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A thermodynamic model for the cooperative functional properties of the tetraheme cytochrome c3 from Desulfovibrio gigas.

Authors
  • Coletta, M
  • Catarino, T
  • LeGall, J
  • Xavier, A V
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of biochemistry / FEBS
Publication Date
Dec 18, 1991
Volume
202
Issue
3
Pages
1101–1106
Identifiers
PMID: 1662600
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

A thermodynamic model is presented to describe the redox behaviour of the tetraheme cytochrome c3 from Desulfovibrio gigas. This molecule displays different intrinsic redox potentials for the four hemes and during the redox titration process, interactions among different hemes occur, thus altering the values of redox potentials according to which of the hemes are oxidized [Santos, H., Moura, J.J.G., Moura, I., LeGall, J. & Xavier, A.V. (1984) Eur. J. Biochem. 141, 283-296]. This complex cooperative behaviour [Xavier, A.V. (1986) J. Inorg. Biochem. 28, 239-243] has been analyzed here using an I2H4-interaction network [Cornish-Bowden, A. & Koshland, D.E. Jr (1970) J. Biol. Chem. 245, 6241-6250] coupled to a proton-linked equilibrium between two tertiary structures. Such a formalism, which requires a reduced number of parameters, is able to fully account quantitatively for the pH dependence of the NMR redox-titration curves. The 'redox-Bohr' effect is discussed in terms of the available structure and thermodynamic data and a functional mechanism is proposed.

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