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The effect of haem ligands on the redox states of the hexa-haem nitrite reductase from Wolinella succinogenes.

By R S Blackmore, P M Gadsby, C Greenwood and A J Thomson


The nitrite reductase of Wolinella succinogenes containing six covalently bound haem groups has one haem group that will not reduce fully in the presence of excess Na2S2O4. The effect of the extrinsic ligands CO and cyanide on the redox state of this haem was studied by e.p.r. and magnetic c.d. spectroscopy. It was found that both ligands increased the extent of reduction of this haem group, and that in the case of CO binding the level of reduction was correlated with the extent of CO saturation of the enzyme. Stopped-flow studies of the effect of cyanide binding on the rate of dithionite reduction showed that the rate of reduction of the ligand-binding site was increased in the presence of cyanide. This suggests that reduction of the haem groups at the active site is thermodynamically unfavourable in the absence of an extrinsic ligand. The role of the 'non-reducing' haem group and the effect of ligands on this centre and on the rate of reduction are discussed in relation to the reduction of nitrite by this enzyme

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1990
DOI identifier: 10.1042/bj2710253
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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