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Studies on cytochrome c oxidase, X. Isolation and amino-acid sequence of polypeptide VIIIb.

The isolation and sequence determination of the cytoplasmically synthesized polypeptide VIIIb from beef heart cytochrome c oxidase is described. Several methods for isolating polypeptide VIIIb with gelchromatographic technics are presented. The complete amino-acid sequence is deduced from a N-terminal sequencer run, overlapping tryptic peptides and peptides obtained after tryptophan specific cleavage with cyanogen bromide in heptafluorobutyric acid/formic acid. The small protein consists of 46 amino acids and has a molecular mass of 4 962 Da. The existence of a hydrophobic segment with a length of 20 residues characterizes it as a membrane penetrating protein. The stoichiometry of this polypeptide in the functional monomer of cytochrome c oxidase (complex IV) is 2 and is thus different from all the other polypeptides constituting the respiratory complex IV. The function of this component of the terminal oxidase is as yet unknown.[1]


  1. Studies on cytochrome c oxidase, X. Isolation and amino-acid sequence of polypeptide VIIIb. Meinecke, L., Steffens, G.J., Buse, G. Hoppe-Seyler's Z. Physiol. Chem. (1984) [Pubmed]
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