The relevance of the C-terminal α helix of the PDZ3 domain of PSD95 in its unfolding process has been explored by achieving the thermodynamic characterization of a construct where the sequence of the nine residues corresponding to such motif has been deleted. Calorimetric traces at neutral pH require the application of a three-state model displaying three different equilibrium processes in which the intermediate state self-associates upon heating, being stable and populated in a wide temperature range. Temperature scans followed by circular dichroism, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering support the presence of such oligomeric-partially folded species. This study reveals that the deletion of the α3-helix sequence results in a more complex description of the domain unfolding. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
- Differential scanning calorimetry
- Oligomeric intermediate
- PDZ domain
- Protein folding
- Three-state model