The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A mechanism of macroscopic (amorphous) aggregation of the tobacco mosaic virus coat protein.

To gain more insight into the mechanisms of heating-induced irreversible macroscopic aggregation of the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) coat protein (CP), the effects of pH and ionic strength on this process were studied using turbidimetry, CD spectroscopy, and fluorescence spectroscopy. At 42 degrees C, the TMV CP passed very rapidly (in less than 15s) into a slightly unfolded conformation, presumably because heating disordered a segment of the subunit where the so-called hydrophobic girdle of the molecule resides. We suppose that the amino acid residues of this girdle are responsible for the aberrant hydrophobic interactions between subunits that initiate macroscopic protein aggregation. Its rate increased by several thousands of times as the phosphate buffer molarity was varied from 20 to 70 mM, suggesting that neutralization of strong repulsive electrostatic interactions of TMV CP molecules at high ionic strengths is a prerequisite for amorphous aggregation of this protein.[1]


  1. A mechanism of macroscopic (amorphous) aggregation of the tobacco mosaic virus coat protein. Rafikova, E.R., Kurganov, B.I., Arutyunyan, A.M., Kust, S.V., Drachev, V.A., Dobrov, E.N. Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol. (2003) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities