Electron-Tunneling Pathways in Ruthenated Proteins

David N. Beratan, José Nelson Onuchic, David N. Beratan, José Nelson Onuchic, Jonathan N. Betts, Bruce E. Bowler, Harry B. Gray, José Nelson Onuchic, Bruce E. Bowler

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We implement a numerical algorithm to survey proteins for electron-tunneling pathways. Insight is gained into the nature of the mediation process in long-distance electron-transfer reactions. The dominance of covalent and hydrogen bond pathways is shown. The method predicts the relative electronic couplings in ruthenated myoglobin and cytochrome c consistent with measured electron-transfer rates. It also allows the design of long-range electron-transfer systems. Qualitative differences between pathways arise from the protein secondary structure. Effects of this sort are not predicted from simpler models that neglect various details of the protein electronic structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7915-7921
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jan 1990


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