Effect of diethyl pyrocarbonate modification on spectral and steady-state kinetic properties of bovine heart cytochrome oxidase.

The histidine-specific reagent diethyl pyrocarbonate has been used to chemically modify bovine heart cytochrome oxidase. Thirty-two of sixty-seven histidine residues of cytochrome oxidase are accessible to modification by diethyl pyrocarbonate. Effects on the Soret and alpha bands of the heme spectrum indicate disturbance in the environment of one or both… (More)