alexa Slow Unfolding Pathway of the Hyperthermophilic Tk-RNas
ISSN: 2161-1009

Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry
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Research Article

Slow Unfolding Pathway of the Hyperthermophilic Tk-RNase H2 Examined by Pulse Proteolysis Using Mutant Proteins

Kanako Shima, Ai Nagao, Jun Okada, Satoshi Sano and Kazufumi Takano*

Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Kazufumi Takano
Department of Biomolecular Chemistry
Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto, Japan
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Received Date: August 30, 2015; Accepted Date: October 19, 2015; Published Date: October 22, 2015

Citation: Shima K, Nagao A, Okada J, Sano S, Takano K (2015) Slow Unfolding Pathway of the Hyperthermophilic Tk-RNase H2 Examined by Pulse Proteolysis Using Mutant Proteins. Biochem Anal Biochem 4:213. doi:10.4172/2161-1009.1000213

Copyright: © 2015 Shima K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The unfolding of ribonuclease H2 from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis (Tk-RNase H2) is remarkably slow. In previous work, Tk-RNase H2 unfolding intermediates, IA-, IB-, IC- and ID-states, were observed by pulse proteolysis analysis at 25°C, where the IB- and IC-states are the main forms in the slow unfolding process of this protein. Here, we examined the slow unfolding pathway of Tk-RNase H2 by pulse proteolysis using mutants. For the stabilized variant, D7N, the life time of IA- and IB-states decreased but the IC-state appeared earlier at 25°C, indicating the stabilization of the IC-state. The IA- and IB-states were not observed in the destabilized variant, L33A, at 25°C, whereas in the wild-type these two states disappeared at 50°C. Our results suggest that at higher temperatures the IC-state is the real native state of Tk-RNase H2, whereas the native, IA- and IB-states at 25°C are artificial forms at lower temperatures.


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