A spectroscopic study of the temperature induced modifications on ferredoxin folding and iron-sulfur moieties

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Abstract

Thermal perturbation of the dicluster ferredoxin from Acidianus ambivalens was investigated employing a toolbox of spectroscopic methods. FTIR and visible CD were used for assessing changes of the secondary structure and coarse alterations of the [3Fe4S] and [4Fe4S] cluster moieties, respectively. Fine details of the disassembly of the metal centers were revealed by paramagnetic NMR and resonance Raman spectroscopy. Overall, thermally induced unfolding of AaFd is initiated with the loss of alpha-helical content at relatively low temperatures (T-m(app) similar to 44 degrees C, followed by the disruption of both iron-sulfur clusters (T-m(app) similar to 53-60 degrees C. The degradation of the metal centers triggers major structural changes on the protein matrix, including the loss of tertiary contacts (T-m(app) similar to 58 degrees C) and a change, rather than a significant net loss, of secondary structure (T-m(app) similar to 60 degrees C. This latter process triggers a secondary structure reorganization that is consistent with the formation of a molten globule state. The combined spectroscopic approach here reported illustrates how changes in the metalloprotein organization are intertwined with disassembly of the iron-sulfur centers, denoting the conformational interplay of the protein backbone with cofactors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10733-10738
JournalBiochemistry
Volume46
Issue number37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2007

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