Sep 27, 1977

The pH dependence of the resonance raman spectra and structural alterations at heme moieties of various c-type cytochromes

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
T KitagawaT Yamanaka


The pH dependence of resonance Raman spectra were studied for ferrous and ferric cytochromes c, c2, c3, c-551, and c-555. The frequencies of the 1565 cm-1 (ferric) and 1539 cm-1 lines (ferrous) were sensitive to the replacement of the sixth ligand. The titration curve for the 1565 cm-1 line of cytochrome c was parallel with that for the 695 nm band. The pH dependence of the 1539 cm-1 line of ferrous cytochrome c3 suggested the stepwise replacement of the sixth ligand of its four hemes, although such pH dependence was not recognized for the Raman spectra of other ferrous cytochromes investigated. The relative intensities of three Raman lines at 1639, 1587, and 1561 cm-1 of ferric protoporphyrin bis-imidazole complex were changed clearly by the presence of detergents. The relative intensities of the corresponding three Raman lines of cytochromes b5 and c were close to those of the ferric porphyrin complex in the presence and absence of detergents, respectively, suggesting an appreciable difference in their heme environments. Reduced hemin in detergent solution, unexpectedly, gave the Raman spectrum of ferric low spin type.

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Raman Optical Activity Spectroscopy
Ferric Compounds
Cytochrome c Group
Ferrous Compounds
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Synthetic Detergent

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