neutron small angle scattering
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
The organization of turnip yellow mosaic virus has been investigated by neutron small angle scattering at 300 K and 80 K in buffers containing various amounts of D2O. We confirm that in native virions, no substantial part of the RNA is located at a radius larger than ca. 100-110 Å, i.e., that there is very little interpretation of the RNA into the capsid. At 80 K, scattering curves do not depend much upon contrast, from 40% D2O to 100% D2O buffers, but are strongly affected by interparticle interference. We could, however, show that it is not the case for the subsidiary intensity maximum at q ∼ 0.06 Å-1. From the position of this maximum, we conclude that upon freezing, the radius of the capsid expands by c.a. 3.5% and the RNA penetrates deeply into the protein shell. Biological implications of this conformational change immediately preceding decapsidation are dicussed. © 1993 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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