Life (22) FeNi hydrogenase

OK, more doodles. More on Yu's paper.

Back in 2015 I produced this diagram based around Nick Lane's ideas and labwork:

Please note that the inclusion of three FeS clusters in the diagram is a complete fluke. No prescience involved! I went on to concentrate on the left hand side of the diagram to give this:

I apologised at the start of the following post because the diagram is upside down by modern convention. So let me turn it the correct way up here and alter the shapes a little, not changing anything basic. Like this:

This is the basic plan for a membrane bound FeNi hydrogenase. Obviously the exact shape is a cheat.  Lets look at the basic structure of a real life type 4 FeNi hydrogenase, say the one from the MBH of Pyrococcus furiosus. Which looks like this, ignoring the pumping/antiporting subunits (not shown):

Which is clear as mud. Until you overlay the doodle:

Look at those three embedded FeS clusters from the nickel catalytic core to the ferredoxin docking site, perfectly set up for electron tunneling! The H+ exit track is really as shown (though the blue arrow is my guess) and the hollow core of the gold section (MbhM) does connect to the outside. I omitted, by accident, that the track to ferredoxin is that of electrons freed from hydrogen. I'm showing the hydrogenase splitting hydrogen as per vent conditions. Nowadays it runs the other way (usually fed on fructose of all things) with hydrogen as waste.

Stuff makes sense.


Life (22) FeNi hydrogenase