Author(s): Meremyanin AV, Eronina TB, Chebotareva NA, Kurganov BI
Abstract Share this page
Abstract The kinetics of thermal aggregation of glycogen phosphorylase b (Phb) from rabbit skeletal muscle have been studied by dynamic light scattering (0.08M Hepes, pH 6.8, containing 0.1M NaCl; 48 degrees C). The hydrodynamic radius of the start aggregates determined from the initial linear parts of the dependences of the hydrodynamic radius (R(h)) on time was found to be 16.7 +/- 1.0 nm. At rather high values of time, the R(h) value for the protein aggregates becomes proportional to t(1/1.8) = t(0.56) suggesting that the aggregation process proceeds in the regime of diffusion-limited cluster-cluster aggregation. In the presence of alpha-crystallin, a protein possessing the chaperone-like activity, the process of protein aggregation switches to the regime of reaction-limited cluster-cluster aggregation as indicated by the exponential dependence of the R(h) value on time. It was shown that the addition of alpha-crystallin raises the rate of thermal inactivation of Phb. These data in combination with the results of the study of interaction of Phb with alpha-crystallin by analytical ultracentrifugation suggest that alpha-crystallin interacts with the intermediates of unfolding of the Phb molecule. (c) 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
This article was published in Biopolymers
and referenced in Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry