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Surface-tuned electron transfer and electrocatalysis of hexameric tyrosine-coordinated heme protein

: Peng, L.; Utesch, T.; Yarman, A.; Jeoung, J.-H.; Steinborn, S.; Dobbek, H.; Mroginski, M.A.; Tanne, J.; Wollenberger, U.; Scheller, F.W.


Chemistry. A European journal 21 (2015), Nr.20, S.7596-7602
ISSN: 0947-6539
ISSN: 1521-3765
Fraunhofer IZI ()

Molecular modeling, electrochemical methods, and quartz crystal microbalance were used to characterize immobilized hexameric tyrosine-coordinated heme protein (HTHP) on bare carbon or on gold electrodes modified with positively and negatively charged self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), respectively. HTHP binds to the positively charged surface but no direct electron transfer (DET) is found due to the long distance of the active sites from the electrode surfaces. At carboxyl-terminated surfaces, the neutrally charged bottom of HTHP can bind to the SAM. For this "disc" orientation all six hemes are close to the electrode and their direct electron transfer should be efficient. HTHP on all negatively charged SAMs showed a quasi-reversible redox behavior with rate constant ks values between 0.93 and 2.86 s-1 and apparent formal potentials E(Formula presented.) between -131.1 and -249.1 mV. On the MUA/MU-modified electrode, the maximum surface concentration corresponds to a complete monolayer of the hexameric HTHP in the disc orientation. HTHP electrostatically immobilized on negatively charged SAMs shows electrocatalysis of peroxide reduction and enzymatic oxidation of NADH.
Heme theme: Electrochemistry and a quartz crystal microbalance were used to characterize hexameric tyrosine-coordinated heme protein (HTHP) immobilized on bare carbon or on Au electrodes modified by differently charged self-assembled monolayers. Experimental results are in line with theoretical calculations; HTHP at negatively charged surfaces shows both direct electron transfer of the heme centers and bioelectrocatalysis.