The histidine phosphocarrier protein (HPr) kinase/phosphorylase (HPrK/P) modulates the phosphorylation state of the HPr protein, and it is involved in the use of carbon sources by Gram-positive bacteria. Its X-ray structure, as concluded from crystals of proteins from several species, is a hexamer; however, there are no studies about its conformational stability, and how its structure is modified by the pH. We have embarked on the conformational characterization of HPrK/P of Bacillus subtilis (bsHPrK/P) in solution by using several spectroscopic (namely, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD)) and biophysical techniques (namely, small-angle X-ray-scattering (SAXS) and dynamic light-scattering (DLS)). bsHPrK/P was mainly a hexamer in solution at pH 7.0, in the presence of phosphate. The protein had a high conformational stability, with an apparent thermal denaturation midpoint of ~70◦ C, at pH 7.0, as monitored by fluorescence and CD. The protein was very pH-sensitive, precipitated between pH 3.5 and 6.5; below pH 3.5, it had a molten-globule-like conformation; and it acquired a native-like structure in a narrow pH range (between pH 7.0 and 8.0). Guanidinium hydrochloride (GdmCl) denaturation occurred through an oligomeric intermediate. On the other hand, urea denaturation occurred as a single transition, in the range of concentrations between 1.8 and 18 µM, as detected by far-UV CD and fluorescence.

The histidine phosphocarrier kinase/phosphorylase from bacillus subtilis is an oligomer in solution with a high thermal stability

Ortore M. G.
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Formal Analysis
2021

Abstract

The histidine phosphocarrier protein (HPr) kinase/phosphorylase (HPrK/P) modulates the phosphorylation state of the HPr protein, and it is involved in the use of carbon sources by Gram-positive bacteria. Its X-ray structure, as concluded from crystals of proteins from several species, is a hexamer; however, there are no studies about its conformational stability, and how its structure is modified by the pH. We have embarked on the conformational characterization of HPrK/P of Bacillus subtilis (bsHPrK/P) in solution by using several spectroscopic (namely, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD)) and biophysical techniques (namely, small-angle X-ray-scattering (SAXS) and dynamic light-scattering (DLS)). bsHPrK/P was mainly a hexamer in solution at pH 7.0, in the presence of phosphate. The protein had a high conformational stability, with an apparent thermal denaturation midpoint of ~70◦ C, at pH 7.0, as monitored by fluorescence and CD. The protein was very pH-sensitive, precipitated between pH 3.5 and 6.5; below pH 3.5, it had a molten-globule-like conformation; and it acquired a native-like structure in a narrow pH range (between pH 7.0 and 8.0). Guanidinium hydrochloride (GdmCl) denaturation occurred through an oligomeric intermediate. On the other hand, urea denaturation occurred as a single transition, in the range of concentrations between 1.8 and 18 µM, as detected by far-UV CD and fluorescence.
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