Formation of a stable cyano-bridged dinuclear iron cluster following oxidation of the superoxide reductases from treponema pallidum and Desulfovibrio vulgaris with K3Fe(CN)6

Françoise Auchère, Patrícia Raleiras, Linda Benson, Sergei Yu Venyaminov, Pedro Tavares, José J. G. Moura, Isabel Moura, Frank Rusnak

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Abstract

Superoxide reductases catalyze the monovalent reduction of superoxide anion to hydrogen peroxide. Spectroscopic evidence for the formation of a dinuclear cyano-bridged adduct after K3Fe- (CN)6 oxidation of the superoxide reductases neelaredoxin from Treponema pallidum and desulfoferrodoxin from Desulfovibrio vulgaris was reported. Oxidation with K3Fe(CN)6 reveals a band in the near-IR with, λmax at 1020 nm, coupled with an increase of the iron content by almost 2-fold. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy provided additional evidence with CN-stretching vibrations at 2095, 2025-2030, and 2047 cm-1, assigned to a ferrocyanide adduct of the enzyme. Interestingly, the low-temperature electronic paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of oxidized TpNIr reveal at least three different species indicating structural heterogeneity in the coordination environment of the active site Fe ion. Given the likely 6-coordinate geometry of the active site Fe3+ ion in the ferrocyanide adduct, we propose that the rhombic EPR species can serve as a model of a hexacoordinate form of the active site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)938-940
Number of pages3
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2003

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