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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Aug 17;96(17):9591-6.

Redox-linked transient deprotonation at the binuclear site in the aa(3)-type quinol oxidase from Acidianus ambivalens: implications for proton translocation.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461, USA.


The hyperthermophilic archaeon Acidianus ambivalens expresses a membrane-bound aa(3)-type quinol oxidase, when grown aerobically, that we have studied by resonance Raman spectroscopy. The purified aa(3) oxidase, which does not contain bound quinol, undergoes a reversible slow conformational change at heme a(3) upon reduction, as indicated by a change in the frequency of its heme formyl stretching mode, from 1,660 cm(-1) to 1,667 cm(-1). In contrast, upon reduction of the integral membrane enzyme or the purified enzyme preincubated with decylubiquinol, this mode appears at 1,667 cm(-1) much more rapidly, suggesting a role of the bound quinol in controlling the redox-linked conformational changes. The shift of the formyl mode to higher frequency is attributed to a loss of hydrogen bonding that is associated with a group having a pKa of approximately 3.8. Based on these observations, a crucial element for proton translocation involving a redox-linked conformational change near the heme a(3) formyl group is postulated.

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