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Modeling of the Electrostatic Interaction and Catalytic Activity of [NiFe] Hydrogenases on a Planar Electrode


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Ruiz-Rodríguez, Manuel Antonio; Cooper, Christopher D.; Rocchia, Walter; Casalegno, Mosè; López De Los Santos, Yossef et Raos, Guido (2022). Modeling of the Electrostatic Interaction and Catalytic Activity of [NiFe] Hydrogenases on a Planar Electrode Journal of Physical Chemistry B , vol. 126 , nº 43. pp. 8777-8790. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.2c05371.

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Hydrogenases are a group of enzymes that have caught the interest of researchers in renewable energies, due to their ability to catalyze the redox reaction of hydrogen. The exploitation of hydrogenases in electrochemical devices requires their immobilization on the surface of suitable electrodes, such as graphite. The orientation of the enzyme on the electrode is important to ensure a good flux of electrons to the catalytic center, through an array of iron-sulfur clusters. Here we present a computational approach to determine the possible orientations of a [NiFe] hydrogenase (PDB 1e3d) on a planar electrode, as a function of pH, salinity, and electrode potential. The calculations are based on the solution of the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann equation, using the PyGBe software. The results reveal that electrostatic interactions do not truly immobilize the enzyme on the surface of the electrode, but there is instead a dynamic equilibrium between different orientations. Nonetheless, after averaging over all thermally accessible orientations, we find significant differences related to the solution's salinity and pH, while the effect of the electrode potential is relatively weak. We also combine models for the protein adsoption-desorption equilibria and for the electron transfer between the proteins and the electrode to arrive at a prediction of the electrode's activity as a function of the enzyme concentration.

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Centre: Centre INRS-Institut Armand Frappier
Date de dépôt: 03 févr. 2024 18:46
Dernière modification: 03 févr. 2024 18:46
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/13463

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