Kinetic and thermodynamic stability of bacterial intracellular aggregates

Alba Espargaró, Raimon Sabaté, Salvador Ventura

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Protein aggregation is related to many human disorders and constitutes a major bottleneck in protein production. However, little is known about the conformational properties of in vivo formed aggregates and how they relate to the specific polypeptides embedded in them. Here, we show that the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of the inclusion bodies formed by the Aβ42 Alzheimer peptide and its Asp19 alloform differ significantly and correlate with their amyloidogenic propensity and solubility inside the cell. Our results indicate that the nature of the polypeptide chain determines the specific conformational properties of intracellular aggregates. This implies that different protein inclusions impose dissimilar challenges to the cellular quality-control machinery. © 2008 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3669-3673
JournalFEBS Letters
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2008


  • Inclusion body
  • Protein aggregation
  • Protein folding
  • Protein stability
  • Recombinant protein expression


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