Resonance Raman spectra of ferric Aplysia myoglobin in the ligand-free and the azide-bound forms have been studied over a wide pH range to determine the coordination states of the heme iron atom. In the hydroxide form at high pH (approximately 9) the iron is six-coordinate and is in a high/low spin equilibrium. As the pH is lowered below the acid/alkaline transition (pKa = 7.5), the heme becomes five-coordinate. When the pH is lowered even further no other changes in the resonance Raman spectrum are detected; thus, the heme remains five-coordinate down to pH 4, the lowest value studied. For ferric azide-bound Aplysia myoglobin, the iron is six-coordinate in a high/low spin equilibrium at all pH values (4.8-9). These data indicate (i) that the unusual reactivity toward azide previously observed at neutral pH is indeed related to the absence of a coordinated water molecule, and (ii) that causes other than the heme coordination are responsible for the spectral differences and the ligand-binding kinetics differences observed below pH 6.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||The Journal of biological chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - May 15 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology