A general feature of temperature-induced reversible denaturation of small globular proteins is its all-or-none character. This strong cooperativity leads to think that protein molecules, possessing only two accessible thermodynamic states, the native and the denatured one, resemble 'crystal molecules' that melt at raising temperature. An analysis, grounded on mean field theory, allows to conclude that the two-state transition is a first-order phase transition. The implication of this conclusion are briefly discussed.

The Temperature induced Denaturation of Small globular Proteins as a First Order Phase Transition of Crystal molecules

RICCIO, Angelo
1995

Abstract

A general feature of temperature-induced reversible denaturation of small globular proteins is its all-or-none character. This strong cooperativity leads to think that protein molecules, possessing only two accessible thermodynamic states, the native and the denatured one, resemble 'crystal molecules' that melt at raising temperature. An analysis, grounded on mean field theory, allows to conclude that the two-state transition is a first-order phase transition. The implication of this conclusion are briefly discussed.
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