Phosphatidylglycerol promotes bilayer insertion of salmon calcitonin

J P Bradshaw

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Neutron diffraction from oriented multibilayers has been used to study the bilayer interaction of the amphipathic peptide salmon calcitonin. Penetration of calcitonin into bilayers composed of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine increases with the addition of 15% (mol) of the anionic phospholipid dioleoylphosphatidylglycerol. Neutron scattering profiles of water distribution in stacked bilayers show a continuous band of deuterons across each bilayer, consistent with the suggestion that the hormone forms transbilayer alpha-helixes under these conditions. These experiments add to the growing body of data on the role of phosphatidylglycerol in bilayer insertion of protein helices and suggests a possible evolutionary history for calcitonin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2180-2186
Number of pages7
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1997


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