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BACKGROUND Tropomyosin and arginine kinase have been identified as crustacean allergens. During purification of arginine kinase from black tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon, we found a new allergen of 20-kDa. METHODS A 20-kDa allergen was purified from the abdominal muscle of black tiger shrimp by salting-out, anion-exchange HPLC and reverse-phase HPLC.(More)
We determined the myoglobin (Mb) cDNA sequences of nine cetaceans, of which six are the first reports of Mb sequences: sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis), Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni), pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps), Stejneger's beaked whale (Mesoplodon stejnegeri), Longman's beaked whale (Indopacetus pacificus), and melon-headed whale(More)
A water-soluble cationic porphyrin, 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(N-methylpyridinium-4-yl)-21H,23H-porphyrin (TmPyP4), has been studied extensively because of its unique physicochemical properties that lead to interactions with nucleic acids, as well as its therapeutic application. Formation of a complex between TmPyP4 and parallel G-quadruplex DNA formed from a(More)
We have previously demonstrated that heme, iron(III)-protoporphyrin IX complex, and a parallel-quadruplex DNA assembled from d(TTAGGG) form a stable coordination complex called "heme-DNA complex". The heme-DNA complex exhibits a variety of spectroscopic characteristics remarkably similar to those of met-form of myoglobin, oxygen-binding hemoprotein,(More)
Cys-59 and Cys-62, forming a disulfide bond in the four-residue loop of Shewanella violacea cytochrome c 5 (SV cytc 5), contribute to protein stability but not to redox function. These Cys residues were substituted with Ala in SV cytc 5, and the structural and functional properties of the resulting C59A/C62A variant were determined and compared with those(More)
Parallel G-quadruplexes formed from oligonucleotide sequences, d(TTAGn), where n = 3-5, have been shown to form a dimer through end-to-end stacking of 3'-terminal G-tetrads. The monomers and dimers of the G-quadruplexes are in dynamic equilibrium with an exchange rate of approximately 1 s-1. A thermodynamic study demonstrated that the dimerization of the(More)
In cytochrome c, it has been supposed that heme must bind to the apo polypeptide for structure formation. We constructed a C12A/C15A variant of hyperthermophilic Aquifex aeolicus cytochrome c(555) (AA c(555)) in which the covalently heme-binding Cys residues were replaced by Ala, and characterized its molecular features. The apo C12A/C15A variant had almost(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa cytochrome c(551) and a series of its mutants exhibiting various thermostabilities have been studied by paramagnetic (1)H NMR and cyclic voltammetry in an effort to elucidate the molecular mechanisms responsible for control of the redox potentials (E degrees ') of the proteins. The study revealed that the E degrees ' value of the(More)
Characterization of the interaction between DNA and small organic compounds is of considerable importance for gaining insights into the mechanism underlying molecular recognition, which could be highly relevant to drug design. In the present study, the interaction of a water-soluble cationic porphyrin,(More)
The stability of the oxidized and reduced forms of three homologous cytochromes c from two thermophiles and one mesophile was systematically monitored by means of Soret absorption measurements in the presence of various concentrations of a denaturant, guanidine thiocyanate, at pH 7.0 at 25 degrees C. Thermophilic Hydrogenobacter thermophilus cytochrome(More)