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Cell Mol Life Sci. 2007 Feb;64(3):271-93.

Enzymatic hydroxylation of aromatic compounds.

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International Graduate School of Zittau, Department of Environmental Biotechnology, Markt 23, 02763 Zittau, Germany.


Selective hydroxylation of aromatic compounds is among the most challenging chemical reactions in synthetic chemistry and has gained steadily increasing attention during recent years, particularly because of the use of hydroxylated aromatics as precursors for pharmaceuticals. Biocatalytic oxygen transfer by isolated enzymes or whole microbial cells is an elegant and efficient way to achieve selective hydroxylation. This review gives an overview of the different enzymes and mechanisms used to introduce oxygen atoms into aromatic molecules using either dioxygen (O(2)) or hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) as oxygen donors or indirect pathways via free radical intermediates. In this context, the article deals with Rieske-type and alpha-keto acid-dependent dioxygenases, as well as different non-heme monooxygenases (di-iron, pterin, and flavin enzymes), tyrosinase, laccase, and hydroxyl radical generating systems. The main emphasis is on the heme-containing enzymes, cytochrome P450 monooxygenases and peroxidases, including novel extracellular heme-thiolate haloperoxidases (peroxygenases), which are functional hybrids of both types of heme-biocatalysts.

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