Stabilization of Multimeric Enzymes via Immobilization and Further Cross-Linking with Aldehyde-Dextran
Subunit dissociation of multimeric proteins is one of the most important causes of inactivation of proteins having quaternary structure, making these proteins very unstable under diluted conditions. A sequential two-step protocol for the stabilization of this protein is proposed. A multisubunit covalent immobilization may be achieved by performing very long immobilization processes between multimeric enzymes and porous supports composed of large internal surfaces and covered by a very dense layer of reactive groups. Additional cross-linking with polyfunctional macromolecules promotes the complete cross-linking of the subunits to fully prevent enzyme dissociation. Full stabilization of multimeric structures has been physically shown because no subunits were desorbed from derivatives after boiling them in SDS. As a functional improvement, these immobilized preparations no longer depend on the enzyme.
Key wordsSolid-phase chemical modification Aldehyde dextran cross-link Stabilization of quaternary structures Multisubunit immobilization
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