myo-Inositol oxygenase (MIOX) catalyzes the 4e- oxidation of myo-inositol (MI) to d-glucuronate using a substrate activated Fe(II)Fe(III) site. The biferrous and Fe(II)Fe(III) forms of MIOX were studied with circular dichroism (CD), magnetic circular dichroism (MCD), and variable temperature variable field (VTVH) MCD spectroscopies. The MCD spectrum of biferrous MIOX shows two ligand field (LF) transitions near 10000 cm-1, split by ∼2000 cm-1, characteristic of six coordinate (6C) Fe(II) sites, indicating that the modest reactivity of the biferrous form toward O2 can be attributed to the saturated coordination of both irons. Upon oxidation to the Fe(II)Fe(III) state, MIOX shows two LF transitions in the ∼10000 cm-1 region, again implying a coordinatively saturated Fe(II) site. Upon MI binding, these split in energy to 5200 and 11200 cm-1, showing that MI binding causes the Fe(II) to become coordinatively unsaturated. VTVH MCD magnetization curves of unbound and MI-bound Fe(II)Fe(III) forms show that upon substrate binding, the isotherms become more nested, requiring that the exchange coupling and ferrous zero-field splitting (ZFS) both decrease in magnitude. These results imply that MI binds to the ferric site, weakening the Fe(III)-μ-OH bond and strengthening the Fe(II)-μ-OH bond. This perturbation results in the release of a coordinated water from the Fe(II) that enables its O2 activation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry