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An electrochemical study, using differential pulse polarography (DPP), of a peptide Lys-Cys-Thr-Cys-Cys-Ala thionein fragment [56-61] MT I (FT) was performed in order to compare the behaviour of metallothioneins and that of this less complex molecule, intrinsic to the metallothionein structure. The influence of different parameters, the solution pH and the concentration of metal elements, cadmium and zinc, was investigated. Two different electrochemical systems were distinguished. In the first one, the mercury electrode itself is involved in the charge transfer steps; in this case, peaks are attributed to the oxidation of the mercury electrode in the presence of the peptide acting as a chelating agent. The second electrochemical system corresponds to the reduction of metal cations, cadmium and zinc, at a dropping mercury electrode either as free ions or complexed by the peptide. The apparent stability constants for complexes of FT with cadmium, zinc and mercury were estimated. The DPP response can be used for elucidation of the chemical forms of compounds (speciation).

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Authors: MUÑOZ A, JRC Geel (BE);RODRIGUEZ A, University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemistry, Milwaukee (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Electroanalysis, Vol. 7 (1995) No. 7, pp. 670-673
Record Number: 199511419 / Last updated on: 1995-11-03
Original language: en
Available languages: en