The secondary structure content of the recombinant human mu-opioid receptor (HuMOR) solubilized in trifluoroethanol (TFE) and in detergent micelles was investigated by circular dichroism. In both conditions, this G protein–coupled receptor adopts a characteristic α-helical structure, with minima at 208 and 222 nm as observed in the circular dichroism spectra. After deconvolution of spectra, the α-helix contents were estimated to be in the range of 50% in TFE and in sodium dodecyl sulfate at pH 6. These values are in accordance with the predicted secondary structure content determined for the mu-opioid receptor. A pH-dependent effect was observed on the secondary structure of the receptor solubilized in detergents, which demonstrates the essential role of ionic and hydrophobic interactions on the secondary structure. Circular dichroism spectra of EGFP–HuMOR, a fusion protein between the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) and the mu-opioid receptor, and EGFP solubilized in TFE were also analyzed as part of this study.
The Journal of Membrane Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 24, 2008
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