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An NMR study on nickel binding sites in Cap43 protein fragments

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NMR spectroscopy was used to study the interaction of Ni(II) ions with C-terminal sequence of Cap43 protein where, from Thr341 to Gly360 residue, a T1R2S3R4S5H6T7S8E9G10 ten-amino acid fragment is consecutively repeated three times. The behaviour of ends-blocked Ac-RSRSHTSEG-Am (pept1), Ac-TRSRSHTSEG-Am (pept2), and the three repeats Ac-TRSRSHTSEG-TRSRSHTSEG-TRSRSHTSEG-Am (pept3) peptides towards Ni(II) ions was examined at different pH values and, for pept3, at different ligand-to-metal molar ratios. 1H-1H TOCSY, 1H-13C HSQC, 1H-1H NOESY and 1H-1H ROESY multidimensional NMR techniques were performed to understand the details of metal binding sites and the conformational behaviour of the peptides. The results confirmed that each mono-histidinic sequence of pept3 is able to independently coordinate one, two or three Ni(II) ions for 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 ligand-to-metal molar ratios, respectively. At higher pH values, the coordination of Ni(II) involves imidazole Nδ of His6 and three preceding deprotonated peptide nitrogens from the backbone, giving a {, 3N} chromophore in a square planar geometry. In addition, at lower pH values, the involvement of γ-O of carboxyl group from Glu9 residue with the formation of a macrochelate giving a {, γ-O, 4OH2O} chromophore in an octahedral geometry, was evidenced. NMR results allowed us to build a model for the structure of the major complex. Structural changes in the conformation of the peptide with organized Arg4 and Thr7 side chain orientation promoted by nickel coordination, were detected.

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23 Feb 2009
05 May 2009
First published
03 Jun 2009

Dalton Trans., 2009, 5523-5534
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An NMR study on nickel binding sites in Cap43 protein fragments

M. A. Zoroddu, M. Peana, S. Medici and R. Anedda, Dalton Trans., 2009, 5523
DOI: 10.1039/B903305J

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