It is still unclear whether mechanical unfolding probes the same pathways as chemical denaturation. To address this point, we have constructed a concatamer of five mutant I27 domains (denoted (I27)(5)*) and used it for mechanical unfolding studies. This protein consists of four copies of the mutant C47S, C63S I27 and a single copy of C63S I27. These mutations severely destabilize I27 (DeltaDeltaG(UN) = 8.7 and 17.9 kJ mol(-1) for C63S I27 and C47S, C63S I27, respectively). Both mutations maintain the hydrogen bond network between the A' and G strands postulated to be the major region of mechanical resistance for I27. Measuring the speed dependence of the force required to unfold (I27)(5)* in triplicate using the atomic force microscope allowed a reliable assessment of the intrinsic unfolding rate constant of the protein to be obtained (2.0 x 10(-3) s(-1)). The rate constant of unfolding measured by chemical denaturation is over fivefold faster (1.1 x 10(-2) s(-1)), suggesting that these techniques probe different unfolding pathways. Also, by comparing the parameters obtained from the mechanical unfolding of a wild-type I27 concatamer with that of (I27)(5)*, we show that although the observed forces are considerably lower, core destabilization has little effect on determining the mechanical sensitivity of this domain. Study holds ProTherm entries: 15280, 15281 Extra Details: 1 mM EDTA and 2 mM dithiothreitol were added in the experiment mechanical unfolding; unfolding rate constant; unfolding pathways; core destabilization
Submitter: Connie Wang
Submission Date: April 24, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
|Number of data points||4|
|Proteins||TITIN ; Titin|
|Assays/Quantities/Protocols||Experimental Assay: m ; Experimental Assay: ddG_H2O|
|Libraries||Mutations for sequence MHHHHHHSSLIEVEKPLYGVEVFVGETAHFEIELSEPDVHGQWKLKGQPLTASPDCEIIEDGKKHILILHNCQLGMTGEVSFQAANAKSAANLKVKEL|