The crystal structure of the Escherichia coli O2-sensitive C19G [NiFe]-hydrogenase-1 variant shows that the mutation results in a novel FeS cluster, proximal to the Ni–Fe active site. While the proximal cluster of the native O2-tolerant enzyme can transfer two electrons to that site, EPR spectroscopy shows that the modified cluster can transfer only one electron, this shortfall coinciding with O2 sensitivity. Computational studies on electron transfer help to explain how the structural and redox properties of the novel FeS cluster modulate the observed phenotype.
|Number of pages||4|
|Early online date||5 Jun 2018|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 5 Jun 2018|