Biomacromolecules, Vol.5, No.3, 744-750, 2004
Structure of the model peptides of Bombyx mori silk-elastin like protein studied with solid state NMR
The peptides (AG)(6)(VPGVG)(AG)(7) and (AG)(5)(VPGVG)(2)(AG)(5) are models for a new type of protein with both composition and properties such as Bombyx mori silk and elastin. In this paper, we report the solid-state NMR results for these samples and related peptides; the structures after dialysis of the 9 M LiBr aqueous solution and after treatment with formic acid were determined and compared. The detailed structural analyses were performed using deconvolution subroutines assuming Gaussian line shapes for the Ala Cbeta peaks of the (AG)(n) sequences in these peptides. The peptide (AG)(6)(VPGVG)(AG)(7) took the silk II structure after the dialysis, which is in contrast to the silk I form of (AG)(15) after the same treatment. However, a drastic structural change of the (AG)(n) sequences was observed for (AG)(5)(VPGVG)(2)(AG)(5); the fraction of distorted beta-turn was 81% after the dialysis, but the distorted beta-sheet became dominant (84%) after treatment with formic acid. The local structures of the Gly residue of the VG units in the elastin-like subunits, (VPGVG) and (VPGVG)(2), were the distorted structures with a distribution of the torsion angles, which was derived from the 2D spin diffusion NMR spectral pattern of (AG)(5)VPG[1-C-13]V[1-C-13]GVPGVG(AG)(5). Observation of this distribution of the Gly residue was independent of the treatment, dialysis or formic acid.