Structural basis of subunit heterogeneity in arthropod hemocyanins

Alexander Klarman*, Ezra Daniel

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1. 1. Higher than 16 S arthropod hemocyanin structures are described in terms of a model of the 16 S unit made up of six identical spherical subunits occupying the corners of a regular octahedron. 2. 2. The well-established subunit heterogeneity of arthropod hemocyanins is traced to the fact that the positions allotted for the subunits in the models of higher than 16 S hemocyanins are not all equivalent. 3. 3. The analysis presented provides a basis for the rationalization of the number and relative abundance of subunit types established in 24 S hemocyanin from the crayfish Chrax destructor and 36 S hemocyanin from the scorpion Androctonus australis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part - B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1981


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