EPR studies of the Mn(II) complex with elongation factor Tu and GDP Identification of oxygen ligands to Mn(II) by observation of 17O superhyperfine coupling

J Biol Chem. 1981 Nov 10;256(21):10774-7.


The coordination sphere of Mn(II) in the complex with GDP and elongation factor Tu from Escherichia coli has been probed by EPR spectroscopy with 17O-labeled ligands. Inhomogeneous broadening in the EPR signals for Mn(II) due to unresolved superhyperfine coupling to the 17O nucleus was used to identify directly bound oxygen ligands. Results with GDP selectively enriched with 17O either in the alpha-phosphate or in the beta-phosphate revealed that GDP was a beta-monodentate ligand for Mn(II) in the complex with the protein. Results with 17O-enriched water showed that two water molecules are coordinated to the Mn(II). The EPR spectrum for the complex is characteristic of octahedral coordination for Mn(II). Hence, three ligands from the protein are required to complete the sextet of ligands.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Binding Sites
  • Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Escherichia coli / enzymology*
  • Guanine Nucleotides / metabolism*
  • Guanosine Diphosphate / metabolism*
  • Manganese*
  • Peptide Elongation Factor Tu
  • Peptide Elongation Factors / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Guanine Nucleotides
  • Peptide Elongation Factors
  • Guanosine Diphosphate
  • Manganese
  • Peptide Elongation Factor Tu