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J Mol Biol. 1996 Feb 9;255(5):767-77.

Reversible association of the equilibrium unfolding intermediate of lambda Cro repressor.

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Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Moscow Region, Russia.

Abstract

An extended differentiated scanning calorimetry study of the wild-type Cro repressor and of its V55C mutant has revealed a significant concentration dependence of the melting profiles, even though the two polypeptide chains forming the active repressor molecule are covalently bound within the mutant. An analysis of the temperature dependencies of the partial molar heat capacity suggests that in both cases equilibrium unfolding occurs via a highly-populated intermediate state corresponding to polypeptide tetramers. The results of thermodynamic analysis are confirmed by direct glutaraldehyde cross-linking experiments. Judging by heat effects and circular dichroism data, this intermediate state regains about 50% of the ordered structure and melts co-operatively.

PMID:
8636977
DOI:
10.1006/jmbi.1996.0062
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