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Effects of membrane curvature and pH on proton pumping activity of single cytochrome bo3 enzymes

Effects of membrane curvature and pH on proton pumping activity of single cytochrome bo3 enzymes
The molecular mechanism of proton pumping by heme-copper oxidases (HCO) has intrigued the scientific community since it was first proposed. We have recently reported a novel technology that enables the continuous characterisation of proton transport activity of a HCO and ubiquinol oxidase from Escherichia coli, cytochrome bo 3, for hundreds of seconds on the single enzyme level (Li et al. J Am Chem Soc 137 (2015) 16055–16063). Here, we have extended these studies by additional experiments and analyses of the proton transfer rate as a function of proteoliposome size and pH at the N- and P-side of single HCOs. Proton transport activity of cytochrome bo 3 was found to decrease with increased curvature of the membrane. Furthermore, proton uptake at the N-side (proton entrance) was insensitive to pH between pH6.4–8.4, while proton release at the P-side had an optimum pH of ~7.4, suggesting that the pH optimum is related to proton release from the proton exit site. Our previous single-enzyme experiments identified rare, long-lived conformation states of cytochrome bo 3 where protons leak back under turn-over conditions. Here, we analyzed and found that ~23% of cytochrome bo 3 proteoliposomes show ΔpH half-lives below 50s after stopping turnover, while only ~5% of the proteoliposomes containing a non-pumping mutant, E286C cytochrome bo 3 exhibit such fast decays. These single-enzyme results confirm our model in which HCO exhibit heterogeneous pumping rates and can adopt rare leak states in which protons are able to rapidly flow back.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0005272817301019

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