The temperature dependence of the mean square displacement of the 57Fe nuclei due to motion faster than 100 ns are measured by temperature-dependent Mössbauer spectroscopy for oxidized and reduced HiPIPs from Ectothiorhodospira halophila, Chromatium vinosum WT and a Cys77Ser mutant. The behaviour is interpretable in the frame of the general model of protein dynamics distinguishing two temperature intervals. The character of harmonic and quasidiffusional modes in HiPIPs is discussed. Dynamic information obtained from Mössbauer spectroscopy and Fe K-edge EXAFS are compared. Structure dynamics of the iron-sulfur cluster in the partially unfolded reduced HiPIP from C. vinosum was investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy and EXAFS, indicating an intact metal centre and a protein backbone with a largely collapsed secondary structure. The role of the cofactor during protein folding is discussed. Differences in the dynamics between the native protein and the molten globule are found at physiological temperatures only. The structure and dynamic behaviour of the [Fe4S4] Cys3Ser cluster in the Cys77Ser mutant of the HiPIP from C. vinosum are analysed. The temperature dependence of electron relaxation in oxidized HiPIPs is investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy and analysed theoretically, considering spin-spin and spin-lattice relaxation. The latter consists of contributions from direct phonon bottleneck and Orbach mechanisms. The data agree with former pulsed EPR results. Orbach relaxation is interpreted as due to transitions between electronic isomers of oxidized HiPIPs. With this interpretation, the energetic difference between both isomers equals the energy gap estimated from the temperature dependence of the Orbach relaxation.
Dynamics of wild type HiPIP's a Cys77Ser-mutant and a partially unfolded HiPIP / DILG A.W.E; GRANTNER K; IAKOVLEVA O; PARAK F; BABINI E; BERTINI I; CAPOZZI F; C. LUCHINAT; MEYER-KLAUCKE W. - In: JBIC. - ISSN 0949-8257. - STAMPA. - 7:(2002), pp. 691-703. [10.1007/s00775-002-0344-4]