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Bio Protoc. 2015;5(18). pii: e1594. Epub 2015 Sep 20.

Pyridine Hemochromagen Assay for Determining the Concentration of Heme in Purified Protein Solutions.

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Department of Biological Chemistry, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, California, USA.


Heme is a common cofactor in proteins, found in hemoglobin, myoglobin, cytochrome P450, DGCR8, and nitric oxide synthase, among others. This protocol describes a method for quantifying heme that works best in purified protein samples. This protocol might be used to, for example, determine whether a given heme-binding protein is fully occupied by heme, thus allowing correlation of heme content with activity. This requires the absolute heme concentration and an accurate protein concentration. Another use is to determine the extinction coefficients of a heme-bound protein. This assay is fast, easy, and reproducible if done correctly.

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