On the extraordinary pressure stability of the Thermotoga maritima arginine binding protein and its folded fragments – a high-pressure FTIR spectroscopy study†
The arginine binding protein from T. maritima (ArgBP) exhibits several distinctive biophysical and structural properties. Here we show that ArgBP is also endowed with a ramarkable pressure stability as it undergoes minor structural changes only, even at 10 kbar. A similar stability is also observed for its folded fragments (truncated monomer and individual domains). A survey of literature data on the pressure stability of proteins highlights the uncommon behavior of ArgBP.