Background: Binding of mitochondrial cardiolipin to cytochrome c is thought to trigger apoptosis. Results: Reverse micelle encapsulation mimics the confinement of the inner mitochrondrial membrane allowing binding of cardiolipin to be followed by NMR at atomic resolution. Conclusion: Cardiolipin interacts with cytochrome c without causing protein unfolding. Significance: A new model for the role of cytochrome c in apoptosis is required.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology