Binding of carbon monoxide to beta chains of hemoglobin Zürich has been studied by flash photolysis over the time range of nanoseconds to seconds at temperatures from 20 to 300 K. From 20 to 200 K a single rebinding process (process I) is seen, characterized by a distribution of barrier heights with a peak enthalpy of 2.3 kJ/mol. Above 200 K some ligands escape from the pocket into the matrix, and above 260 K recombination from the solvent sets in. Process I is visible up to 300 K, but above 200 K its rate remains essentially constant at about 4 X 10(8)s -1. Above about 250 K, process I is exponential in time, indicating rapid conformational relaxation. The results are discussed within the framework of a sequential model for ligand binding.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Oct 1983|
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