Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy

Spectral study on the binding of gadolinium ions with apoovotransferrin.

PMID 17092766


The binding of Gd3+ ion to apoovotransferrin (apoOTf) was monitored by means of UV difference spectra in 0.01M Hepes, pH 7.4 at 25 degrees C. Used 2-p-toluidinylnaphthalene-6-sulfonate (TNS) as fluorescence probe the conformational changes of protein were studied while gadolinium ions bound to apoOTf. The results show that Gd3+ binding produces peaks at 244 and 294 nm that is the characteristic of binding at the apoOTf specific metal-binding sites. At 244 nm the molar absorptivity of Gd-apoOTf complex is (1.99+/-0.17)x10(4)cm(-1)M(-1). The apparent binding constants for the complexes of Gd3+ with apoovotransferrin are logK(1)=7.61+/-0.14 and logK(2)=4.96+/-0.26. A very large conformational change of apoovotransferrin appears when Gd3+ is bound to the N-terminal binding site. When Gd3+ is bound to C-terminal binding site there is less conformational change.