Similarities in amino acid sequences, three-dimensional structures, and the exon-intron patterns of their genes have indicated that c-type lysozymes and α-lactalbumins are homologous proteins, i.e., descended by divergent evolution from a common ancestor. Like the α-lactalbumins, echidna milk, horse milk, and pigeon eggwhite lysozymes all bind Ca(II). Models of their three-dimensional structures, based on their amino acid sequences and the known crystal structures of domestic hen eggwhite and human lysozymes and baboon and human α-lactalbumins, have been built. The several structures have been compared and their relationships discussed.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Protein Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 1994|
- Calcium-binding lysozyme
- three-dimensional structure
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