Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra were observed for native (Fe(III)) horseradish peroxidase (peroxidase, EC 18.104.22.168), its alkaline form and fluoro- and cyano- derivatives, and also for reduced (Fe(II)) horseradish peroxidase and its carbonmonoxy- and cyano- derivatives. MCD spectra were obtained for the cyano derivative of Fe(III) horseradish peroxidase, and reduced horseradish peroxidase and its carbonmonoxy- derivative nearly identical with those for the respective myoglobin derivatives. The alkaline form of horseradish peroxidase exhibits a completely different MCD spectrum from that of myoglobin hydroxide. Thus it shows an MCD spectrum which falls into the ferric low-spin heme grouping. Native horseradish peroxidase and its fluoro derivatives show almost identical MCD spectra with those for the respective myoglobin derivatives in the visible region, though some changes were detected in the Soret region. Therefore it is concluded that the MCD spectra on the whole are sensitive to the spin state of the heme iron rather than to the porphyrin structures. The cyanide derivative of reduced horseradish peroxidase exhibited a characteristic MCD spectrum of the low-spin ferrous derivative like oxy-myoglobin.
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