Free Radical Transfer Involving Sulphur Peptide Functions

  • Walter A. Prütz
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Many biological processes involve series of electron transfer reactions through protein assemblies. Examples of such controlled biological electron transfer chains are the oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria, and the photosynthesis in chloroplasts. Sulphur peptide functions commonly serve to stabilize, by disulphide bonds, the three-dimensional protein structure, and to hold certain reaction centers in position; for instance, in ferricytochrome c the active heme group is covalently bound by two cysteines and additional coordinative binding of the central iron is provided by a methionine and a histidine group, and in plastocyanine (an electron transfer protein in photosynthesis) the active Cu(II) center involves one cysteine, one methionine and two histidines as ligands. The specific structures of electron transfer pro­teins, and particularly the environment around the active sites, are thought to play a perti­nent role in directing the electron transfer process, and various possible mechanisms of elec­tron transfer through the protein matrix have been discussed.


Electron Transfer Pulse Radiolysis Radical Transfer Electron Transfer Protein Sulphur Peptide 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter A. Prütz
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  1. 1.Institut für Biophysik und StrahlenbiologieUniversität FreiburgFreiburgF. R. Germany

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