Long-range electron transfer in myoglobin.
The distance and driving-force dependences of electron transfer (ET) in a set of four surface-ruthenated myoglobins, in which the heme prosthetic group has been systematically replaced by a series of metalloporphyrins of differing excited-state redox potentials, have provided information on the magnitude [Hab(12.7 A) approximately 6.3 x 10(-3) cm-1] and decay [beta approximately 0.8 A-1, where kET alpha exp [-beta(d - do)]] of protein-mediated donor-acceptor electronic coupling. A reorganization energy lambda approximately 1.3 eV, due to coordination and solvation changes both at and between the ET sites, has been estimated using a rate expression that allows electron-vibration coupling to classical and quantum mechanical modes. The contribution to lambda from the porphyrin and peptide matrix is approximately 0.7 eV. Specific electron-tunneling pathways in the protein have been evaluated.
Cowan, JA; Upmacis, RK; Beratan, DN; Onuchic, JN; Gray, HB
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