Journal article

Crystal structure of a human embryonic haemoglobin: the carbonmonoxy form of gower II (alpha2 epsilon2) haemoglobin at 2.9 A resolution.

AJ Sutherland-Smith, HM Baker, OM Hofmann, T Brittain, EN Baker

J Mol Biol | Published : 1998


The production of recombinant embryonic haemoglobins via a yeast expression system has enabled structural and functional studies to be conducted on these proteins. As part of a programme aimed at understanding the properties of the embryonic haemoglobins we have crystallized the human alpha2 epsilon2 (Gower II) embryonic haemoglobin in its carbonmonoxy form, and determined its structure by X-ray crystallography. The structure was solved by molecular replacement and refined at 2.9 A to give a final model with R-factor=0.185 and Rfree=0.235. The Gower II hemoglobin tetramer is intermediate between the adult R and R2 states, though closer to R2. The tertiary structure of the conserved alpha sub..

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