Type 2 Cu2+ in pMMO From Methylomicrobium Album BG8

Biophys J. 1999 Apr;76(4):2223-9. doi: 10.1016/S0006-3495(99)77378-9.


EPR spectra were obtained for the type 2 Cu2+ site in particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) from Methylomicrobium album BG8 grown on K15NO3 and 63Cu(NO3)2. The concentration of the type 2 Cu2+ signal was approximately 200 microM per 25 mg/ml protein in packed cells and membrane fractions, a concentration that is consistent with its attribution to pMMO, and the EPR parameters were consistent with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) parameters previously assigned to pMMO. The superhyperfine structure due to nitrogen is better resolved because I = 1/2 for 15N whereas I = 1 for 14N and A(15N)/A(14N) = 1.4. Under these conditions, superhyperfine structure is resolved in the g region of the X-band spectrum. At low microwave frequency (S-band) the resolution of the nitrogen superhyperfine structure improves. Signals are attributed to type 2 Cu2+ in which cupric ion is bound to four (less likely three) nitrogen donor atoms.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Biophysics
  • Copper / chemistry*
  • Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Methylococcaceae / enzymology*
  • Models, Chemical
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Molecular Structure
  • Nitrogen / chemistry
  • Oxygenases / chemistry*
  • Peptide Fragments / chemistry


  • Peptide Fragments
  • Copper
  • Oxygenases
  • methane monooxygenase
  • Nitrogen