Proton decoupled natural abundance 13C NMR spectra of carbon monoxide hemoglobins were recorded at 15.18 MHz by the Fourier transform method, under conditions of spectrometer sensitivity sufficient for detection of individual carbon resonances. The aromatic region of each spectrum contains broad bands of methine carbon resonances, and some relatively narrow peaks arising from nonprotonated carbons. Resonances of heme carbons were detected in spectra of carbon monoxide hemoglobins, but not in spectra of ferrihemoglobin (as a result of paramagnetic effects). Spectra of carbon monoxide hemoglobins from various species yielded only a few well resolved individual carbon resonances, most notably those of C (gamma) of tryptophan residues. A comparison of the spectra of human adult, human fetal, chicken AII, and bovine fetal hemoglobins yielded specific assignments for all resonances of C (gamma) of tryptophan residues. In the cases of human fetal, chicken AII, and bovine fetal hemoglobins, each tryptophan yielded a completely resolved individual carbon resonance. The chemical shift difference between the resonances of C (gamma) of Trp 130β and C (gamma) of Trp 37β is about 6 ppm. The chemical shift difference between Trp A12α and Trp A12β is 1 ppm or less. A comparison of the chemical shifts of analogous tryptophan residues of the four carbon monoxide hemoglobins suggests very similar conformations in solution.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1975|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology