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Effect of Crowding Agents, Signal Peptide, and Chaperone SecB on the Folding and Aggregation of E. coli Maltose Binding Protein

Kulothungan, Rajendra S and Das, Mili and Johnson, Madrid and Ganesh, Chandramowli and Varadarajan, Raghavan (2009) Effect of Crowding Agents, Signal Peptide, and Chaperone SecB on the Folding and Aggregation of E. coli Maltose Binding Protein. In: Langmuir, 25 (12). pp. 6637-6648.

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SecB, a soluble cytosolic chaperone component of the Secexport pathway, binds to newly synthesized precursor proteins and prevents their premature aggregation and folding and subsequently targets them to the translocation machinery on the membrane. PreMBP, the precursor form of maltose binding protein, has a 26-residue signal sequence attached to the N-terminus of MBP and is a physiological substrate of SecB. We examine the effect of macromolecular crowding and SecB on the stability and refolding of denatured preMBP and MBP. PreMBP was less stable than MBP (ΔTm =7( 0.5 K) in both crowded and uncrowded solutions. Crowding did not cause any substantial changes in the thermal stability ofMBP(ΔTm=1(0.4 K) or preMBP (ΔTm=0(0.6 K), as observed in spectroscopically monitored thermal unfolding experiments. However, both MBP and preMBP were prone to aggregation while refolding under crowded conditions. In contrast to MBP aggregates, which were amorphous, preMBP aggregates form amyloid fibrils.Under uncrowded conditions, a molar excess of SecB was able to completely prevent aggregation and promote disaggregation of preformed aggregates of MBP. When a complex of the denatured protein and SecB was preformed, SecB could completely prevent aggregation and promote folding of MBP and preMBP even in crowded solution. Thus, in addition to maintaining substrates in an unfolded, export-competent conformation, SecB also suppresses the aggregation of its substrates in the crowded intracellular environment. SecB is also able to promote passive disaggregation of macroscopic aggregates of MBP in the absence of an energy source such as ATP or additional cofactors. These experiments also demonstrate that signal peptide can reatly influence protein stability and aggregation propensity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Ceramics Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
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Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009 05:53
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:36
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/21328

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