Jan 1, 1975

Copper (II) induced polymerization of human albumin, and its depolymerization by diglycyl-L-histidine: a pH static and ultracentrifugation study

Bioinorganic Chemistry
R OsterbergR Ligaarden


Copper (II) ions successively induce dimers and tetramers of human serum albumin (L) when the Cu (II) concentration is extended beyond that of 200 muM. This is shown by emf titrations and by ultracentrifugation experiments. The emf titrations, which involve a new pH static method, were performed at 25 degrees, in a 0.5 M NaCIO4 medium at pH 6.59, using glass and copper amalgam electrodes. The total concentration of Cu(II) varied from 0.14 to 2.2 mM and the albumin concentration from 0.05 to 0.7 mM. In order to evaluate the formula of the main complexes, without using any a priori assumptions regarding their compositions, a detailed graphic procedure was used. The results, in the form of equilibrium constants for the main species, were refined by the use of a general least squares computer program. The experimental data are found to be consistent with the formation of the monomeric CuL, Cu5L, and Cu6L species and the dimeric Cu3L2, Cu4L, Cu6L, and Cu8L2 species. In addition, there is some indication for a minor species, most probably the Cu12L4 tetramer. The pH static results qualitatively agree with the findings obtained by ultracentrifugation. As indicated by distinct bands and their S-values, ultracentrifugation experiments s...Continue Reading

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