Hemoglobin-based blood substitutes are one of the options available to derive a resuscitating fluid taking into account clinical and physiological demands. In this paper we investigated a novel protein, Hb(αα,ββ) obtained as a combination of two homodimers α2 and β2 both derived from a fusion gene containing two alfa chains or two beta chains respectively coupled via a specific linker. The construct here described is thus a novel heterodimeric hemoglobin carrying four heme groups. The protein cannot dissociate into dimers, as demonstrated by its absence of reactivity versus haptoglobin, and is expected to have a relatively long circulating half-life. The modification does not increase the autoxidation rate, but increases the oxygen affinity, due to a destabilization of the T quaternary state. Characterization of the biochemical properties of this protein in comparison with HbA is reported.
|Numero di pagine||9|
|Rivista||BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-PROTEINS AND PROTEOMICS|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2008|
- blood substitutes
- gene fusion
- oxygen carrier
- protein engineering