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Publication : Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & molecular biology

Tendency for oxidation of annelid hemoglobin at alkaline pH and dissociated states probed by redox titration

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Published in Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & molecular biology - 01 Aug 2005

Bispo JA, Landini GF, Santos JL, Norberto DR, Bonafe CF

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 15982915

Comp. Biochem. Physiol. B, Biochem. Mol. Biol. 2005 Aug;141(4):498-504

The redox titration of extracellular hemoglobin of Glossoscolex paulistus (Annelidea) was investigated in different pH conditions and after dissociation induced by pressure. Oxidation increased with increasing pH, as shown by the reduced amount of ferricyanide necessary for the oxidation of hemoglobin. This behavior was the opposite of that of vertebrate hemoglobins. The potential of half oxidation (E1/2) changed from -65.3 to +146.8 mV when the pH increased from 4.50 to 8.75. The functional properties indicated a reduction in the log P50 from 1.28 to 0.28 in this pH range. The dissociation at alkaline pH or induced by high pressure, confirmed by HPLC gel filtration, suggested that disassembly of the hemoglobin could be involved in the increased potential for oxidation. These results suggest that the high stability and prolonged lifetime common to invertebrate hemoglobins is related to their low tendency to oxidize at acidic pH, in contrast to vertebrate hemoglobins.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15982915