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Circular dichroism studies on Ca2+-dependent protein modulator oxidized with N-chlorosuccinimide.

The structural features and Ca2+-binding properties of native and N-chlorosuccinimide-oxidized modulator protein were compared by circular dichroism. In the presence of Ca2+,the far-UV spectra of native and oxidized modulator protein are virtually indistinguishable, indicating that oxidation of surface methionine residues does not alter the overall conformation of the molecule. In the absence of Ca2+, however, the circular dichroism spectra of native and oxidized modulator are different with calculated helical contents of 40% and 26%, respectively. As judged by circular dichroism titration studies, the native modulator contains both high-(Kd = 1.9 X 10(-7) M) and low-affinity (Kd = 4 X 10(-4) M) Ca2+-binding sites, whereas the modified modulator appears to possess only low-affinity sites (Kd = 3.8 X 10(-4) M). The reduced secondary structure in Ca2+-free oxidized modulator protein may account for the absence of high affinity Ca2+ binding sites.[1]


  1. Circular dichroism studies on Ca2+-dependent protein modulator oxidized with N-chlorosuccinimide. Walsh, M., Stevens, F.C., Oikawa, K., Kay, C.M. Biochemistry (1978) [Pubmed]
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