Samples of X-irradiated cytochrome c oxidase were examined by electron paramagnetic resonance and optical spectroscopy. Both radiation from the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and a conventional X-ray source (W target) were utilized. The X-ray flux from these sources ranges from 10(9) to 10(13) photons/s. No evidence was found for photoreduction of the metal centers in the enzyme by X-ray photons. These results demonstrate that the integrity of cytochrome c oxidase is maintained using the conditions under which X-ray absorption measurements are presently being made.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Biochimica et biophysica acta|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 24 1980|
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