Metal complexes as allosteric effectors of human hemoglobin: An NMR study of the interaction of the gadolinium(III) bis(m- boroxyphenylamide)diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid complex with human oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin

Silvio Aime, Giuseppe Digilio, Mauro Fasano, Silvia Paoletti, Aldo Arnelli, Paolo Ascenzi

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Abstract

The boronic functionalities on the outer surface of the Gd(III) bis(m- boroxyphenylamide)DTPA complex (Gd(III)L) enable it to bind to fructosamine residues of oxygenated glycated human adult hemoglobin. The formation of the macromolecular adduct can be assessed by NMR spectroscopy via observation of the enhancement of the solvent water proton relaxation rate. Unexpectedly, a strong binding interaction was also observed for the oxygenated unglycated human adult hemoglobin, eventually displaying a much higher relaxation enhancement. From relaxation rate measurements it was found that two Gd(III)L complexes interact with one hemoglobin tetramer (K(D) = 1.0 X 10-5 M and 4.6 x 10-4 M, respectively), whereas no interaction has been observed with monomeric hemoproteins. A markedly higher affinity of the Gd(III)L complex has been observed for oxygenated and aquo-met human adult hemoglobin derivatives with respect to the corresponding deoxy derivative. Upon binding, a net change in the quaternary structure of hemoglobin has been assessed by monitoring the changes in the high-resolution 1H-NMR spectrum of the protein as well as in the Soret absorption band. On the basis of these observations and the 11B NMR results obtained with the diamagnetic La(III)L complex, we suggest that the interaction between the lanthanide complex and deoxygenated, oxygenated, and aquo-met derivatives of human adult hemoglobin takes place at the 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG) binding site, through the formation of N→B coordinative bonds at His(143β) and His(2β) residues of different β- chains. The stronger binding to the oxygenated form is then responsible for a shift of the allosteric equilibrium toward the high-affinity R-state. Accordingly, Gd(III)L affinity for oxygenated human fetal hemoglobin (lacking His(143β)) is significantly lower than that observed for the unglycated human adult tetramer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2735-2743
Number of pages9
JournalBiophysical Journal
Volume76
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics

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