On the molecular weight of thiosulfate sulfurtransferase

Lynda M. Ellis, Clare K. Woodward

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Bovine liver thiosulfate sulfurtransferase (rhodanese) (EC has been reported to exist in solution in a rapid, pH-dependent equilibrium between monomeric and dimeric forms of molecular weights 18 500 and 37 000 (Volini, M., DeToma, F. and Westley, J. (1967), J. Biol. Chem. 242, 5220). We have reinvestigated the proposed dissociation using sodium dodecylsulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The smallest rhodanese species observed has a molecular weight around 35 000, which is not reduced by severe denaturing conditions, including alkylation in 8 M guanidine · HCl or dialysis against 2% sodium dodecylsulfate and 5% mercaptoethanol. After limited CNBr cleavage, intermediate products of >18 500 molecular weight are formed. The apparent molecular weight of these intermediate fragments is not changed by addition of mercaptoethanol. The total apparent molecular weights of the CNBr fragments after exhaustive cleavage is approx. 45 000 ± 15 000. These results are not consistent with a monomer molecular weight of approx. 18 500 for thiosulfate sulfurtransferase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalBBA - Protein Structure
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 27 1975

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We wish to thank Drs M. Volini and S. F. Wang for allowing us to read their manuscripts prior to publication. This work was supported by National Institutes of Health grant GM-18466 and the University of Minnesota Graduate School.


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