Journal article

The molybdate binding protein Mop from Haemophilus influenzae - Biochemical and thermodynamic characterisation

SL Masters, GJ Howlett, RN Pau

Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2005


The protein Mop from Haemophilus influenzae is a member of the molbindin family of proteins. Using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), Mop was observed to bind molybdate at two distinct sites with a stoichiometry of 8 mol molybdate per Mop hexamer. Six moles of molybdate bound endothermically at high affinity sites (K(a)=8.5 x 10(7)M(-1)), while 2 mol of molybdate bound exothermically at lower affinity sites (K(a)=3.7 x 10(7)M(-1)). Sulphate was also found to bind weakly at the higher affinity sites. ITC revealed that the affinity of molybdate binding to the endothermic site decreased with increasing pH and was accompanied by the transfer from the buffer to the protein of one proton per ..

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