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Can J Biochem. 1975 Aug;53(8):861-7.

Cross-linking of hemoglobin, haptoglobin, and hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex with bifunctional imidoesters.


Dimethyl adipimidate was used to cross-link the polypeptides within hemoglobin, haptoglobin, and hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex. Cross-linked hemoglobin retained considerable ability to bind haptoglobin, although the amounts bound were reduced and the haptoglobin reaction could be used to fractionate the modified hemoglobin. With cross-links limited to intramolecular sites, hemoglobin showed four bands on polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in sodium dodecyl sulfate, identified, with reference to the subunit polypeptides, as monomer, dimer, trimer, and tetramer. The dimer region consisted of at least two separable species. When hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex was cross-linked, a band of hemoglobin dimer was present, which demonstrates that at least two hemoglobin subunits have a close spatial relation when bound to haptoglobin. Some comparisons with adipimidate-reacted hemoglobin were made using malonimidate and suberimidate and some marked differences were noted.

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