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Oxidation of Goat Hepatic Galectin-1 Induces Change in Secondary Structure

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Galectin-1 requires a reducing environment for its lectin activity and the carbohydrate binding function is destroyed in oxidizing condition. In this report we provide direct evidence that the oxidation of goat hepatic galectin-1 perturbs its carbohydrate recognition domain and this could be due to changes in secondary structure of goat hepatic galectin-1. Conformational changes in goat hepatic galectin-1 due to oxidation were investigated by absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism measurements.

Keywords: conformational change; galectin-1; oxidation

Document Type: Review Article


Publication date: June 1, 2003

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.

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