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Paramagnetic NMR investigations of Co(II) and Ni(II) amicyanin

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christopher Dennison


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The paramagnetic 1H NMR spectra of the Co(II) and Ni(II) substituted forms of the type 1 blue copper protein (cupredoxin) amicyanin have been assigned. This is the first such analysis of a cupredoxin, which has a distorted tetrahedral active site with the ligands provided by two histidines, a cysteine and a methionine. The isotropic shifts of the resonances in these spectra are compared with those of Co(II) and Ni(II) azurin. A number of interesting similarities and differences are found. The coordination of the metal by the two equatorial histidine ligands is very similar in both proteins. The interaction between the introduced metal and the thiolate sulfur of the equatorial cysteine ligand is enhanced in the amicyanin derivatives. Resonances belonging to the weak axial methionine ligand exhibit much larger shifts in the amicyanin derivatives, indicative of shorter M(II)-S(Met) distances. The presence of shorter axial M(II)-S(Met) and equatorial M(II)S(Cys) distances in both Co(II) and Ni(II) amicyanin is ascribed to the absence of a second axially interacting amino acid at the active site of this cupredoxin.

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Author(s): Dennison C; Salgado J; Kalverda AP; Diederix REM; Canters GW; Moratal JM; Lawler AT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Year: 1999

Volume: 4

Issue: 4

Pages: 457-467

Print publication date: 23/08/1999

ISSN (print): 0949-8257

ISSN (electronic): 1432-1327

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s007750050332

PubMed id: 10555580


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