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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1999 Sep 14;1434(1):74-85.

The electron paramagnetic resonance characterisation of a copper-containing extracellular peroxidase from Thermomonospora fusca BD25.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Central Campus, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, UK.

Abstract

The actinomycete Thermomonospora fusca BD25 contains a peroxidase with a high activity over a broad range of temperature and pH and a high stability against denaturing agents. Unusually this peroxidase (PO) is a non-haem enzyme. As prepared PO is characterised by two electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) signals, detected at liquid helium temperature, a free radical signal (g=2.0045) and a broad signal at g=2.056. The peroxidase activity of the purified enzyme was assayed using H(2)O(2) and 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP). The intensity of the free radical EPR signal correlated with the peroxidase activity in a variety of enzyme preparations. Furthermore, when DCP and H(2)O(2) were added to PO a significant increase of both the free radical signal and the broad signal at g=2.056 was observed. We associate the increase of the broad signal with the oxidation of the preparation since a similar increase can be achieved by the addition of ferricyanide. The high intensity of the broad signal in the ferricyanide treated PO allowed us to deconvolute the signal into several components using the difference in their relaxation characteristics: two distinct copper signals were detected, one of which was similar to a type 2 centre. Furthermore a symmetrical singlet was detected at g=2.059, consistent with the presence of an iron complex with a high degree of symmetry and weakly coordinated ligands.

PMID:
10556561
DOI:
10.1016/s0167-4838(99)00163-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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