Structural redox control in a 7Fe ferredoxin isolated from Desulfovibrio alaskensis

Structural redox control in a 7Fe ferredoxin isolated from Desulfovibrio alaskensis, Grazina, R., de Sousa P. M., Brondino C. D., Carepo M. S., Moura I., and Moura J. J. , Bioelectrochemistry, Aug, Volume 82, Number 1, p.22-8, (2011)


The redox behaviour of a ferredoxin (Fd) from Desulfovibrio alaskensis was characterized by electrochemistry. The protein was isolated and purified, and showed to be a tetramer containing one [3Fe-4S] and one [4Fe-4S] centre. This ferredoxin has high homology with FdI from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Miyazaki and Hildenborough and FdIII from Desulfovibrio africanus. From differential pulse voltammetry the following signals were identified: [3Fe-4S](+1/0) (E(0')=-158+/-5mV); [4Fe-4S](+2/+1) (E(0')=-474+/-5mV) and [3Fe-4S](0/-2) (E(0')=-660+/-5mV). The effect of pH on these signals showed that the reduced [3Fe-4S](0) cluster has a pK'(red)(')=5.1+/-0.1, the [4Fe-4S](+2/+1) centre is pH independent, and the [3Fe-4S](0/-2) reduction is accompanied by the binding of two protons. The ability of the [3Fe-4S](0) cluster to be converted into a new [4Fe-4S] cluster was proven. The redox potential of the original [4Fe-4S] centre showed to be dependent on the formation of the new [4Fe-4S] centre, which results in a positive shift (ca. 70mV) of the redox potential of the original centre. Being most [Fe-S] proteins involved in electron transport processes, the electrochemical characterization of their clusters is essential to understand their biological function. Complementary EPR studies were performed.


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