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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2011;75(9):1662-7. Epub 2011 Sep 7.

Formate oxidase, an enzyme of the glucose-methanol-choline oxidoreductase family, has a His-Arg pair and 8-formyl-FAD at the catalytic site.

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Department of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Fukui.


Formate oxidase of Aspergillus oryzae RIB40 contains an 8-replaced FAD with molecular mass of 799 as cofactor. The ¹H-NMR spectrum of the cofactor fraction obtained from the enzyme indicated that the 8-replaced FAD in the fraction was 8-formyl-FAD, present in open form and hemiacetal form. The oxidation-reduction potentials of the open and hemiacetal forms were estimated by cyclic voltammetry to be -47 and -177 mV vs. Normal Hydrogen Electrode respectively. The structure of the enzyme was constructed using diffraction data to 2.24 Å resolution collected from a crystal of the enzyme. His₅₁₁ and Arg₅₅₄ were situated close to the pyrimidine part of the isoalloxazine ring of 8-formyl-FAD in open form. The enzyme had 8-formyl-FAD, the oxidation potential of which was approximately 160 mV more positive than that of FAD, and the His-Arg pair at the catalytic site, unlike the other enzymes belonging to the glucose-methanol-choline oxidoreductase family.

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