May 20, 1976

Magnetic circular dichroism of myoglobin-thiolate complexes

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
T ShimizuM Hatano


Various complexes of myoglobin (Mb) with thiolate were studied by use of magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopy. 1. MetMb-ethyl, n-propyl and isopropylmercaptan complexes offered MCD spectra similar to that of cytochrome P-450 (P-450) with respect to shape and intensity ratio of Soret MCD to Q0-0 MCD. The MCD spectra did not show any pH dependence. The complexes reduced by sodium dithionite exhibited the MCD spectrum of deoxyMb, indicative of release of thiolate anion from the heme iron. 2. Cysteine and cysteine methyl ester coordinated to the heme iron at pH 9.18 but not at pH 6.86 and 11.45. The complex formed at pH 9.18 gave an MCD spectrum similar to that of P-450, and an MCD spectrum of deoxy Mb on reduction with sodium dithionite. 3. The 2-mercaptoethanol complex exhibited three A terms associated with the Q0-0-1, and Soret transitions at pH 6.86 similar to those of Fe(II) cytochrome c, which indicates that Mb was reduced by this reagent at pH 6.86. At pH 9.18 2-mercaptoethanol gave an MCD spectrum similar to that of alkyl mercaptan just after the addition. With the time changed into deoxy Mb through some intermediate of reduced Mb-thiolate complex. At pH 11.45 2-mercaptoethanol formed complex which exhibited an M...Continue Reading

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