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Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)

Circular dichroism techniques for the analysis of intrinsically disordered proteins and domains.


PMID 22760329

Abstract

Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a simple and powerful technique, which allows for the assessment of the conformational properties of a protein or protein domain. Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), as discussed throughout this series, differ from random coil polypeptides in that different regions present specific conformational preferences, exhibiting dynamic secondary structure content [1]. These dynamic secondary structure elements can be stabilized or perturbed by different chemical (solvent, ionic strength, pH) or physical (temperature) agents, by posttranslational modifications, and by ligands. This information is important for defining ID nature. As IDPs present dynamic conformations, circular dichroism measurements (and other approaches as well) should be carried out not as single spectra performed in unique conditions, but instead changing the chemical conditions and observing the behavior, as part of the determination of the ID nature.In this chapter, we present the basic methodology for performing Far-UV CD measurements on a protein of interest and for identifying and characterizing intrinsically disordered regions, and several protocols for the analysis of residual secondary structure present in the protein under study. These techniques are straightforward to perform; they require minimal training and can be preliminary to more complex methodologies such as NMR.

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