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Intrinsic fluorescence of a truncated Bordetella pertussis adenylate cyclase expressed in Escherichia coli.

Abstract : A truncated, 432 residue long, Bordetella pertussis adenylate cyclase expressed in Escherichia coli was analyzed for intrinsic fluorescence properties. The two tryptophans (Trp69 and Trp242) of adenylate cyclase, each situated in close proximity to residues important for catalysis or binding of calmodulin (CaM), produced overlapping fluorescence emission bands upon excitation at 295 nm. CaM, alone or in association with low concentrations of urea, induced important modifications in the spectra of adenylate cyclase such as shifts of the maxima and change in the shape of the bands. From these changes and from the fluorescence spectrum of a modified form of adenylate cyclase, in which a valine residue was substituted for Trp242, it was deduced that, upon binding of CaM to the wild-type adenylate cyclase, only the environment of Trp242 was affected. The fluorescence maximum of this residue, which is more exposed to the solvent than Trp69 in the absence of CaM, is shifted by 13 nm to shorter wavelength upon interaction of protein with its activator. Trypsin cleaved adenylate cyclase into two fragments, one carrying the catalytic domain, and the second carrying the CaM-binding domain (Ladant et al., 1989). The isolated peptides conserved most of the environment around their single tryptophan residues, as in the intact adenylate cyclase, which suggests that the two domains of truncated B. pertussis adenylate cyclase also conserved most of their three-dimensional structure in the isolated forms.
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Anne-Marie Gilles, Hélène Munier, Thierry Rose, Philippe Glaser, Evelyne Krin, et al.. Intrinsic fluorescence of a truncated Bordetella pertussis adenylate cyclase expressed in Escherichia coli.. Biochemistry, American Chemical Society, 1990, 29 (35), pp.8126-30. ⟨pasteur-00167103⟩



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