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Biophysical characterization of Artemia salina (L.) extracellular haemoglobins
Wood, E.J.; Barker, C.; Moens, L.; Jacob, W.; Heip, J.; Kondo, M. (1981). Biophysical characterization of Artemia salina (L.) extracellular haemoglobins. Biochem. J. 193(1): 353-359.
In: Biochemical journal. Biochemical Society: London. ISSN 0264-6021; e-ISSN 1470-8728, more
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  • Wood, E.J.
  • Barker, C.
  • Moens, L., more
  • Jacob, W.
  • Heip, J.
  • Kondo, M.

    Sedimentation coefficients (s0 20,w) of 11.57 +/- 0.10 S and 11.52 +/- 0.09 S were assigned for Artemia salina (L.) extracellular haemoglobins II and III respectively. These values are not significantly different. The molecular weights, M0w and M0z, of the native haemoglobins as determined by the high-speed sedimentation-equilibrium method were for haemoglobin II 239 400 +/- 7200 and 240 400 +/- 2600 respectively, and for haemoglobin III 216 300 +/- 6500 and 219 300 +/- 4500 respectively. The observed increase of Mapp. with concentration suggested that association was occurring over the concentration range investigated. Exposure of haemoglobin II to either 6 M-guanidinium chloride or to low pH (pH 4) resulted in dissociation to units of approximately half the size of the native protein, with molecular weights approx. 115 000. Electron-microscopic observations indicated a molecular structure composed of two stacked lobed discs. These results strongly support the dimeric model for Artemia haemoglobins proposed by Moens & Kondo [(1978) Eur. J. Biochem. 82, 65-72].

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