Electron paramagnetic resonance- (EPR-) resolved kinetics of cryogenic nitric oxide recombination to cytochrome c oxidase and myoglobin

R. LoBrutto*, Y. H. Wei, S. Yoshida, H. L. Van Camp, C. P. Scholes, T. E. King

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Abstract

By the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique, recovery kinetics for nitric oxide (NO) to heme following cryogenic photolysis were studied for the nitrosylferrocytochrome a3 center in cytochrome c oxidase and for myoglobin. The recovery was nonexponential, as has been observed in previous cryogenic CO and O2 rebinding to heme systems. NO rebinding to heme a3 started near a temperature of 50 K and was related to a distribution of thermal activation energies. At the peak of the distribution the activation energy was 3.1 kcal/mol, and the preexponential in the recovery rate was 10(9.9) s-1. For recovery of NO back to the a3 heme, the activation energy was threefold less than that for CO where CO binds to nearby Cua3 following photolysis from heme a3, but was larger than the activation energy for CO, O2, and probably NO rebinding to myoglobin. NO ligand rebinding to myoglobin occurred at a temperature as low as 15 K and in a temperature regime where tunneling could occur. However, the rate of NO rebinding to myoglobin did increase with temperature in the 15–25 K range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-479
Number of pages7
JournalBiophysical Journal
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

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