Yuejun Zhen

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The reaction between cytochrome c (Cc) and Rhodobacter sphaeroides cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) was studied using a cytochrome c derivative labeled with ruthenium trisbipyridine at lysine 55 (Ru-55-Cc). Flash photolysis of a 1:1 complex between Ru-55-Cc and CcO at low ionic strength results in electron transfer from photoreduced heme c to Cu(A) with an(More)
The epidermal growth factor receptor is a transmembrane glycoprotein that mediates the cellular responses to epidermal growth factor (EGF) and transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-alpha). In this study of the human EGF receptor naturally expressed in A431 cells, the glycosylation sites of the full-length, membrane-bound receptor and of a secreted form of(More)
To determine the interaction site for cytochrome c (Cc) on cytochrome c oxidase (CcO), a number of conserved carboxyl residues in subunit II of Rhodobacter sphaeroides CcO were mutated to neutral forms. A highly conserved tryptophan, Trp(143), was also mutated to phenylalanine and alanine. Spectroscopic and metal analyses of the surface carboxyl mutants(More)
The function of the binuclear Cu(A) center in cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) was studied using two Rhodobacter sphaeroides CcO mutants involving direct ligands of the Cu(A) center, H260N and M263L. The rapid electron-transfer kinetics of the mutants were studied by flash photolysis of a cytochrome c derivative labeled with ruthenium trisbipyridine at lysine-55.(More)
To study the functional significance of the unusual bimetallic Cu(A) center of cytochrome c oxidase, the direct ligands of the Cu(A) center in subunit II of the holoenzyme were mutated. Two of the mutant forms, M263L and H260N, exhibit major changes in activity (10% and 1% of wild-type, respectively) and in near-infrared and EPR spectra, but metal analysis(More)
When dioxygen is reduced to water by cytochrome c oxidase a sequence of oxygen intermediates are formed at the reaction site. One of these intermediates is called the "peroxy" (P) intermediate. It can be formed by reacting the two-electron reduced (mixed-valence) cytochrome c oxidase with dioxygen (called P(m)), but it is also formed transiently during the(More)
The aa3-type cytochrome c oxidase of Rhodobacter sphaeroides has been overexpressed up to seven fold over that in wild-type strains by engineering a multicopy plasmid with all the required oxidase genes and by establishing optimum growth conditions. The two operons containing the three structural genes and two assembly genes for cytochrome c oxidase were(More)
Substoichiometric amounts of Mn are bound by the aa3-type cytochrome c oxidase of Rhodobacter sphaeroides and appear in the EPR spectrum of the purified enzyme as signals that overlay those of CuA in the g = 2.0 region. The Mn is tightly bound and not removed by a high degree of purification or by washing with 50 mM EDTA. The amount of bound Mn varies with(More)
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