Protein Electronic Conductors: Hemin-Substrate Bonding Dictates Transport Mechanism and Efficiency across Myoglobin

Sara Raichlin, Israel Pecht, Mordechai Sheves, David Cahen

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Abstract

Electron transport (ETp) across met-myoglobin (m-Mb), as measured in a solid-state-like configuration between two electronic contacts, increases by up to 20 fold if Mb is covalently bound to one of the contacts, a Si electrode, in an oriented manner by its hemin (ferric) group, rather than in a non-oriented manner. Oriented binding of Mb is achieved by covalently binding hemin molecules to form a monolayer on the Si electrode, followed by reconstitution with apo-Mb. We found that the ETp temperature dependence (>120 K) of non-oriented m-Mb virtually disappears when bound in an oriented manner by the hemin group. Our results highlight that combining direct chemical coupling of the protein to one of the electrodes with uniform protein orientation strongly improves the efficiency of ET across the protein. We hypothesize that the behavior of reconstituted m-Mb is due to both strong protein-substrate electronic coupling (which is likely greater than in non-oriented m-Mb) and direct access to a highly efficient transport path provided by the hemin group in this configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12379-12383
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume54
Issue number42
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • bioelectronics
  • electron transport
  • molecular junctions
  • myoglobin

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