abb.2008.10.017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|