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Nat Struct Biol. 1997 Mar;4(3):209-14.

Ultrafast rotation and trapping of carbon monoxide dissociated from myoglobin.

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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.


The nature of ligand motion within proteins has been investigated by measuring femtosecond time-resolved infrared (IR) spectra of CO photodissociated from the haem of myoglobin. Upon dissociation, the CO rotates approximately 90 degrees and becomes trapped within a ligand docking site located near the binding site. Two trajectories, distinguished spectroscopically and kinetically with time constants of 0.20 +/- 0.05 ps and 0.52 +/- 0.10 ps, lead to CO located within the docking site with opposite orientations. The protein reorganizes about the "docked' CO with a time constant of 1.6 +/- 0.3 ps and quickly establishes an energetic barrier that inhibits the reverse rebinding process.

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