The binding of haem and zinc in the 1.9 A X-ray structure of Escherichia coli bacterioferritin.
Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
The crystal structure of Escherichia coli bacterioferritin has been solved to 1.9 A, and shows the symmetrical binding of a haem molecule on the local twofold axis between subunits and a pair of metal atoms bound to each subunit at the ferroxidase centre. These metals have been identified as zinc by the analysis of the structure and X-ray data and confirmed by microfocused proton-induced X-ray emission experiments. For the first time the haem has been shown to be linked to both the internal and the external environments via a cluster of waters positioned above the haem molecule.
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types: Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
This a post-print, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry . Copyright © 2008 Springer Verlag / SBIC . The definitive version is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00775-008-0438-8
Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 201 - 207
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