Title

Transition Metal Ion Binding Studies of Carnosine and Histidine: Biologically Relevant Antioxidants

Abstract

Carnosine and histidine are biologically interesting antioxidants. In order to probe whether they exert their antioxidant effect through metal ion chelation, the Cu(II) ion chelating abilities of these compounds were measured by UV-vis spectroscopy. Both of these compounds showed 1:1 complexations with Cu(II) ions as shown by their Job's plot. The binding constants for histidine and carnosine, as determined by Benesi-Hildebrand method, at pH 7.84 ± 0.18, were found to be 71 and 1.1 M−1, respectively. The unexpectedly lower binding constant values of carnosine show the relatively minor role of the transition metal ion chelation in their antioxidant abilities.

Department(s)

Chemistry

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Antioxidants
Carnosine

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2008 Elsevier, All rights reserved.


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