Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1994 Oct 14;204(1):230-7.

Electromechanical transduction: reduction-driven hydrophobic folding demonstrated in a model protein to perform mechanical work.

Author information

  • 1Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 35294-0019.


It has long been appreciated that hydrophobic folding is an important element of protein structure formation. Here it is demonstrated for the first time that the electrochemical or chemical reduction of a nicotinamide in a model protein, which increases hydrophobicity, can drive hydrophobic folding and assembly in such a way as to lift a weight or otherwise contract against a constant tensional force. The model protein, poly[0.73(GVGVP),0.27(GK(NMeN)GVP], can be gamma-irradiation cross-linked to form an elastic matrix which contracts on raising the temperature from below to above the transition range for hydrophobic folding and assembly. On reduction of the N-methyl nicotinamide, (NMeN), the transition temperature range is lowered from above to below 20 degrees C to drive contraction due to hydrophobic folding with the performance of mechanical work.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk