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Methods Mol Biol. 2013;987:115-27. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-321-3_10.

Nanodiscs in the studies of membrane-bound cytochrome P450 enzymes.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA.


Cytochromes P450 from eukaryotes and their native redox partners cytochrome P450 reductases both belong to the class of monotopic membrane proteins containing one transmembrane anchor. Incorporation into the lipid bilayer significantly affects their equilibrium and kinetic properties and plays an important role in their interactions. We describe here the detailed protocols developed in our group for the functional self-assembly of mammalian cytochromes P450 and cytochrome P450 reductases into Nanodiscs with controlled lipid composition. The resulting preparations are fully functional, homogeneous in size, composition and oligomerization state of the heme enzyme, and show an improved stability with respect to P420 formation. We provide a brief overview of applications of Nanodisc technology to the biophysical and biochemical mechanistic studies of cytochromes P450 involved in steroidogenesis, and of the most abundant xenobiotic-metabolizing human cytochrome P450 CYP3A4.

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