Toward understanding intermolecular interactions governing self-association of proteins, the present study investigated a model protein, myoglobin, using a small-angle X-ray scattering technique. It has been known that removal of the heme makes myoglobin aggregation-prone. The interparticle interferences of the holomyoglobin and the apomyoglobin were compared in terms of the structure factor. Analysis of the structure factor using a model potential of Derjaguin-Laudau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) suggests that the intermolecular interaction potential of apomyoglobin is more attractive than that of holomyoglobin at short range from the protein molecule.
- protein engineering
- protein-protein interaction
- small-angle X-ray scattering
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics