The structure of an electron transfer complex containing a cytochrome c and a peroxidase

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Abstract

Efficient biological electron transfer may require a fluid association of redox partners. Two noncrystallographic methods (a new molecular docking program and 1H NMR spectroscopy) have been used to study the electron transfer complex formed between the cytochrome c peroxidase (CCP) of Paracoccus denitrificans and cytochromes c. For the natural redox partner, cytochrome c550, the results are consistent with a complex in which the heme of a single cytochrome lies above the exposed electron-transferring heme of the peroxidase. In contrast, two molecules of the nonphysiological but kinetically competent horse cytochrome bind between the two hemes of the peroxidase. These dramatically different patterns are consistent with a redox active surface on the peroxidase that may accommodate more than one cytochrome and allow lateral mobility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11383-11389
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume274
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 1999

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