Interaction of myoglobin with oleic acid

Lifan Shih, Youngran Chung, Renuka Sriram, Thomas Jue

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Previous studies have shown that palmitate (PA) can interact with myoglobin (Mb). The present study has investigated the interaction of the more soluble unsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid (OA). Indeed, <sup>1</sup>H NMR measurements of the Mb signal during OA titration also show signal changes consistent with specific and non-specific binding. At OA:Mb ratio < 4:1, OA perturbs selectively the 8-heme methyl signal, consistent with a local and specific fatty acid-protein interaction. As OA:Mb ratio increases from 4:1 to 40:1, all hyperfine shifted MbCN signals decrease, consistent with a non-selective, global perturbation of the protein. The pH titration analysis indicates that the observed OA methylene signal in the presence of Mb reflects a non-specific interaction and does not originate from a shift in the lamella-micelle equilibrium. Given the OA interaction with Mb, a fatty acid flux model suggests that Mb can play a fatty acid transport role under certain physiological conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry and Physics of Lipids
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Bioenergetics
  • Fatty acid
  • Lipid
  • Lipidprotein interaction
  • Metabolism
  • NMR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Cell Biology


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