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Molecular Biology

2009

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Wayne State University

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Full-Text Articles in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology

Self-Assembly And Disassembly Of The Snare Complex: Examined Using Circular Dichroism And Atomic Force Microscopy, Jeremy D. Cook, Won Jin Cho, Timothy L. Stemmler, Bhanu P. Jena Sep 2009

Self-Assembly And Disassembly Of The Snare Complex: Examined Using Circular Dichroism And Atomic Force Microscopy, Jeremy D. Cook, Won Jin Cho, Timothy L. Stemmler, Bhanu P. Jena

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Publications

In this study, we report for the first time that both t-SNAREs and v-SNARE and their complexes in buffered suspension, exhibit defined peaks at CD signals of 208 and 222 nm wavelengths, consistent with a higher degree of helical secondary structure. Surprisingly, when incorporated in lipid membrane, both SNAREs and their complexes exhibit reduced folding. In presence of NSF-ATP, the SNARE complex disassembles, as reflected from the CD signals demonstrating elimination of α-helices within the structure.