Product-controlled steady-state kinetics between cytochrome aa3 from Rhodobacter sphaeroides and equine ferrocytochrome c analyzed by a novel spectrophotometric approach

Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (Impact Factor: 4.66). 04/2012; 1817(10):1894-900. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2012.04.001
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Cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) catalyzes the reduction of molecular oxygen to water using ferrocytochrome c (cyt c(2+)) as the electron donor. In this study, the oxidation of horse cyt c(2+) by CcO from Rhodobacter sphaeroides, was monitored using stopped-flow spectrophotometry. A novel analytic procedure was applied in which the spectra were deconvoluted into the reduced and oxidized forms of cyt c by a least-squares fitting method, yielding the reaction rates at various concentrations of cyt c(2+) and cyt c(3+). This allowed an analysis of the effects of cyt c(3+) on the steady-state kinetics between CcO and cyt c(2+). The results show that cyt c(3+) exhibits product inhibition by two mechanisms: competition with cyt c(2+) at the catalytic site and, in addition, an interaction at a second site which further modulates the reaction of cyt c(2+) at the catalytic site. These results are generally consistent with previous reports, indicating the reliability of the new procedure. We also find that a 6×His-tag at the C-terminus of the subunit II of CcO affects the binding of cyt c at both sites. The approach presented here should be generally useful in spectrophotometric studies of complex enzyme kinetics. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: 17th European Bioenergetics Conference (EBEC 2012).

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