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Processing CD and DSC data on protein folding with Zimm-Bragg model in water
Artem Badasyan, Knarik Yeritsyan, 2024, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Abstract: Circular Dichroism (CD) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) data are processed with a novel model incorporating water effects and inter-/intra-molecular hydrogen bonding energies to better fit experimental data on protein folding as compared to the two-state approach.
Keywords: protein folding, circular dichroism, differential scanning calorimetry, water-protein interactions
Published in RUNG: 10.06.2024; Views: 310; Downloads: 0
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New method to process Circular Dichroism experimental data on heat and cold denaturation of polypeptides in water
Artem Badasyan, Matjaž Valant, 2018, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Abstract: During the past decade the experimental studies of biopolymer conformations have reached an unprecedented level of detailization and allow to study single molecules in vivo [1]. Processing of experimental data essentially relies on theoretical approaches to conformational transitions in biopolymers [2]. However, the models that are currently used, originate from the early 1960's and contain several unjustified assumptions, widely accepted at that time. Thus, the view on the conformational transitions in the polypeptides as a two-state process has very limited applicability because the all-or-none transition mechanism takes place only in short polypeptides with sizes comparable to the spatial correlation length; the original formulation of Zimm-Bragg model is phenomenological and does not allow for a microscopic model for water; the implicit consideration of the water-polypeptide interactions through the ansatz about the quadratic dependence of free energy difference on temperature can only be justified through the assumption of an ideal gas with a constant heat capacity. To get rid of these deficiencies, we augment the Hamiltonian formulation [3] of the Zimm-Bragg model [4] with the term describing the water-polypeptide interactions [5]. The analytical solution of the model results in a formula, ready to be fit to Circular Dichroism (CD) data for both heat and cold denaturation. On the example of several sets of experimental data we show, that our formula results in a significantly better fit, as compared to the existing approaches. Moreover, the application of our procedure allows to compare the strengths of inter- and intra-molecular H-bonds, an information, inaccessible before. References [1] I. König, A. Zarrine-Afsar, M. Aznauryan, A. Soranno, B. Wunderlich, F. Dingfelder, J. C. Stüber, A. Plückthun, D. Nettels, B. Schuler, (2015), Single-molecule spectroscopy of protein conformational dynamics in live eukaryotic cells/Nature Methods, 12, 773-779. [2] J. Seelig, H.-J. Schönfeld, (2016), Thermal protein unfolding by differential scanning calorimetry and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Two-state model versus sequential unfolding/Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics, 49, e9, 1-24. [3] A.V. Badasyan, A. Giacometti, Y. Sh. Mamasakhlisov, V. F. Morozov, A. S. Benight, (2010), Microscopic formulation of the Zimm-Bragg model for the helix-coil transition/Physical Review E, 81, 021921. [4] B. H. Zimm, J. K. Bragg, (1959), Theory of the Phase Transition between Helix and Random Coil in Polypeptide Chains/Journal of Chemical Physics, 31, 526. [5] A. Badasyan, Sh.A. Tonoyan, A. Giacometti, R. Podgornik, V.A. Parsegian, Y.Sh. Mamasakhlisov, V.F. Morozov, (2014), Unified description of solvent effects in the helix-coil transition/Physical Review E, 89, 022723. Corresponding author: Artem Badasyan (artem.badasyan@ung.si)
Keywords: Biopolymers, Circular Dichroism, Zimm-Bragg model, helix-coil transition.
Published in RUNG: 22.10.2018; Views: 4125; Downloads: 0
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