Author(s): Wang K, Kurganov BI
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Abstract The general approach to analysis of the kinetics of protein aggregation registered by the turbidimetric method has been elaborated. The terminal part of the kinetic curves is analyzed using a theoretical equation connecting the derivative of the apparent absorbance (A) with respect to time (dA/dt) and A (t is time). This analysis allows the limiting value of A at t--> infinity (A(lim)) and the order of aggregation with respect to protein (n) to be calculated. Approach proposed was applied to analysis of thermal and acidification-induced aggregation of firefly luciferase. In both cases the A(lim) value is a linear function of the protein concentration. The terminal part of the kinetic curves of thermal aggregation follows the first-order kinetics (n=1), whereas the kinetics of acidification-induced aggregation are characterized by the value of n higher than unity (n=1.29). The mechanism of nucleation-dependent aggregation has been discussed.
This article was published in Biophys Chem
and referenced in Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry