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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2006 Dec;1757(12):1634-41. Epub 2006 Aug 25.

Redox potentials of the blue copper sites of bilirubin oxidases.

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  • 1Department of Analytical Chemistry, Lund University, P.O. Box 124, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden.


The redox potentials of the multicopper redox enzyme bilirubin oxidase (BOD) from two organisms were determined by mediated and direct spectroelectrochemistry. The potential of the T1 site of BOD from the fungus Myrothecium verrucaria was close to 670 mV, whereas that from Trachyderma tsunodae was >650 mV vs. NHE. For the first time, direct electron transfer was observed between gold electrodes and BODs. The redox potentials of the T2 sites of both BODs were near 390 mV vs. NHE, consistent with previous finding for laccase and suggesting that the redox potentials of the T2 copper sites of most blue multicopper oxidases are similar, about 400 mV.

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