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Titolo: Formation of structured polymers upon controlled denaturation of beta-lactoglobulin with different chaotropes.
Anno di pubblicazione: 2007
Autori: Rasmussen P, Barbiroli A, Bonomi F, Faoro F, Ferranti P, Iriti M, Picariello G, Iametti S.
Abstract: Prolonged exposure (>90 days) of bovine beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) to subdenaturing concentrations of either urea or potassium thiocyanate resulted in the formation of ordered polymers in the form of fibrils. The fibrils obtained with each chaotrope showed major differences in morphology, surface properties, thiol accessibility, and stability to dissociating agents as a consequence of the different chemical bonds involved in their stabilization. Hydrophobic interactions between BLG monomers are predominant in thiocyanate-formed fibrils, whereas urea-formed fibrils are stabilized by intermolecular disulfides generated through a thiol-disulfide exchange reaction. The different features of fibrils obtained with each chaotrope relate to the peculiar structural features and chemical properties of the "active" monomers generated by subdenaturing chaotrope concentrations in the early phases of the polymerization process, as detected by spectroscopic and limited proteolysis/mass spectrometry studies in the earliest stages of the action of individual chaotropes. The chaotrope-specific features of these early intermediates in turn affect the polymerization mechanism, whose intermediates were s
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