Circular dichroism of isolated ricin A- and B-chains

Edward J. Wawrzynczak, Alex F. Drake, Philip E. Thorpe

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An analysis of the circular dichroism (CD) spectra of isolated ricin A- and B-chains revealed several bands not apparent in the spectrum of intactricin. Arithmetic combination of the A- and B-chain spectra gave a composite spectrum resembling that of native ricin, indicating that the two chains did not undergo any major conformational change upon dissociation. The addition of lactose to the B-chain at pH 7.2 caused a slight perturbation of a tryptophan-derived negative CD band centred at 283 nm without change to the overall structure of the polypeptide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalBiophysical Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1988


  • A-chain
  • B-chain
  • CD
  • Lactose binding
  • Ricin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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