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- Structural probing of Zn(ii), Cd(ii) and Hg(ii) binding to human ubiquitin.
- Chem Commun (Camb). 2008 Dec 7;(45):5960-2. Epub 2008 Oct 9.
- A structural investigation performed on adducts of human ubiquitin with group-12 metal ions reveals common preferential anchoring sites, the most populated one being His68; at higher metal ion concentration a second and a third site, close to the N-terminus of the protein, become populated and promote a polymorphic transition from orthorhombic to cubic form; Glu16 and Glu18, involved in the latter metal binding, undergo a remarkable displacement from their position in native ubiquitin; the aggregate stereochemistry appears to be driven by the clustering of deshielded backbone hydrogen-bond patches, and metal ions foster this process.