7 February 2017
Rapid disulfide bond formation and cleavage is an essential mechanism of life. Using large amplitude Fourier transformed alternating current voltammetry (FTacV) we have measured previously uncharacterized disulfide bond redox chemistry in Escherichia coli HypD. This protein is representative of a class of assembly proteins that play an essential role in the biosynthesis of the active site of [NiFe]-hydrogenases, a family of H2-activating enzymes. Compared to conventional electrochemical methods, the advantages of the FTacV technique are the high resolution of the faradaic signal in the higher order harmonics and the fact that a single electrochemical experiment contains all the data needed to estimate the (very fast) electron transfer rates (both rate constants ≥ 4000 s(-1)) and quantify the energetics of the cysteine disulfide redox-reaction (reversible potentials for both processes approximately -0.21 ± 0.01 V vs SHE at pH 6). Previously, deriving such data depended on an inefficient manual trial-and-error approach to simulation. As a highly advantageous alternative, we describe herein an automated multiparameter data optimization analysis strategy where the simulated and experimental faradaic current data are compared for both the real and imaginary components in each of the 4th to 12th harmonics after quantifying the charging current data using the time-domain response.
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