We report the first vibrational study of NO bound to an oxidized heme-copper oxidase. Cytochrome cbb3 oxidase from P. stutzeri reduces both O2 and NO to H2O and N2O, respectively. The ferric nitrosyl complex of cbb3 exhibits v(N-O) at 1903 cm-1. This frequency is very similar to v(NO) of nitric oxide reductase, the acidic form of Met Mb-NO, but 18 cm-1 lower than that of neutral Met Mb-NO. By monitoring the NO intensity, we estimate that NO dissociates from the heme b3 pocket, without binding to CuB, with k = 1.8 × 10-3 s-1. Therefore, NO binding occurs at the heme site and not at CuB, generating a nitrosonium CuB1+-NO+ species as proposed recently (Torres; J.; Cooper, C.E.; Wilson, M.T. J. Biol. Chem. 1998, 273, 8756-8766). The coordination of NO to cbb3 oxidase and to nitric oxide reductase and Mb is compared and discussed.
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