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PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e22253. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022253. Epub 2011 Jul 14.

Single-molecule fluorescence polarization study of conformational change in archaeal group II chaperonin.

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  • 1Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.


Group II chaperonins found in archaea and in eukaryotic cytosol mediate protein folding without a GroES-like cofactor. The function of the cofactor is substituted by the helical protrusion at the tip of the apical domain, which forms a built-in lid on the central cavity. Although many studies on the change in lid conformation coupled to the binding and hydrolysis of nucleotides have been conducted, the molecular mechanism of lid closure remains poorly understood. Here, we performed a single-molecule polarization modulation to probe the rotation of the helical protrusion of a chaperonin from a hyperthermophilic archaeum, Thermococcus sp. strain KS-1. We detected approximately 35° rotation of the helical protrusion immediately after photorelease of ATP. The result suggests that the conformational change from the open lid to the closed lid state is responsible for the approximately 35° rotation of the helical protrusion.

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