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Maheshwari, A, Verma, VK and Chaudhuri, TK (2010) Equilibrium and kinetics of the unfolding and refolding of Escherichia coli Malate Synthase G monitored by circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy. Biochimie 92:491-8


The equilibrium and kinetics studies of an 82 kDa large monomeric Escherichia coli protein Malate Synthase G (MSG) was investigated by far and near-UV CD, intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence and extrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy. We find that despite of its large size, folding is reversible, in vitro. Equilibrium unfolding process of MSG exhibited three-state transition thus, indicating the presence of at least a stable equilibrium intermediate. Thermodynamic parameters suggest this intermediate resembles the unfolded state. However, the equilibrium intermediate exhibits pronounced secondary structure as measured by far-UV CD, partial tertiary structure as delineated by near-UV CD, compactness (m value) and exposed hydrophobic surface area as assessed by ANS binding, typically depicting a molten globule state. The stopped-flow kinetic data provide clear evidence for the presence of a burst phase during the refolding pathway due to the formation of an early Intermediate, within the dead time of the instrument. Refolding from 4 M to various lower concentrations until 0.4 M of GdnHCl follow biphasic kinetics at lower concentrations of GdnHCl (<0.8 M), whereas monophasic kinetics at concentrations above 1.5 M. Also, rollover in the refolding and unfolding limbs of chevron plot verifies the presence of a fast kinetic intermediate at lower concentration of GdnHCl. Based upon the above observations we hereby propose the folding pathway of a large multi-domain protein Malate Synthase G.


PubMed Online version:10.1016/j.biochi.2010.01.009


Circular Dichroism; Escherichia coli/enzymology; Kinetics; Malate Synthase/chemistry; Malate Synthase/metabolism; Protein Denaturation; Protein Folding; Recombinant Proteins/chemistry; Recombinant Proteins/metabolism; Spectrometry, Fluorescence; Thermodynamics


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