Applied Magnetic Resonance

, Volume 31, Issue 3–4, pp 553–572 | Cite as

Studying high-spin ferric heme proteins by pulsed EPR spectroscopy: Analysis of the ferric form of the E7Q mutant of human neuroglobin

  • F. Trandafir
  • P. Heerdt
  • M. Fittipaldi
  • E. Vinck
  • S. Dewilde
  • L. Moens
  • S. Van Doorslaer


In this work, the high-spin ferric form of the E7Q mutant of human neuroglobin (E7Q-NGB) is studied by X-band continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance (CW EPR) and hyperfine sublevel correlation (HYSCORE) spectroscopy. It is shown that the use of matched pulses in the HYSCORE experiment is essential to observe the nitrogen spectral contributions. The validity of approximating the high-spin Fe(III) system (S=5/2) as an effectiveS=1/2 system is tested and the consequences for the HYSCORE simulations are highlighted. Comparative HYSCORE experiments combined with deuterium exchange experiments for aquometmyoglobin and ferric E7Q-NGB clearly show that the heme iron of the latter protein is pentacoordinated, lacking the distal water. Furthermore, CW EPR experiments show that, at high pH, the E10K residue is coordinating to the heme iron in this globin. These observations are corroborated by resonance Raman experiments and could also be reproduced for other E7 mutants of human and mouse neuroglobin. Finally, the proton and nitrogen hyperfine and nuclear quadrupole parameters obtained for ferric E7Q-NGB are discussed in detail.


Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Heme Iron ENDOR Spectrum Heme Pocket Pulse Electron Paramagnetic Resonance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Trandafir
    • 1
  • P. Heerdt
    • 1
  • M. Fittipaldi
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. Vinck
    • 1
  • S. Dewilde
    • 3
  • L. Moens
    • 3
  • S. Van Doorslaer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AntwerpWilrijk-AntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical SciencesUniversity of AntwerpWilrijk-AntwerpBelgium

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