Haemoglobin: The surface buried between the α1β1 and α2β2 dimers in the deoxy and oxy structures

Arthur Lesk, Joël Janin, Shoshanna Wodak, Cyrus Chothia

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Abstract

Using the newly available refined co-ordinates of deoxy and oxyhaemoglobin, we have reexamined and compared the interfaces between the dimers α1β1 and α2β2. The most extensive monomer-monomer contacts are between α1 and β2, and, symmetrically, α2 and β1. In oxyhaemoglobin these interfaces bury 700 Å2less protein surface than in deoxyhaemoglobin. The α1α2 interface involves similar salt bridges in both forms, but in oxyhaemoglobin buries 240 Å2more surface than in deoxyhaemoglobin. There is a loosely packed β1β2 interface burying 320 Å2 of surface in oxyhaemoglobin; there is no β1β2 interface in deoxyhaemoglobin. The greater stability of the deoxy form, in the absence of ligands, can be attributed to a combination of hydrophobic, van der Waals' and electrostatic interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-270
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Volume183
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 25 1985

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Lesk, Arthur ; Janin, Joël ; Wodak, Shoshanna ; Chothia, Cyrus. / Haemoglobin : The surface buried between the α1β1 and α2β2 dimers in the deoxy and oxy structures. In: Journal of Molecular Biology. 1985 ; Vol. 183, No. 2. pp. 267-270.
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In: Journal of Molecular Biology, Vol. 183, No. 2, 25.05.1985, p. 267-270.

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