We report the 3.3 Å resolution structure of dimeric membrane-bound O(2)-tolerant hydrogenase 1 from Escherichia coli in a 2:1 complex with its physiological partner, cytochrome b. From the short distance between distal [Fe(4)S(4)] clusters, we predict rapid transfer of H(2)-derived electrons between hydrogenase heterodimers. Thus, under low O(2) levels, a functional active site in one heterodimer can reductively reactivate its O(2)-exposed counterpart in the other. Hydrogenase 1 is maximally ...Expand abstract
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Crystal structure of the O(2)-tolerant membrane-bound hydrogenase 1 from Escherichia coli in complex with its cognate cytochrome b.
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