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Spectral deconvolution of redox species in the crotonyl-CoA-dependent NADH:ferredoxin oxidoreductase from Megasphaera elsdenii. A flavin-dependent bifurcating enzyme.

  • Author(s): Vigil, Wayne
  • Niks, Dimitri
  • Franz-Badur, Sophie
  • Chowdhury, Nilanjan
  • Buckel, Wolfgang
  • Hille, Russ
  • et al.

We have undertaken a spectral deconvolution of the three FADs of EtfAB/bcd to the spectral changes seen in the course of reduction, including the spectrally distinct anionic and neutral semiquinone states of electron-transferring and bcd flavins. We also demonstrate that, unlike similar systems, no charge-transfer complex is observed on titration of the reduced M. elsdenii EtfAB with NAD+. Finally, and significantly, we find that removal of the et FAD from EtfAB results in an uncrossing of the half-potentials of the bifurcating FAD that remains in the protein, as reflected in the accumulation of substantial FAD•- in the course of reductive titrations of the depleted EtfAB with sodium dithionite.

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