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Effect of curcumin on amyloidogenic property of molten globule-like intermediate state of 2,5-diketo-D-gluconate reductase A.
Biol Chem. 2009 Oct;390(10):1057-61. PMID: 19558331
Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039, Assam, India.
We identified a molten globule-like intermediate of 2,5-diketo-D-gluconate reductase A (DKGR) at pH 2.5, which has a prominent beta-sheet structure. The molten globule state of the protein shows amyloidogenic property>50 microm protein concentration. Interestingly, a 1:1 molar ratio of curcumin prevents amyloid formation as shown by the Thioflavin-T assay and atomic force microscopy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on amyloid formation by an (alpha/beta)(8)-barrel protein. The results presented here indicate that the molten globule state has an important role in amyloid formation and potential application of curcumin in protein biotechnology as well as therapeutics against amyloid diseases.