Protein folding monitored at individual residues during a two-dimensional NMR experiment.

TitleProtein folding monitored at individual residues during a two-dimensional NMR experiment.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsBalbach, J., V. Forge, W. S. Lau, N. A. J. van Nuland, K. Brew, and C. M. Dobson
JournalScience
Volume274
Issue5290
Pagination1161-3
Date Published1996 Nov 15
ISSN0036-8075
KeywordsCircular Dichroism, Fourier Analysis, Hydrogen-Ion Concentration, Kinetics, Lactalbumin, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Nitrogen Isotopes, Protein Folding, Protein Structure, Secondary, Protein Structure, Tertiary, Spectrometry, Fluorescence
Abstract

An approach is described to monitor directly at the level of individual residues the formation of structure during protein folding. A two-dimensional heteronuclear nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrum was recorded after the rapid initiation of the refolding of a protein labeled with nitrogen-15. The intensities and line shapes of the cross peaks in the spectrum reflected the kinetic time course of the folding events that occurred during the spectral accumulation. The method was used to demonstrate the cooperative nature of the acquisition of the native main chain fold of apo bovine alpha-lactalbumin. The general approach, however, should be applicable to the investigation of a wide range of chemical reactions.

Alternate JournalScience
PubMed ID8895458