Publications [#313542] of David N. Beratan

Journal Articles
  1. Polizzi, NF; Eibling, MJ; Perez-Aguilar, JM; Rawson, J; Lanci, CJ; Fry, HC; Beratan, DN; Saven, JG; Therien, MJ, Photoinduced Electron Transfer Elicits a Change in the Static Dielectric Constant of a de Novo Designed Protein., Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 138 no. 7 (February, 2016), pp. 2130-2133 [doi] .

    We provide a direct measure of the change in effective dielectric constant (ε(S)) within a protein matrix after a photoinduced electron transfer (ET) reaction. A linked donor-bridge-acceptor molecule, PZn-Ph-NDI, consisting of a (porphinato)Zn donor (PZn), a phenyl bridge (Ph), and a naphthalene diimide acceptor (NDI), is shown to be a "meter" to indicate protein dielectric environment. We calibrated PZn-Ph-NDI ET dynamics as a function of solvent dielectric, and computationally de novo designed a protein SCPZnI3 to bind PZn-Ph-NDI in its interior. Mapping the protein ET dynamics onto the calibrated ET catalogue shows that SCPZnI3 undergoes a switch in the effective dielectric constant following photoinduced ET, from ε(S) ≈ 8 to ε(S) ≈ 3.