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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Origin of the anomalous circular dichroism spectra of many apomyoglobin mutants
Author: Ribeiro, EA
Ramos, CHI
Abstract: Several authors have reported that many sperm whale apomyoglobin mutants show anomalous circular dichroism spectra. These mutants have a low molar ellipticity compared to the wild-type protein but in several cases have the same stability of unfolding. A model in which native apomyoglobin is not folded in the same manner as that in other proteins and in which mutants show progressive reductions in their degree of folding has been suggested to explain this phenomenon. However, nuclear magnetic resonance of the native apomyoglobin conformation has shown that this state is folded and compact, raising the possibility that the anomalous circular dichroism spectra could have another explanation. We studied several mutants with anomalous circular dichroism spectra and found that these proteins were all contaminated with nucleic acid that contributed to the ultraviolet absorption and caused uncertainty in the determination of protein concentration. The resulting overestimation of the concentration of apomyoglobin explains the phenomenon of anomalous circular dichroism spectra. We describe a procedure to remove the contaminant nucleic acid which yields accurate protein concentration measurements and provides the normal circular dichroism spectra. Our findings support a well-structured native conformation for apomyoglobin and may also be of the interest to scientists working with the purification of recombinant proteins. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Subject: apomyoglobin
protein folding
molten globule
protein purification
Country: EUA
Editor: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science
Citation: Analytical Biochemistry. Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, v. 329, n. 2, n. 300, n. 306, 2004.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/j.ab.2004.01.016
Date Issue: 2004
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