Stability of ribonuclease T2 from Aspergillus oryzae.Protein Sci. 1995 Mar; 4(3):416-20.PS
The stability of ribonuclease T2 (RNase T2) from Aspergillus oryzae against guanidine hydrochloride and heat was studied by using CD and fluorescence. RNase T2 unfolded and refolded reversibly concomitant with activity, but the unfolding and refolding rates were very slow (order of hours). The free energy change for unfolding of RNase T2 in water was estimated to be 5.3 kcal.mol-1 at 25 degrees C by linear extrapolation method. From the thermal unfolding experiment in 20 mM sodium phosphate buffer at pH 7.5, the Tm and the enthalpy change of RNase T2 were found to be 55.3 degrees C and 119.1 kcal.mol-1, respectively. From these equilibrium and kinetic studies, it was found that the stability of RNAse T2 in the native state is predominantly due to the slow rate of unfolding.