The stability of acetyl-esterase, Aes, from Escherichia coli against the denaturing action of urea and guanidine hydrochloride, GuHCl, has been investigated by means of circular dichroism and fluorescence measurements. The urea-induced unfolding curves show a single inflection point at 6.2 M urea, whereas the GuHCl-induced curves show two inflection points at 1.4 and 3.1 M GuHCl. The unfolding process is reversible with both urea and GuHCl. These results, together with similar experimental data on the mutant form V20D-Aes, suggest the presence of two domains in the Aes structure, which unfold more or less independently depending on the denaturant used. This is also supported by a 3D model obtained by homology modeling using the structure of brefeldine as a template. The effect of NaCl on the urea-induced unfolding curves of the enzyme has also been investigated.

Denaturant-induced unfolding of acetyl-esterase from Escherichia coli

DEL VECCHIO, POMPEA GIUSEPPINA GRAZIA;BARONE, GUIDO;ROSSI, MOSE';
2004

Abstract

The stability of acetyl-esterase, Aes, from Escherichia coli against the denaturing action of urea and guanidine hydrochloride, GuHCl, has been investigated by means of circular dichroism and fluorescence measurements. The urea-induced unfolding curves show a single inflection point at 6.2 M urea, whereas the GuHCl-induced curves show two inflection points at 1.4 and 3.1 M GuHCl. The unfolding process is reversible with both urea and GuHCl. These results, together with similar experimental data on the mutant form V20D-Aes, suggest the presence of two domains in the Aes structure, which unfold more or less independently depending on the denaturant used. This is also supported by a 3D model obtained by homology modeling using the structure of brefeldine as a template. The effect of NaCl on the urea-induced unfolding curves of the enzyme has also been investigated.
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