Rastislav Varhač

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Thermally denatured horse heart ferrocytochrome c (ferrocyt c) has been characterized using absorption spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and viscometry at pH 7.0. DSC experiments have yielded the transition temperature of denaturant-free ferrocyt c unfolding as 100.6±0.3 °C, indicating an extremely high stability of the protein. The(More)
Thermally induced transitions of the 13-subunit integral membrane protein bovine cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) have been studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and circular dichroism (CD). Thermal denaturation of dodecyl maltoside solubilized CcO proceeds in two consecutive, irreversible, kinetically driven steps with the apparent transition(More)
Effect of anions of the Hofmeister series (thiocyanate, perchlorate, iodide, bromide, nitrate, chloride, sulfate, and phosphate) on local and global stability and flexibility of horse heart ferricytochrome c (cyt c) has been studied. Global stability of cyt c was determined by iso/thermal denaturations monitored by change in ellipticity in the far-UV region(More)
A relation between pH-induced conformational transitions of horse heart ferricytochrome c and the kinetics of external ligand coordination to heme iron was investigated by optical spectroscopy, circular dichroism and viscometry. The dependencies of both the association, k a, and dissociation rate constants of cyanide binding on pH were determined from(More)
The alkaline isomerization of horse heart ferricytochrome c (cyt c) has been studied by electronic absorption spectroscopy in the presence of the Hofmeister series of anions: chloride, bromide, rhodanide and perchlorate. The anions significantly affect the apparent pK a value of the transition in a concentration-dependent manner according to their position(More)
Bilayered long- and short-chain phospholipid assemblies, known as bicelles, have been widely used as model membranes in biological studies. However, to date, there has been no demonstration of structural or functional viability for the fundamental mitochondrial electron transport complexes reconstituted into or interacting with bicelles. In the present(More)
Delipidation of detergent-solubilized cytochrome c oxidase isolated from Rhodobacter sphaeroides (Rbs-CcO) has no apparent structural and/or functional effect on the protein, however affects its resistance against thermal or chemical denaturation. Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) hydrolysis of phospholipids that are co-purified with the enzyme removes all but two(More)
The interaction of peroxidized cardiolipin with ferrocytochrome c induces two kinetically and chemically distinct processes. The first is a rapid oxidation of ferrocytochrome c, followed by a slower, irreversible disruption of heme c. The oxidation of ferrocytochrome c by peroxidized cardiolipin is explained by a Fenton-type reaction. Heme scission is a(More)
Optical absorption spectroscopy was used to characterize the acid-induced conformational transition of horse heart ferrocytochrome c in the presence of urea. By using linear extrapolation to zero denaturant concentration, an apparent pK value for denaturation was found to be 0.86 +/- 0.07 at 25 degrees C. Visible absorption spectra in the presence of high(More)
Thermal denaturation of ferricytochrome c (cyt c) has been methodically studied by absorbance, fluorescence, circular dichroism spectroscopy, viscosimetry and differential scanning calorimetry in pH range from pH 3.5 to 7.5. Thermal transitions have been monitored by intrinsic local probes of heme region such as absorbance at Soret, 620nm and 695nm bands(More)