Title: The cupric geometry of blue copper proteins is not strained
Authors: Ryde, U ×
Olsson, MHM
Pierloot, Kristine
Roos, BO #
Issue Date: Jan-1996
Publisher: Academic press ltd
Series Title: Journal of Molecular Biology vol:261 issue:4 pages:586-596
Abstract: The geometry of several realistic models of the metal coordination sphere in the blue copper proteins has been optimised using high-level quantum chemical methods. The results show that the optimal vacuum structure of the Cu(II) models is virtually identical to the crystal structure of oxidised blue copper proteins. For the reduced forms, the optimised structure seems to be more tetrahedral than the one found in the proteins, but the energy difference between the two geometries is less than 5 kJ/mol, i.e. within the error limits of the method. Thus, the results raise strong doubts against hypotheses (entatic state and the induced-rack theory) suggesting that blue copper proteins force the oxidised metal coordination sphere into a structure similar to that preferred by Cu(I) in order to minimise the reorganisation energy of the electron transfer reaction. Instead, a small reorganisation energy seems to be reached by an appropriate choice-of metal ligands. In particular, the cysteine thiolate ligand appears to be crucial, changing the preferred geometry of the oxidised complexes from square-planar to a more trigonal geometry. (C) 1996 Academic Press Limited
ISSN: 0022-2836
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Section
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