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Biochemistry. 1995 Apr 25;34(16):5527-35.

Infrared-detectable groups sense changes in charge density on the nickel center in hydrogenase from Chromatium vinosum.

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Department of Chemistry, State University College of New York at Buffalo 14222, USA.


Fourier transform infrared studies of nickel hydrogenase from Chromatium vinosum reveal the presence of a set of three absorption bands in the 2100-1900 cm-1 spectral region. These bands, which do not arise from carbon monoxide, have line widths and intensities rivaling those of a band arising from the carbon monoxide stretching frequency (v(CO)) in the Ni(II).CO species of this enzyme [Bagley, K. A., Van Garderen, C. J., Chen, M., Duin, E. C., Albracht, S. P. J., & Woodruff, W. H. (1994) Biochemistry 33, 9229-9236]. The positions of each of these three infrared absorption bands respond in a consistent way to changes in the formal redox state of the nickel center and to the photodissociation of hydrogen bound to the nickel. Up to eight different states of the nickel center have been produced, depending on the redox state and/or the activity state of the enzyme and the presence of carbon monoxide. In seven of these states, the three IR absorption bands in the set have unique frequency positions. It is concluded that the set is due to intrinsic, non-protein groups in the enzyme, whose identities are presently unknown, and that these groups are situated very close to the nickel center and sense the charge density at the Ni site.

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