Charge transfer in the K proton pathway linked to electron transfer to the catalytic site in cytochrome c oxidase
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics2008 (English)In: Biochemistry, ISSN 1520-4995, E-ISSN 0006-2960, Vol. 47, no 17, 4929-4935 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Cytochrome c oxidase couples electron transfer from cytochrome C to 02 to proton pumping across the membrane. In the initial part of the reaction of the reduced cytochrome c oxidase with 02, an electron is transferred from heme a to the catalytic site, parallel to the membrane surface. Even though this electron transfer is not linked to proton uptake from solution, recently Belevich et al. [(2006) Nature 440, 829] showed that it is linked to transfer of charge perpendicular to the membrane surface (electrogenic reaction). This electrogenic reaction was attributed to internal transfer of a proton from Glu286, in the D proton pathway, to an unidentified protonatable site "above" the heme groups. The proton transfer was proposed to initiate the sequence of events leading to proton pumping. In this study, we have investigated electrogenic reactions in structural variants of cytochrome c oxidase in which residues in the second, K proton pathway of cytochrome c oxidase were modified. The results indicate that the electrogenic reaction linked to electron transfer to the catalytic site originates from charge transfer within the K pathway, which presumably facilitates reduction of the site.
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2008. Vol. 47, no 17, 4929-4935 p.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25429DOI: 10.1021/bi7024707ISI: 000255164700008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-25429DiVA: diva2:199694