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The nature of the circular-dichoric spectra of complexes between ribonuclease A and nucleotides.

By S M Dudkin, L V Karabashyan, M Y Karpeisky, S N Mikhailov, N S Padyukova and V G Sakharovsky


The circular-dichroism and proton-magnetic-resonance spectra of complexes of ribonuclease A with dihydrouridine 3'-phosphate, 2'- and 3'-CMP, arabinosyl-3'-CMP, 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)cytosine 2'-phosphate and 1-(3-hydroxypropyl)cytosine 3'-phosphate were studied. Comparison of the results shows that non-additivity of the circular-dichroic spectrum of an enzyme-nucleotide complex may be due to: (a), alteration of the circular dichroic spectrum of the nucleotide under the influence of the asymmetric protein matrix (induced dichroism), and (b) a change in the nucleotide conformation. The contribution of each of the two factors was estimated to calculate the circular-dichoroic spectra of 2'-CMP and 3'-CMP in complex with ribonuclease A. 3'-CMP in this complex was characterized by negative circular dichroism in the long-wavelength absorption band of the nucleotide, whereas 2'-CMP was characterized by positive circular dichroism. Since both nucleotides in the complex are known to be in an anti conformation, it follows that even small changes in the conformation considerably modify the circular-dichroic spectrum of the nucleotide in complex with the enzyme

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1977
DOI identifier: 10.1042/bj1670749
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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