Resonance Raman spectra of bovine liver catalase: Enhancement of proximal tyrosinate vibrations

Woei Jer Chuang, Steve Johnson, Harold E. Van Wart

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Resonance Raman spectra of native bovine liver ferri-catalase have been obtained in the 200-1800 cm-1 region. Excitation at a series of wavelengths ranging from 406.7 to 514.5 nm has been used and gives rise to distinct sets of resonance Raman bands. Excitation within the Soret and Q-bands of the heme group produces the expected set of polarized and nonpolarized porphyrin modes, respectively. The frequencies of the porphyrin skeletal stretching bands in the 1450-1700 cm-1 region indicate that catalase contains only five-coordinate, high-spin heme groups. In addition to the porphyrin modes, bovine liver catalase exhibits bands near 1612 and 1520 cm-1 that are attributable to ring vibrations of the proximal tyrosinate that are enhanced via resonance with a proximal tyrosinate → Fe(III) change transfer transition centered near 490 nm. Similar bands have been observed in mutant hemoglobins that have tyrosinate axial ligands and in other Fe(III)-tyrosinate proteins. No resonance Raman bands have been observed that can be attributed to degraded hemes. The spectra are relatively insensitive to pH over the range of 5-10, and the same spectra are observed for catalase samples that do and do not contain tightly bound NADPH. Resonance Raman spectra of the fluoride complex exhibit porphyrin skeletal stretching modes that show it to be six coordinate, high spin, while the cyanide complex is six coordinate, low spin. Both the azide and thiocyanate complexes, however, are spin-state mixtures with the high-spin form predominant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-219
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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