Ferredoxin from Azotobacter chroococcum has been studied by low-temperature magnetic-circular-dichroism and electron-paramagnetic-resonance spectroscopy. When aerobically isolated ferredoxin contains a [3Fe-4S] and [4Fe-4S] cluster. Anaerobic treatment with dithionite in the presence of ethanediol reduces the [3Fe-4S] cluster to give two spectroscopically distinct forms RI and RII which are reversibly interconvertible with a pKa approximately 7.5. The higher-pH form, RII, has a high affinity for ferrous ion and converts readily to a [4Fe-4S]1+ cluster, scavenging iron from the medium. The presence of the iron chelator EDTA inhibits this conversion.
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