Nuclear magnetic resonances of reconstituted myoglobins Academic Article uri icon

publication date

  • 1969


  • In proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of paramagnetic heme proteins, the resonances of the heme groups are shifted away from those of the many hundred protons of the polypeptide chains by interactions with the unpaired electrons and are therefore well resolved at 220 Mc. This paper describes experiments from which these resolved resonances are assigned to specific protons of the heme group in cyanoferrimyoglobin.From a comparison with the proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of reconstituted cyanoferrimyoglobins and the corresponding cyanoporphyrin iron (III) complexes, the following groups of heme-protons have been assigned to specific resonances in the NMR spectrum of native cyanoferrimyoglobin: the four ring methyls, the four meso protons, the two -CH groups of the vinyls, and the four methylenes of the propionate side chains. Two resonances of intensity one proton have been assigned to the proximal histidyl residue. The only heme protons whose resonances were not observed are the [unk]CH(2) groups of the vinyl groups which are probably buried in the bulk spectrum of the polypeptide chain. The present data indicate that the protein environment is more important in determining the distribution of unpaired electron density in the heme group than are the heme substituents.