A STUDY OF THE UNFOLDING OF THE INHIBITED SUBTILISIN IN GUANIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE
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Inhibited subtilisin (Subtilism Carlsberg; Subtilopeptidase A) is unfolded in the presence of 7 M guanidine hydrochloride. The unfolding reaches a maximum in approximately 6 min at 20C at pH 8.0. This is demonstrated by an increase of the mean residue ellipticity at 222 nm from -8.02 x 10-3 to -1.72 x 10-3 deg. cm-2/decimole. The unfolding is partially reversible and this reversibility is favoured by lower concentrations of enzyme. The fact that the refolding process is not complete may be attributed to either the demonstrated self association of the denatured enzyme or to interference of non-covalently bound autolysis peptides.
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