Conformation in solution of hemoglobin Osler (α2(A)β2145(Tyr→Asp))

E. Bucci, C. Fronticelli, J. Nicklas, S. Charache

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Computer simulations of Gelin and Karplus suggest that in hemoglobin upon ligation the penultimate tyrosyl residues of the subunits are not expelled from the hydrophobic pockets described in the crystals between the helices E and F. This implies that both the liganded and unliganded conformations of hemoglobin may be affected by mutations involving such residues. Investigation of the conformational behavior of lignaded and unliganded hemoglobin Osler was conducted measuring the functional properties, the subunits dissociation, the CD and electronic spectra, the protons absorption upon interaction with polyanions, and the reactivity of the -SH groups of the protein. The results suggest that both the liganded and unliganded conformations of the system are affected by the mutation, confirming the anticipations of Gelin and Karplus on the relevance of tyrosine at β145 for both allosteric states of hemoglobin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10811-10819
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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