Oct 1, 1975

Resonance Raman scattering from hemoproteins. Effects of ligands upon the Raman spectra of various C-type cytochromes

Journal of Biochemistry
Teizo KitagawaT Yamanaka


Resonance Raman spectra were measured for various C-type cytochromes (mammalian cytochrome c, bacterial cytochrome c3, algal photosynthetic cytochrome f, and alkylated cytochrome c) and a B-type cytochrome (cytochrome b5) in their reduced and oxidized states. (1) For ferrous alkylated cytochrome c, a Raman line sensitive to the replacement of an axial ligand of the heme iron uas found around 1540 cm=1. This ligand-sensitive Raman line indicated the transition from acidic (1545 cm-1) to alkaline (1533 cm-1) forms with pK 7.9. The pH dependence of the Raman spectrum corresponded well to that of the optical absorption spectra. (2) For ferrous cytochrome f, the ligand-sensitive Raman line was found at the same frequency as cytochrome c (1545 cm-1). Accordingly two axial ligands are likely to be histidine and methionine as in cytochrome c. (3) For ferrous cytochrome c3, the frequency of the ligand-sensitive Raman line was between those of cytochrome c and cytochrome b5. Since two axial ligands of the heme iron in cytochrome c3 might be histidines. However, a combination of histidine and methionine as a possible set of two axial ligands was not completely excluded for one or two of the four hemes. (4) In ferrous cytochrome b5, two we...Continue Reading

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