Electrostatic properties of myoglobin probed by diffusion-enhanced energy transfer

Theodore G. Wensel, Claude F. Meares

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

25 Scopus citations


The use of lanthanide energy transfer in the "rapid-diffusion limit" for probing the electrostatic properties of proteins has been investigated by measuring rates of energy transfer from Tb(III) chelates (having charges 1+, 0, and 1-) to the heme of sperm whale met(aquo)myoglobin, as a function of pH. The results are in good agreement with the predictions of a simple model involving the overall charge of the protein. The preparation of terbium(III) N,N′-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-ethylenediaminediacetate, a new positively charged Tb(III) chelate similar in size and shape to negative terbium(III) ethylenediaminetetraacetate and neutral terbium(III) N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediaminetriacetate, is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6247-6254
Number of pages8
Issue number26
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Electrostatic properties of myoglobin probed by diffusion-enhanced energy transfer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this