• apoform of glycogen phosphorylase b;
  • thermal denaturation;
  • thermal aggregation;
  • protein chaperones;
  • chemical chaperones


The effect of protein and chemical chaperones and crowders on thermal stability and aggregation of apoform of rabbit muscle glycogen phosphorylase b (apoPhb) has been studied at 37°C. Proline suppressed heat-induced loss in ability of apoPhb to reconstitution at 37°C, whereas α-crystallin did not reveal a protective action. To compare the antiaggregation activity of intact and crosslinked α-crystallins, an adsorption capacity (AC) of a protein chaperone with respect to a target protein was estimated. This parameter is a measure of the antiaggregation activity. Crosslinking of α-crystallin results in 11-fold decrease in the initial AC. The nonlinear character of the relative initial rate of apoPhb aggregation versus the [intact α-crystallin]/[apoPhb] ratio plot is indicative of the decrease in the AC of α-crystallin with increasing the [α-crystallin]/[apoPhb] ratio and can be interpreted as an evidence for dynamic chaperone structure and polydispersity of α-crystallin–target protein complexes. As for chemical chaperones, a semisaturation concentration of the latter was used as a characteristic of the antiaggregation activity. A decrease in the semisaturation concentration for proline was observed in the presence of the crowders (polyethylene glycol and Ficoll-70). © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 101: 504–516, 2014.