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J Inorg Biochem. 2001 Feb;83(4):255-60.

Putidaredoxin-cytochrome P450cam interaction.

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Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.


Cytochrome P450cam (P450cam) catalyzes the monooxygenation of D-camphor. During the enzymatic reaction, oxyferrous, D-camphor-bound P450cam forms a binary complex with reduced putidaredoxin as an obligatory reaction intermediate. We have found that reduced putidaredoxin undergoes EPR-detectable conformational changes upon formation of the intermediate complex and also upon formation of a binary complex with CO- or NO-ferrous, D-camphor-bound P450cam. The structural changes in putidaredoxin are almost identical irrespective of the ligand bound to P450cam, and distinct from and significantly larger than those induced by unliganded ferrous P450cam. The binary complex formation also induce conformational alterations in the CO- and NO-ferrous, D-camphor-bound P450cam, thereby evoking simultaneous changes in the structure of the two proteins. A molecular basis and roles of such structural changes in the D-camphor monooxygenation are discussed.

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