Comparative Adsorption Studies with Synthetic, Structural Stability and Charge Mutants of Bacteriophage T4 Lysozyme.

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We have purified wild type, three structural stability mutants and four charge mutants of bacteriophage T4 lysozyme from E. coli strains harboring desired expression vectors. Structural stability mutants were produced by substitution of the isoleucine at amino acid position three, yielding a set of proteins with stabilities ranging from 1.2 kcal/mol greater, to 2.8 kcal/mol less, than that of the wild type. Charge mutants were produced by replacement of positively charged lysine residues with glutamic acid, yielding a set of molecules with formal charges ranging from +5 to +9 units. Adsorption kinetic data, along with the dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide-mediated elutability of each protein, has been monitored with in situ ellipsometry at hydrophobic and hydrophilic silica surfaces. A simple mechanism that allows adsorbing protein to adopt one of two states, each associated with a different resistance to elution and a different interfacial area occupied per molecule, has been used to assist interpretation of the adsorption data. Conditions implicit in the model have been used to estimate the fraction of molecules present on the surface just prior to surfactant addition that had adopted the more resistant state, and this fraction has been observed to correlate positively with resistance to elution. For the stability mutants, these properties were clearly related to protein stability as well. Concerning the charge mutants, results have not been clearly explainable in terms of protein net charge, but rather in terms of the probable influence of the location of each substitution relative to other mobile, solvent-exposed, charged side chains of the molecule.


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  • Oregon State University
  • Lund University
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  • Food Engineering


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProteins at Interfaces II
EditorsThomas A. Horbett, John L. Brash
PublisherThe American Chemical Society (ACS)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780841215276
ISBN (Print)9780841233041
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Publication categoryResearch

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NameACS Symposium Series
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society