Analysis of long-range interactions in a model denatured state of staphylococcal nuclease based on correlated changes in backbone dynamics

James F. Sinclair, David Shortle

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Abstract

An expanded, highly dynamic denatured state of staphylococcal nuclease exhibits a native-like topology in the apparent absence of tight packing and fixed hydrogen bonds (Gillespie JR, Shortle D, 1997, J Mol Biol 268:158-169, 170-184). To address the physical basis of the long-range spatial ordering of this molecule, we probe the effects of perturbations of the sequence and solution conditions on the local chain dynamics of a denatured 101-residue fragment that is missing the first three beta strands. Structural interactions between chain segments are inferred from correlated changes in the motional behavior of residues monitored by 15N NMR relaxation measurements. Restoration of the sequence corresponding to the first three beta strands significantly increases the average order of all chain segments that form the five strand beta barrel including loops but has no effect on the carboxy terminal 30 residues. Addition of the denaturing salt sodium perchlorate enhances ordering over the entire sequence of this fragment. Analysis of seven different substitution mutants points to a complex set of interactions between the hydrophobic segment corresponding to beta strand 5 and the remainder of the chain. General patterns in the data suggest there is a hierarchy of native-like interactions that occur transiently in the denatured state and are consistent with the overall topology of the denatured state ensemble being determined by many coupled local interactions rather than a few highly specific long-range interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-1000
Number of pages10
JournalProtein Science
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

Keywords

  • Denatured state
  • N NMR relaxation
  • Protein folding
  • Sodium perchlorate
  • Staphylococcal nuclease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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