PMID: 9249030Jul 1, 1997

Acid-induced disassembly of glutamate dehydrogenase from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus occurs below pH 2.0

European Journal of Biochemistry
R ChiaraluceV Consalvi


The stability of the hexameric glutamate dehydrogenase from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus at low pH values has been studied by activity assay, spectroscopic methods, size-exclusion chromatography and ultracentrifugation analysis. The enzyme is exceptionally stable and at pH 2.0 its hexameric assembly is preserved despite the changes observed in its tertiary structure. Below pH 1.7 dissociation into monomers starts and is accompanied by a progressive loss of tertiary interactions. Dissociation intermediate(s) were not detectable. At pH 2.0 the addition of NaCl causes the same structural changes observed upon further addition of protons. The monomeric state of the enzyme at pH 1.0 shows a significant content of native secondary structure and can be unfolded by guanidinium chloride. The role of electrostatic interactions in the high stability of the enzyme structure at low pH values is discussed.


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