The use of tritium exchange to detect conformational differences between intermediates in catalysis by the enzyme rhodanese

Paul Horowitz, Karen Falksen

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Abstract

Tritium-exchange experiments have been performed on enzyme forms related to obligatory catalytic intermediate in the rhodanese reactions: the free enzyme, E, and the sulfur-substituted enzyme, Es. Under the experimental conditions used, each form displayed tritium-exchange behavior that can be interpreted in terms of at least three classes of exchangeable sites. Class I with a t 1 2 ≫ 180 and Class II with a t 1 2 ≫ 15 min were present in both E and Es. The conversion of Es To E has the effect of of changing approx. 50 protons from the slow Class I behavior to exchange at a rate too fast to measure (Class III). These results are consistent with a conformational change on converion of rhodanese from Es to E. The fact that a large number of protons are involved together with the very large change in exchange rate might indicate that extended areas of the protein change contact with the solvent, and would be compatible with a model for rhodanese catalysis that includes a coupled coformational change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Protein Structure and Molecular
Volume747
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 14 1983
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • (Bovine liver)
  • Conformational change
  • Enzyme mechanism
  • Rhodanese
  • Thiosulfate sulfurtransferase
  • Tritium exchange

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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