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Freeze-quench resonance raman and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy for studying enzyme kinetics: Application to azide binding to myoglobin
Citation key ISI:000090026900011
Author Oellerich, S and Bill, E and Hildebrandt, P
Pages 1480-1484
Year 2000
ISSN 0003-7028
Journal Applied spectroscopy
Volume 54
Number 10
Month OCT
Abstract In the present work we have developed a reliable approach for probing the reaction dynamics of metalloproteins on the millisecond time scale. It is based on the combination of the freeze-quench method with resonance Raman (RR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The reactions are initiated in a mixing chamber and rapidly quenched at low temperature in liquid isopentane after variable delay times. The experimental device is designed in such a way that the same frozen samples can be subsequently studied by two analytical techniques, thereby providing complementary information about the active site structures of intermediate states of the enzyme. In particular, the present setup permits the measurement of high-quality RR spectra despite the interference by the Raman bands of isopentane. With the use of the azide binding reaction to myoglobin as a test case, it is found that RR spectroscopy allows a reliable determination of rate constants, whereas the quantitative analysis of the EPR spectra is associated with a relatively high and unavoidable uncertainty mainly due to irreproducible packing of the freeze-quenched samples.
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