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Structural studies on periodate-oxidized chicken ovomucoid. Spectral behaviour of the tyrosine residues.

Authors
  • Krysteva, M A
  • Dobrev, I D
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of biochemistry / FEBS
Publication Date
Apr 15, 1977
Volume
74
Issue
3
Pages
501–507
Identifiers
PMID: 15839
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

About 50% of the carbohydrate moiety of ovomucoid was destroyed by periodate oxidation. The oxidation was carried out for 6 h or 24 h. The data obtained showed that in the carbohydrate chain 2-5 glucosamines and 1-2 neutral sugar residues were decomposed with the consumption of 16 mol and 29 mol of periodate respectively. Periodic oxidation slightly changed the inhibitory activity of the ovomucoid, but altered its spectral properties. An increase of the absorption maximum at 278 nm was noted, as well as a tendency for normalization of phenolic ionization and an increase of the relative fluorescence. The reactivity of tyrosine residues towards tetranitromethane is also changed. It was suggested that even in native ovomucoid the tyrosines could be regarded as 'dissolved' in the 'carbohydrate solvent'. This contact could be achieved by the hydrogen bonds in the formation of which the NHCOCH3 groups of the glucosamine residues play an essential role. Peroxidate oxidation seems to lead to an alteration of the nature of the 'sugar solvent' and disturbs the conformation of the sugar chain.

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