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Biochemistry. 1988 May 3;27(9):3338-42.

A Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopic study of the phosphoserine residues in hen egg phosvitin and ovalbumin.

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School of Basic Life Sciences, Division of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Missouri, Kansas City 64110.


A Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopic study of hen egg phosvitin and ovalbumin has been carried out. Bands arising from monoanionic and dianionic phosphate monoester [Shimanouchi, T., Tsuboi, M., & Kyogoku, Y. (1964) Adv. Chem. Phys. 8, 435-498] can be identified easily in the 1300-930 cm-1 region in spectra of solutions of O-phosphoserine and phosvitin, a highly phosphorylated protein. On the other hand, spectra of ovalbumin show a relatively strong absorption above 1000 cm-1 arising from the protein moiety. Below 1000 cm-1, a single band at 979 cm-1 is observed; this band is not present in spectra of dephosphorylated ovalbumin, and therefore, it has been assigned to the symmetric stretching of the phosphorylated Ser-68 and Ser-344 in the dianionic ionization state. In addition, bands arising from symmetric and antisymmetric stretchings of the monoanionic ionization state, and from the antisymmetric stretching of the dianionic state, can be detected above 1000 cm-1 in difference spectra of ovalbumin minus dephosphorylated ovalbumin. The effect of pH on the infrared spectra of O-phosphoserine, phosvitin, and ovalbumin is consistent with the phosphoserine residues undergoing ionization with pK values about 6. This study demonstrates that Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy can be a useful technique to assess the ionization state of phosphoserine residues in proteins in solution.

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