Mechanisms of Electron Transfer in Succinate Dehydrogenase and Fumarate Reductase: Possible Functions for Iron-Sulphur Centre 2 and Cytochrome b

  • Richard Cammack
  • John J. Maguire
  • Brian A. C. Ackrell


Succinate dehydrogenase and fumarate reductase are membrane-bound enzymes of similar structure which catalyze electron transfer between the fumarate/succinate and quinone/quinol couples [1–3]. The involvement and location of covalently-bound flavin and three iron-sulphur clusters, [2Fe-2S] Centre 1, [4Fe-4S] Centre 2 and [3Fe-4S] Centre 3 [4], in the two dissociable subunits are indicated by the amino-acid sequences [5]. The flavin is attached to the largest subunit,~70kDa, and the iron-sulphur clusters to the other soluble protein, ~ 30kDa; these two subunits may be isolated as soluble succinate dehydrogenase or fumarate reductase.


Succinate Dehydrogenase Midpoint Potential Intramolecular Electron Transfer Beef Heart Fumarate Reductase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Cammack
    • 1
  • John J. Maguire
    • 2
  • Brian A. C. Ackrell
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryKing’s CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Membrane Bioenergetics GroupLawrence Berkeley LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry and BiophysicsVeterans Administration Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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