Rabbit anti-(bovine prothrombin fragment 1) antibodies were fractionated by using fragment-1 affinity chromatography in the absence of metal ions, and showed an absolute requirement for the presence of metal ions in their interactions with bovine fragment 1 or prothrombin. These antibodies were employed to evaluate both the rate constants for a protein conformation change and the equilibrium metal-ion binding to isolated bovine fragment 1 and intact prothrombin. The close similarity of the rates obtained for the conformation change in fragment 1 and those observed in prothrombin indicated that the same process is involved in both proteins and that the non-fragment-1 region of the prothrombin has essentially no effect on this process in the fragment-1 region. Equilibrium metal-ion-binding studies indicate that the details of the metal-ion-binding process in fragment 1 and prothrombin are essentially the same. We conclude that the metal-ion-binding behaviour of the fragment-1 domain of intact prothrombin is identical with that of isolated fragment 1.
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