Partially folded structure of monomeric bovine β-lactoglobulin

Henriette Molinari, Laura Ragona, Luca Varani, Giovanna Musco, Roberto Consonni, Lucia Zetta, Hugo L. Monaco

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Bovine β-LG (β-lactoglobulin) has been studied under a variety of solution conditions by one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy. At highly acidic pH (pH = 2) and low ionic strength the protein is present in a monomeric form, exhibiting a highly structured β-sheet core and less ordered regions as evidenced by both CD data and the NOESY spectra. Marginal protection was observed for most of the amide protons as a result of high conformational mobility. This structural state of β-LG may be considered as an attractive model for a partially folded structure occurring late in the folding process of the protein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 4 1996


  • β-Lactoglobulin
  • CD
  • Locally unfolded structure
  • NMR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


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