Both cinnamomin and ricin are type II ribosome-inactivating proteins. Cinnamomin is less cytotoxic compared with ricin. In order to clarify the mechanism of their different cytotoxicities, the interaction of cinnamomin and its A-chain with model membrane was investigated and compared with that of ricin and its A-chain. It was revealed that cinnamomin is less effective than ricin in interacting with model membrane. Cinnamomin A-chain interacts with model membrane much less violently than ricin Achain. The differences in the interaction of cinnamomin, ricin or their A-chains with model membrane might at least in part indicate the different cytotoxicity between cinnamomin and ricin.
State Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai.
Publication date: April 1, 2004
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