Apr 6, 1976

A quantitative treatment of the kinetics of the folding transition of ribonuclease A

P J Hagerman, R L Baldwin


New experimental data and a quantitative theoretical treatment are given for the kinetics of the thermal folding transition of ribonuclease A at pH 3.0. A three-species mechanism is used as a starting point for the analysis: U1 (slow) in equilibrium U2(fast) in equilibrium N, where U1 and U2 are two forms of the unfolded enzyme with markedly different rates of refolding and N is the native enzyme. This mechanism is based on certain facts established in previous studies of refolding. The kinetics of unfolding and refolding show two phases a fast phase and a slow phase, over a range of temperatures extending above the transition midpoint, Tm. The three-species mechanism can be used in this range. At higher temperatures a new much faster kinetic phase is also observed corresponding to the transient formation of a new intermediate (I). Although the general solution for a four-species mechanism is complex it is not difficult to extend the three-species analysis for the special case found here, in which the fast reaction (I in equilibrium N) is well separated from the other two reactions. At temperatures below the transition zone the slow phase of refolding becomes kinetically complex. No attempt has been made to extend the analysis ...Continue Reading

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