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The pleiotropic effect of the sickle gene suggests that factors in addition to polymerization of the mutant gene product might be involved in sickle disease pathobiology. We have examined rates of heme transfer to hemopexin from hemoglobin in dilute aqueous solution (0.5 mg of Hb per ml) at 37 degrees C. HbO2 S loses heme 1.7 times faster than HbO2 A, with(More)
A pigment-dispersing hormone (PDH) from eyestalks of the crayfish Procambarus clarkii was purified by gel filtration, cation-exchange chromatography, partition chromatography, and reversed-phase HPLC. Based on automated sequencing and by the identical chromatographic behavior of the native PDH and the synthetic amidated form of the deduced sequence, the(More)
Rat [(59)Fe]haem-(125)I-labelled haemopexin complexes (700pmol/rat) associate rapidly and exclusively with the liver after intravenous injection into anaesthetized rats. The two isotopes exhibit different patterns of accumulation. Liver (125)I-labelled haemopexin is maximum 10min after injection (20+/-4.9pmol/g of liver) and then declines by 2h to the low(More)
Plasma membranes isolated from rabbit liver retain the ability to interact specifically with heme-hemopexin. In this system, apohemopexin does not compete effectively with heme-hemopexin for binding. The membranes bind heme-hemopexin complexes with high affinity (KD = 6.8 X 10(-7) M) and with an apparent capacity of 2.3 pmol/mg of membrane protein. These(More)
The ubiquitous use of heme in animals poses severe biological and chemical challenges. Free heme is toxic to cells and is a potential source of iron for pathogens. For protection, especially in conditions of trauma, inflammation and hemolysis, and to maintain iron homeostasis, a high-affinity binding protein, hemopexin, is required. Hemopexin binds heme(More)