The vibronic theory of activation and quantum chemical intermediate neglect of differential overlap (INDO) calculations are used to study the activation of carbon monoxide (change of the C-O bond index and force field constant) by the imidazole complex with heme in dependence on the distortion of the porphyrin ring, geometry of the CO coordination, iron-carbon and iron- imidazole distances, iron displacement out of the porphyrin plane, and presence of the charged groups in the heme environment. It is shown that the main contribution to the CO activation stems from the change in the σ donation from the 5σ CO orbital to iron, and back-bonding from the iron to the 2π* orbital of CO. It follows from the results that none of the studied distortions can explain, by itself, the wide variation of the C-O vibrational frequency in the experimentally studied model compounds and heme proteins. To study the dependence of the properties of the FeCO unit on the presence of charged groups in the heme environment, the latter are simulated by the homogeneous electric field and point charges of different magnitude and location. The results show that charged groups can strongly affect the strength of the C-O bond and its vibrational frequency. It is found that the charges located on the distal side of the heme plane can affect the Fe-C and C-O bond indexes (and, consequently, the Fe-C and C-O vibrational frequencies), both in the same and in opposite directions, depending on their position. The theoretical results allow us to understand the peculiarities of the effect of charged groups on the properties of the FeCO unit both in heme proteins and in their model compounds.
|Center for Scientists Absorption
|Ministry of Absorption of Israel
|Sackler Fund for Scientists Absorption