Exploration of the Potential Role of Serum Albumin in the Delivery of Cu(I) to Ctr1.

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Human serum albumin (HSA) is the major copper (Cu) carrier in blood. The majority of previous studies that have investigated Cu interactions with HSA have focused primarily on the Cu(II) oxidation state. Yet, cellular Cu uptake by the human copper transport protein (Ctr1), a plasma membrane-embedded protein responsible for Cu uptake into cells, requires Cu(I). Recent in vitro work has determined that reducing agents, such as the ascorbate present in blood, are sufficient to reduce the Cu(II)HSA complex to form Cu(I)HSA and that Cu(I) is bound to HSA with pM affinity. The biological accessibility of Cu(I)HSA suggests that HSA-bound Cu(I) may be an unappreciated form of Cu cargo and a key player in extracellular Cu trafficking. To better understand Cu trafficking by HSA, we sought to investigate the exchange of Cu(I) from HSA to a model peptide of the Cu-binding ectodomain of Ctr1. In this study, we used X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy to show that Cu(I) becomes more highly coordinated as increasing amounts of the Ctr1-14 model peptide are added to a solution of Cu(I)HSA. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy was used to further characterize the interaction of Cu(I)HSA with Ctr1-14 by determining the ligands coordinating Cu(I) and their bond lengths. The EXAFS data support that some Cu(I) likely undergoes complete transfer from HSA to Ctr1-14 . This finding of HSA interacting with and releasing Cu(I) to an ectodomain model peptide of Ctr1 suggests a mechanism by which HSA delivers Cu(I) to cells under physiological conditions.

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Cited Authors

  • Schulte, NB; Pushie, MJ; Martinez, A; Sendzik, M; Escobedo, M; Kuter, K; Haas, KL

Published Date

  • March 2023

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 4021 - 4034

PubMed ID

  • 36826341

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-510X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-1669

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.2c03753


  • eng