J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1994, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (7): -.

• Research Articles •    

The Relationship Between the Metal Clusters and the Conformation of Molybdenum-Iron Protein from Azotobacter vinelandii

Huang Ju-fu, Luo Ai-ling, Hu Chang-zheng, Zhong Ze-pu, Wang Zhi-ping, Lin Yong-qi, Dong Qing-chu, Cheng Yu-hua and Li Jia-ge   

Abstract: The ultraviolet CD spectrum of nitrogenase MoFe protein from Azotobacter vinelandii had a negative trough with double peaks at 208 nm and 222 nm, respectively, and the shape of the trough was similar to those of other proteins with a-helix structure. After treatment with o-phenanthroline under an aerobic or anaerobic condition, the height of the peak at 222 nm (h222 nm) decreased with the decrease of the C2H2-reduction activity, Fe content and CD spectra at both 450 nm and 660 nm, or at 450 nm of the treated proteins. However, after reconstituting with a reconstituent solution containing Na2MoO4, Na2S, dithiothreitol and either ferric homocitrate or ferric citrate, the h222 nm Of the reconstituted proteins could be restored as well as the activity, Fe content and CD spectra at both of 450 nm and 660 nm. The results show that there is a significant relationship between the metal clusters (FeMoco and P-cluster) and the conformation of MoFe protein.

Key words: Azotobacter vinelandii, MoFe protein, Metal clusters, Protein conformation

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