Charles Cobb
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Flexibility of the cytoplasmic domain of the anion exchange protein, band 3, in human erythrocytes.

Blackman SM, Hustedt EJ, Cobb CE, Beth AH
Biophys J. 2001 81 (6): 3363-76

PMID: 11720999 · PMCID: PMC1301793 · DOI:10.1016/S0006-3495(01)75969-3

The rotational flexibility of the cytoplasmic domain of band 3, in the region that is proximal to the inner membrane surface, has been investigated using a combination of time-resolved optical anisotropy (TOA) and saturation-transfer electron paramagnetic resonance (ST-EPR) spectroscopies. TOA studies of rotational diffusion of the transmembrane domain of band 3 show a dramatic decrease in residual anisotropy following cleavage of the link with the cytoplasmic domain by trypsin (E. A. Nigg and R. J. Cherry, 1980, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 77:4702-4706). This result is compatible with two independent hypotheses: 1) trypsin cleavage leads to dissociation of large clusters of band 3 that are immobile on the millisecond time scale, or 2) trypsin cleavage leads to release of a constraint to uniaxial rotational diffusion of the transmembrane domain. ST-EPR studies at X- and Q-band microwave frequencies detect rotational diffusion of the transmembrane domain of band 3 about the membrane normal axis of reasonably large amplitude that does not change upon cleavage with trypsin. These ST-EPR results are not consistent with dissociation of clusters of band 3 as a result of cleavage with trypsin. Global analyses of the ST-EPR data using a newly developed algorithm indicate that any constraint to rotational diffusion of the transmembrane domain of band 3 via interactions of the cytoplasmic domain with the membrane skeleton must be sufficiently weak to allow rotational excursions in excess of 32 degrees full-width for a square-well potential. In support of this result, analyses of the TOA data in terms of restricted amplitude uniaxial rotational diffusion models suggest that the membrane-spanning domain of that population of band 3 that is linked to the membrane skeleton is constrained to diffuse in a square-well of approximately 73 degrees full-width. This degree of flexibility may be necessary for providing the unique mechanical properties of the erythrocyte membrane.

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Anion Exchange Protein 1, Erythrocyte Anisotropy Cell Membrane Cytoplasm Erythrocytes Humans Models, Chemical Protein Structure, Tertiary Surface Plasmon Resonance Time Factors Trypsin

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