We report here an ENDOR study of an S = 1/2 intermediate state trapped during reduction of the binuclear Mo/Cu enzyme CO dehydrogenase by CO. ENDOR spectra of this state confirm that the 63,65Cu nuclei exhibits strong and almost entirely isotropic coupling to the unpaired electron, show that this coupling atypically has a positive sign, aiso = +148 MHz, and indicate an apparently undetectably small quadrupolar coupling. When the intermediate is generated using 13CO, coupling to the 13C is observed, with aiso = +17.3 MHz. A comparison with the couplings seen in related, structurally assigned Mo(V) species from xanthine oxidase, in conjunction with complementary computational studies, leads us to conclude that the intermediate contains a partially reduced Mo(V)/Cu(I) center with CO bound at the copper. Our results provide strong experimental support for a reaction mechanism that proceeds from a comparable complex of CO with fully oxidized Mo(VI)/Cu(I) enzyme.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry