Biophysics of structure and mechanism

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 41–49 | Cite as

Comparative study of dynamic structure of pig and chicken aspartate aminotransferases by measuring the rotational correlation time

  • V. P. Timofeev
  • I. V. Dudich
  • M. V. Volkenstein


The rotational correlation time of two homologous cytoplasmic aspartate aminotransferase molecules isolated from pig and chicken hearts was obtained by spin-labeling technique. The maleimide and iodoacetamide spin-labels modyfying external SH-groups of a protein were used. In the interpretation of ESR spectra a rotational motion of nitroxide group relative to the protein molecule was taken into account. To determine the macromolecule rotational correlation time two methods of the immobilization of a protein molecule were used: 1) by means of increasing protein solution viscosity and 2) by fixation of the protein molecule on adsorbent. From comparison of experimental and theoretical values of rotational correlation time it was conclude that the both enzymes exhibits an intramolecular flexibility.

Key words

Aspartate aminotransferase Spin-labels Correlation time Intramolecular flexibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. P. Timofeev
    • 1
  • I. V. Dudich
    • 1
  • M. V. Volkenstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Molecular BiologyAcademy of Siences of USSRMoscowUSSR

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