PMID: 6146619Aug 10, 1984

4-Thioflavins as active site probes of flavoproteins. General properties

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
V MasseyS Ghisla


4-Thioflavins (oxygen at position 4 replaced by sulfur) have been studied as potential active site probes of flavoproteins. They react readily with thiol reagents, with large spectral changes, which should be useful for testing the accessibility of the flavin 4-position in flavoproteins. They have an oxidation-reduction potential at pH 7 of -0.055 V, approximately 0.15 V higher than that of native flavins. The spectral characteristics in the fully reduced state show two clear absorption bands, dependent on the ionization state (pK = 4.5). The lowest energy band of the neutral dihydroflavin has a maximum at approximately 485 nm while that of the anion is approximately 425 nm. This should be useful in defining the ionization state of the reduced flavin in flavoproteins. The spectral characteristics of the semiquinoid forms of 4-thioflavins have been determined bound to the apoproteins of flavodoxin and D-amino acid oxidase. The neutral radical has an absorption maximum at 730 nm, while the anion radical has an unusually sharp peak at 415 nm. The reduced forms of 4-thioflavins, free and enzyme bound, react with O2 to regenerate oxidized 4-thioflavin. Reduced 4-thio-FAD p-hydroxybenzoate hydroxylase, however, in its reaction with O...Continue Reading

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