Coupling of Spin, Substrate, and Redox Equilibriums in Cytochrome P450

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Cytochrome P450, both in the presence and absence of substrate, is shown to be a mixture of high- and lowtemperature spectral forms, with the suggestion that these two forms correspond to the S = 1/2 and S = 5/2 spin states of the heme iron. The equilibrium constants and thermodynamic parameters describing the spin transition have been quantitated using high-resolution optical spectroscopy and are in excellent agreement with high-temperature Móssbauer and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy results. The spin-state equilibrium is shown to modulate both the substrate binding and the oxidation-reduction potential of the cytochrome. These three interacting equilibria are presented in terms of a general thermodynamic model of regulation which provides a clear and concise description of the multicomponent reaction scheme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5399-5406
Number of pages8
Issue number24
StatePublished - Nov 1 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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