Binding of Ni2+ and Cu2+ ions to peptides with a Cys-His motif.

Research paper by Kinga K Kulon, Daniela D Valensin, Wojciech W Kamysz, Rafał R Nadolny, Elena E Gaggelli, Gianni G Valensin, Henryk H Kozłowski

Indexed on: 02 Oct '08Published on: 02 Oct '08Published in: Dalton Transactions


Waglerin I is a 22 amino acid snake venom toxin. Its three fragments (GGKPDLRPCHP-NH2, PCHYIPRPKPR-NH2, PCHPPCHYIPR-NH2), due to the presence of two Cys and His residues, are potentially very attractive ligands for transition metal ions. The main aim of this work was to establish the impact of these two adjacent residues on Ni2+ ion binding, especially because this kind of motif is very common in nature, and the study of low molecular weight models could be helpful in understanding larger systems. In this work waglerin fragments and their N-protected analogues were studied with Ni2+ (and Cu2+ for peptides with disulfide bridges) ions using combined potentiometric and spectroscopic measurements (UV-Vis, CD, EPR and NMR). In all peptides, except PCHPPCHYIPR-NH2 with a disulfide bridge, the Cys-His motif was found to be crucial for the coordination of Ni2+ ions. In the case of the N-unprotected analogues, the N-terminal amino group participates in the coordination as well.