Structural dynamics within the distal cavity of myoglobin protein is investigated using 2D-IR and IR pump-probe spectroscopy of the N≡C stretch modes of heme-bound thiocyanate and selenocyanate ions. Although myoglobin-bound thiocyanate group shows a doublet in its IR absorption spectrum, no cross peaks originating from chemical exchange between the two components are observed in the time-resolved 2D IR spectra within the experimental time window. Frequency-frequency correlation functions of the two studied anionic ligands are obtained by means of a few different analysis approaches; these functions were then used to elucidate the differences in structural fluctuation around ligand, ligand-protein interactions, and the degree of structural heterogeneity within the hydrophobic pocket of these myoglobin complexes.
- IR spectroscopy
- protein dynamics
- ultrafast vibrational dynamics
- vibrational spectroscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics