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Redox cycling and kinetic analysis of single molecules of solution-phase nitrite reductase

Lookup NU author(s): Dorota Kostrz, Professor Christopher Dennison


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Single-molecule measurements are a valuable tool for revealing details of enzyme mechanisms by enabling observation of unsynchronized behavior. However, this approach often requires immobilizing the enzyme on a substrate, a process which may alter enzyme behavior. We apply a microfluidic trapping device to allow, for the first time, prolonged solution-phase measurement of single enzymes in solution. Individual redox events are observed for single molecules of a blue nitrite reductase and are used to extract the microscopic kinetic parameters of the proposed catalytic cycle. Changes in parameters as a function of substrate concentration are consistent with a random sequential substrate binding mechanism.

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Author(s): Goldsmith RH, Tabares LC, Kostrz D, Dennison C, Aartsma TJ, Canters GW, Moerner WE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Year: 2011

Volume: 108

Issue: 42

Pages: 17269-17274

Print publication date: 18/10/2011

ISSN (print): 0027-8424

ISSN (electronic): 1091-6490

Publisher: National Academy of Sciences


DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1113572108


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FG02-07ER15892Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy
MCRTN-035649-EdRoxEdRox Marie Curie Research Training Network