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Evaluation of the metal binding properties of the histidine-rich antimicrobial peptides histatin 3 and 5 by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) was used to investigate metal ion interactions with salivary peptides histatin 3 (H3) and histatin 5 ( H5). Conformational changes of these peptides in the presence of metal ions were studied using circular dichroism spectroscopy. H3 and H5 formed high affinity complexes with Cu(2+) and Ni(2+) and, to a lesser extent, with Zn(2+). Both peptides show the potential for multiple binding sites for Cu(2+) and Ni(2+) and only a single strong binding site for Zn(2+). The binding of a third Cu(2+) ion to H3 seems to enable the binding of a fourth ion to H3. The binding of a second and third Ni(2+) ion to H5 has a similar effect in enabling the binding of a fourth ion. None of the metal ions examined stabilized a regular secondary structure for either peptide. Subtle changes in overall conformation are seen with the addition of Cu(2+) to both H3 and H5.[1]


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