Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations point out the effects of pressure on the stability and dynamics of the porcine odorant-binding protein

Maria Staiano, Michele Saviano, Petr Herman, Zygmunt Grycznyski, Carlo Fini, Antonio Varriale, Antonietta Parracino, Ane Bisgaard Kold, Mosè Rossi, Sabato D'Auria

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The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the structure and stability of porcine odorant-binding protein (pOBP) in the presence and absence of the odorant molecule 2-isobutyl-3-methoxypyrazine (IBMP) were studied by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy as well as by molecular dynamics simulation. The authors found that the application of moderate values of hydrostatic pressure to pOBP solutions perturbed the microenvironment of Trp16 and disrupted its highly quenched complex with Met.39 In addition, compared with the protein in the absence of IBMP, the MD simulations experiments carried out at different pressures highlighted the role of this ligand in stabilizing the Trp16/Met39 interaction even at 2000 bar. The obtained results will assist for the tailoring of this protein as specific sensing element in a new class of fluorescence-based biosensors for the detection of explosives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-291
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008



  • Biosensors
  • Frequency-domain
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Proteins
  • Stability
  • Time-resolved fluorescence

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