Mass spectrometry locates local and allosteric conformational changes that occur on cofactor binding

@article{Beveridge2016MassSL,
  title={Mass spectrometry locates local and allosteric conformational changes that occur on cofactor binding},
  author={Rebecca Beveridge and Lukasz G. Migas and Karl A. P. Payne and Nigel S. Scrutton and David Leys and Perdita E. Barran},
  journal={Nature Communications},
  year={2016},
  volume={7}
}
Fdc1 is a decarboxylase enzyme that requires the novel prenylated FMN cofactor for activity. Here, we use it as an exemplar system to show how native top-down and bottom-up mass spectrometry can measure the structural effect of cofactor binding by a protein. For Fdc1Ubix, the cofactor confers structural stability to the enzyme. IM–MS shows the holo protein to exist in four closely related conformational families, the populations of which differ in the apo form; the two smaller families are more… 
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