A study of the heterogeneity and conformation in solution [in 70% (v/v) aq. ethanol] of gliadin proteins from wheat was undertaken based upon sedimentation velocity in the analytical ultracentrifuge, analysis of the distribution coefficients and ellipsoidal axial ratios assuming quasi-rigid particles, allowing for a range of plausible time-averaged hydration values. All classical fractions (α, γ, ωslow, ωfast) show three clearly resolved components. Based on the weight-average sedimentation coefficient for each fraction and a weight-average molecular weight from sedimentation equilibrium and/or cDNA sequence analysis, all the proteins are extended molecules with axial ratios ranging from ~10 to 30 with α appearing the most extended and γ the least.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||European Biophysics Journal|
|Early online date||8 Aug 2009|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2010|