Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : The secondary structure of native and depalmitoylated porcine surfactant-associated protein C (SP-C) was studied by attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Both forms of porcine SP-C adopt mainly an alpha-helical conformation. These two forms of the protein were reconstituted in a lipid bilayer. The insertion of the protein in a membrane is associated with an increase of the alpha-helical content. Dichroic measurements show that, in both cases, the long axis of the alpha-helix is oriented parallel to the lipid acyl chains.