Simon Sham

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The thermodynamics and dynamics of the Cys21-Cys48 disulfide "S" if "R" conformational isomerism in the three-iron, single cubane cluster ferredoxin (Fd) from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus furiosus (Pf) have been characterized by (1)H NMR spectroscopy in both water and water/methanol mixed solvents. The mean interconversion rate at 25 degrees C(More)
We report a 67Zn nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study of compounds containing zinc ions coordinated by oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur ligands. New information concerning 67Zn nuclear quadrupole coupling constants (NQCC) and chemical shift was obtained from magic-angle spinning (MAS) spectra of solid compounds containing both natural abundance and enriched(More)
Magnesium is one of the most abundant metal ions in cellular organisms. Like other alkali and alkaline metal ions (Na+, K+, and Ca2+), Mg2+ is involved in a wide variety of physiochemical activities necessary to sustain life.1 For instance, magnesium serves as a cofactor responsible for the biochemical transfer of phosphate-related enzymes.2 Mg2+ also(More)
The functional higher oxidation states of heme peroxidases have been proposed to be stabilized by the significant imidazolate character of the proximal His. This is induced by a "push-pull" combination effect produced by the proximal Asp that abstracts ("pulls") the axial His ring N(delta)H, along with the distal protonated His that contributes ("pushes") a(More)
A solution molecular model for the conformationally dynamically heterogeneous Pyrococcus furiosus ferredoxin with an intact disulfide bond has been constructed on the basis of reported (1)H NMR spectral parameters using distance geometry and simulated annealing protocols. Conventional long-mixing time NOESY and H-bonding constraints have been augmented by(More)
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