Conformational stability of HPr: the histidine-containing phosphocarrier protein from Bacillus subtilis.


Abstract

The conformational stability of the histidine-containing phosphocarrier protein (HPr) from Bacillus subtilis has been determined using a combination of thermal unfolding and solvent denaturation experiments. The urea-induced denaturation of HPr was monitored spectroscopically at fixed temperatures and thermal unfolding was performed in the presence of fixed concentrations of urea. These data were analyzed in several different ways to afford a measure of the cardinal parameters (delta Hg, Tg, delta Sg, and delta Cp) that describe the thermodynamics of folding for HPr. The method of Pace and Laurents (Pace CN, Laurents DV, 1989, Biochemistry 28:2520-2525) was used to estimate delta Cp as was a global analysis of the thermal- and urea-induced unfolding data. Each method used to analyze the data gives a similar value for delta Cp (1,170 +/- 50 cal mol-1K-1). Despite the high melting temperature for HPr (Tg = 73.5 degrees C), the maximum stability of the protein, which occurs at 26 degrees C, is quite modest (delta Gs = 4.2 kcal mol-1). In the presence of moderate concentrations of urea, HPr exhibits cold denaturation, and thus a complete stability curve for HPr, including a measure of delta Cp, can be achieved using the method of Chen and Schellman (Chen B, Schellman JA, 1989, Biochemistry 28:685-691). A comparison of the different methods for the analysis of solvent denaturation curves is provided and the effects of urea on the thermal stability of this small globular protein are discussed. The methods presented will be of general utility in the characterization of the stability curve for many small proteins. Study holds ProTherm entries: 7284, 7285, 7286, 7287, 7288, 7289, 7290, 7291, 7292 Extra Details: cold denaturation; conformational stability; protein folding

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Submitter: Connie Wang

Submission Date: April 24, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

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Publication Details
Scholtz JM,Protein Sci. (1995) Conformational stability of HPr: the histidine-containing phosphocarrier protein from Bacillus subtilis. PMID:7773175
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