Comparisons of redox kinetics of methemerythrin and mu-sulfidomethemerythrin. Implications for interactions with cytochrome b5.

Abstract

We have examined the effects on redox kinetics of changing the reduction potential of the mu-oxo-bridged binuclear iron center in octameric hemerythrin (Hr) from Phascolopsis gouldii. The opportunity to examine such effects is provided by the availability of mu-sulfidomethemerythrin (mu-S2-metHr), whose [Fe(III),Fe(III)]met----[Fe(II),Fe(III)]semi-met reduction potential is approximately 200 mV higher than that of methemerythrin (metHr). We have used, as redox partners to Hr, a set of metal complexes and the heme proteins deoxymyoglobin (Mb) and cytochrome b5. The latter protein from P. gouldii is a presumed physiological redox partner of Hr. Similar kinetics at pH 8 in the presence or absence of the allosteric effector perchlorate suggest reduction of the iron atom closer to the outer surface of each subunit in the Hr octamer during the met----semi-met transformation. For all reducing agents, the experimentally determined ratio of second-order rate constants for reductions of mu-S2-metHr and metHr, k12(mu-S2-met)/k12(met), is close to the value of 40 predicted by the simple Marcus relation for "outer-sphere" electron transfer. For oxidations of (semi-met)RHr and mu-S2-semi-metHr, the predicted value of 40 for k12[(semi-met)R]/k12(mu-S2-semi-met) is closely approximated when Fe(CN)6(3-) is used as oxidant. The ionic strength dependence of the second-order rate constant suggests electrostatic interactions of opposite charges during reduction of metHr by P. gouldii cytochrome b5.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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@article{Pearce1987ComparisonsOR, title={Comparisons of redox kinetics of methemerythrin and mu-sulfidomethemerythrin. Implications for interactions with cytochrome b5.}, author={Larry L Pearce and R E Utecht and Donald M Kurtz}, journal={Biochemistry}, year={1987}, volume={26 26}, pages={8709-17} }