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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1979 Feb 26;576(2):471-8.

An oxygen-binding flavohemoprotein from Alcaligenes eutrophus.


A procedure is described for the purification of a soluble flavohemoprotein from the hydrogen bacterium Alcaligenes eutrophus. The isolated protein exists as a monomer with a molecular weight of approx. 43,000. The molecule contains two prosthetic groups, 1 mol each of noncovalently bound FAD and protoheme per monomer. The absorption spectra of the protein in its ferric, ferrous-deoxy and ferrous-carboxy forms are similar to those of hemoglobins, with the exception of the flavin contribution (absorption maxima--ferric form: 395, 456, 483, 645 nm; ferrous-deoxy form: 436, 560 nm; ferrour-CO form: 423, 539, 569 nm). The flavohemoprotein when reduced by NADH in aerobic solution is capable of binding oxygen reversibly. The stable oxygenated complex exhibits absorption maxima at 414, 541, and 576 nm. The protein catalyzes the reduction of various dyes and cytochrome c by NADH.

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