Jul 15, 1993

The variants of the protein toxins abrin and ricin. A useful guide to understanding the processing events in the toxin transport

European Journal of Biochemistry
R HegdeS K Podder


Kinetic data on inhibition of protein synthesis in thymocyte by three abrins and ricin have been obtained. The intrinsic efficiencies of A chains of four toxins to inactivate ribosomes, as analyzed by ki-versus-concentration plots were abrin II, III > ricin > abrin I. The lag times were 90, 66, 75 and 105 min at a 0.0744 nM concentration of each of abrin I, II, III and ricin, respectively. To account for the observed differences in the dose-dependent lag time, functional and structural variables of toxins such as binding efficiency of B chains to receptors and low-pH-induced structural alterations have been analyzed. The association constants obtained by stopped flow studies showed that abrin-I (4.13 x 10(5) M-1 s-1) association with putative receptor (4-methylumbelliferyl-alpha-D-galactoside) is nearly two times more often than abrin III (2.6 x 10(5) M-1 s-1) at 20 degrees C. Equilibrium binding constants of abrin I and II to thymocyte at 37 degrees C were 2.26 x 10(7) M-1 and 2.8 x 107 M-1 respectively. pH-induced structural alterations as studied by a parallel enhancement in 8-anilino-L-naphthalene sulfonate fluorescence revealed a high degree of qualitative similarity. These results taken with a nearly identical concentrati...Continue Reading

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RRNA N-glycosidase Activity
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Protein Biosynthesis
Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Disulfide Reduction [MoA]

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