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Title: Infrared spectroscopy of the nitrogenase MoFe protein under electrochemical control: potential-triggered CO binding.
Authors: Paengnakorn, P
Ash, PA
Shaw, S
Danyal, K
Chen, T
Dean, DR
Seefeldt, LC
Vincent, KA
First Published: 27-Oct-2016
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: Chemical Science, 2017, 8 (2), pp. 1500-1505
Abstract: We demonstrate electrochemical control of the nitrogenase MoFe protein, in the absence of Fe protein or ATP, using europium(iii/ii) polyaminocarboxylate complexes as electron transfer mediators. This allows the potential dependence of proton reduction and inhibitor (CO) binding to the active site FeMo-cofactor to be established. Reduction of protons to H2 is catalyzed by the wild type MoFe protein and β-98Tyr→His and β-99Phe→His variants of the MoFe protein at potentials more negative than -800 mV (vs. SHE), with greater electrocatalytic proton reduction rates observed for the variants compared to the wild type protein. Electrocatalytic proton reduction is strongly attenuated by carbon monoxide (CO), and the potential-dependence of CO binding to the FeMo-cofactor is determined by in situ infrared (IR) spectroelectrochemistry. The vibrational wavenumbers for CO coordinated to the FeMo-cofactor are consistent with earlier IR studies on the MoFe protein with Fe protein/ATP as reductant showing that electrochemically generated states of the protein are closely related to states generated with the native Fe protein as electron donor.
DOI Link: 10.1039/c6sc02860h
ISSN: 2041-6520
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Description: Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Further details of experimental methods, diagram and description of the electrochemical cell, proton reduction assay data, electrochemical data from control experiments on the Eu–L complexes alone, and a comparison of the current arising from wild type MoFe protein under N2 and Ar. See DOI: 10.1039/c6sc02860h
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