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Action of N-bromosuccinimide on human hemoglobin and its possible bearing on heme-globin linkage

Rao, GJS and Cama, HR (1963) Action of N-bromosuccinimide on human hemoglobin and its possible bearing on heme-globin linkage. In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 71 . pp. 139-149.

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Abstract

A reaction of N-bromosuccinimide with the heme groups of hemoglobin has been studied spectrophotometrically. The reaction brings about the disappearance of characteristic absorption peaks of hemoglobin and is accompanied by the release of inorganic iron from the heme groups. Urea is obligatory for the reaction to take place at pH 4.0, while it can occur in the absence of urea at pH 7.0. The spectrum of hemoglobin which does not show any peak in the Soret region at pH 4.0 is “normalized” in the presence of urea or sucrose at the same pH. The effect of “normalization” in 8 M urea is apparent over the pH range 3.0–4.5. From the obligatory requirement of urea and sucrose for “normalization” of spectrum and the dependence of the release of inorganic iron on the concentration of urea, it is suggested that heme groups are “buried” within the globin at pH 4.0 and not dissociated from globin as supposed before.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 06:23
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 06:07
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/28120

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