Journal article

Reversible denaturation of cyclosporin synthetase by urea.

J Dittmann, F Vaillant, H Kleinkauf, A Lawen

FEBS Letters | Published : 1996


The reversible denaturation of the multifunctional polypeptide, cyclosporin synthetase, by urea was analyzed. It is possible to discriminate between at least two stages of enzyme denaturation. While at low urea concentration (up to 0.8M) cyclosporin A formation is inhibited, synthesis of the diketopiperazine cyclo-(D-alanyl-N-methylleucyl), a molecule representing a partial sequence of cyclosporin A is still detectable. At higher concentrations of urea the enzyme preparation is totally inactive. This inactivation is a consequence of conformational change(s) of cyclosporin synthetase as shown by fluorescence emission spectra of native and denatured enzyme. These data imply a consecutive foldi..

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