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 / Neira, J. L.; Camara-Artigas, A.; Hernandez-Cifre, J. G.; Ortore, M. G.. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES. - ISSN 1661-6596. - STAMPA. - 22:6(2021), pp. 1-23. [10.3390/ijms22063231]