Direct observation of solvent penetration during cold denaturation of E. coli phosphofructokinase-2
Phosphofructokinase-2 is a 66 kD homodimer whose subunits are associated by means of a bimolecular domain, the β-clasp, which is linked to the larger portion of each subunit by a reentrant chain topology. To investigate how this structural organization determines the folding pathway of Pfk-2, unfolding and folding kinetic experiments were performed. The folding pathway shows an unstructured monomeric intermediate and that most part of the dimer structure is reached as a slow concerted folding/association step with a quite folded transition state in terms of solvent exposure. Unfolding kinetics show a transient intermediate, probably a partially unfolded dimer. We propose that these characteristics arise by a mutual constrain between the large domain and the β-clasp domain imposed by their interrupted chain connectivity.
|Título de la Revista:||Biophys|
|Fecha de publicación:||2013|
|Página de inicio:||2158|