Kinetics of oxygen and carbon monoxide binding to liver fluke (Dicrocoelium dendriticum) hemoglobin. An extreme case?

E. E. Di Iorio, U. T. Meier, J. D.G. Smit, K. H. Winterhalter

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The kinetics of oxygen and carbon monoxide binding to the monomeric liver fluke (Dicrocoelium dendriticum) hemoglobin have been studied. The ligand association rates are ~1 x 108 and ~3 x 108 M-1 s-1, respectively, for CO and O2 and show no pH dependence. On the contrary the ligand dissociation rates decrease by lowering the pH below 7, the pK of the transition being around 5.5. These findings, together with spectroscopic properties of the protein, are discussed in ralation to the fact that, in this hemoglobin, the distal histidine is replaced by a glycine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2160-2164
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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