Comparative analysis of the amino- and carboxy-terminal domains of calmodulin by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/BF00205100
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TypeArticle
Journal titleEuropean Biophysical Journal
ISSN0175-7571
1432-1017
Volume24
Issue4
Pages195201; # of pages: 7
SubjectCalmodulin; Calmodulin fragments; FTIR spectroscopy; Ca²+-binding effects
AbstractFourier transform infrared spectra were obtained for mammalian calmodulin and two of its fragments produced by limited proteolysis with trypsin TR1C (1–77) and TR2C (78–148). Experiments were done in H2O, D2O and D2O/trifluoroethanol (TFE) mixtures. Information about secondary structure was obtained from analysis of the amide I and II bands; while characteristic absorbances for tyrosine, phenylalanine and carboxylate groups were analyzed for changes in tertiary structure. Our data indicate that the secondary and tertiary structure is preserved in the two half molecules of CaM, both in the apo- and Ca2+-saturated state. Addition of the structure-inducing solvent TFE causes marked changes only in the apo-TR1C domain. The maximum wavenumber for the amide I band of the two domains of CaM in D20 was markedly different (1642 cm−1 for TR1C versus 1646/1648 cm−1 for Ca 2+ and apo-TR2C). This renders the amide I band for the intact protein very broad in comparison to that in other proteins and is indicative of a distribution of α-helices with slightly different hydrogen bonding patterns.
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PublisherSpringer-Verlag
LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Biodiagnostics; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number406
NPARC number9147805
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