Resonance Raman investigation of a soluble cytochrome c552 from alkaliphilic Bacillus firmus RAB☆
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AbstractThe environment of the heme site of a low-potential soluble cytochrome (c552) from alkaliphilic Bacillus firmus RAB has been characterized with resonance Raman scattering and compared to that of horse heart cytochrome c. The Raman data indicate that vibrational bands sensitive to the axial ligation of the heme, as well as modes sensitive to the heme peripheral environment in cytochrome c552, are distinct from those of horse heart cytochrome c. The spectra of cytochrome c552 display resonance Raman modes indicative of a methionine as the sixth ligand in the oxidized form, while the reduced form appears to contain a nitrogenous-based sixth ligand. In addition, Q-band excitation reveals differences among vibrational modes in cytochrome c552 that are sensitive to the amino acid environment surrounding the heme.

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