Intersubunit hydrophobic interactions in Pf1 filamentous phage

Amir Goldbourt, Loren A. Day, Ann E. McDermott

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Magic angle spinning solid-state NMR has been used to study the structural changes in the Pf1 filamentous bacteriophage, which occur near 10 °C. Comparisons of NMR spectra recorded above and below 10 °C reveal reversible perturbations in many NMR chemical shifts, most of which are assigned to atoms of hydrophobic side chains of the 46-residue subunit. The changes mainly involve groups located in patches on the interfaces between neighboring capsid subunits. The observations show that the transition adjusts the hydrophobic interfaces between fairly rigid subunits. The low temperature form has been generally more amenable to structure determination; spin diffusion experiments on this form revealed unambiguous contacts between side chains of neighboring subunits. These contacts are important constraints for structure modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37051-37059
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number47
StatePublished - 19 Nov 2010


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