A novel conformer of oxidized Paracoccus pantotrophus cytochrome cd(1) observed by freeze-quench NIR-MCD spectroscopy.
Allen JW., Cheesman MR., Higham CW., Ferguson SJ., Watmough NJ.
Paracoccus pantotrophus cytochrome cd(1) is a physiological nitrite reductase and an in vitro hydroxylamine reductase. The oxidised "as isolated" form of the enzyme has bis-histidinyl coordinated c-heme and upon reduction its coordination changes to histidine/methionine. Following treatment of reduced enzyme with hydroxylamine, a novel, oxidised, conformer of the enzyme is obtained. We have devised protocols for freeze-quench near-ir-MCD spectroscopy that have allowed us to establish unequivocally the c-heme coordination of this species as His/Met. Thus it is shown that the catalytically competent, hydroxylamine reoxidised, form of P. pantotrophus cytochrome cd(1) has different axial ligands to the c-heme than "as isolated" enzyme.