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Abstract

The complex properties of the sub-isoforms of several mammalian Zn-containing metallothioneins (ZnMT) from different origins (rat, rabbit and human foetal livers) have been investigated by capillary zone electrophoresis coupled to diode array detection (CZE-DAD). MTs were submitted to three different experiments: gradual additions of Cd to MT at pH 8.0, variation of the pH and addition of Cd followed by a variation of the pH. On the whole there seems to be no displacement of the zinc originally present in the MT, but incorporation of Cd in the molecule in order to reach saturation. Furthermore, the pH variations allow one to conclude a certain reversibility of the system. All these results confirm those previously obtained by differential pulse polarography (DPP). The procedure used in this work shows that the sub-isoforms of an MT may exhibit variable complex properties. This is particularly well illustrated in the case of rat liver MT -2. Much likely there are different mixed complexes of Cd and Zn in each sub-isoform, forming various metalloforms. This work illustrates a different and original use of CZE-DAD for studying the complex properties of metal-binding proteins.

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Authors: DABRIO M, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);VIRTANEN V, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);BORDIN G, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);RODRIGUEZ A, JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article published in: Talanta, 54 (2000) pp587-598
Record Number: 200013149 / Last updated on: 2001-03-20
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en