Symmetrized photoinitiated electron flow within the [Myoglobin:Cytochrome b 5] complex on singlet and triplet time scales: Energetics vs dynamics

Nadia Petlakh Co, Ryan M. Young, Amanda L. Smeigh, Michael R. Wasielewski, Brian M. Hoffman

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We report here that photoinitiated electron flow involving a metal-substituted (M = Mg, Zn) myoglobin (Mb) and its physiological partner protein, cytochrome b5 (cyt b5) can be "symmetrized": the [Mb:cyt b5] complex stabilized by three D/E → K mutations on Mb (D44K/D60K/E85K, denoted MMb) exhibits both oxidative and reductive ET quenching of both the singlet and triplet photoexcited MMb states, the direction of flow being determined by the oxidation state of the cyt b5 partner. The first-excited singlet state of MMb (1MMb) undergoes ns-time scale reductive ET quenching by Fe2+cyt b5 as well as ns-time scale oxidative ET quenching by Fe3+cyt b5, both processes involving an ensemble of structures that do not interconvert on this time scale. Despite a large disparity in driving force favoring photooxidation of 1MMb relative to photoreduction (δ(-ΔG0) ≈ 0.4 eV, M = Mg; ≈ 0.2 eV, M = Zn), for each M the average rate constants for the two reactions are the same within error, 1kf > 108 s-1. This surprising observation is explained by considering the driving-force dependence of the Franck-Condon factor in the Marcus equation. The triplet state of the myoglobin (3MMb) created by intersystem crossing from 1MMb likewise undergoes reductive ET quenching by Fe2+cyt b5 as well as oxidative ET quenching by Fe3+cyt b5. As with singlet ET, the rate constants for oxidative ET quenching and reductive ET quenching on the triplet time scale are the same within error, 3kf ≈ 105 s-1, but here the equivalence is attributable to gating by intracomplex conversion among a conformational ensemble.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12730-12736
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - Sep 10 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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