Maria Gabriella Tordi

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The reaction between reduced Pseudomonas nitrite reductase and nitrite has been studied by stopped-flow and rapid-freezing EPR spectroscopy. The interpretation of the kinetics at pH 8.0 is consistent with the following reaction mechanism (where k1 and k3 much greater than k2). [formula: see text] The bimolecular step (Step 1) is very fast, being lost in the(More)
The redox reaction between cytochrome c-551 and its oxidase from the respiratory chain of pseudomonas aeruginosa was studied by rapid-mixing techniques at both pH7 and 9.1. The electron transfer in the direction of cytochrome c-551 reduction, starting with the oxidase in the reduced and CO-bound form, is monophasic, and the governing bimolecular rate(More)
The interaction between azurin and silver ions was investigated, by means of ultraviolet, fluorescence and atomic absorption spectroscopies, as a function of the redox state of the protein. The Ag(I) ion has a very low affinity for oxidized azurin. Interestingly, the affinity is much higher for reduced azurin; in this case Ag(I) completely displaces the(More)
The interaction between azurin from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Ag(I), Cu(II), Hg(II), was investigated as a function of protein state, i.e. apo-, reduced and oxidised azurin. Two different metal binding sites, characterized by two different spectroscopic absorbancies, were detected: one is accessible to Ag(I) and Cu(II) but not to Hg(II); the other one(More)
The reaction between reduced Pseudomonas cytochrome c551 and cytochrome oxidase with two inorganic metal complexes, Co(phen)3(3+) and Mn(CyDTA)(H2O)-, has been followed by stopped-flow spectrophotometry. The electron transfer to cytochrome c551 by both reactants is a simple process, characterized by the following second-order rate constant: k = 4.8 X 10(4)(More)
CD spectra of reticulocyte lipoxygenase were recorded at various times during aerobic incubation, which leads to loss of catalytic activity, and after inactivation by the reaction product, 13-LS-hydroperoxylinoleic acid. Neither process showed any correlation with a decrease in the alpha-helix content, which was only observed over much longer times. It is(More)
The c.d. spectra of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cytochrome c oxidase in the oxidized state and the reduced state are reported in the visible- and u.v. absorption regions. In the visible region the comparison between the spectra of reduced cytochrome c oxidase and ferrocytochrome c-551 allows the identification of the c.d. bands mainly due to the d1 haem(More)
Monomeric nitrite reductase in an active form has been prepared by controlled succinylation of the dimeric native enzyme of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and subsequent purification. The monomeric enzyme has an optical spectrum indistinguishable from that of the native enzyme. On the other hand, circular dichroic spectra in the heme and peptide absorption regions(More)
The kinetics of oxidation of azurin and cytochrome c-551 catalysed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa cytochrome oxidase were re-investigated, and the steady-state parameters were evaluated by parametric and non-parametric methods. At low concentrations of substrates (e.g. less than or equal to 50 microM) the values obtained for Km and catalytic-centre activity are(More)
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