Identification and Characterization of Molten Globule-Like State of Hen Egg-White Lysozyme in Presence of Salts Under Alkaline Conditions

Author(s): M. A. Ansari, S. Zubair, S. M. Atif, M. Kashif, N. Khan, M. Rehan, T. Anwar, A. Iqbal, M. Owais

Journal Name: Protein & Peptide Letters

Volume 17 , Issue 1 , 2010

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In the present study, we elucidated the effect of potassium salts on alkali denatured hen egg white lysozyme (EC using intrinsic/extrinsic fluorescence as well circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopic methods. Intrinsic fluorescence studies revealed that various potassium salts mediate stabilization of lysozyme against alkali denaturation. Far and near UV CD spectrum studies, showed that 2M KCl induced appreciable amount of secondary structure with minimum tertiary contacts in lysozyme at pH 12.6. Acrylamide quenching studies suggest that at pH 12.6, the presence of 2M KCl causes reduced accessibility of the quencher to tryptophan residues of the protein presumably because of its compact conformation. In summary, the results of present study suggest that lysozyme attains a compact folded intermediate with molten globule like characteristics at alkaline pH in presence of potassium chloride.

Keywords: Lysozyme, secondary structure, molten globule

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Year: 2010
Page: [11 - 17]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/092986610789909502

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