Vibrational dynamics of biological molecules: Multi-quantum contributions

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Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 66,12 (2005) 2250-2256;


High-resolution X-ray measurements near a nuclear resonance reveal the complete vibrational spectrum of the probe nucleus. Because of this, nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) is a uniquely quantitative probe of the vibrational dynamics of reactive iron sites in proteins and other complex molecules. Our measurements of vibrational fundamentals have revealed both frequencies and amplitudes of Fe-57 vibrations in proteins and model compounds. Information on the direction of Fe motion has also been obtained from measurements on oriented single crystals, and provides an essential test of normal mode predictions. Here, we report the observation of weaker two-quantum vibrational excitations (overtones and combinations) for compounds that mimic the active site of heme proteins. The predicted intensities depend strongly on the direction of Fe motion. We compare the observed features with predictions based on the observed fundamentals, using information on the direction of Fe motion obtained either from DFT predictions or from single crystal measurements. Two-quantum excitations may become a useful tool to identify the directions of the Fe oscillations when single crystals are not available. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


mossbauer spectroscopy;; nuclear resonant scattering;; density-of-states;; lying spin states;; heme-proteins;; synchrotron-radiation;; inelastic-scattering;; carbon-monoxide;; single-crystal;; feco unit;; myoglobin

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