1. Changes in the tryptophan fluorescence and the visible absorption spectrum resulting from the combination of apo-ovotransferrin with Fe3+, F,E2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Mn2+, and Cd2+were measured. 2. As expected for a radiationless transfer of electronic excitation energy, only the ions Fe3+, Fe2+and Cu2+, which gave complexes with large extinctions between 300 and 370nm, resulted in large decreases in trytophan fluorescence. 3. The decrease in protein fluorescence was non-linear with increasing occupancy of the Fe3+ -and Cu2+ - binding sites. The decrease in fluorescence on binding of Fe3+ was biphasic and showed that the two metal-binding sites were being occupied sequentially at pH7.4-8.4. The first site reacted with Fe3+ instantaneously, the second was occupied over a minute. 5. The nonidentity of the two sites was also demonstrated by the preparation of a stable hybrid containing both Cu2+ and Zn2+.h Cu2+ and Zn2+

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