Coupling of protein surface hydrophobicity change to ATP hydrolysis by myosin motor domain

Makoto Suzuki, Junji Shigematsu, Yoshifumi Fukunishi, Yoshie Harada, Toshio Yanagida, Takao Kodama

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

32 Citations (Scopus)


Dielectric spectroscopy with microwaves in the frequency range between 0.2 and 20 GHz was used to study the hydration of myosin subfragment 1(S1). The data were analyzed by a method recently devised, which can resolve the total amount of water restrained by proteins into two components, one with a rotational relaxation frequency (f(c)) in the gigahertz region (weakly restrained water) and the other with lower f(c) (strongly restrained water). The weight ratio of total restrained water to S1 protein thus obtained (0.35), equivalent to 2100 water molecules per S1 molecule, is not much different from the values (0.3-0.4) for other proteins. The weakly restrained component accounts for about two-thirds of the total restrained water, which is in accord with the number of water molecules estimated from the solvent- accessible surface area of alkyl groups on the surface of the atomic model of S1. The number of strongly restrained water molecules coincides with the number of solvent-accessible charged or polar atoms. The dynamic behavior of the S1-restrained water during the ATP hydrolysis was also examined in a time-resolved mode. The result indicates that when S1 changes from the S1- ADP state into the S1·ADP·P(i) state (ADP release followed by ATP binding and cleavage), about 9% of the weakly restrained waters are released, which are restrained again on slow P(i) release. By contrast, there is no net mobilization of strongly restrained component. The observed changes in S1 hydration are quantitatively consistent with the accompanying large entropy and heat capacity changes estimated by calorimetry (Kodama, 1985), indicating that the protein surface hydrophobicity change plays a crucial role in the enthalpy-entropy compensation effects observed in the steps of S1 ATP hydrolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics


Dive into the research topics of 'Coupling of protein surface hydrophobicity change to ATP hydrolysis by myosin motor domain'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this