The exchange coupling of reduced uteroferrin has been measured (19.8(5) cm-1 S1·S2) using recently developed techniques for studying metalloprotein magnetization. A spin Hamiltonian describing the coupled binuclear Fe(II)·Fe(III) center has been used to fit the low and high field magnetization data, the EPR g values, and the highly anisotropic effective hyperfine tensor of the ferric site. The exchange coupling of the phosphate complex of reduced uteroferrin has also been measured (6.0(5) cm-1 S1·S2) using the same techniques. The smaller exchange coupling of the phosphate complex is comparable with the zero field splittings of the iron sites. This results in increased sensitivity of the system g values (found by calculation from the spin Hamiltonian) to variations of the zero field splitting parameters arising from heterogeneities in the protein microenvironment. Consequently, there is a very significant (9-fold) increase in the 'effective g strain' of the system compared to the situation in the absence of phosphate. This, together with the larger g anisotropy (g = (1.06, 1.51, 2.27)), gives rise to an EPR signal for the phosphate complex of reduced uteroferrin which is extremely broad and difficult to detect but which has now been identified for the first time.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1988|
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