Jan 25, 1984

Immunochemical evidence for extensive ligand-induced conformational changes in Lactobacillus casei dihydrofolate reductase

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
A M GronenbornG M Clore

Abstract

The effects of ligand binding on antibody complex formation of Lactobacillus casei dihydrofolate reductase have been investigated. Binary complexes containing either substrate and inhibitors or NADP+ and NADPH together with ternary complexes containing inhibitors and coenzyme were examined. Whereas substrate and inhibitor binding alone show no effect, the binding of coenzyme reduces antibody complex formation. The most striking effect is observed with ternary complexes containing methotrexate or aminopterin and NADPH: maximal retention of the labeled protein in the immunoprecipitation assay is reduced to approximately 30% of its original value with dihydrofolate reductase alone due to a decrease in both the affinity and lifetime of the antibody-protein complex at one or more antigenic sites. This result is discussed in terms of different conformational changes brought about by NADP and NADPH.

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Ligand Binding
Complex (molecular entity)
DHFR
Protein Complex Location
Protein Conformation
Immune complex
Tetrahydrofolate Dehydrogenase
NADP
Immunoprecipitation
Methotrexate

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