Biomedical Research on Trace Elements
Online ISSN : 1880-1404
Print ISSN : 0916-717X
ISSN-L : 0916-717X
  • Yuko Sakaguchi, Rina Nakamura, Motomi Konishi, Masanari Taniguchi, ...
    原稿種別: Original Article
    2019 年 30 巻 1 号 p. 1-8
    発行日: 2019/05/31
    公開日: 2019/06/27
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    Prion diseases are neurodegenerative disorders that are caused by misfolding of the prion protein (PrP) from a normal cellular protein (PrPC) to a protease-resistant isoform (PrPSc). This conversion is thought to relate to Cu2+ binding to histidine residues; however, the aggregation mechanism is not fully understood due to the physical properties of PrP, such as its solubility or aggregation in vitro. In the present study, we focused on the importance of the role of the C-terminal region of PrP in structural conversion and aggregation. The physical and physiological properties of the synthetic fragment peptide human-PrP180-192 (hPrP180-192) were evaluated by circular dichroism (CD) spectra, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Affinix quartz-crystal microbalance (QNμ), and Thioflavin-T staining. The secondary structure of hPrP180-192 changed from a random coil to a β-sheet in Cu2+ free buffer. In addition, we observed molecular interactions in hPrP180-192, and aggregation with itself, which was inhibited by Cu2+. We concluded that the C-terminal region of PrP, including hPrP180-192, may play an important role for the conversion of PrPC to PrPSc. These results support the seed theory aggregation mechanism for PrP.