The structural and functional contribution of N-terminal region and His-47 on Taiwan cobra phospholipase A2

Pei Hsiu Kao, Ku Chung Chen, Shinne Ren Lin, Long Sen Chang

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Modification of His-47 and removal of the N-terminal octapeptide caused a different effect on the structure of Naja naja atra (Taiwan cobra) phospholipase A2 (PLA2). Unlike native enzyme, Ca2+ induced an alteration in the structural flexibility of His-modified PLA2. Moreover, the spatial positions of Trp residues in His-modified PLA2 were not properly rearranged toward lipid-water interface in the presence of Ca2+. CD spectra and fluorescence measurement showed that the dynamic properties of Trp residues and the gross conformation of N-terminally truncated PLA2 were totally different from native enzyme. Although a precipitous drop in the enzymatic activity was observed with modified PLA2. His-modified PLA2 and N-terminally truncated PLA2 retained cytotoxicity on inducing necrotic death of human neuroblastoma. SK-N-SH cells. Our data suggest that structural perturbations elicited by the chemical modification cause a dissociation of enzymatic activity and cytotoxicity of PLA2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-348
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Peptide Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Histidine modification
  • N-terminal truncation
  • Phospholipase A2
  • Structural perturbation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry

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