Structural study and preliminary crystallographic data for the hemoglobin from reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus)

Elena Conti, Elena Casale, Paolo Ascenzi, Massimo Coletta, Saverio G. Condo, Angelo Merli, Bruno Giardina, Domenico Bordo, Martino Bolognesi

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Abstract

The ferric form of reindeer hemoglobin (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) has been crystallized in an orthorhombic crystalline form from polyethylene glycol solutions, at pH 8.2. The crystals belong to the orthorhombic space group P212121, with unit cell edges a = 84.2 A ̊, b = 59.9 A ̊, c = 119.5 A ̊; one hemoglobin tetramer is contained in the asymmetric unit. The crystals diffract X-rays to a limit spacing of 3.0 Å. Inspection of amino acid sequences in the N-terminal region of β-chains, and analysis of hemoglobin three-dimensional models, allows one to rationalize, on a molecular basis, the reduced O2 affinity and the decreased effect of organic phosphates observed in ruminant hemoglobins. By analogy, the analysis is extended to birds and reptiles, whose hemoglobin β-chains display, as in ruminants, the deletion of the N-terminal residue and a methionine at the NA2 position.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1063-1070
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume187
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 16 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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