Biophysical Journal. 65(4):1486-95, 1993 Oct.

Rotational and translational water diffusion in the hemoglobin hydration shell: dielectric and proton nuclear relaxation measurements.

Steinhoff HJ, Kramm B, Hess G, Owerdieck C, Redhardt A

Institut fur Biophysik, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Germany.

The dynamic properties of water in the hydration shell of hemoglobin have been studied by means of dielectric permittivity measurements and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The temperature behavior of the complex permittivity of hemoglobin solutions has been measured at 3.02, 3.98, 8.59, and 10.80 GHz. At a temperature of 298 K the average rotational correlation time tau of water within a hydration shell of 0.5-nm thickness is determined from the activation parameters to be 68 +/- 10 ps, which is 8-fold the corresponding value of bulk water. Solvent proton magnetic relaxation induced by electron-nuclear dipole interaction between hemoglobin bound nitroxide spin labels and water protons is used to determine the translational diffusion coefficient D(T) of the hydration water. The temperature dependent relaxation behavior for Lamor frequencies between 3 and 90 MHz yields an average value D(298K) = (5 +/- 2) x 10(-10)m2 s-1, which is about one-fifth of the corresponding value of bulk water. The decrease of the water mobility in the hydration shell compared to the bulk is mainly due to an enhanced activation enthalpy.