Interprotein electron transfer in a confined space: uncoupling protein dynamics from electron transfer by sol-gel encapsulation. Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, we describe the first observations of photoinitiated interprotein electron transfer (ET) within sol-gels. We have encapsulated three protein-protein complexes, specifically selected because they represent a full range of affinities, are sensitive to different types of dynamic processes, and thus are expected to respond differently to sol-gel encapsulation. The three systems are (i) the [Zn, Fe(3+)L] mixed-metal hemoglobin hybrids, where the alpha(1)-Zn and beta(2)-Fe subunits correspond to a "predocked" protein-protein complex with a crystallographically defined interface (Natan, M. J.; Baxter, W. W.; Kuila, D.; Gingrich, D. J.; Martin, G. S.; Hoffman, B. M. Adv. Chem. Ser. 1991, 228 (Electron-Transfer Inorg., Org., Biol. Syst.), 201-213), (ii) the Zn-cytochrome c peroxidase complex with cytochrome c, [ZnCcP, Fe(3+)Cc], having an intermediate affinity between its partners (Nocek, J. M.; Zhou, J. S.; De Forest, S.; Priyadarshy, S.; Beratan, D. N.; Onuchic, J. N.; Hoffman, B. M. Chem. Rev. 1996, 96, 2459-2489), and (iii) the [Zn-deuteromyoglobin, ferricytochrome b(5)] complex, [ZnDMb, Fe(3+)b(5)], which is loosely bound and highly dynamic (Liang, Z.-X.; Nocek, J.; Huang, K.; Hayes, R. T.; Kurnikov, I. V.; Beratan, D. N.; Hoffman, B. M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 6849-6859. Intersubunit ET within the hybrid does not involve second-order processes or subunit rearrangements, and thus is influenced only by perturbations of high-frequency motions coupled to ET. For the latter two complexes, sol-gel encapsulation eliminates second-order processes: protein partners encapsulated as a complex must stay together throughout a photoinitiated ET cycle, while proteins encapsulated alone cannot acquire a partner. It further modulates intracomplex motions of the two partners.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

author list (cited authors)

  • Nocek, J. M., Hatch, S. L., Seifert, J. L., Hunter, G. W., Thomas, D. D., & Hoffman, B. M

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Nocek, Judith M||Hatch, Shelby L||Seifert, Jennifer L||Hunter, Gregory W||Thomas, David D||Hoffman, Brian M

publication date

  • August 2002