Arsenic is a toxic element that is found in the atmosphere, as well as in aquatic and terrestrial environments. We have demonstrated that As3+ binds to human metallothionein-2 (hMT-2) by UV absorption spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). MALDI-TOF-MS revealed that the structure of the adduct formed by arsenic and hMT-2 (As-hMT-2) was not homogeneous. The maximum molar ratio of arsenic to hMT-2 was found to be more than 6:1 on ICP-AES, UV absorption spectroscopy and MALDI-TOF-MS. The ratio of the number of sulfhydryl groups in hMT-2 that bound arsenic was 3:1, which is the same as the ratios reported previously for arsenic-glutathione and arsenic-phytochelatin complexes.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of biochemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 2002 Aug|
- Heavy metal binding protein
- Human metallothionein
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology