NMR analysis of the Mg2+-binding properties of aequorin, a Ca2+-binding photoprotein.


Aequorin, which is a calcium-sensitive photoprotein and a member of the EF-hand superfamily, binds to Mg2+ under physiological conditions, which modulates its light emission. The Mg2+ binding site and its stabilizing influence were examined by NMR spectroscopy. The binding of Mg2+ to aequorin prevented the molecule from aggregating and stabilized it in the… (More)