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Biochemistry. 1994 Nov 8;33(44):13126-31.

Spinach carbonic anhydrase: investigation of the zinc-binding ligands by site-directed mutagenesis, elemental analysis, and EXAFS.

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Department of Biochemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 70803.

Abstract

The enzyme carbonic anhydrase has been well characterized in mammalian systems, but the structural properties of the plant isozymes remain elusive. To investigate the nature of the zinc-binding site in spinach carbonic anhydrase, we targeted potential zinc ligands for mutagenesis and examined the resulting enzymes for catalytic activity and stoichiometric zinc binding. In addition, we examined the wild-type protein using extended X-ray absorption fine structure analysis. Our results suggest that spinach carbonic anhydrase utilizes a Cys-His-Cys-H2O ligand scheme to bind the zinc ion at the active site.

PMID:
7947718
DOI:
10.1021/bi00248a023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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