Honey-induced protein stabilization as studied by fluorescein isothiocyanate fluorescence

Wong, Y.H. and Abdul Kadir, H. and Tayyab, S. (2013) Honey-induced protein stabilization as studied by fluorescein isothiocyanate fluorescence. Scientific World Journal. ISSN Hindawi Publishing Corporation

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Abstract

Protein stabilizing potential of honey was studied on a model protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA), using extrinsic fluorescence of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) as the probe. BSA was labelled with FITC using chemical coupling, and urea and thermal denaturation studies were performed on FITC-labelled BSA (FITC-BSA) both in the absence and presence of 10% and 20% (w/v) honey using FITC fluorescence at 522 nm upon excitation at 495 nm. There was an increase in the FITC fluorescence intensity upon increasing urea concentration or temperature, suggesting protein denaturation. The results from urea and thermal denaturation studies showed increased stability of protein in the presence of honey as reflected from the shift in the transition curve along with the start point and the midpoint of the transition towards higher urea concentration/temperature. Furthermore, the increase in ΔG D (H2O) and ΔG D (25°C) in presence of honey also suggested protein stabilization.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Biomolecular Research Group, Biochemistry Programme, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 03:03
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 00:56
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/8581

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