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Biophysics of structure and mechanism

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 29–34 | Cite as

Absorption spectra of highly purified liver microsomal cytochrome P-450 in non-equilibrium conformational states at low temperatures

  • S. Greschner
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Abstract

Absorption spectra of highly purified liver microsomal cytochrome P-450 in non-equilibrium states were obtained at 77 K by reduction with trapped electrons, formed by gamma-irradiation of the water-glycerol matrix. In contrast to the equilibrium form of ferrous cytochrome P-450 with the heme iron in the high-spin state the non-equilibrium ferrous state has a low-spin heme iron. The absorption spectrum of the non-equilibrium ferrous cytochrome P-450 is characterized by two bands at 564 (α-band) and 530 nm (Β-band). When the temperature is increased to about 278 K this non-equilibrium form of the reduced enzyme is relaxed to the corresponding equilibrium form with a single absorption band at 548 nm in the visible region characteristic for a high-spin heme iron.

Key words

Cytochrome P-450 Absorption spectra Reduction Non-equilibrium conformational states 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Greschner
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  1. 1.Central Institute of Molecular BiologyAcademy of Sciences of the GDRBerlin-BuchGerman Democratic Republic

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