Studies on the structures of haptoglobin 1-1 and hemoglobin in the haptoglobin-hemoglobin complex

Marcel Waks, Peter C. Kahn, Sherman Beychok

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Abstract

The near and far ultraviolet (UV) circular dichroism (CD) spectra of human haptoglobin 1-1 (Hp 1-1) and of one of its complexes with horse ferrihemoglobin are presented. Comparison of the far UV spectrum of the complex with the appropriate weighted sum of its components gives a calculated spectrum that is slightly more negative than the experimental at every wavelength. The small deviation from additivity indicates that if any changes in secondary structure occur on complex formation, they are very small. The basic chain folding of the hemoglobin is preserved, at least with regard to helix content. Changes in side-chain and heme optical activity cause similar deviations from additivity in the near UV and these may be responsible for the observed far UV deviations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1232-1239
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 3 1971

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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