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J Biol Chem. 1979 Nov 25;254(22):11288-99.

Potentiometric analysis of Escherichia coli cytochromes in the optical absorbance range of 500 nm to 700 nm.


The oxidation-reduction potentials of Escherichia coli cytochromes have been studied by a recently described technique for automated electrodic potentiometry (Hendler, R.W., Songco, D., and Clem, T.R. (1977) Anal. Chem. 49, 1908-1913; Hendler, R.W. (1977) Anal. Chem. 49, 1914-1918), where entire spectra are recorded at a series of solution potentials. New techniques for resolution of the spectra versus voltage data have been applied. The results indicate that a 1-electron transport chain conducts electrons from substrate to cytochrome d, which is the cytochrome oxidase. Cytochrome d contains several components which appear to increase electron transfer first to a 2-electron stage and then to a 4-electron stage for the final reduction of a molecule of oxygen to 2 molecules of water.

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