12eliche α in α-helix hydrogen bonds between carbonyl i and amide i+4 An α-helix in ultra-high-resolution electron density contours, with O atoms in red, N atoms in blue, and hydrogen bonds as green dotted lines (PDB file 2NRL, 17-32).
36(subunità avente stabilità strutturale ed una propria funzione) Domini strutturali(subunità avente stabilità strutturale ed una propria funzione)dominio che lega ilgliceraldeide-3-fosfatodominio che lega il NAD+gliceraldeide-3-fosfato deidrogenasi
40Intrinsically Unstructured Proteins (IUPs) Set of keywords used:Natively denaturedNatively unfoldedIntrinsically unstructuredIntrinsically disorderedThe Increase in the Number of PubMed Hits Dealing with Intrinsically Unstructured Proteins
41Implications…Cell size constraints?The natively unstructured state is a simple and elegant solution adopted by evolution to avoid large protein, genome and cell sizesTiBS, 2003, 28, 81Schematic representation of dimers (a) unstable (disordered) and (b) stable (ordered) monomers. Although in both cases the interface area between the monomers is the same, the size of the ordered monomer is much larger compared with the disordered example
42Some Structural Features Combination of low overall hydrophobicity and relative high net charge under physiological conditionsA combination of low mean hydrophobicity and high net charge preclude the formation of a hydrophobic cluster and promote an extended conformationBlue squares=275foldedRed circle=91 IUPsGreen circles=130 Predicted IUPsCyan circle=242 Homologues of IUPsProteins, 2000, 41,415
43Table 2 Aminoacid Frequencies of Ordered and Disordered Proteins Some Structural Features…IUPs have a distinctive aa compositionTable 2 Aminoacid Frequencies of Ordered and Disordered ProteinsIUPs are enriched in S,P,E,K (disorder promoting) and depleted in W, Y,F,C,I, L, N (order promoting)TiBS, 2002, 527
44Taxonomy is the practice and science of classification Linnaeus (1735) 2 kingdomsHaeckel (1866) 3 kingdomsChatton (1925) 2 groupsCopeland (1938) 4 kingdomsWhittaker (1969) 5 kingdomsWoese  (1977,1990) 3 domainsAnimaliaEukaryoteEukaryaVegetabiliaPlantaeProtoctistaFungi(not treated)ProtistaProcaryoteMoneraArchaeaBacteria
48estimated number of protein folds: ~ 2000 (?) This three-dimensional map of the protein universe shows the distribution in space of the 500 most common protein folds as represented by spheres. The spheres, which are colored according to classification, reveal four distinct classes.FromIt is conceivable that, of the primordial peptides, those containing fragments with high helix and/or strand propensity found their way to fold into small alpha, beta, and alpha plus beta structures," Kim says. "The alpha slash beta fold structures do not appear until proteins of sufficient size rose through evolution and the formation of supersecondary structural units became possible.estimated number of protein folds: ~ 2000 (?)
52ENERGIA TOTALE CONFORMAZIONALE E=Ea+Er+Ees+El+Et+Ef+EH+EHfEa attrazioneEr repulsioneEes potenziale elettrostaticoEl variazione di lunghezze di legameEt variazione di angoli di legameEf potenziale torsionaleEH legame ad idrogenoEhf interazione idrofobica
54Ipotetico meccanismo di ripiegamento di una proteina con due domini: formazione di elementi di struttura secondaria locali con formazione dei domini e loro assemblaggio finale. La struttura terziaria è raggiunta in pochi secondi.Nel paradosso di Levinthal una proteina di 100 residui raggiungerebbe la struttura nativa attraverso una ricerca casuale nello spazio conformazionale in 1087 s.Ogni aa con tre possibilità di y e f: 3200 conformazioni diverse. Tempo minimo di interconversione s3200/ circa 1087 s
55This is the E. coli major cold shock protein, CspA This is the E. coli major cold shock protein, CspA. This folding pathway is completely fictitious. The structure of CspA was solved by Hermann Schindelin and coworkers (PNAS, 91: , 1994). The coordinates for the cold shock protein (ID code "1mjc") may be retrieved from the Brookhaven Protein Data Bank. Below is a step by step presentation.
56Chaperone-assisted protein folding The unfolded polypeptide enters the central cavity of chaperonin, where it folds. The hydrolysis of several ATP molecules is required for chaperonin function. The three dimensional proteins structure is shown in Figure. The lines on the chaperonin cylinder are to represent the 7 identical GroEL subunits that make up each ring. Not shown is the end cap composed of GroES subunits.
57E. coli chaperonin (GroE) The core structure of chaperonin consists of two identical rings composed of seven GroEL subunits. Unfolded prteins bind to the central cavity. Bound ATP molecules can be identified by their red oxygen atoms (spacefill). The quaternary structure is shown from (a) the side, and (b) the top. [PDB 1DER] (c) During folding, the size of the central cavity of one of the rings increases and the end is capped by a protein containing seven GroES subunits. [PDB 1AON]. Highlighted in green is one of the GroEL subunits.
58Schematic of the folding energy landscape of a protein molecule where the energy of the protein is displayed as a function of the topological arrangements of the atoms.The multiple states of the unfolded protein located at the top fall into a folding funnel consisting of an almost infinite number of local minima, each of which describes possible folding arrangements in the protein. Most of these states represent transient folding intermediates in the process of attaining the correct native fold. Some of these intermediates retain a more stable structure such as the molten globule, whereas other local minima act as folding traps irreversibly capturing the protein in a misfolded state.Christian P. Schultz Illuminating folding intermediates Nature Structural Biology 7, (2000)
60The ability of proteins to change conformation is the essence of the amyloidoses — in these diseases, the proteins have converted into the ‘primordial’ structure rather than remaining in their evolved states.Dobson, C. M., Ellis, R. J. & Fersht, A. R. (eds) Phil.Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B335, 129–227 (2001).Solomon, B., Taraboulos, A. & Katchalski-Katzir, E.(eds) Conformational Diseases: A Compendium (Karger, Tunbridge Wells, UK, 2001).Csermely, P. Trends Genom.17, 701–704 (2001).Ellis, R. J. & Pinheiro, T. J. T. Nature416, 483–484 (2002). Iverson, L. Nature417, 231–233 (2002).Ferguson, N. M. et al. Nature415, 420–423 (2002).
63Proposed three-dimensional structure (a) PrPC and (b) PrPSc The structure of the normal prion protein, PrPC, is characterised by four -helices. Conversion of PrPC to the disease-associated form of PrPSc results in the loss of two of the helical structures (shown shaded in brown), which are converted to linear structures known as -sheets. It is this conversion that is associated with the aquisition of prion infectivity.