Molecular Biology

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 103–107 | Cite as

Ligand-Induced Reassembly of GroEL/ES Chaperone In Vitro: Visualization by Electron Microscopy

  • N. A. Ryabova
  • O. M. Selivanova
  • G. V. SemisotnovEmail author
Structural Functional Analysis of Biopolymers and Their Complexes


The products of the reassembly reaction of tetradecameric two-ring quaternary structure of GroEL chaperonin under the pressure of its heptameric co-chaperonin GroES have been visualized by electron microscopy. It has been shown that one-ring heptameric oligomers of GroEL have been formed at the beginning (after ~5 min) of the reaction, while at the final stage of the reaction (after ~70 min), both onering heptamers in complex with one GroES and two-rings tetradecamers in complexes with one (asymmetrical complex) or two (symmetrical complex) GroES heptamers are present. The relationship between the data of light scattering, native electrophoresis, and electron microscopy obtained earlier has been discussed.


molecular chaperones GroEL/ES oligomeric protein reassembly electron microscopy negative staining 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. A. Ryabova
    • 1
  • O. M. Selivanova
    • 1
  • G. V. Semisotnov
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Protein ResearchRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow oblastRussia

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