Author(s): DiCarlo CM, Compton DL, Evans KO, Laszlo JA
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Abstract Cytochrome c immobilized on alkylthiol self-assembled monolayers exhibits a characteristic Fe(II)/Fe(III) redox signal that is lost when exposed to ionic liquids composed of a butylimidazolium cation combined with either hexafluorophosphate or bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide anion. In this study it was shown that exposure to the aqueous solubilized ionic liquid components, butyl-, hexyl-, and octyl-imidazolium cations and hexafluorophosphate, tetrafluoroborate, and bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide anions, resulted in partial electrochemical signal loss. Absorbance and fluorescence measurements showed that signal loss due to the cationic ionic liquid component followed a different mechanism than that of the anionic component. Although a portion of the signal was recoverable, irreversible signal loss also occurred in both cases. The source of the irreversible component is suggested to be the loss of protein secondary structure through complexation between the ionic liquid components and the protein surface residues. The reversible electrochemical signal loss is likely due to interfacial interactions imposed between the electrode and the cytochrome heme group. The influence of the amount of exposed surface residues was explored with a simplified model protein, microperoxidase-11.
This article was published in Bioelectrochemistry
and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology