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Inorg Chem. 2007 Feb 5;46(3):613-5.

Insights into the mechanism of N2O reduction by reductively activated N2O reductase from kinetics and spectroscopic studies of pH effects.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717, USA.


Nitrous oxide reductase (N2OR) from Achromobacter cycloclastes (Ac) can be reductively activated with reduced methyl viologen over a broad range of pH. Activated Ac N2OR displays a complex activity profile as a function of the pH at which catalytic turnover is measured. Spectroscopic and steady-state kinetics data suggest that [H+] has multiple effects on both the activation and the catalytic reactions. These experimental results are in good agreement with previous theoretical studies, which suggested that the transition state is stabilized by H-bonding interactions between the active site and an N2O-derived intermediate bound to the catalytic CuZ cluster.


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