Composition and Structure of the Inorganic Core of Relaxed Intermediate X (Y122F) of Escherichia coli Ribonucleotide Reductase

Peter E. Doan*, Muralidharan Shanmugam, Jo Anne Stubbe, Brian M. Hoffman

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Activation of the diferrous center of the β2 (R2) subunit of the class 1a Escherichia coli ribonucleotide reductases by reaction with O2 followed by one-electron reduction yields a spin-coupled, paramagnetic Fe(III)/Fe(IV) intermediate, denoted X, whose identity has been sought by multiple investigators for over a quarter of a century. To determine the composition and structure of X, the present study has applied 57Fe, 14,15N, 17O, and 1H electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) measurements combined with quantitative measurements of 17O and 1H electron paramagnetic resonance line-broadening studies to wild-type X, which is very short-lived, and to X prepared with the Y122F mutant, which has a lifetime of many seconds. Previous studies have established that over several seconds the as-formed X(Y122F) relaxes to an equilibrium structure. The present study focuses on the relaxed structure. It establishes that the inorganic core of relaxed X has the composition [(OH-)FeIII-O-FeIV]: there is no second inorganic oxygenic bridge, neither oxo nor hydroxo. Geometric analysis of the 14N ENDOR data, together with recent extended X-ray absorption fine structure measurements of the Fe-Fe distance (Dassama, L. M.; et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16758), supports the view that X contains a "diamond-core" Fe(III)/Fe(IV) center, with the irons bridged by two ligands. One bridging ligand is the oxo bridge (OBr) derived from O2 gas. Given the absence of a second inorganic oxygenic bridge, the second bridging ligand must be protein derived, and is most plausibly assigned as a carboxyl oxygen from E238.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15558-15566
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number49
StatePublished - Dec 16 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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