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Biol Chem Hoppe Seyler. 1988 Jun;369(6):507-12.

The primary structure of the hemoglobin of the Brazilian manatee (Trichechus inunguis, Sirenia).

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Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Abteilung Proteinchemie, Martinsried bei München.


The hemoglobin of the Brazilian Manatee (Trichechus inunguis, Sirenia) consists of one component. We present the primary structures of the alpha- and beta-chains which have been separated by chromatography on carboxymethyl-cellulose CM-52. The sequences have been determined by automatic Edman degradation with the film technique, using the native chains, tryptic peptides and the C-terminal prolyl-peptide obtained by acid hydrolysis of the Asp-Pro bond of the alpha-chains. Compared to the corresponding human chains we found 27 substitutions in the alpha- as well as in the beta-chains. Three heme contacts and four alpha 1/beta 1 contacts between the subunits are affected by exchanges. The hemoglobin of Trichechus inunguis is compared with those of Elephas maximus, Loxodonta africana, and Procavia habessinica and the monophyletic origin of the superorder Paenungulata is discussed.

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