Analysis and modeling of SDS and DPC micelle SAXS data for membrane protein solution structure characterization

Data Brief. 2023 Jan 20:47:108915. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2023.108915. eCollection 2023 Apr.


Herein, we present analysis and analytical modeling of Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) data on two surfactants forming micelles (i.e., sodium dodecyl sulfate and dodecyl phosphocholine) and used for the study in solution of mTSPO, the translocator membrane protein from Mus musculus, as supporting data of the research article published in Biochimie (Combet et al., 2022). For both surfactants, concentration series were measured at two Synchrotron SAXS-beamlines. After reduction, buffer subtraction and water calibration of the data, SAXS curves were normalized to surfactant concentration to highlight possible changes in micelle shape or presence of inter-micellar weak interactions. They were then analyzed in terms of radius of gyration (R G), absolute forward intensity (I0) to access the surfactant aggregation number (Na ) and pair-distance distribution function (P(r)), which gives information on the shape and dimensions of the micelles. Finally, an analytical modeling using SasView - a SAS analysis software package ( - was performed to describe structural features of the two surfactant micelles at a concentration at which no change in the micelle shape nor weak interactions are observed. A core-shell ellipsoidal model was used to fit the SAXS curves, which provided geometrical parameters of the micelles (equatorial and polar radii, shell thickness) and also scattering length densities (SLD) of both the hydrophobic core and the hydrophilic shell. Hydration of polar heads into the micelle shell could be estimated from micelle volume calculations (V core and V shell). These parameters are particularly useful when modeling SAXS curves of membrane protein-surfactant complexes as described in Combet et al. (2022).

Keywords: Analytical modeling; Interactions; Small angle X ray scattering; Structure; Surfactant micelles.