Conformational changes associated with the nicking and activation of botulinum neurotoxin type E.

Secondary and tertiary structural parameters of type E botulinum neurotoxin in the unactivated single-chain and activated two-chain (i.e., after proteolytic cleavage) forms were analyzed using circular dichroism, derivative absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The estimated secondary structures (22 and 20% alpha-helix, 44 and 44% beta-pleated sheets… (More)