Establishment of two distinct protein domains in blue crab Callinectes sapidus metallothionein‐I through heteronuclear (1H113Cd) and homonuclear 1H1H) correlation NMR experiments

Surinder S. Narula, Ian M. Armitage, Marius Brouwer, Jan J. Enghild

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Abstract

Metallothionein is a cysteine‐rich metal‐binding protein whose biosynthesis is closely regulated by the level of exposure of an organism to zinc, copper, cadmium, etc., metal salts. The metallothionein from the crab Callinectes sapidus is known to bind six divalent metal ions. The 113Cd NMR spectrum of the 113Cdsubstituted protein shows six distinct 113Cd resonances spanning a chemical shift range of 620–665 ppm, indicating the presence of six distinct tetrahedrally coordinated divalent metal ion binding sites. Heteronuclear 1H113Cd correlation experiments revealed all the metal‐to‐cysteine connectivities present in this protein and the 2X(2113Cd)‐;filtered COSY experiment revealed that six cysteines are involved in the ligation of two Cd2+ ions. Additionally, following the complete sequential resonance assignment of the 1H NMR data, the two separate Cd3Cys9 metal binding clusters can be shown to reside in two distinct protein domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S96-S103
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Chemistry
Volume31
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1993

Keywords

  • Callinectes sapidus
  • Cd NMR
  • H NMR
  • Metallothionein Blue crab
  • NMR

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