Fluorescence of native and partially denatured variant-3 scorpion neurotoxin

Christopher Haydock, Salah S. Sedarous, Franklyn G. Prendergast

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The multi-component fluorescence intensity decay of variant-3 scorpion neurotoxin is measured with time-correlated single photon counting as a function of guanidine hydrochloride (GuHCl) concentration. Available evidence suggests that while the NH2-terminal β- sheet strand may be denatured in GuHCl, the remaining core neurotoxin structure remains intact. We investigate this hypothesis with computer simulations of variant-3 scorpion neurotoxin with lysine-1 to tyrosine-4 deleted. Previous combination thermodynamic perturbation and umbrella sampling, adiabatic mapping and minimum perturbation mapping computer simulations of tryptophan-47 in the native neurotoxin exhibited multiple rotational isomers that might correspond to the observed fluorescence intensity decay components. The new simulations allow us to compare the number of rotational isomers, the isomer populations, the order parameters, and the transition state theory isomer interconversion rates in the native and denatured states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0819407860
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
EventTime-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry III - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 20 1992Jan 22 1992

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherTime-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry III
CityLos Angeles, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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