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Biochemistry. 1978 Jan 10;17(1):9-16.

Photoreduction of flavoproteins and other biological compounds catalyzed by deazaflavins.

Abstract

Deazaflavins have been found to act as potent catalysts in the photoreduction of flavoproteins in the presence of EDTA and other "photosubstrates". In distinction to the catalysis brought about by normal flavins which involves dark reaction of the photoreduced flavin catalyst, the mechanism of the catalysis by deazaflavins has been shown to involve unstable, strongly reducing radicals which are generated by photolysis of a preformed covalent dimer. By this new method it is possible to reduce not only flavoproteins but a variety of other redox proteins, including heme proteins and iron-sulfur proteins. By virtue of its great catalytic efficiency, it is possible to employ concentrations of deazaflavin sufficiently low as not to interfere with the spectral evaluation of the reduced proteins obtained.

PMID:
618550
DOI:
10.1021/bi00594a002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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