Spectroscopic studies on poly(ethylene glycol)–lysozyme interactions


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Abstract

In the present paper, different spectroscopic methods were applied to evaluate conformational changes of hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) in various solvents and in the presence of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). In citrate (0.007 M, pH=6), or in Tris (0.1 M, pH=7.4), no conformational change of the protein was measured across the range of concentrations tested. In addition, HEWL in ultra-pure water revealed no irreversible conformational change and no activity loss, at least at low concentrations (≤0.2 mg/ml). Whereas PEG can induce a reorganization of water molecules, no change of the secondary and tertiary protein conformations was observed in the presence of PEG. In addition, in the presence of PEG of various molecular weights, no change of enzymatic activity of the HEWL was observed across the range of concentrations tested.

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