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J Biol Chem. 1990 Feb 15;265(5):2768-74.

pH-dependent redox activity and fluxionality of the copper site in amicyanin from Thiobacillus yersutus as studied by 300- and 600- MHz 1H NMR.

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Gorlaeus Laboratories, Leiden University, The Netherlands.


The kinetics of the deuteronation of one of the copper ligand histidines of the reduced Type I blue-copper protein amicyanin from Thiobacillus versutus was studied as a function of temperature by 300- and 600- MHz 1H NMR. The NMR data were analyzed with the help of a three site exchange model. Deuteron exchange between the histidine ligand and the solution appears to be catalyzed by phosphate. After deuteronation the histidine can occur in two conformations. The electron self-exchange rate of amicyanin was determined as a function of temperature and ionic strength. At 298 K, pD = 8.6, I = 0.05 M, the ese rate amounts to 1.3 x 10(5) M-1 S-1. The activation parameters amount to delta H not equal to = (52 +/- 3) kJ/mol and delta S not equal to = (26 +/- 9) J/mol.K. The dependence of the ese rate on ionic strength is small. The deuteronated amicyanin appears to be redox-inactive. The experimental findings clearly distinguish amicyanin from other classes of blue-copper proteins like the azurins and the pseudo-azurins.

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