81Br-nmr studies of carbonic anhydrase

Raymond L. Ward, Philip L. Whitney

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81Br nmr measurements have been made on high (bovine; BCA) and low (human-B; HCAB) specific activity forms of carbonic anhydrase and on a chemically modified form of the human enzyme (carboxyamidomethyl; CAM-HCAB). The high specific activity form of the enzyme, BCA, exhibits a 81Br line broadening which is determined by the lifetime of Br- bound to the zinc ion of the enzyme. The low specific activity form of the enzyme, HCAB, under similar conditions of concentration, pH, etc., does not exhibit a 81Br nmr line broadening. Cl- Br- competitive binding studies, using 35Cl nmr, suggests that the failure to observe 81Br broadening is due to an increase in the lifetime of a zinc bound Br-. An increase in this lifetime by a factor of 10-100 over that exhibited by BCA is sufficient to abolish the line broadening. A modified form of HCAB, CAM-HCAB, does, however, exhibit a 81Br nmr line broadening. Estimates of the lifetime of zinc bound Br-, τM, are 4 × 10-7 sec. for CAM-HCAB at pH 8 and 1 × 10-7 sec. for BCA at pH 7. The lifetime for Br- bound to HCAB is estimated to be ≥10-6 sec.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-348
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 19 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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