INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Computer simulation and SERR detection of cytochrome c dynamics at SAM-coated electrodes
DAMIÁN ÁLVAREZ PAGGI; DIEGO F. MARTÍN; ANJA KRANICH; PETER HILDEBRANDT; MARCELO A. MARTÍ; DANIEL H. MURGIDA
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2009 vol. 54 p. 4963 - 4963
In this paper we present a combined experimental and theoretical study of the heterogeneous electron transfer reaction of cytochrome c electrostatically adsorbed on metal electrodes coated with monolayers of 6-mercaptohexanoic acid. Molecular dynamics simulations and pathways calculations show that adsorption of the protein leads to a broad distribution of orientations and, thus, to a correspondingly broad distribution of electron transfer rate constants due to the orientation-dependence of the electronic coupling parameter. The adsorbed protein exhibits significant mobility and, therefore, the measured reaction rate is predicted to be a convolution of protein dynamics and tunnelling probabilities for each orientation. This prediction is confirmed by time-resolved surface enhanced resonance Raman which allows for the direct monitoring of protein (re-)orientation and electron transfer of the immobilised cytochrome c. The results provide a consistent explanation for the non-exponential distance-independence of electron transfer rates usually observed for proteins immobilized on electrodes.