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Direct evidence for heme-assisted solid-state electronic conduction in multi-heme c-type cytochromes

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Multi-heme cytochrome c (Cytc) proteins are key for transferring electrons out of cells, to enable intracellular oxidation to proceed in the absence of O2. In these proteins most of the hemes are arranged in a linear array suggesting a facile path for electronic conduction. To test this, we studied solvent-free electron transport across two multi-heme Cytc-type proteins: MtrF (deca-heme Cytc) and STC (tetra-heme Cytc). Transport is measured across monolayers of these proteins in a solid state configuration between Au electrodes. Both proteins showed 1000× higher conductance than single heme, or heme-free proteins, but similar conductance to monolayers of conjugated organics. Conductance is found to be temperature-independent (320–80 K), suggesting tunneling as the transport mechanism. This mechanism is consistent with IV curves modelling, results of which could be interpreted by having protein-electrode coupling as rate limiting, rather than transport within the proteins.

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The article was received on 15 Apr 2018, accepted on 26 Jul 2018 and first published on 27 Jul 2018


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8SC01716F
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2018,9, 7304-7310
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    Direct evidence for heme-assisted solid-state electronic conduction in multi-heme c-type cytochromes

    K. Garg, M. Ghosh, T. Eliash, J. H. van Wonderen, Julea N. Butt, L. Shi, X. Jiang, F. Zdenek, J. Blumberger, I. Pecht, M. Sheves and D. Cahen, Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 7304
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SC01716F

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