Catherine Tétreau

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Laser photodissociation of respiratory proteins is followed by fast geminate recombination competing with escape of the oxygen molecule into the solvent. The escape rate from myoglobin or hemerythrin has been shown previously to exhibit a reciprocal power-law dependence on viscosity. We have reinvestigated oxygen escape from hemerythrin using a number of(More)
The recombination kinetics of photo-dissociated oxyhemerythrin (Sipunculus nudus) have been investigated between 298 K and 90 K. Fast geminate recombinations compete with oxygen escape into the solvent, from which a subsequent slower bimolecular rebinding takes place. In phosphate buffer (pH 7.7) at 278 K, the fast and slow processes are exponential and(More)
The Stokes-Einstein-Debye equation is currently used to obtain information on protein size or on local viscosity from the measurement of the rotational correlation time. However, the implicit assumptions of a continuous and homogeneous solvent do not hold either in vivo, because of the high density of macromolecules, or in vitro, where viscosity is adjusted(More)
When a protein's active site happens to be strongly coupled with the protein structure, the rate constant of the reaction may eventually be modulated by the conformational fluctuations. Evidence for this effect has long been provided by extensive flash photolysis investigations of liganded hemoproteins and more recently of the non-heme respiratory protein(More)
The dynamics of CO rebinding with neuronal NO synthase (nNOS) following laser flash photolysis have been investigated from 293 to 77 K in the absence and presence of its substrate L-arginine. The distribution functions of the rate parameters P(k) and of the activation enthalpy P(H) were determined using the maximum entropy method. In a fluid solvent near(More)
Translational and rotational diffusion coefficients of proteins in solution strongly deviate from the Stokes-Einstein laws when the ambient viscosity is induced by macromolecular co-solutes rather than by a solvent of negligible size as was assumed by A. Einstein one century ago for deriving the laws of Brownian motion and diffusion. Rotational and(More)
Evidence for ligand migration toward the xenon-binding cavities in myoglobin comes from a number of laser photolysis studies of MbO2 including mutants and from cryo- and time-resolved crystallography of MbCO. To explore ligand migration in greater detail, we investigated the rebinding kinetics of both MbO2 and MbCO under a xenon partial pressure ranging(More)
Here, we review the dominant aspects of protein dynamics as revealed by studying hemoproteins using the combination of laser flash photolysis, kinetic spectroscopy and low temperature. The first breakthrough was the finding that geminate ligand rebinding with myoglobin is highly non-exponential at temperature T<200 K, providing evidence for the trapping of(More)
Intraprotein energy transfer to terbium ions is widely used for probing distances of calcium sites in proteins. In this work we have performed a time-resolved study of the sensitized luminescence in elastase using a pulsed laser excitation at 265 nm. Terbium-sensitized luminescence was found to build-up within about 150 microseconds, which indicates that(More)
Previous laser flash photolysis investigations between 100 and 300 K have shown that the kinetics of CO rebinding with cytochrome P450(cam)(camphor) consist of up to four different processes revealing a complex internal dynamics after ligand dissociation. In the present work, molecular dynamics simulations were undertaken on the ternary complex(More)