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The structures determined from X-ray crystallography or SSNMR were similar to previously proposed structures from cryo-electron microscopy EM formed from insulin. The capability to form amyloidal protein structures that are considered to be genetic is from the findings that an increasing number of proteins show no signs of protein related diseases.
It has been found that amyloidal proteins can be converted from its own protein that has a function rather than disease- related characteristics in living organisms. In these protein mutations, different factors that affect the formation of amyloid fibril formation and different chains form amyloid fibrils at different speeds.
In different polypeptide molecules, hydrophobicity, hydrophillicity, changes in charge, degree of exposure to solvent, the number of aromatic side chains, surface area, and dipole moment can affect the rate of aggregation of protein. It has been found that the concentration of protein, pH and ionic strength of the solution the protein is in as well as the amino acid sequence it is in determines the aggregation rate from the unstructured, non-homologous protein sequences.
As the hydrophobicity of the side chains increases or decreases can change the tendency for the protein to aggregate. Charge in a protein can create aggregations through interaction of the polypeptide chain with other macromolecules around it. It was found that the degree in which the protein sequence are exposed to solvent tend to affect the formation of amyloids. Proteins that are exposed to solvent seem to promote aggregation. Even though some other parts of the protein that had a high tendency to aggregate were not involved in the aggregation, they seem to at least be partially unexposed to the solvent but other regions that were exposed to solvent that were not involved in the aggregation had a low tendency to form amyloid fibrils.
It has even been raised that protein sequences have evolved over time to avoid forming clusters of hydrophobic residues by alternating the patterns of hydrophobic and hydrophillic regions to lower the tendency for protein aggregation to occur. Amyloid formation arises mostly from the properties of the polypeptide chain that are similar in all peptides and proteins, but sometimes, the sequence affects the relative stabilities of the conformational states of the molecules. In that case, the polypeptide chains with different sequences form amyloid fibrils at various rates.
Sequence difference affects the behavior of the protein aggression instead of affecting the stability of the protein fold. Various physicochemical factors affect the formation of amyloid structure by unfolded polypeptide chains. Hydrophobicity of the side chains affects the aggregation of unfolded polypeptide chains. The amino acid in the regions of the aggregation site can change the ability of aggregation of a sequence when they increase or decrease the hydrophobicity at the site of the mutation or folding site. Over time, sequences have evolved to avoid creating clumps of hydrophobic residues by alternating hydrophobic areas of the protein.
Charge affects the aggregation of amyloid protein folding. A high net charge can have the possibility of impeding self association of the protein. Mutations in decreasing the positive net charge may result in the opposite effect of aggregate formation as increasing the positive net charge. It has been seen found that polypeptide chains can be run by interactions with highly charged macromolecules, displaying the importance of charge of a protein aggregation.
Secondary structures of proteins affect the amyloid aggregation as well. The characteristics of the amino acid sequences affect the amyloid fibril structure and rate of aggregation. Different mutations, including changes in the number of aromatic side chains, the amount of exposed surface area and dipole moment, have been said to change the aggregation rates of lots of polypeptide chains.
Unfolded regions play vital roles in promoting the aggregation of partially folded proteins. Some regions that were found to be flexible or exposed to solvent were fond of aggregation. Other regions that are not involved in the aggregation were found to not be exposed, but rather half buried even though they have high possibility of aggregating while the exposed regions of the structure that are not involved in the aggregation have a low probability of aggregating amyloid fibrils.
The fibrils tend to come together by association of unfolded polypeptide segments rather than by docking the structural elements. Overall, it has been found that unfolded proteins have lower less hydrophobicity and higher net charge than that of a folded protein. Concentration of protein, pH and ionic strength were found to be associated with the amino acid sequence, which affects the rate of aggregation. It is understood that the primary structure the amino acid sequence of a protein predisposes the protein for a specific three dimensional structure and how it will fold from the unfolded form to the native state.
The concentration of salts, the temperature, the nature of the primary solvent, macromolecular crowding, and the presence of chaperones are all factors that affect the mechanism of folding and the ratio of unfolded proteins to those in the native state. More than anything, these environmental factors affect the likelihood of any single protein reaching the correct final structure. Isolated proteins placed in proper environments specific solvent, solute concentrations, pH, temperature, etc. Excess heat cooking proteins can break hydrogen bonds essential to the secondary structure of proteins.
Intentional denaturing is used in various methods to analyze biomolecules. The complex environments within cells often necessitate chaperones and other biomolecules for proteins to properly form the native state. Protein is an essential part of living thing. The development of human body is needed to be parallel with the development of protein. But protein contains so many mysteries that we did not discovery yet. For example, that is protein folding. Folding is a necessary activity of proteins. They need to fold to continue their biological activity.
Folding is also a process that very protein goes through to have a stable conformation. But sometimes this process is happened incorrectly, and the scientist call this problem is protein misfolding. Because of this reason, the researches about protein folding and misfolding become very important. During the process of discovering about protein, folding, misfolding and its affects, the scientists have been collecting many successes; the mystery about protein is unraveled gradually. As a scientist, W. Dr Thomasson begins his article by introduce generally about protein folding and misfolding.
First of all, proteins consists the sequences of amino acid. The scientists have discovered 20 amino acids appearing in proteins. Proteins need to fold to continue its activity. The scientists have listed 3 type of protein folding; the protein can be folded, partial folded or misfolded.
The author of the article records the very important conclusion of Anfinsen about protein misfolding. In his point of view, the misfolding is occurred in the process of folding when the folding goes wrong. The research of protein misfolding is focus on the temperature sensitive mutation; the scientists observe the bacteriophage P22 with the changing of temperature to cause the mutation. And they conclude that the mutant proteins are less stable than the normal. It means, they give a conclusion is that in the tailspike of bacteriophage the misfolded proteins is less stable than the correctly folded proteins and they are difficult to reach the properly folded state.
When the protein misfolding occurs, it results many bad disease. This is a disease of the elderly. According to the research of scientist, this disease is occurred when the amyloid precursor protein is misfolding. The scientists have not known exactly the reason of this disease yet. But the main reason causing the misfolding is the protein apolipoprotein E apoE inside our blood stream.
The protein apoE has three forms such as apoE2, apoE3 and apoE4. This disease is just happened with the older people because in the amyloid process, a nucleus is formed very slowly. The mutation of this protein is not stable and causes the disease. The studying about apoE is still a secret because some scientists show that one form of this protein is developing the disease but another form is decreasing the development of the disease.
Another affect from the protein misfolding is the Mad Cow disease. This is a very dangerous disease because it can be transmitted from animals to human. This disease causes by the misfolding of prions. The process of misfolding is the self-replicating of the prions. The mutation appear in the process of folding, the prions self-replicate and cause the misfolding of the proteins.
This is a special situation of the protein; it can be served as its chaperons. Because of the replicating, the prion was multiplied very quickly along with the increasing of normal proteins. This disease shows that the protein folding can be occurred without the genetics such as the experiment on the sheep.
Thomasson continues his article by some more information about the misfolding and the way of the scientist to prove the mystery. He gives the information about the protein p53 and its mutation. It can cause the cancer, it also one type of protein misfolding. The point Dr. Thomasson wants to make that is his idea about the drug that can make the protein misfolding becoming more stable and minimize the misfolding of protein.
This idea seems very good but its results are like a mystery as the mystery of protein folding. The research about the protein folding is very important to our lives. The misfolding is one of the main reasons causing so many dangerous disease but we did not have a successful treatment yet. The study of protein folding is more and more successful to help the human to be able to destroy the disease causing by misfolding. The disease caused by protein misfolding has become one problem of human that need to be solved.
Molecular Chaperones are known mainly for assisting the folding of proteins. Molecular Chaperones are involved in producing, maintaining, and recycling the structure and units of protein chaperones. Chaperones are present in the cytosol but are also present in cellular compartment such as the membrane bounded mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum. The role or necessity of chaperones to the proper folding of proteins varies. Many prokaryotes have few chaperones and less redundancy in the types of chaperones and whereas eukaryotes have large families of chaperones containing some redundancy.
It is hypothesized that some chaperones are essential to proper protein folding such as the example of the prokaryote which has less variations of a chaperone family available. Other chaperones play less of an essential role such as in eukaryotes where more variations within a family of chaperones exist and gradients of efficiency or affinity are produced. This redundancy or existence of less efficient chaperones may exist in one state but the effectiveness of chaperones is also a function of their environment.
The pH, space, temperature, protein aggregation and other external factors may render a chaperone that was once ineffective into a more essential chaperone.
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These environmental factors show why it is important to simulate cellular in vivo conditions, or native states, in order to grasp the conditions that require use of chaperones. This briefly summarizes the difficulties in analyzing and comparing chaperone function in vivo vs. Simulating in vivo, or the environment within the cell, is important not just because of physical factors such as pH or temperature but also because the time in which the chaperone begins to conform the polypeptide.
Some chaperones are nearby the ribosome and attach immediately to the polypeptide to prevent misconformation. Other chaperones allow the polypeptide to begin folding by itself and attach later on. Thus the role of each chaperone becomes specific to its vicinity to the polypeptide and time and place in which it assists folding. Recent research has implicated that chaperones within the nucleolus not only catalyze protein folding but also catalyze other functions important to maintain a healthy cell.
Heat shock proteins, for example, not only help other proteins fold but also act during moments of stress to regulate protein homeostatis. Furthermore, there is evidence that chaperones work together in networks to oversee certain functions like dealing with toxins, starvation or infection. The nucleolar chaperone network is divided into different branches that have specific functions. The network is dynamic and can vary in concentration or location of the network components depending on changes in the physiology and environment of the cell.
Heat shock proteins HSPs , which are classified based on their molecular weights, are integral components of the chaperone network.
HSP 70s and 90s maintain proteostasis by ensuring that proteins are properly folded and preventing proteotoxicity, which is the damage of a cell function due to a misfolded protein. The nucleolar network also contains chaperones that are part of ribosome biogenesis, or the synthesis of ribosomes in the cells. The nucleolar chaperone network provide the organization and assistance needed to complete the biological taks necessary for cell survival, and if it does not function properly there can be many problems.
For instance, when cancer cells have increased levels of rRNA synthesis, ribosome biogenesis is increased. It is possible to potentially use drugs designed to target specific branches of the nucleolar chaperone network in malfunctioning cells. Other networks of chaperones include networks that specifically participate in de novo protein folding, meaning they help to fold newly made proteins, and the refolding of proteins that have been damaged.
One chaperone network that exists in tumor cell mitochondria contains HSP90 and TRAP1, which protect the mitochondria and prevent cell death, allowing the cancer cells to continue to spread uncontrollably. It works together with HSP 90 to support protein homeostasis. It binds to newly synthesized proteins early in the folding process. The N-terminal ATPase binds and hydrolyzes ATP, the substrate binding domain hold an affinity for neutral, hydrophobic amino acid residues up to seven residues in length while the c-terminal domain acts as a sort of lid for the substrate binding domain.
HSP70, or DnaK, are bacterial chaperones and can help in folding by clamping down on a peptide.
The protein fits in this hollow center. Conformational changes within the chamber can then change the shape and folding of the protein. This particular protein, however, is different from other chaperones in that HSP90 is limited in the folding aspect of molecular chaperones. Instead, Hsp 90 is vital to study and understand because many cancer cells have been able to take over and utilize the Hsp 90 in order to survive in many virulent surroundings.
Therefore, if one were to structurally study and somehow target Hsp90 inhibitors, then there could be a way to stop cancer cells from spreading. Furthermore, many studies have been performed in order to test whether or not the Hsp 90 chaperone cycle is driven by ATP binding and hydrolysis or some other factor. But after much research by Southworth and Agard, there was enough evidence to state that HSP90 protein could conformationally change without nucleotide binding but rather the stabilization of an equilibrium is the factor that will change the Hsp90 to a closed or compact or open state.
The three conformations of the Hsp90 were found through x-ray crystallography and also through single electron particle microscopy and by studying the three-state conformational changes in yeast Hsp90, human Hsp90 and bacteria Hsp 90 HtpG it was clear that there are distinct conformational changes for specific species. Overall, Hsp90 is a chaperone that is more involved with maintaining homeostasis within a cell rather than the involvement of protein folding.
Hsp90 has rising potential in the area of drug development in the future since it plays such an essential role in aiding the survival for cancer cells. This is the first chaperone to interact with the nascent chain as it exits the ribosome tunnel. Without the nascent chain, the TF cycles on and off but once the nascent chain is present, it binds onto the chain, forming a protecting cavity around. In order to do its function, TF scans for any exposed hydrophobic segment of the nascent chain and it can also re-associate with the chain. Folding is found to be more efficient in the presence of the TF, however, this is done at the expense of speed, it can stay with the chain for more than 30 seconds.
The release of the chain is triggered when the hydrophobic portions is buried as the folding progresses toward the native state. YidC, Alb3, and Oxa1 are proteins that facilitate the insertion of proteins in the plasma membrane. YidC is a protein that has only two polypeptide chains. The formation of its structure has been supported by particular phospholipids.
YidC proteins can be found in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Oxa1 can be found in the inner membrane of the mitochondria. Alb3 locates in the membrane of the thylakoid inside the chloroplast. Experiments showed that YidC protein actively contributes to the insertion of Pf3 coat protein. In addition, YidC also has direct contact with the hydrophobic segment of Pf3 coat protein. Although Oxa1 can only be found in the mitochondria it can also facilitate the insertion of membrane proteins in the nucleus. Oxa1 only supports the insertion of Sec-independent proteins because the mitochondria in yeast cell do not have Sec proteins.
Nucleotide-binding domains that are leucine- rich NLR provide a pathogen-sensing mechanism that is present in both plants and animals. They could either be triggered directly or indirectly by a derivation of pathogen molecules via elusive mechanisms. HSP90 can monitor the function of its corresponding clients that apply to NLR proteins in three practical ways: promotion of steady-state of functional threshold, activating stimulus-dependent activity, and raising the capacity to evolve. Plants contain many NLR genes that considered being polymorphic in the LRR domain in order to be familiar with the highly diversified pathogen effectors.
The NLR sensor stability will be the mechanism that will determine the pathogen recognition. The HSP90 system is advantageous for plants because it will couple metastable NLR proteins and stabilize them in a signaling competent condition. This will allow for the masking of mutations that would be detrimental. It is known that chaperones work together to aid in the folding of protein in order to prevent misfolding.
However, the mechanism of how chaperones help in protein folding was not fully understood. Recent studies on Hsp40 and Hsp70 have provided more insights into the mechanism of chaperones and their substrate. The Hsp40 family consists of many Hsp40 with different J-domain. In protein folding, an unfolded polypeptide binds to a Hsp40 co-chaparone. This causes Hsp70 to have a higher affinity for the polypeptide substrate and unbind the substrate from Hsp Once the polypeptide is released from Hsp70, it can fold to its native state or it can be refolded by the chaperones if there is a misfolding.
This approach thereby protects cells from damage due to irreversible protein aggregation. It rather appears that many sites contribute to substrate interactions, and binding is probably different for different substrates dependent on the conformation of surfaces exposed when a substrate unfolds. If proteins folded randomly and unpredictably, the amount of time taken to reach the native conformation would be much larger than the actual time it takes. The current theory on how protein folding occurs naturally and efficiently involves a "funnel" of sorts-the idea being that there exists not a step by step means of reaching the correct 3-D structure, but rather a number of paths that become progressively narrower from top to bottom.
The funnel starts at the top and proceeds downward from energetically disfavorable folding at the top to energetically favoring proper folding at the bottom. The experiment that sparked the idea of proteins relying on energetics and thermodynamics to reach their native folding was conducted by Christian Anfinsenf in , when he discovered that ribonuclease could spontaneously refold into its proper structure after being denatured without the help of other molecules.
These funnel models such as the Go-type model show funnels with hills and bumps that represent the protein taking the path of least resistance when moving down the energy funnel. These bumps are termed "points of frustration". It is believed that funnels with the fewest frustration points or bumps fold into their native forms faster since fewer energy boundaries exist. Although these models are simplified attempts and do not account for misfoldings, they nonetheless prove accurate in the case of many proteins. Another model that uses algorithms and computers is the empirical force field.
This model uses hundreds of thousands of computers running idly to compute folding scenarios of proteins under 50 amino acids with surprising accuracy. However, these computer models will sometimes overestimate unlikely folding structures or produce folding patterns that are rarely or never seen. Simple models such as Go-type models not only predict the folded protein, but also the transition states that determine the rate of the protein folding.
These models are just beginning to show the dynamics of the intermediate stages of protein folding. As such, this is an area under further investigation. The understanding of the kinetics of protein folding is less established, and the movement of proteins between initial amino acid strands and the final product is also an area under investigation. The energy landscape model also has trouble accounting for external factors like crowding and aggregates.
One such example of external interaction, called "domino swapping", involves the swapping of monomers from one protein to another in order to activate the correct folding of both proteins. Recent studies have combined human and computer power to correctly predict the protein conformation. Websites like fold. Users are given partially folded proteins, usually those stuck in a locally favorable conformation that seems optimal to a computer, and asked to reconfigure the protein into a shape that looks more stable. Utilizing a computer's computing power and speed along with a human's ability to manipulate objects in space shows promise in helping to solve protein folding problems more efficiently.
The cooperative nature expressed in protein folding is one of the most remarkable aspects of protein folding. Contrary to the traditional viewpoint of complex and heterogeneous mechanisms involved in the folding of a protein, the cooperative two-state folding kinetics shown by many proteins is relatively simple. Due to its simplicity, efforts to understand what determine the co-operativity and the diversity of protein folding rates are made recently by means of applying the cooperative two-state folding kinetics.
The co-operativity of the protein is usually referred to the mechanism by which the presence of a structural region makes additional order more favorable in protein folding. As mentioned previously, the cooperative two-state folding kinetics of small globular proteins is relatively simple and become an interest of study of many scientists. The experiment that excites single molecule that is sensitive enough to allow estimation of transition time reveals two-state co-operativity.
The general trends revealed by two-state folding proteins may be summarized as the following two points. Firstly, more topologically complex proteins tend to fold more slowly than proteins with simpler, local topology; secondly, larger proteins tend to fold more slowly than smaller proteins. The largeness and smallness of a protein here are defined base on its chain length. Protein folding kinetics is controlled by the free energy barrier determined by the gain of energy and the loss of entropy in the transition state.
In describing the pattern, scientists introduce principle of minimum frustration of energy landscape theory. The theory refers to the concept that native-like structures have lower free energy than other random configurations during protein folding. Thus, native-like structures encourage fast folding of the protein and serve as a driving force toward native state, the functional form or the tertiary structure of the protein.
This principle can be expressed by the funnel energy landscape. Funnel energy landscape depicts the energy landscape of a folding protein as a rough funnel. The roughness comes from non-native contacts in protein folding process. The landscape is inherently many-dimensional, so funnel is a projection on the two-dimensional graph.
The depth of the funnel represents the energy of a conformational state; the width of the funnel represents the measure of l entropy. The bottleneck of the funnel represents the transition state configuration of the folding protein, whereas the bottom of the funnel represents the native state of the protein. As the protein goes toward its native state, it experiences entropy loss and it achieves lower energy state.
The funnel energy landscape serves as a convenient illustration for scientists to envision the thermodynamics and kinetics of the protein folding process. The value refers to the approximate measurement of native structure content in transition state configuration. The fist trend mentioned may be easily understood from an entropic point of view. More topologically complex proteins, or proteins that have long-range contacts, are expected to have higher entropic cost compared with proteins have short-range contacts in terms of folding.
The second trend was recently confirmed by experiments focused on the influence of protein size on folding rates. Early models often examine the non-additive force acting in the protein folding, such as side-chain ordering and hydrophobic effects. Other model, such as capillarity model, assumes the volume of folding nuclei scales with number of monomers. In such model, it is shown that increased co-operativity tends to slow down kinetics and smooth the energy landscape. The recent development of topological models with non-additive forces is becoming a more popular and reliable way to understand the co-operativity of protein folding rates.
Refinement of this model has shown its promising future on a more explicit and through understanding of what determines protein folding rates and mechanism.
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