We use infrared spectroscopy to study the evolution of protein folding intermediate structures on arbitrarily slow time scales by rapidly quenching thermally unfolded hen egg white lysozyme in a glassy matrix, followed by reheating of the protein to refold; upon comparison with differential scanning calorimetric experiments, low-temperature structural changes that precede the formation of energetic native contacts are revealed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry