PMID: 8096Jun 15, 1976

The aromatic and heme chromophores of rabbit hemopexin. Difference absorption and fluorescence spectra

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
W T MorganU Muller-eberhard


Spectrophotometric and fluorimetric techniques were employed to charcterize the environment of the heme chromophore of rabbit hemopexin and to monitor changes in the environment of aromatic amino acid residues induced by the interaction of hemopexin with porphyrins and metalloporphyrins. Difference spectra showed maxima at 292 and 285 nm when hemopexin binds heme or deuteroheme but not deuteroporphyrin. These maxima are attributed to alterations in the local environment of tryptophan and tyrosine residues. Spectro-photometric titrations of the tyrosine residues of hemopexin, heme-hemopexin and hemopexin in 8 M urea showed apparent pK values at 11.4, 11.7, and 10.9 respectively. Perturbation difference spectra produced by 20% v/v ethylene glycol are consistent with the exposure of 6-8 of the 14 tyrosine residues and 6-8 of the 15 tryptophan residues of rabbit hemopexin to this perturbant. Only small differences were found between the perturbation spectra of apo- and heme-hemopexin near 290 nm, suggesting that slight or compensating changes in the exposure to solvent of tryptophan chromophores occur. In the Soret spectral region, the exposure of heme in the heme-hemopexin complex to ethylene glycol was 0.7, relative to the fully ...Continue Reading


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