Reduction of the ferrous α-verdoheme-cytochrome b5 complex

Christopher O. Damaso, Nick D. Rubie, Pierre Moënne-Loccoz, Mario Rivera

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The ferrous α-verdoheme-cytochrome b5 complex, [Fe II(verdoheme)]+, has been prepared and characterized spectroscopically. Anaerobic addition of excess sodium dithionite to [Fe II(verdoheme)]+ at pH 10 produces a one-electron-reduced species with spectroscopic characteristics that suggest a ferrous hexacoordinated verdoheme π neutral radical best formulated as a [Fe II(verdoheme•)] → [FeI(verdoheme)] resonance hybrid. At lower pH values (7.0 and 8.0) the one-electron-reduced species is shown to disproportionate to produce the resting state [FeII- (verdoheme)]+ complex and the two-electron-reduced [Fe II(verdoheme:)]- anion. The latter might also be formulated as a resonance hybrid [FeI(verdoheme•)]- → [FeII(verdoheme:)]-. The disproportionation reaction becomes very slow as the pH is raised above 9.0. Exposure of the one-electron- or two-electron-reduced verdoheme complexes of cytochrome b 5 to O2 results in rapid and quantitative reoxidation to the resting state [FeII(verdoheme)]+ complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8470-8478
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 27 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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