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Studies of the Thermodynamics of Some Native and Ruthenated Metalloproteins by Spectroelectrochemistry


Chiang, Huey-jenn (1987) Studies of the Thermodynamics of Some Native and Ruthenated Metalloproteins by Spectroelectrochemistry. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/8fcf-kt72.


The thermodynamic parameters of redox centers in some metalloproteins have been investigated using spectroelectrochemical techniques, with the employment of an OTTLE (Optically Transparent Thin-Layer Electrode) cell. With the aid of various carefully selected mediators, the temperature dependence of the formal redox potentials of type I copper (blue copper) ions in Rhus vernicifera (tree) laccase, as well as in native and in pentaammineruthenium-modified azurins from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been measured. Similar experiments have been carried out for the heme site of cis-[Ru(en)2(OH)(His)]-horse heart cytochrome c (en: ethylenediamine; His: histidine). Cyclic voltammetry has been used to study the pH-dependence of the formal redox potentials of the appended ruthenium ion in cis-[Ru(en)2(OH)(His)]-horse heart cytochrome c. Finally, the synthesis and spectroelectrochemistry of sperm whale myoglobin reconstituted with [Ru(MpIX)(DMSO) dicarboxylic acid]- moiety (MpIX: mesoporphyrin IX; DMSO: dimethyl sulfoxide) have also been carried out.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Chemistry
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Gray, Harry B.
Thesis Committee:
  • Gray, Harry B. (chair)
  • Collins, Terrence J.
  • Hopfield, John J.
  • Marcus, Rudolph A.
Defense Date:4 May 1987
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:10312019-170145504
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ID Code:11878
Deposited By: Mel Ray
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