Understanding a protein's dielectric response requires both a theoretical model and a well-defined experimental system. The former has already been proposed by Song (J. Chem. Phys. 116, 9359 ). We suggest that the latter is provided by the complex of coumarin 153 (C153) with apomyoglobin (ApoMb). C153 has been exhaustively studied and has proven to be an excellent probe of the solvation dynamics of polar solvents. Myoglobin is one of the most thoroughly studied proteins. Myoglobins from a wide range of species have been subject to X-ray structural analysis and site-directed mutagenesis. Here, we demonstrate the existence of a robust C153–apomyglobin system by means of molecular dynamics simulations, equilibrium binding studies using a Job's plot and capillary electrophoresis, circular dichroism and time-resolved fluorescence. The reorganization energy of C153 bound to ApoMb is compared with that of C153 in bulk solvent using the method of Jordanides et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B 103, 7995 ).
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.
Vol. 79 • No. 5