Immunochemical evidence for extensive ligand-induced conformational changes in Lactobacillus casei dihydrofolate reductase

J Biol Chem. 1984 Jan 25;259(2):1082-5.


The effects of ligand binding on antibody complex formation of Lactobacillus casei dihydrofolate reductase have been investigated. Binary complexes containing either substrate and inhibitors or NADP+ and NADPH together with ternary complexes containing inhibitors and coenzyme were examined. Whereas substrate and inhibitor binding alone show no effect, the binding of coenzyme reduces antibody complex formation. The most striking effect is observed with ternary complexes containing methotrexate or aminopterin and NADPH: maximal retention of the labeled protein in the immunoprecipitation assay is reduced to approximately 30% of its original value with dihydrofolate reductase alone due to a decrease in both the affinity and lifetime of the antibody-protein complex at one or more antigenic sites. This result is discussed in terms of different conformational changes brought about by NADP and NADPH.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Antigen-Antibody Complex / analysis*
  • Female
  • Lactobacillus casei / enzymology*
  • Methotrexate / metabolism
  • NADP / metabolism
  • Protein Conformation / drug effects
  • Rabbits
  • Radioimmunoassay
  • Tetrahydrofolate Dehydrogenase / immunology*


  • Antigen-Antibody Complex
  • NADP
  • Tetrahydrofolate Dehydrogenase
  • Methotrexate