Guanidine hydrochloride-induced folding of proteins.


Guanidine hydrochloride (Gdn-HCl) is the most commonly used denaturant for proteins. Contrary to expectation, we found that Gdn-HCl at low concentrations refolds acid-unfolded apomyoglobin and cytochrome c, stabilizing the molten globule state, i.e. a compact denatured state with a significant amount of secondary structure, but substantially disordered tertiary structure. A further increase in Gdn-HCl concentration, above 1 M, caused co-operative unfolding of the molten globule state. Similar sequential folding and unfolding transitions were also observed at neutral pH with a synthetic amphiphilic peptide consisting of Lys and Leu residues, indicating the generality of the phenomenon. Although the Gdn-HCl-induced refolding and unfolding transitions were puzzling at first glance, we show that they are readily interpreted in terms of the differential action of Gdn-HCl. We also show that the comparison of the unfolding curves for the molten globule and native states provides a measure of the buried surface area upon formation of the molten globule state. Study holds ProTherm entries: 9244, 9245 Extra Details: apomyoglobin; cytochrome c; guanidine hydrochloride;,molten globule; protein folding

Submission Details

ID: VRhgqxv9

Submitter: Connie Wang

Submission Date: April 24, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

Version: 1

Publication Details
Hagihara Y;Aimoto S;Fink AL;Goto Y,J. Mol. Biol. (1993) Guanidine hydrochloride-induced folding of proteins. PMID:8389881
Additional Information

Structure view and single mutant data analysis

Study data

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Colors: D E R H K S T N Q A V I L M F Y W C G P

Data Distribution

Studies with similar sequences (approximate matches)

Correlation with other assays (exact sequence matches)

Relevant PDB Entries

Structure ID Release Date Resolution Structure Title
5YCI 2017-09-07T00:00:00+0000 1.97 Ancestral myoglobin aMbWb' of Basilosaurus relative (polyphyly)
5YCJ 2017-09-07T00:00:00+0000 1.58 Ancestral myoglobin aMbWb' of Basilosaurus relative (polyphyly) imidazole-ligand
2B4Z 2005-09-27T00:00:00+0000 1.5 Crystal structure of cytochrome C from bovine heart at 1.5 A resolution.
2YBB 2011-03-02T00:00:00+0000 19.0 Fitted model for bovine mitochondrial supercomplex I1III2IV1 by single particle cryo-EM (EMD-1876)
3J2T 2012-12-23T00:00:00+0000 9.5 An improved model of the human apoptosome
5C0Z 2015-06-12T00:00:00+0000 1.12 The structure of oxidized rat cytochrome c at 1.13 angstroms resolution
5C9M 2015-06-28T00:00:00+0000 1.36 The structure of oxidized rat cytochrome c (T28A) at 1.362 angstroms resolution.
5DF5 2015-08-26T00:00:00+0000 1.3 The structure of oxidized rat cytochrome c (T28E) at 1.30 angstroms resolution.
5JUY 2016-05-10T00:00:00+0000 4.1 Active human apoptosome with procaspase-9

Relevant UniProtKB Entries

Percent Identity Matching Chains Protein Accession Entry Name
91.3 Cytochrome c P00021 CYC_COLLI
92.2 Cytochrome c P00020 CYC_ANAPL
92.3 Cytochrome c P81280 CYC_ALLMI
90.5 Cytochrome c Q52V10 CYC_SAISC
93.3 Cytochrome c P00012 CYC_MIRLE
93.3 Cytochrome c Q52V09 CYC_CEPBA
93.3 Cytochrome c P00013 CYC_MINSC
93.3 Cytochrome c P00014 CYC_MACGI
94.3 Cytochrome c P00011 CYC_CANLF
94.3 Cytochrome c P62898 CYC_RAT
94.3 Cytochrome c P00008 CYC_RABIT
94.3 Cytochrome c P62897 CYC_MOUSE
95.2 Cytochrome c P68098 CYC_LAMGU
95.2 Cytochrome c P68100 CYC_ESCRO
95.2 Cytochrome c P68099 CYC_CAMDR
94.3 Cytochrome c P00007 CYC_HIPAM
97.1 Cytochrome c P62896 CYC_SHEEP
97.1 Cytochrome c P62895 CYC_PIG
97.1 Cytochrome c P62894 CYC_BOVIN
99.0 Cytochrome c P68096 CYC_EQUBU
99.0 Cytochrome c P68097 CYC_EQUAS
100.0 Cytochrome c P00004 CYC_HORSE
90.3 Cytochrome c B4USV4 CYC_OTOGA
90.3 Myoglobin P02163 MYG_ROUAE
90.9 Myoglobin P11343 MYG_LUTLU
90.3 Myoglobin P02165 MYG_TUPGL
90.3 Myoglobin P02167 MYG_NYCCO
90.3 Myoglobin Q0KIY0 MYG_MESST
90.3 Myoglobin P02183 MYG_MESCA
90.8 Myoglobin P02177 MYG_ESCRO
90.8 Myoglobin Q0KIY2 MYG_BALED
90.8 Myoglobin Q0KIY1 MYG_BALBO
90.9 Myoglobin P02189 MYG_PIG
90.9 Myoglobin P02166 MYG_PERPO
92.2 Myoglobin P02169 MYG_LEPMU
91.6 Myoglobin P02181 MYG_INIGE
100.0 Myoglobin P68082 MYG_HORSE
100.0 Myoglobin P68083 MYG_EQUBU
90.1 Myoglobin P02178 MYG_MEGNO