RAPISARDA Viviana Andrea
Maintenance and thermal stabilization of NADH dehydrogenase-2 conformation upon elimination of its C-terminal region
VILLEGAS, J. M.; TORRES-BUGEAU, C. M.; CHEHÍN, R.; BURGOS, M. I.; FIDELIO, G. D.; RINTOUL, M. R.; RAPISARDA, V. A.
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Lugar: Paris; Año: 2013 vol. 95 p. 382 - 387
Development of an artificial enzyme with activity and structure comparable to that of natural enzymes is an important goal in biological chemistry. Respiratory NADH dehydrogenase-2 (NDH-2) of Escherichia coli is a peripheral membrane-bound flavoprotein, belonging to a group of enzymes with scarce structural information. By eliminating the C-terminal region of NDH-2, a water soluble version with significant enzymatic activity was previously obtained. Here, NDH-2 structural features were established, in comparison to those of the truncated version. Far-UV circular dichroism, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and limited proteolysis analysis showed that the overall structure of both proteins was similar at 30 C. Experimental data agree with the predicted NDH-2 structure (PDB: 1OZK). The absence of C-terminal region stabilized in w5e10 C the truncated protein conformation. However, truncation impaired enzymatic activity at low temperatures, probably due to the weak interaction of the mutant protein with FAD cofactor.