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Physical and chemical characterization of the oligomerization state of the Aeromonas hydrophila lipase/acyltransferase

Aeromonas glycerophospholipid:cholesterol acyl transferase undergoes a conformational transition upon activation by treatment with trypsin. Chemical cross-linking and sedimentation velocity analysis showed that the lipase dimerizes due to removal of a region near its C-terminus. The lipase monomer has a sedimentation coefficient s20.w = 2.83 S, whereas the dimer has s20.w = 3.65 +/- 0.22 S. Hydrodynamic analysis using these sedimentation values and the masses determined by mass spectrometry indicated that the monomers are aligned side-by-side in the dimer. An important change occurs in the apparent partial specific volume of the molecule upon activation.


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