Nov 18, 1975

The behavior of holo- and apo-forms of bovine superoxide dismutase at low pH

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
J A Fee, W D Phillips


1. Holo-superoxide dismutase from bovine erythrocytes has been shown to undergo a reversible structural modification in the pH 3-5 range. 2. The spectral alterations observed on changing from neutrality to pH 2 were: a slight attenuation of the 680 nm absorbance; the loss of the 450 nm shoulder, apparent in the optical spectrum of the native protein; and a new band appeared at 330 nm. The circular dichroism at 600 nm was essentially lost while a weak negative band appeared at approx. 380 nm and a positive band at 310 nm. 3. The EPR spectrum was also modified on changing from the native to the low pH form: A parallel increased from approximately 130 to approximately 150 G, g parallel remained unchanged at approximately 2.27, and gm decreased from approximately 2.09 to approximately 2.08. The apparent linewidth remained essentially constant. 4. High resolution (220 MHz) PMR spectra of holo- and apoproteins revealed that the metals influence the three-dimensional structure of the protein. 5. PMR studies indicated that at pH 3 the apoprotein existed almost entirely in a random coil form and that it assumed a compact well-ordered structure on returning to neutral pH. The holoprotein maintained a compact, apparently dimeric, structur...Continue Reading

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In Vivo NMR Spectroscopy
Bos taurus
Plasma Protein Binding Capacity
Protein Conformation
Spectrophotometry, Ultraviolet
Specimen Type - Erythrocytes
Red Blood Cell Count Measurement
Circular Dichroism, Vibrational

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