Spectral properties and reactivity towards azide of Dicrocoelium dendriticum met-hemoglobin

P. Ascenzi, M. Brunori, G. M. Giacometti, K. H. Winterhalter, J. D G Smit, G. A. Gilbert

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The spectroscopic properties of Dicrocoelium dendriticum met-hemoglobin, investigated between pH 3·8 and 10·5, display two proton-induced transitions with apparent pK values of 8·1 and 4·7. The spectral changes, over the pH region 6·5 to 10·5, correspond to the high to low spin transition usually observed in ferric hemoproteins. The relaxation time (τ=3·2 ms at the pK) associated with this transition is closely similar to that observed in Aplysia limacina met-myoglobin, but approximately 1000-fold slower than that of sperm whale met-myoglobin. The spectral changes associated with the more acid transition are in the opposite direction and have not been resolved by the temperature jump method. The rate constants for the reaction of azide with Dicrocoelium dendriticum met-hemoglobin were measured between pH 3·8 and 6·7 by the temperature jump method. Two kinetic schemes, both consistent with the pH dependence of the apparent rate constant for binding of azide, were identified. No objective way of discriminating between the two models is available. However, one of them is amenable to a physical interpretation based on a comparison with the structural, kinetic and spectral properties of other monomeric hemoproteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-191
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 25 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Virology


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